Give an experience as a gift this Christmas

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An “experience voucher” could be the perfect gift for a loved one who has it all for Christmas.

Denbighshire has a plethora of adventure sports and outdoor activities and this winter you can give someone a different gift or equip them with all the gear they need for the New Year.

Caroline Dawson, who created SUP Lass Paddle Adventures, a Water Skills Academy accredited SUP school based in Loggerheads, offers stand-up paddleboarding lessons, river adventures, coastal excursions, and safety sessions.

She also paddles competitively and recently finished second in the GB SUP Series Great Glen Challenge in Scotland.

Caroline said: “My passion is adventure and I love to offer clients more than just a basic lesson, I often serve hot chocolate or a cup of soup by the water. Seeing people attending the sessions was wonderful, especially after the pandemic, seeing the paddlers laughing and having fun again was fantastic. “

Stand up paddle boarding involves participants using a paddle while standing or kneeling on a paddle board.

Caroline said, “Paddle boarding has grown tremendously over the last 12 months, it’s really popular. Denbighshire is a great area for adventure sports, they are popular with locals and visitors alike and there are so many businesses offering a wide range of adventure sports.

“Supporting local businesses and buying locally this Christmas is very important, it helps support Denbighshire’s economy and there is so much to offer.”

She added: “This is the perfect time of year to have a loved one who has everything something different. You can’t put a price on a memory with a loved one, a new experience or learning. of a new skill. It is something special and magical. Like many adventure companies, we sell vouchers on our website and are able to customize them to fit any of our sessions.

Caroline and Llangollen’s ProAdventure are among a number of independent companies supporting the Denbighshire County Council’s #LoveLiveLocal campaign to encourage more people to support local businesses and buy local this winter.

ProAdventure opened in 1991 and is an outdoor adventure retailer that sells everything from tipi tents, bush craft supplies, outdoor clothing, and materials for cooking and living in comfort in the home. outdoors.

Peter Carol runs the business with his wife Lesley who is a trained mountain leader, qualified canoe river facilitator and Nordic walking trainer.

Peter, who has over 30 years of experience in outdoor adventure training and vacations, said: “Adventure sports are very popular in Denbighshire and we are seeing them grow. There is also a plethora of beautiful countryside to explore.

“This is a great time to gear up for the New Year, or for those with outdoor experience, you can repair, wash, or re-waterproof the kit with the supplies we have in store. The products we sell reflect our love of walking and camping, Scandinavian culture and life in the garden.

“We also make prudent purchasing choices while taking into account the environmental impact of products and this includes choices about what we sell and from whom we buy it, the supply of renewable electricity and the use of electricity. ‘LED lighting throughout the store.

“We have a very sporty business community here in Llangollen and we encourage shoppers to look at their local shopping streets this Christmas and to think outside the box when looking for gifts.”

Buyers can help by sharing great experiences and products on social media to let people know you’ve bought local this winter and encourage others to #LoveLiveLocal too.

You can get involved by visiting www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/business/business-support/love-live-local.aspx

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