#ShopLocal this Christmas and Enjoy Unique Experiences in YO61

Christmas 2020 is very much about enjoying experiences over ‘things’ and supporting the independent businesses in your local area. YO61 has such a diverse range of small businesses offering a whole range of exciting experiences for all tastes and budgets.

Yorkshire business Uniquely Local, based in Huby near Easingwold, has made it their mission to uncover these hidden gems and feature them on their gift experience website – https://uniquelylocal.co.uk

Business owner Rachel says:

“We try to feature unique experiences that you won’t find on other experience websites and help promote other small businesses in Yorkshire. We only sell experiences that we would want to do ourselves and that our families would be happy to receive.”

Here’s a small sample of some of the great experiences on offer in our area:


Join Kala King at her beautiful home in Alne on a Luxury Chocolate Making Workshop for Two – £150 including lunch and refreshments.

This is a wonderful workshop for chocolate lovers. Under Kala’s expert tuition you’ll learn a range of skills and techniques to produce delicious handmade chocolates.

Find out more and buy the experience https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/experiences/luxury-chocolate-making-workshop/


Join Jacki Barlow and her adorable alpacas at her farm near Husthwaite for this unique experience. You’ll get to meet the alpacas and have a brief chat about these gentle creatures before talking them on a 1.5 mile walk along footpaths and grass fields with gorgeous views across Hambleton.

An alpaca walk for 2 adults sharing 1 alpaca costs £45 – https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/experiences/alpaca-walk-2-adults-sharing-1-alpacas/

A family alpaca experience with 2 adults and up to 4 children sharing 2 alapacas costs £66 –https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/experiences/family-alpaca-walk/

Sutton on the Forest

Join the team at Cooper King in Sutton on the Forest for a guided tour of England’s only self-built whisky and gin distillery.

Discover the adventurous story behind the distillery and understand how their sustainable spirits are made. They’ll introduce you to state-of-the-art vacuum gin distillation and their wonderful Tasmanian copper pot whisky still – the only one of its kind in Europe.

https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/experiences/cooper-king-whisky-and-gin-distillery-tour-near-york/ – £12.50 including tasters.


Get a group together and treat yourselves this Christmas to a fun and informative fascinator workshop with the talented ladies at Yorkshire Feathers. This is a group experience for a minimum of 6 people at £55 per person. You’ll be provided with all the materials and expert tuition to make yourself a wedding or races-ready head piece that will really stand out from the crowd.


If you want to explore the full range of fabulous experience gifts visit the Uniquely Local website https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/experiences/ and #shoplocal this Christmas.