Making a Day of It

Christmas gift - 1050854_32905364.jpgSYMPTOM: We’ve done the Christmas dinner thing for several years and guests are starting to get bored – can you suggest some daytime activities to throw into the mix?

REMEDY: We love a bit of self-diagnosis and it seems you know exactly what treatment will be required too! There’s nothing like a whole day’s worth of fun to revive disillusioned party crowds...


Go down to the woods today
OK, so you might have been paintballing before. But have you ever taken a pop at your colleagues? Or the boss? Trigger-happy groups should consult the specialists at Skirmish Bullswood (tel: 01342 870870).

Enjoy a Christmas tipple
Wine (in moderation, as the doctor would say) is good for you and a tasting event makes a great precursor to a party. Taste of the Vine (tel: 01428 656319) is the top consultant here. For cocktail-making classes, we’d refer you to Squeeze (tel: 020 8969 6606).

Cook up a storm
Flush out the Gordon Ramsays in your ranks by signing up for a cookery class. Inneventive (tel: 020 7518 2480) offers several varieties, while Chocolate Delight (tel: 01202 759979) specialises in – you’ve guessed it – chocolate.

Increase your heart rate
Follow in the footsteps of Formula One greats and book a driving day through The Ian Wright Organisation (tel: 01732 529511) – it’s bound to get the adrenaline pumping. Real daredevils can play Top Gun on a flying day with Ultimate High (tel: 01285 771200).

This article first appeared in Square Meal Venues & Events magazine, Autumn 2008.