Top days out for groups

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

It’s official. You’ve all checked your calendars and found a date that you can all actually do, and a get-together with your friends is now on the cards!

Now that the hard part is over, you need to decide what you’re all going to do together. Thankfully, destinations across the UK are consistently introducing new and fun things to do - from axe throwing and junkyard golf courses, to bonkers bingo and shuffle shacks.

NQ64 gaming

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For the gamers

Ready player one? If you and your friends are fans of gaming, and are looking for somewhere cool to spend some time together, there are plenty of places across our network to get your fix. Akedo Remastered in Lincoln has a massive selection of games and consoles to ensure that you never get bored. Challenge the boss on his game of choice and be in with a chance of winning games, drinks and goodies.

If you fancy a trip to Leicester, Bean Gaming is a board gamer’s paradise. Team members will recommend some games based on your likes, and you’ll be provided with a table service call button if you require any help, food, or drinks!

Akedo Remastered, Lincoln

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If you’re looking for an edgier experience, NQ64 in Manchester is the one for you. Picture a graffiti-covered bar surrounded by vintage arcade games - giving you the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail or craft beer whilst you challenge your friends to anything from Street Fighter to Guitar Hero.

For the futuristic gamers amongst us, The Pulse Gaming Lounge in Derby is the next-level social destination. Compete in Esports or enjoy some drinks and VR F1 simulators! If you fancy a bite to eat, there is a restaurant onsite which serves up delicious meals cooked-to-order, including calzones and juicy burgers.

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Axeperience, London

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For the thrillseekers

Sometimes, a day out with friends calls for something a little more out of the ordinary! Thankfully, there are plenty of things out there to keep the adrenaline levels up, including Axe Throwing in Central London! Practice getting comfortable with the axes before hurtling those one and two handed throws at the bullseye, when you visit Axeperience in London.

For those of you that fancy a day out in Nottingham, go crazy at The Lost City Adventure Golf , where you can choose from one of two incredible 18-hole adventure courses! You’ll be putting your skills to the test against towering rock faces and incredible obstacles. If you want to mix things up even more, try your hand at cocktail making in the Tiki Bar cocktail masterclass - learn how to shake, mix and muddle like a pro.

Lost City Adventure Golf

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Deep in the woods the sound of screams, running footsteps and something much more terrifying can be heard. Church Bells are ringing. We know what you’re thinking…what on earth are we suggesting you sign up to? Welcome to the ultimate zombie survival experience - this one really isn’t for the faint of heart! Situated in multiple locations across our network including Derby, Sheffield and Leicester, this is an adrenaline filled three hour. Who will survive?

If you’re after an escape room located in a historical location, then History Mystery in Norwich is the perfect antidote. Split your friendship group into two teams and battle it out between you to see who can suss out their escape the quickest, or work as a team to get there even quicker. If you love escape games, you’ll love this unique twist on the game concept which adds richness, interest and depth to the gaming experience.

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Bustronome, London

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For the foodies

Okay so this isn’t strictly a foodie experience, but stay with us on this one. The Notts Derby Wine School offers a whole host of experiences, perfect for any size of friendship group. Whether you’re a group of cheese fiends or meat eaters, the wine school’s special food and wine pairing evenings are an absolute winner! If it’s just alcohol you’re after, there is a huge selection of wine, beer and spirits tastings and masterclasses.

Fancy tucking into your dinner aboard a high-end double-decker bus? Of course you do. Enjoy the sights of London with your mates, whilst tucking into a 4 - 6 course tasting menu . Appreciate the view from the 360 degree panoramic upper deck, and savour the finest cuisine during a real gourmet escapade

Panoramic 34, West Tower, Liverpool

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If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy dinner from above, Panoramic 34 is the place for you. Set 300 feet above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower in Liverpool, this is one of the UK’s highest restaurants. This celebrated fine dining restaurant is encapsulated by ceiling to floor windows offering breathtaking 360° views of the iconic city.

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Trekking with Brackenfield Alpacas

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For the outdoorsy types

Who can honestly say that they’ve spent their day trekking with alpacas? Located a short distance from Alfreton station, Brackenfield Alpacas welcomes you to take a stroll through their 17 acre farm situated in the stunning Amber Valley with one of their beautiful alpacas. Meet the alpacas, learn all about them and then take them on a walk through the farm and to the paddocks in time to treat them to a snack!

If you’re all in the mood to make a splash, then Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre is the place to go! Hire kayaks, go climbing or give stand-up paddle boarding a go! Equally, book onto a canoe tour to see Leicestershire from a different perspective as you travel along the rivers and canals paddling your own boat.

Cycling with True North Adventures

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Enjoy an adventure together on two wheels at True North Adventures ! Their guided City to Sky experience takes you on a journey from Sheffield’s city centre parks, along woodland tracks, through the amazing moorland scenery that makes the Peak District so special and up to the famous gritstone escarpment Stanage Edge.

If you’re after something a little more relaxed, Whittingham Country Park sits on the outskirts of Norwich and is home to 280 acres of beautiful countryside and is perfect for a walk and picnic with your mates. If you fancy getting involved in something a little more active, you can try sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and Kayaking, or stay on dry land and try archery, bushcraft or climbing.

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However you choose to spend your time together, extend your adventure by getting yourselves there by train. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with each other on the way there and unwind on the way back. Plus, no one can be blamed for driving the wrong way and getting you lost!

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