Unique Ideas For Special Occasions in the UK

Planning a special outing for your significant other, or celebrating a landmark moment. Create a luxury break and push the boat out with something a little different. Whether it’s an adrenaline-fuelled activity or something a little more elegant and sedate, we have found some seriously luxurious unique ideas for special occasions to whet your appetite.

Kew Gardens | Private Tour and Michelin Starred dinner

Kew Gardens London

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a breathtaking oasis of iconic glasshouses, extraordinary tropical plants and simply a beautiful and utterly fascinating place to spend a day.

Enjoy a private tour with your personal guide and get the inside track on this unique and spectacular place, with its botanical art gallery, new multi-sensory experience at The Hive, and the remarkable history and science that lies behind the Gardens.

To complete a memorable day, wind down at local Michelin starred restaurant The Glasshouse – a stylish and intimate place to sample a superb dinner.

One for lovers of gardens and good food alike – and a fantastic opportunity to explore this lovely corner of London.

SuperCar Driving Day

Lamborghini Super Car

One for the petrol head in your life, this driving day will be truly unforgettable with not just one performance car to try out, but eight of them including Lamborghini LP560 Spyder, Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet, two different Aston Martins and a Maserati Gran Cabrio.

You’ll be driving the super cars on carefully planned routes through beautiful countryside spanning three of the Home Counties: Hertfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire. 150 miles on open roads will be covered, swapping cars at designated points, all expertly organised by the professional team. Kicking off with breakfast before taking the wheel, you’ll also enjoy lunch at a country pub and with endless photo opportunities. Definitely comes in the ‘once in a lifetime’ category.

A Luxury Day at the Races | Couples VIP Day with lunch at Musselburgh Racecourse

VIP Day out Musselburgh Races Edinburgh

Musselburgh Racecourse has been hosting meetings for over 200 years and its award winning 5 star facilities make it among the most stylish of racecourses. It’s undoubtedly a top destination for a glorious day out.

Kick off with a glass of Champagne on the lawn when you arrive and check out the racehorses as you scan your race card and perhaps prepare to have a little flutter or two. The atmosphere is always electric with plenty of excitement along the way, but you’ve got all day, so there’s also time to chill out in the Harris Tweed Bistro as you tuck into a fine lunch (no mean feat as this place is often fully booked).

With fixtures throughout the year, you’re bound to find a date that suits you and your lucky partner (hopefully lucky on the horses too).

Bespoke Cooking Class | At Visit England’s Hotel of the Year


Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire is North West England’s leading foodie hotel which runs its own highly professional but intimate cookery school. If you love cooking but want to up your game and experience somewhere fabulous in the process, this is the day for you (and night if you want to stay over in one of the gorgeous rooms as part of a package).

Learn from the masters how to make all sorts of culinary creations from salted caramel macaroons and champagne-scented granita to a BBQ masterclass. Tutored by cookery guru Michael Vanheste, classes can be geared to total beginners or advanced amateur cooks, depending on your level of expertise and how much you fancy a kitchen challenge.

If there’s a small party of you,  book the private Louis Roederer dining room and Champagne Courtyard for the evening, then round off your day of foodie fabulousness with an exceptional gourmet dinner.

Champagne VIP Balloon Experience

VIP Balloon Experience

Get the wind in your hair and enjoy this VIP balloon experience, soak up the serenity and exhilaration of a private balloon flight over south Wales, for a day out that will take your breath away. We love the idea of drifting over the Brecon Beacons, flying the Celtic Trail and seeing ancient castles and Tintern Abbey from up high; the views are nothing short of spectacular. With just the breeze as your guide, this will be a magical way to mark a significant anniversary or maybe just tick off a lifelong ambition.

Celebrate your flight with champagne and some incredible photographs, leaving you the evening free to indulge in dinner somewhere special.

Luxurious Spa Escape in Ireland
Culloden Spa Experience Ireland

We know that sometimes a whole load of pampering is all you really want – you can leave the energetic stuff for another time. The Culloden Estate and Spa is a luxury 5 star hotel high in the Holywood Hills just outside Belfast which was originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down. The hotel is situated in 12 acres of wonderfully secluded gardens and woodland where you can book in for their Spa Escape: a night in a palatial bedroom, a 55 minute indulgent spa treatment and full use of the pool and spa complex, plus a proper Irish breakfast and dinner for two in the acclaimed Mitre Restaurant. Opulent décor, fine antiques and that state of the art spa mean an outing here will be the ultimate in relaxation. OK, so this one is more than a day out, sometimes 12 hours just isn’t long enough . . .

Abigail Stubbs
Features Editor, Informed Luxury


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