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Promotion and incentive travel ideas - UK weekends for couples
If you are looking for a creative concept for a whole campaign, or as a one-off prize, our selection of ideas for couples' weekends away in the UK will give you food for thought.
10 May 2020
Kelsey Tims

If you are looking for a creative concept for a whole campaign or as a one-off prize, our selection of ideas for weekends away in the UK will give you food for thought. This blog focuses on prizes for couples, however if you would like some ideas for 'UK Prizes for Families' and 'UK Prizes for Groups of Friends' let us know. We're always up for a challenge when it comes to creating unique prize ideas.

 

UK weekend experience prizes for couples

 

Celebrate our UK culture

David in Lisburn | Creative Commons

 

David Sedlecký | Creative Commons

 

 

 

 

 

We are an island with a rich heritage and celebrate our culture and passions in a mix of festivals and events throughout the year. From the pomp and ceremony of the Last Night of the Proms through to the seriously wacky Birdman competition, here's a selection of some of our favourites for couples.*

 

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival (more)
  • Notting Hill Carnival
  • St Patrick's Day
  • London Fashion Week
  • Lord Mayor's Show, London
  • Glyndebourn Music Festival
  • Worthing International Birdman Competition
  • Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling Event (more)
  • Bristol International Balloon Festival
  • Brighton Pride Festival
  • Bath Comedy Festival
  • BBC Proms Festival
  • Longleat Festival of Light
  • Film4 Summer Screen
  • Christmas at Kew

 

 

UK Hospitality Events

 

 

 

 

With many of the premium hospitality events cancelled for this year, we expect 2021 will see these annual experiences celebrated with renewed vigour. Give your winners the chance to attend the most prestigious events in the UK calendar.

 

Here's a selection of some of our favourites particularly suitable for couples.*

 

  • Henley Rowing Regatta
  • Chelsea Flower Show
  • Ladies' Day at Ascot
  • The Grand National
  • Epsom Derby Day
  • Glorious Goodwood
  • Cartier Queens Cup Polo
  • The Royal Opera House
  • VIP Box at the O2
  • Last Night of the Proms
  • The British Grand Prix Ball
  • Wimbledon Finals

 

 

Indulgence Weekends

 

 

 

 

 

It's important to take time out to pamper and relax as a couple. Here's a selection of some of our favourite luxury retreats.**

 

  • Chocolate Spa Weekend
  • Hot Tub at Cliveden
  • Hammam Spa Experience for two
  • Mindfulfness Retreat
  • Treetop Suite, Chewton Glen
  • The Scarlet, Cornwall
  • Lime Wood Hotel and Spa, New Forest
  • Grantley Hall, Ripon
  • Coworth Park, Berkshire
  • Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds 

 

 

Quirky Places to Stay

Promotion & incentive ideas - Treetops Treehouse

Treetops Treehouse | TripAdvisor

 

Promotion & incentive ideas - No Man's Fort

No Man's Fort | TripAdvisor

 

Promotion & incentive ideas - Finn Lough

Finn Lough | TripAdvisor

 

 

It's predicted that after this summer, most people will opt for a 'staycation' rather than travelling further afield. As is befitting of the UK spirit, there's a great range of almost magical accommodation to choose between.

 

Here's a selection of some of our favourites, from the gorgeous to the slightly more 'out there'. Whatever you choose, it'll certainly be a memorable break.**

 

  • Exopods, Cornwall
  • The Lighthouse, Solent Fort
  • Treetops Treehouse, North Devon
  • Bubble Domes, Northern Ireland
  • Hadlow Tower, Kent
  • VW Campervan
  • The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh
  • Vintage Railway Carriages Hotel
  • Airstream Glamping, Norfolk
  • The Crazy Bear Hotel
  • Houseboat Weekend
  • Port Lympne Hotel, Kent
  • Augill Castle, Cumbria
  • Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London

 

 

VIP Weekends

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking to take things to a whole new level then a VIP weekend could be just the ticket. Compliment some stunning hotels with a mix of VIP experiences and you have a prize to inspire your dreams.

 

Here's our tantalising selection of VIP experiences for London, however this option could be delivered right across the UK from Edinburgh to Penzance.**

 

  • Stylish and contemporary 5* hotel
  • Butler service
  • Powerboats on the Thames
  • Dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant
  • Top show tickets with a private box
  • Personal shopping in Selfridges or Harvey Nichols
  • VIP hospitality at a premier sporting event e.g. Ladies' Day at Ascot or Henley Regatta
  • Photo makeover session
  • Champagne experience at The Shard or London Eye

 

 

UK Music Festivals

 

 

@markheybo | Creative Commons

 

 

 

Prizes based around festivals are always popular, so whilst there are not likely to be many festivals this year, there is always 2021! You do need to be mindful of licensing issues. Unless you are a sponsor you are unlikely to be able to offer Glastonbury or other main festivals as prizes, however there are other imaginative options to consider.

 

  • Provide an allowance for a festival tickets website
  • VIP Glamping for a larger festival (promotional approval would be required)
  • Tickets for named niche festivals (promotional approval would be required)
  • Vouchers for an outdoor concerts booking site

 

 

Gourmet Indulgence (Food & Drink)

 

 

 

 

Whilst we've all been staying home and cooking up a storm, we've been eagerly anticipating that all-important time when we can indulge in some gourmet treats. Here are just a few ideas.**

 

  • Michelin dining experience
  • Chocolate-making workshop
  • Dine in the Sky
  • Le Manoir gourmet weekend - combine fine dining, an exclusive hotel stay and cookery class
  • Gourmet weekend, Padstow
  • Chef's Table - dine at the chef's table in a celebrity chef restaurant
  • Gintastic - create you own gin experience
  • Whisky, beer, wine or champagne tasting experience
  • Hotel du Vin wine pairing dinner
  • Gourmet pub weekend
  • Rooftop restaurant
  • The "Pub in the Park" festivals
  • The biggest and best food festivals in the UK (e.g. Taste of London, The Big Feastival, Dorset Seafood Festival, Vegfest)
  • Bake Off workshop

 

 

Looking for an adventure?

 

 

 

 

 

If it's something a bit more thrilling you're looking for then we've compiled a list of our best and most adventurous experiences.**

 

  • Powerboat Experience
  • Llama Trek, South Downs
  • Black Water Rafting, Wales
  • Velocity Zip Line, Wales (The longest in the UK!)
  • Helicopter Flight
  • Boutique Boot Camp for two
  • Horse Trekking Weekend
  • Swim with the Seals, North Devon
  • Climb the O2, London
  • SAS Survival Weekend
  • Stylish Surf Shack Weekend
  • Hot Air Balloon Flight

 

 

Celebrate our (newfound) creativity

 

 

 

 

Many people have recently found a new passion, hobby or skill, so let's celebrate it. Whatever it is, you can be sure there's a specialist weekend to help you explore, develop or improve your new interest. Here's a selection of some of our favourites.**

 

  • Antique restoration
  • Baking
  • Bee-keeping
  • Cooking
  • Needlecraft
  • Perfume making
  • Photography
  • Painting and drawing
  • Shabby chic furniture painting
  • Creative writing
  • Terrarium workshop
  • Gin masterclass

 

 

Boutique Weekend Away

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves a stylish weekend away, whether their ideal haven is a super slick city hotel, a beautiful country cottage or a beachside home with a hot tub overlooking the ocean.

 

Whether you create a simple promotional concept of 'stylish beach weekends' or a more general 'indulgent weekends away' using mix of properties from the following categories, we are confident we will deliver some fabulous options.**

 

  • Independent boutique hotels
  • Designer hotels
  • Stylish gourmet pubs
  • VIP country house hotels
  • Castles
  • Unusual accommodation
  • Super stylish homes
  • Country cottage breaks
  • Seaside specials

 

 

*There may be licensing considerations when using specific named events in promotions.

**When using specific named venues or hotels, Active manage supplier approval for promotional use if required.

 

Active create prizes and provide prize fulfilment for promotions and sales incentive programmes. If you need prize fulfilment services or prizes - from experiences, holidays and bespoke hampers to lifestyle gifts or high-tech items, please contact us.

 

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