Spring is here and we have rounded up a selection of 10 unique experiences for your UK travel bug. From an awe-inspiring flying lesson to a six course gourmet dining experience on a luxury double-decker bus!

1: PADDLEBOARDING

Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding, or ‘SUPing’ as it’s now called, (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) is not only a brilliant experience by itself – it’s
also a fabulous way to tour a city! This new UK travel trend has seen SUP experiences cropping up across our UK cities, to include seeing the exciting waterways of Bristol Harbourside, gliding along the Backs past historic Cambridge colleges, through the heart of Bath, to a summer’s evening trip over to the weir at Stratford-Upon-Avon. There’s also pub-to-pub cruises to awesome offshore adventures in various locations across the UK. ► supbristol.com

2: THE GOODWOOD FLYING SCHOOL

Stearman Flight Experience. Image credit Mike Caldwell

The Goodwood Flying School in West Sussex launched an exciting new Stearman Flight Experience in September last year, making the most of their beautifully crafted Boeing Stearman N2S3 biplane and breathtaking Sussex coastline and countryside. The experience costs £449 for a half-hour flight for one, or £549 for a 40 minute flight for one, followed by a champagne lunch for two at the exclusive members-only clubhouse, The Kennels. ► goodwood.com

3: THERMAE BATH SPA

Cross Bath

You have probably read about Thermae Bath Spa’s world-famous rooftop pool, with 35 degree natural thermal springs – but did you know that just across the road is the historical Cross Bath, an intimate hidden gem, on street-level, with open-air thermal bath available for individual bookings or small groups? ► thermaebathspa.com/the-spa

4: CLASSIC MINI COOPER TOUR OF LONDON

Classic Mini Cooper Tour

Be made to feel like a local and enjoy the experience of being driven around London in a Classic Mini Cooper – local guides show you the capital through their own eyes as a Londoner. ► smallcarbigcity.com

5: SAIL DOWN LONDON’S RIVER THAMES IN A FRESHWATER HOT TUB

Relax in the freshwater hot tub as you sail down London’s River Thames, passing by some of the capital’s most iconic sights! The 90-minute experience sets sail from two different locations; Angel, north London, taking you through the cute and calm waterways of Regent’s Canal and, more recently launched, around Canary Wharf/West India Quay. Book the VIP Experience and receive sailors’ hats, robe and towel and an essential ice bucket to keep drinks cool. ► hottuguk.com

Canary Wharf/West India Quay

6: BUSTRONOME

What a brilliant way to see the iconic sights of London through a 360° panoramic terrace – while enjoying the views from the warmth and comfort of your table, savouring a French inspired six course dinner menu with paired wines, and listening to soft ambient music. This new concept, of fine dining while on the move, has been launched in London following success with the concept in Paris. There’s even audiopens so you can select attractions from the icons on the route map to listen and learn more about their history and learn some of London’s best kept secrets. You join the bus at Victoria Embankment and they offer options of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner experiences. ► bustronome.com

Bustronome

7: SECRET ADVENTURES

If you are looking for an off grid experience then Secret Adventures is a fantastic option – describing their adventures as ‘bringing a sense of exploration and wonder’ – they like water, fire and to explore! Adventures include swimming over to a secret island to wild camp around a fire, kayaking at night under Tower Bridge and Husky sledding in the Arctic Circle. Their daytime (they also offer nighttime) Kayak experiences from Greenwich to Battersea (or vice-versa) offer you a fabulous two hour river view tour of London in stable double kayaks – an ‘oar’ inspiring adventure! ► secretadventures.org

Secret Adventures – Kayak London

8: ARCHITECTURE TOURS

Discover the architecture of London with this series of walking tours designed to interrogate the past, present and future of the
many areas undergoing massive transformation within London – including Greenwich Peninsula, Modern Camden Housing Tour and Portland Place to Primrose Hill. ► architecturefoundation.org.uk

Architecture Tours image credit Fred Howarth

9: CHESHIRE FALCONRY

Get ‘hands on’ with magnificent birds of prey, including owls, hawks and eagles for a truly incredible flying experience with Cheshire Falconry, Cheshire. ► cheshirefalconry.com

Cheshire Falconry

10. STAY AT LION LODGE

Stay at the new luxurious Lion Lodge, set within the lions’ enclosure at Port Lympne in Kent. A loft-style lodge with floor-to-ceiling windows, open plan living, with cosy fi replace, underfloor heating, monsoon shower and wet room and even a Scandinavian outdoor bath, overlooking the sea and 600-acre wildlife reserve. ► aspinallfoundation.org/lionlodge

Lion Lodge