Gift Experiences In Wakefield

You know how it is, there’s someone on your list of who to buy for that you always struggle with. They’re either notoriously difficult to buy for, or they already have everything, so you never know what to get them. Fear not though, for we’ve put together a selection of gift experiences that are perfect for everyone on your list: foodie, crafter, animal lover and everything in between.

Recent Beans Coffee Roasting Experience

Got a coffee connoisseur in your life? Let them discover the magic behind creating freshly roasted speciality coffee with a roasting experience for two at Recent Beans in Castleford. They’ll begin by cupping (that’s the fancy coffee word for tasting) single origin coffees to find their favourite taste notes and styles. Then they’ll work with Recent Beans’ head roaster to create a green bean blend to match the findings, and roast through the commercial-grade Toper drum roaster to their desired roasting profile for the ultimate coffee pairing. They can then take away 1KG of their freshly roasted blend, with their name and tasting notes on there as well.

Choose from either a standard roasting experience or premium, which includes an espresso martini making class!

πŸ“ Queen’s Mill, Castleford, WF10 1JL
πŸ’° Standard: Β£109 for two people
πŸ’° Premium: Β£130 for two people
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Jasmine Pottery Studios Wheel Throwing Experience

Experience the magic of pottery at Jasmine Pottery Studios! Purchase a voucher for a one hour wheel throwing workshop, where your recipient will create their own masterpiece with expert guidance. They’ll enjoy a fascinating demonstration and personalised guidance to craft their own vase, bowl, or ashtray (depending how it turns out!). After they’ve created their item, they can express their artistic flair and decorate their creation using vibrant coloured slips. After the workshop the item will be dried, fired and glazed before being ready to collect from the workshop.

πŸ“ Almshouse Lane, Wakefield, WF1 1DS
πŸ’° 1 hour: Β£40 per person
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πŸ’° 2 hour:Β Β£75 per person
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Forged Spirits Gin School

Gin lovers will adore the opportunity to learn how to make gin and then distil and bottle their very own creation, all whilst being in control of a beautiful 2.4L copper still. If they’re not a big gin fan, they can simply omit the juniper and create their very own unique spirit from Forged Spirits’ vast selection of botanicals and ingredients. Discuss flavour profiles and botanical selection and then using the guidelines (or not) your gift recipient will distil their very own bottle of gin to take home. They’ll also be served at least two complimentary drinks during their time at the distillery and they can enjoy a 15% discount on Forged Spirits gin and vodka to take away.

πŸ“ Tileyard North, Wakefield, WF1 5FY
πŸ’° One person: Β£95
πŸ’° Two people: Β£130
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Highfield Forge

Highfield Forge Axe & Rustic Knife Making

Do you know someone who fancies themselves a bit of a Bear Grylls? Maybe they’d relish the opportunity to make their own axe or rustic knife for their outdoor adventures! At Highfield Forge they can do just that. Blacksmith Andy will take the recipient through the forge welding process step by step, and help them to create an axe from a single piece of low carbon steel with 1084 high carbon steel bit, or a rustic knife from a single piece of 1055 carbon steel. Finish the axe with a beech handle or the knife with a paracord wrap and then it’s time to head outdoors and test it out!

πŸ“ Addingfield Mills, Horbury, WF4 5BL
πŸ’° Axe making course for one person: Β£150
πŸ’° Rustic knife making course for one person: Β£125
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Crow's Rest Bakehouse Bread Making Workshop

Get ready for Great British Bake Off and learn how to make your own bread with Crow’s Rest Bakery. Build the skills and the confidence to continue making your own bread at home. Learn the basics to sourdough, including maintaining your starter, working with different flours and the best ways to bake your breads using a domestic oven. Or why not try your hand at making your own artisan breads? Talk ingredients, kneading, proofing and shaping, under the expert guidance of head baker Alexandra Vaughan.

πŸ“ Newland Street, Wakefield, WF1 5AH
πŸ’° Intro to sourdough: Β£90
πŸ’° Artisan bread class: Β£90
πŸ’° Gluten-free bread making: Β£90
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Watering Hole Farm Animal Experiences

The Watering Hole Farm in Gawthorpe is a hidden gem for farm lovers. The farm, which has been in operation since March 2022, offers a unique and immersive experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re searching for a gift for someone who would love to try their hand at farming, or you’ve got an animal lover who just wants to get closer to their favourite creature, you’re sure to find it here. Embark on a pony experience, meet some super cute small animals such as Olive the owl and Marvin the tortoise, get close to the goats, learn how to groom a donkey and much more!

πŸ“ Gawthorpe, WF5 9BS
πŸ’° Be A Farmer Experience: Β£13.70
πŸ’° Pony Experience: Β£13.70
πŸ’° Small Animal Experience: Β£6.13
πŸ’° Goat Experience: Β£8.30
πŸ’° Donkey Grooming Experience: Β£3.41
πŸ’° Horse Grooming Experience: Β£3.41
πŸ’° Highland Bull Experience: Β£11.55
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Gift Experiences In Wakefield

Diggerland Experience Days

Looking for the perfect gift for the Bob the Builder in your life? Diggerland in Castleford is sure to be right up their street and show you’ve dug deep to find the perfect present for them! Buy them a ticket to have a go at dumper racing where they can race other competitors in a JCB skidsteer loader in at least two race heats. Or how about an individual experience, where they can get one-to-one experience using a JCB 3CX or a monster digger such as the Komatsu PC210 Tracked Excavator?

πŸ“ Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, WF10 5NW
πŸ’° Dumper Racing: Β£49.95 per person
πŸ’° Group JCB Experience: Β£87.99 per person
πŸ’° Individual JCB Experience: Β£164.99 per person
πŸ’° Monster Digger Experience: Β£186.99 per person
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Yorkshire Flight Simulator

The perfect gift for the resident Maverick in your life is a voucher for the Yorkshire Flight Simulator. Whether they fancy getting to grips with a F16 or a trying out a Cessna 172, they’re certain of a soaring experience – all without their feet leaving the ground! The F16 offers several missions, including air combat, air to air refuelling and aircraft carrier landings, while the Cessna 172 offers global airports with different weather, different times of year and even day or night flying!

πŸ“ Leeds Road, Castleford, WF10 5NQ
πŸ’° 30 Minutes: Β£55 per person
πŸ’° 60 Minutes: Β£79 per person
πŸ’° 90 Minutes: Β£110 per person
πŸ”— Click here for more information and to book.

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