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12 Christmas gift experiences from the Peak District

December 17, 2021
December 17, 2021 - 12 Christmas gift experiences from the Peak District

We all love to find unusual and inspiring gifts for our loved ones, especially at Christmas.

We’re passionate about the Peak District so have pulled together our top 12 gift experiences you can enjoy while staying at Hoe Grange Holidays.

2021 has been another challenging year in so many ways. So I believe more than ever giving is about experiences rather than material things that we don’t necessarily need or want.

If you can bring a little magic to light up someone’s life, then you will help create a happy memory to treasure. Not only does sharing experiences bring people together with a unique bond, it also has a positive impact on wellbeing.

Laughter is great therapy! Choosing exciting experience gifts over physical gifts is not just a feel-good factor but also reduces waste. In addition you are supporting small local businesses, helping them survive through difficult times.

Top 12 gift experiences from the Peak District

1. Food glorious food!

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! No need to slave over a hot stove. You can experience fine dining at Fischers at Baslow, an amazing experience for special occasions. Find out what delicious delights were on the menu at Fischers when David and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there.

Umami restaurant Wirksworth

If you are on a more limited budget then Umami restaurant in Wirksworth is perfect. The essence of deliciousness, serving street food dishes with bold, authentic flavours from around the world in a cosy and colourful restaurant.

2. Whisky galore

Step behind the scenes at White Peak Distillery and experience the unique atmosphere, heat and smells of a working distillery. You’ll be guided through the Victorian distillery house set in the old Johnson& Nephew Wire Works and see the huge handmade copper pot stills.

Whisky tour of White Peak Distillery

Or if you prefer you can buy a gift voucher for a Zoom whisky tasting hosted by Distillery founder Max Vaughan. Max will chat through the background and set up at the first whisky Distillery in the Peak District region, his approach to whisky-making and what makes their Derbyshire whisky unique.

You’ll be guided through a tasting of three samples of lightly-peated single malt, including the new make spirit, and two ageing samples drawn from single casks.

3. Drive your dad's car

Do you agree men can be so difficult to buy presents for? No stress here’s a great one for boys of all ages! The Great British Car Journey is so interesting as it explains the development of the British car industry from 1920’s through the decades.

We loved the audio guide as you could select whether to hear a brief summary of each era or an in depth explanation of individual cars. A real trip down memory lane and you can even book to drive your dad's car, or the car you learnt to drive in, anything from a reliant robin to a Rolls Royce.

4. Pretty in sliver

Something more creative is a silver jewellery making workshop at Rock Paper Silver with artist Rebecca Green. Although I am by no means an artist I thoroughly enjoyed the full day workshop, and was very pleased with my creation. It was a great sense of achievement going home with a unique piece of silver jewellery, totally designed and crafted by myself. It was also fascinating to see what everyone else designed and produced.

Firing silver clay with a blow torch

5. Light up your life

Annie Maudling had a flicker of an idea following a fishing trip to Ireland where she purchased some handmade candles from a small local business. This sparked a passion and found Annie experimenting with her daughter’s candle making kit in her kitchen (which is where all good small businesses start from, including ours!). She now supplies the likes of the National Trust with her handcrafted candles.

You can enjoy crafting your own candles, personalised with the scents you love and helped by Candle Annie who will pass on all her handy tips on how to keep your candle burning perfectly.

6. Trot on

For guests bringing their own horse on holiday Ellen at Peak District Guided Horse Rides can offer a bespoke ride from Hoe Grange for any size of group. Ellen does the hard work and navigation for you, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost. Together with her trusty steed Prince she will hold all the gates open as you ride through to save you dismounting, and knows all the perfect places to pop into a canter!

Peak District Guided horse rides

7. Pet Pawtraits

Why not arrange for Ruth Downing of Rural pictures to capture the perfect picture of your dog or horse while on holiday with us? Ruth puts everyone at ease and is a master at capturing the true character of your pet or horse. Her action shots are amazing.

Or you could gift someone  a “Barks and Bakes 2022 calendar” which includes 6 delicious cake recipes as well as photos of cute dogs- what’s not to like?

8. Pedal the Peak District

Enjoy a retro bicycle ride through the glorious Peak District countryside with Glory Days Bikes. Choose your vintage bike and be guided by local experts, explore off-the beaten track routes and just have fun taking in the stunning scenery. Ideal for small groups, with plenty of stop offs along the way.

9. Hike the hills

Take a guided walk with Paul from My Guided Walks and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn, from fascinating historical facts about the area to why peat is so important for conservation of the moors. Paul points out all the things you can easily miss if you're not familiar with the landscape, and knows where you are likely to catch a glimpse of the elusive Mountain Hare. Discover some of the famous film locations or aeroplane crash sites in the Peak District.

Defiant airplane crash site

Do you often get lost when out walking? If you want to improve your map reading skills Paul also does navigation skills training in small groups.

10. Get outdoors and get active

Acclimatize organise action packed mixed bag adventure days which are ideal for groups or families. Try your hand at exciting activities including rock climbing, abseiling, ariel rope bridge, artery, and orienteering. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

11. Let's Bake

Have you tasted a proper Bakewell pudding? The original Bakewell Pudding was a recipe created by accident in around 1860, and has become a firm favourite. Bakewell puddings today are still baked by hand at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop to the original recipe in the heart of Bakewell town.

Enjoy a pudding making experience with afternoon tea and learn more about the history. However you won't discover all the exact  ingredients as the age old recipe is a closely guarded secret!  If you're not a Star Baker you can just opt to send your loved one a Bakewell pudding from the shop by post instead!

12. Glamour and glow

Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Make up artist Esther-Marie will review your current beauty products and regime and develop a bespoke step by step skincare and make up plan just for you. This can be done online on a one to one basis or as a group workshop while staying here at Hoe Grange. It's a real giggle; a fabulous idea for a girlie weekend away.

EstherMarie Make Up artist

Don't forget you can always buy one of our Gift Cards for a stay at Hoe Grange! With the current uncertainty and Plan B it's difficult to commit to a date to stay, but with a gift card you have something positive to look forward to. Simply use the unique code to redeem your gift when you are ready.

Hoe Grange Holidays Gift Card

We hope you love our top 12 gifts for Christmas inspired by the Peak District and will get a thrill from discovering something new.

Giving happy memories to treasure is joyous and supporting #lovelocal by buying from small, ethical, eco-friendly businesses is a gift that lasts all year! We'd love to hear what other exciting activities you have discovered here in the Peak District.


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  • star rating  For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    July 28, 2019

    star rating  A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    January 2, 2020
  • star rating  We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    September 15, 2019

    star rating  What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    June 13, 2019

    star rating  We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    February 3, 2020
  • star rating  We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    July 11, 2019

    star rating  What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    June 18, 2019

    star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    October 25, 2019
  • star rating  What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    April 3, 2020

    star rating  Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    October 25, 2019

    star rating  We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    August 17, 2019
  • star rating  Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    August 7, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    February 6, 2020

    star rating  On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    June 25, 2019
  • star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
    October 25, 2019

    star rating  It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    September 21, 2019

    star rating  Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    August 3, 2019
  • star rating  We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    July 16, 2019

    star rating  Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    July 4, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    November 5, 2019
  • star rating  We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J
    September 17, 2019

    star rating  We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    June 7, 2019

    star rating  We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    June 4, 2019
  • star rating  Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    January 30, 2020

    star rating  Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    October 4, 2019

    star rating  Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    July 16, 2019
  • star rating  Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    September 14, 2019

    star rating  lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    July 28, 2019

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