If you have the money and the inclination, and you are easily bored or you just want to try something different at the weekend, why not have yourself a mini adventure? They are not hard to organise and not even that expensive, especially if you are arranging one for a special treat for a loved one. We have selected four ideal mini adventures that won’t stretch your pocket but will give you a sense of fun and freedom, you’ll definitely not want to come home!
Go bargain shopping abroad
Now what was the Eurostar invented for? And I bet you’ve never even been on it! You could do what everyone else does and head off for Paris, but we think a more fabulous way to spend a few hours is browsing the markets in Lille, France, courtesy of the train under the channel. And if you travel between 3rd and 4th September, you can visit Lille’s annual ‘La Grande Braderie’. This event is a huge market that takes over the entire town. Sellers can be seen vending glassware, fashion, furniture and speciality foods. So if you love bric-a-brac, antiques and all things European, take the morning train from around £69 and you’ll get straight to the heart of the action. Have your breakfast on the train and you can lunch at your leisure whilst browsing. Then rest your shopworn legs on the journey back with a glass of wine. A great mini adventure for under £100.
Take a Road Trip
Why not book a classic car and go on your very own road trip? We’re not talking Thelma and Louise here but who needs the American highroads when you can book a car with a difference from Caledonian Classics? They have a range of cars from Jaguar e types, MGB Roadsters, Morgan 4×4, Caterham Super Seven and VW Campervans. They have also just purchased a 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII. This car was the last of the Big Healeys built, benefiting from the later cockpit layout and the more practical roof. Fitted with a six cylinder 2912cc engine, manual gearbox and overdrive, painted in two tone, red over old English white, red leather interior and walnut dash, imagine the looks as you and your partner drive around the countryside! Prices start from around £150 per day.
Ride a Steam Train
If you love the train to take the strain, experience the pure romance of travelling on a steam locomotive, through stunning Welsh, Scottish and Northern scenery. And don’t worry about getting a window seat, for each passenger is allocated their own reserved seat ensuring that travel on these special trains is a relaxing experience. All of the seats on their trains line up with the carriage windows and thus provide the maximum viewing area to add to the enjoyment of your journey. Tours include West Highlander, Summer Highlander, Cock O’ the North, and The Western Isles, Snowdonia and the Northern Fells which includes the famous Settle and Carlisle route together with the Great Little Trains of Wales. For more information visit the Railway Touring Company.
Fly across the channel
Fancy taking a charter plane across the English Channel and doing lunch in Le Touquet? Why not! You can fly from Lydd in Kent from around £150 per flight per person and in a matter of 20 minutes you could be enjoying a French croissant or moules frites. Each plane seats a maximum of eight so why not get a group of you together and make the flight a private one? C’est un bon idee non? For more information visit Lydd Air.