At Days Of The Year, we’re really into the idea of trying out new experiences. Weird, wonderful and new ways to celebrate and explore are at very the heart of what we believe and do. As such, we were particularly excited to be able to talk to Tom Hale, who works for IntoTheBlue – a company who specialise in ‘experiences, activities and adventure days out’ – about Experience Week.
Q: What kind of things do people do people do to celebrate National Experience Week? Is there a theme for this year in particular, for example?
The main aim of National Experience Week is to encourage people to experience something new, and that can manifest itself in a number of different ways. Going to the theatre, learning to cook, skydiving or even soaring in a spitfire. There is no particular theme in terms of what you can do, because we know that everyone is different and will want to celebrate in their own way.
Q: What can people do at home or work, on a budget, to take part?
The great thing about this week is that you don’t have to have a big budget or loads of spare time to take part. We have experiences available for under £10, and we’ve incorporated social-media with the hashtags #itbwishlish and #nationalexperienceweek so people can share what they’re doing however big, small, long or short.
Q: What’s the weirdest or craziest experience you’ve come across, as part of the week?
I think certainly the craziest experience that someone has chosen on their wish list is the Zombie Survival. Running around a dark disused factory building fighting the undead, armed with an airsoft shotgun is definitely an experience to say the least. Not for the faint hearted!
Q: Which other Days fall in National Experience Week do you think join up well? Is there a chance to kill two birds with one stone?
National sibling day is the 13th of April, which is the first day of National Experience Week. I think that joins up quite well because there’s lots of things you can do with your sibling (if you get on!). For example you could go fishing, wine tasting or camping. Or, because it is on a Monday, you could go to a dance class in the evening or start learning a martial art.
Q: From a personal perspective, what’s your favourite Day Of The Year, and why?
For me it’s got to be the 7th of April – no house work day. On reflection it seems a bit counter-intuitive, because you just do double the amount the next day. Having said that, the satisfaction of laying down on the sofa after dinner without having done the washing up make the whole thing worth it!
It sounds like this week provides plenty of great excuses to try something new, and to embark on some adventures. Let us know how you get on!