With excitement building over the new stage play from J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, and the latest season of Game of Thrones building to another epic finale, what better time to showcase some of our most popular gift experiences, those which allow fans of the world’s biggest movie franchises to get a little bit closer to their heroes…
Visit King’s Landing from Game of Thrones
Beautiful Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most-visited cities, its ancient walls still intact and the Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can find stunning beaches, amazing island-hopping, and a fantastic nightlife scene. With these views, is it any surprise that the producers of the world’s biggest TV show, Game of Thrones, chose to film scenes set in King’s Landing here? This Croatia gift experience features a guided walking tour for two people, taking you around the key locations, and also filling you in on Dubrovnik’s fascinating history.
Boat tours of Phang Nga Bay in the Phi Phi Islands are always popular, and practically all of them will pass by Khao Phing Kan, which is also known as ‘James Bond Island’. This gigantic limestone rock was the hideout of Bond’s nemesis Scaramanga in the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Although you can’t actually climb up the rock, this sunseeking Thailand gift experience does take you around several fabulous beaches where you can catch some rays, swim in the clear tropical waters, or do a spot of sightseeing. You’ll also visit a floating village built on stilts – this fishing community welcomes visitors to show them what life is like on water, and is an excellent place to try some freshly caught seafood.
When Peter Jackson was trying to persuade film executives to let him have a crack at J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic work ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ he showed them landscape photography of his homeland for inspiration, and it helped seal the deal. The spectacular landscape is as much a character in Jackson’s films as the hobbits, and this guided tour takes you around the specially constructed set used for Hobbiton, just outside the town of Matamata. Learn how the hobbit holes were constructed, about the vast levels of secrecy involved, and even pop into the local inn for a pint of Sackville Cider. For many people this is probably the quintessential New Zealand experience.
You must try this London gift experience if you love the stories of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. A simply amazing tour for two people of the Warner Bros. Studio in London takes you behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies. Discover the secrets behind the special effects and animatronic creatures used in these iconic films, see original costumes and props, and walk through actual sets. If you’re a Potter-fan, you’ll be beside yourself. The experience also includes lunch at nearby De Vere Hunton Park, once a film studio itself. You can have a walk through the peaceful landscaped gardens here, and reflect upon its history as a location for some of the Hammer horror movies!
This gift experience in Spain is a bit more physical, and a bit scarier, than most. Drawing inspiration not just from modern zombie epics like World War Z and the Walking Dead, but also classics of the genre such as Dawn of the Dead, the well-organised experience pits teams of people against a horde of bloodthirsty zombies. Using teamwork, you’ll negotiate puzzles and traps in scenic Spanish villages as you try to escape the zombie apocalypse. Surprises, thrills and gallons of (fake) blood are in good supply.