Shop local at Christmas – experience gift vouchers
Calling all present procrastinators! You're one click away from the perfect pressie with a voucher for a workshop, special meal or day out in Somerset and Dorset
Bring home the bacon
Learn how to how to make bacon, gammon, chorizo and pork sausages with The Real Cure’s award-winning Head Charcutier and founder James Smart in Shaftesbury. You’ll also make a smoker for cold smoking at home (and we don’t mean having a fag outside). £180
Cook with a MasterChef
Spend the day with Bath-based MasterChef winner Ping Coombes (to be seen in BBC 1’s MasterChef, Champion of Champions on 31 Dec), cooking up signature Malaysian dishes and street food. The Masak Club Experience is £145.
It’s clay pigeons you’ll be zapping at Ling Shooting near Wellington, under the guidance of a team that includes triple Olympian and Bronze medallist Ed Ling and sister Abbey, 5 time British Champion, World cup and Commonwealth Medalist. Respect. From £50.
Tuck into a three-course lunch or dinner at The Pig–near Bath, The Pig-on the Beach or any of the other Pig hotels. Whichever one you choose, all the food will have come from within a 25-mile radius of the hotel. From £50.
Discover how essential oils derived from plants can enhance general wellbeing in an aromatherapy workshop at Keyneston Mill, home to Parterre Fragrance, near Blandford Forum. £55
Chip off the old choc
Join artisan chocolatier Jane Swayne of Gilbert & Swayne in Baltonsborough, for a day of chocolate making, using top notch organic choc and stuff like Somerset Membrillo and Somerset Cider Brandy. Lunch with wine included. £145
Send an e-voucher of any value to watch a show of the recipient’s choice at the Lighthouse Poole – there’s loads of live music, top-name comedy, drama and films coming up in 2022.
Go on a truffle hunt
Go on the hunt for truffles, the edible – and amongst the world’s most expensive food – underground fungi, with The English Truffle Hunting Company in Dorset, Wilts and Hants. The day includes lunch and afternoon tea with truffles (natch). £175
Watch the birdie
Pick your predator – vultures, owls, falcons, eagles and hawks – to meet and handle at an experience day at the North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre in Congresbury. From £39.99
Just add fizz
Afternoon tea with a glass of Taittinger at The Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa on the banks of the river Stour in Christchurch. Don’t mind if we do. From £29.50
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