Top 5 Christmas Gift Experiences

There’s no getting around the fact that December is approaching, and the festive season will commence. Whether you’re wrapping up on the Christmas shopping and looking for those final few gifts or haven’t yet had a single thought about Christmas, we would like to introduce you to the wonderful Christmas gift experiences available here in Cumbria and the Lake District.

A Christmas gift experience creates memories that will last a lifetime and are a brilliant solution for those tricky-to-buy-for people in your life. Whether they take part in the class or activity solo, with their family or even with you, a gift experience is valuable because it can teach them something and encourage them to try something new whilst supporting and celebrating local business.

With so many extraordinary small independent businesses offering exciting and unusual things to do in Cumbria and the Lake District, this region boasts a Christmas gift experience for everyone. From whiskey and gin tasting experiences, glassblowing workshops and photography workshops, treat those around you to something different this festive season.

We’ve put together a list of our top 5 gift experiences for Christmas that your friends and family are guaranteed to love. Christmas gift experiences also make great last-minute presents as they can be purchased online through the links provided. And for extra bits and bobs to sit under the tree for Christmas day and general Christmas gift ideas, check out our 10 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts from Cumbria blog.

Founded in 1976, Cumbria Crystal produce a range of luxurious, handmade drinkware and giftware products in their factory in Ulverston at the southern edge of the English Lake District. Cumbria Crystal offer a number of popular glassblowing workshops that make excellent Christmas gift experiences including a bauble blowing workshop and a paperweight glassblowing experience.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned craftsperson, these immersive Christmas gift experiences create memories to last a lifetime and allow every individual the opportunity to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake. From the moment you step into the workshop you will be guided by master craftspeople who will help you transform glass into a work of art before your eyes.

If you know someone who likes their photography, why not purchase them a gift voucher for a photography workshop this Christmas. A landscape photography workshop is a wonderfully unique Christmas gift experience for all abilities and opportunity to develop new skills where they will visit and photograph some of the most captivating places in the Lake District National Park.

Steve Blake Photography is a Cumbrian based landscape photographer with over 35 years of experience that offers a number of landscape photography workshops in and around Cumbria and the Lake District. From bespoke full day workshops and half day taster sessions to beautiful woodland workshops, Steve Blake Photography offer a photography workshop for every member of the family.

Make your own gin at Shed 1 Distillery

Launched in 2016, Shed 1 Distillery create and produce award-winning craft gin in their micro-distillery in the market town of Ulverston. As well as offering a number of distillery tours and gin tastings that make fantastic experience gifts for Christmas, Shed 1 Distillery offer the unique opportunity to make your own spirit with Cumbria Tourism’s Experience of the Year Winner.

Shed 1 Distillery host these ‘Make Your Own Gin Experiences’ on selected Sundays throughout the year which you can book on their website. The experience starts with a welcome G&T, tour of the distillery and talk about the process of gin making. They also conveniently offer gift vouchers for this experience, making it the perfect present for your nearest and dearest this Christmas.

The Lakes Distillery is another of Made In Cumbria’s favourite independent distilleries in the Lake District and wider Cumbria region. Situated on the north shore of Bassenthwaite lake, The Lakes Distillery offers visitors tours of their state-of-the-art distillery and tastings of their range of award-winning whiskies, gins and vodka accompanied by an expert guide.

For lovers of whiskey, indulge in ‘The Lakes Single Malt Whiskey Experience’ as you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of their working distillery or why not treat someone special to a guided ‘Whiskey & Chocolate Pairing Experience’. The Lakes Distillery tours take you on a unique journey and offer one-of-a-kind Christmas gift experiences for your friends and family.

The Lakes Distillery Whiskey Cocktail

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift experience for someone who is passionate about learning new skills, Brian Austwick Photography offer excellent introductory photography workshops for beginners. Brian Austwick Photography workshops are designed to give you the opportunity to learn new skills, explore the various modes your camera has to offer while gaining valuable knowledge.

Brian Austwick has years of experience capturing the most iconic lakes, mountains and fells in the beautiful English Lake District and is the perfect guide to take you through camera basics and more advanced techniques of landscape photography all while you enjoy a day out in the beautiful Cumbrian landscape.

That brings us to the end of our favourite Christmas gift experiences round up, but there are plenty of other unique gifts and unusual things to do in Cumbria and the Lake District for you to discover. Made In Cumbria showcase the many talented people and businesses in Cumbria, celebrating all that is crafted and created in our beautiful county.

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