We have all taken our kids to the local garden centre, school fetes and similar. We pay around £10 to visit Father Christmas and it’s a quick ‘in and out’ process while your child gets a few minutes with a man in a false beard and a present that is aimed at a boy or girl, around their age.
But what if you could take a Santa visit in Peterborough to the next level?
What if you could pay slightly more for your child to help an elf find Santa. With a professional pilot your child gets on the plane and flies you to Lapland. That’s right, you are there too. You and any other family members can sit in the plane while your child sits in a real-life cockpit and feels like they are flying you to Lapland.
As a passenger on the plane you can see the skies out the window, and you’ll see the gorgeous sites of Lapland when you land. In front of you you’ll be able to see the footage of your child flying the plane. They’ll be twisting all the dials and pressing all the buttons, just as they would if they were a real pilot! Your child will feel like they really are flying to see Santa!
Then, on landing in ‘Lapland’ (but still being in Peterborough) your child and family will get off the plane and visit Santa.
Now when we say Santa, we mean Santa! Think Miracle of 34th Street – that is the Santa you can expect. Real beard, fabulous costume and the perfect ‘Santa’ voice too!
On booking you'll be asked questions about your child along with their hobbies and interests. Santa will then talk to your child about all the things you’ve told them. This could include their favourite pet, the last film they saw at the cinema, the goal they scored last week or that delicious cake they made for Grandma.
Your child will be completely swept up in the magic of Christmas. They will get their personalised present from Santa and then he will use his magic to transport you all back to Peterborough in a blink of an eye.
There is an option to purchase the footage on USB stick of them flying the plane if you wish.
As you can understand this is a very popular Santa experience in Peterborough. While we hate to mention Christmas in August, places are already getting booked up quickly. Please book your flying to Santa experience now to avoid disappointment.
Congratulations – you’re getting married! There will be lots of planning now, the venue, the food, the dress, the guest list and so much more. Some of this wedding planning will be easy; some may not be quite so easy. However there is something else you need to remember. Your Wedding Gift List. This is a fun thing to plan and a lovely thing for you and your partner to talk about and discuss.
Some people feel awkward about having a gift list. However, it is likely your guests will want to buy you a present. Without guidance you could end up with 7 toasters and 5 kettles. Unless you own a bed and breakfast, this probably won’t be useful!
So why not tell your guests what you would like?
If you and your partner have been living together for some time then you might not wants things for the house. Instead you may choose vouchers for your favourite shop or restaurant. Maybe you could ask guests to pay towards your honeymoon? Perhaps some experiences that you can enjoy together might be more up your street?
It’s a good idea to have a selection of options on your wedding gift list and these should be at different price points. This then covers those friends at work, and grandparents – who may choose to spend different amounts on your gifts.
It is recommended that you have a third of the amount of gifts as there are guests. This gives guests plenty of options, even if they leave it to the last minute.
For larger gifts you could set up a way of donations towards it. For example if you would love to have a couples flying experience with us, you could ask guests to put money in the pot towards the experience. This way you’ll still get to enjoy the amazing couples flying experience and you’ll have lots of guests to thank for it.
Alternatively, if you have a honeymoon planned and would like donations towards it, why not list some experiences you want to do and guests can pay for that? Alternatively they could pay for some cocktails on your honeymoon, or champagne and treats on the flight out to your honeymoon?
Don’t forget, if you’re a nervous flyer we run nervous flyer sessions so you can always book one of those to calm your nerves before your honeymoon?
If you’re feeling really generous and charitable, you could have an option to donate to a charity of your choice. This is a great feel-good option and is a nice touch for your guests too. This is especially the case if you explain why this charity is close to your heart.
As we mentioned in our last blog post, the holidays are fast approaching and this can be a scary time for many of us. If stepping aboard the plane with jelly legs and sweaty palms is something you want to avoid then have a look at the following top tips for nervous flyers.
It has been reported that 25% of people are nervous about flying so you are not alone. Follow these top tips for nervous flyers to keep your cool and stay calm so you can enjoy your holiday from start to finish.
Give Yourself Time
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. You’ll feel much calmer if you can get there early and grab a soft drink or read a book. Your anxiety, stress and nerves will be on high alert if you’re running late and worried about missing the flight.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
While it might be tempting to grab a coffee to relax, the coffee will have the opposite effect. You’ll be on high alert, feeling more stressed and anxious than you did. While alcohol may be tempting to calm to nerves, or for some ‘Dutch Courage’, again it is worth avoiding. It won’t help you and it will make you feel worse.
Chat To Flight Attendants
Let the flight attendants know that you’re a nervous flyer. They can chat to you about your concerns and reassure you that you’re in safe hands. The flight attendants will have experience of dealing with nervous flyers so they’ll know how to calm you.
Make sure you pack a book, some puzzles or a magazine in your hand luggage. By keeping yourself busy and focusing on something you’ll forget about your worries. The time will also pass faster if you’re occupied on small tasks. If you are on a longer flight then try and rest or sleep to mitigate jetlag.
Remember The Stats
Travelling by air is the safest mode of transport. This shows you how safe flying really is and should help you stay calm. Also think positively. Think about where you are going, what you’ll do when you get there and how much fun you’ll have.
If you are really nervous about flying why not have a mini-trial before your holiday, on land? Why not book a fear of flying course with us? We can show you around the cockpit so you know what the captain can see. You can also see what to expect in the plane so you can put your mind at rest. Our fear of flying courses are really popular, so contact us now to book your space.
The holidays are certainly coming. For some of us this means jetting off abroad to enjoy some culture, sunshine and relaxation. For others it means a stay-cation where we can enjoy what England has to offer, and try and miss the showers that the British summer always brings!
We love stay-cations and we love holidays abroad too. What we don’t love is when we hear from people that can’t overcome their fear of flying and this means that they miss out on holidays abroad.
We want to help people like that. We don’t want people to miss out on their dream holidays due to fear of flying. In this blog post we have put together a few top tips for you. These should help you overcome your fear of flying and help you enjoy your dream holiday, wherever that may be!
The first thing you should do is familiarise yourself with flying. This can include talking to friends about what to expect on the flight, along with the sights and sounds you will experience. Have a look at YouTube videos too as these will show you what the inside of a flight is like and you can watch what to expect.
Alternatively why not book in for a flying experience in Peterborough with us? You can experience what it is like to fly a plane, in the comfort of Peterborough, knowing that nothing bad can happen. This will then give you the peace of mind of the sounds you can expect, what the pilot is looking at and how safe flying in a plane is.
It’s a good idea to check out the statistics too. It is likely you’ve heard some horror stories about flying in a plane and accidents that can happen. However, the real truth behind plane accidents is that there are very, very few. In fact the US reports that there is a one in 45 million chance of dying on a plane / in a plan accident. To put this into reality, it means you could fly everyday for 123,000 before it is likely you will die on the plane or in a flying accident.
If you’d like to overcome your fear of flying then why not give our friendly team a call? We have courses in place to help with peoples fear of flying and we know they will give you the confidence and peace of mind you need to book that dream holiday abroad.
We are fast approaching wedding season. You may have had your invite in the post, or you’re seeing constant updates of the wedding on social media. You know you need to get the happy couple a wedding present – but what?
It’s not like the years gone by when people moved in together after the wedding. More often than not happy couples live together for a few years before they get married. They don’t need another toaster, posh cutlery or glassware set.
So why not break the mould and treat the happy couple to something different, something they will really remember?
If you know the happy couple love the theatre then why not book them some tickets to see their favourite show, and book them a table in a nearby restaurant too. This will be a wedding gift with a difference, and it is a thoughtful gift that they will love too.
A Star Gazing Experience
There are loads of places where you can book a stargazing experience for the happy couple. They will go out with their very own astronomer that will show them the stars in the darkest skies of the UK. It’s a really nice mini-moon treat if the happy couple are going on a honeymoon at a later date, especially if you can treat them to a hotel stay too.
A Flying Experience
If you know a couple getting married in Peterborough or surrounding areas then a trip to see us could be the perfect wedding gift with a difference. We can create a private flying experience for the happy couple. They will get to sit in a real cockpit and feel like they are flying the plane for real. This experience is unlike a fairground flight simulator; instead it is like flying a plane in real life. This will be an experience the newly married couple will never forget. They will be forever grateful to you for this incredible experience and wedding gift with a difference in Peterborough.
For something a little different, you could consider some hubby and wifey pillowcases? They’re a lovely wedding gift with a difference that will bring a smile to the happy couples face. It could also resolve the common married couple’s argument of who is taking up the most room in the bed!
These are just some of our favourite ideas of wedding presents with a difference, but we know these will have you ranked as a brilliant wedding guest and friend for life!
Peterborough is a great place to visit, or somewhere to have a lovely day out. We have some fabulous historic buildings such as Peterborough Cathedral which is over 900 years old. There is also Peterborough Museum which used to be a hospital and is now home to 3 floors of fascinating artifacts and displays. Of course there is Queensgate shopping centre where you can spend hours looking round popular high street shops and some independent shops too.
But if you live in Peterborough and want to do something different then what is there to do? Or perhaps you are visiting Peterborough and fancy an unusual day out?
We have put together a list of just some of the unusual days out in Peterborough that you may be interested. Of course these are just some of the unusual days out in Peterborough that we recommend. There are many, many more!
We are lucky enough to have quite the selection of escape rooms in Peterborough. There are escape rooms taking place underneath Peterborough Museum, Western themed escape rooms, Sherlock Holmes experiences and so much more. You have a set amount of time to solve a puzzle then you’re free. If you don’t solve the puzzle you’re trapped forever. Or until the staff chose to let you out!
Jet Sim School
Ever fancied flying a plane? We offer this incredible and life-like flying experience in Peterborough. Whether you are a flying enthusiast or have always fancied being a pilot, these flying experiences in Peterborough certainly offer an unusual day out in Peterborough. You will be sat in a real cockpit and feel like you’re really flying an airliner. It’s got all the buttons, switches and controls like the real plane!
Vivacity Peterborough runs some incredible tours around Peterborough. These include things like Crime and Punishment, Ghost Tours, Tudor Walks and so much more. These are run on set days of the month usually during evenings and weekends. They certainly give you a different perspective of the city.
Exotic Pet Refuge
The Exotic Pet Refuge is based outside Peterborough, in Deeping St James but we would definitely class it as an unusual day out in Peterborough. There are lots of animals to see including monkeys, big cats, racoons, alligators, wolves, owls and parrots. These animals were all kept as pets and have been rescued by various groups and are then cared for by this organisation.
What’s your most unusual day out in Peterborough?
Have you ever dreamed of flying a plane, or maybe you know someone that has always dreamed of flying a plane?
Perhaps you have a friend that when asked what animal they would be, they will always reply that they want to be a bird?
Or maybe your sibling or lifelong friend has always wanted to be a pilot ‘when they grow up’, but now they are all grown up, and the potential of them having their dream job is looking less likely?
Here at Jet Sim School we have the perfect treat for people just like this. We have a flight simulator that has been built to extremely high specifications. It looks, feels, responds in every way that you would expect the cockpit of a real plane to look, feel and respond.
If you’ve dreamed of being a pilot or know someone that dreams and hopes of flying a real plane, then this could be a great flying experience in Peterborough to enable them to live their flying dreams. All the buttons, switches and controls work, just as they would in a real cockpit.
Your flying experience to date may have been a few holidays abroad and the odd business trip or two, you may have tried out some flight simulators on your PC too, but when you have a go at our flight simulator you’ll quickly realise that this is the real deal when it comes to flying experiences.
Our flying experience gives you or a person you love the chance to be a pilot of their very own plane. It’s an amazing gift experience that will be remembered forever. You won’t feel like you’re in economy off on holiday, packed in like sardines. Instead you’ll be at the front of the plane, looking out at the scenery around you while the buttons, controls and screens flash at your fingertips.
Our flight experience in Peterborough gives you or your loved one a fun, exciting and adrenalin filled learning experience that they will never forget.
It’s also worth noting that 1 in 5 people have a genuine fear of flying, we offer flying experiences for people that want to get over their fear of flying. If that is you, or someone you know then please get in touch.
It’s been a busy summer here at Jet Sim School. In August we have seen many new and old faces in the flight deck for flight experiences, interview preparation and assessment and airline pilot refresher courses.
We have lots of exciting things to share with you over the coming months. Here’s an update on our latest developments.
Cabin Build in progress
It’s all systems go with our new passenger cabin. The build is progressing well and we will soon be ready to unveil all. So, as well as a Boeing 737 cockpit, complete with 503 buttons, levers, switches and controls, Janet (the simulator as she is affectionately known) will consist of a galley and passenger cabin, all built from genuine aircraft parts from the same SAS aircraft SE – DOR. Watch this space for more news and exciting new flight simulator experiences soon.
New for Christmas 2018 – Santa Flight to Lapland
We have some big ideas lined up for the festive season that will soon be upon us. Santa Claus is coming to town - or you could say we are going to his town, with our brand new Santa flight simulator experience to Lapland.
Make Christmas extra special this year. We will send you and your family to see Father Christmas in his grotto! You will be welcomed in our VIP lounge and prepare to board the Boeing 737 NG flight simulator, the smell of warm mince pies and a Christmassy atmosphere will fill the room giving you a taste of what is ahead.
Then it's up and off to the magical wonderland of Lapland on your very own private virtual flight. You’ll get to enjoy the view & inflight entertainment from the luxury of our Business Class cabin and your child will be invited to become a pilot to help the captain fly the plane.
After landing in the snowy haven, you will be welcomed by one of Santa's loyal elves. The elf will lead the way to Santa’s grotto, where you will meet Santa Claus himself. Hear the excitement in your child’s voice as they tell Santa what would make Christmas extra special this year, they will then be presented with a special gift from Santa. In the blink of an eye you will be magically transported back to Peterborough where you will receive a video of your flight experience to Lapland.
This fantastic new experience is now available for booking so check in on our website and grab your space and give the little ones a Christmas experience they'll never forget!
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