Not so long ago, marking your 40th birthday was a big occasion – a great reason to party through the night before the doom of middle age was cast upon you! But as the post-war baby boomer generation hits the big 5 0, middle age aspersions are being cast aside as 50 becomes the new 40.
With this more youthful approach to life, this soon to be 50 generation are looking for novel ways to celebrate their next big birthday. Abba parties and 70’s discos are fast becoming old hat as planned events and weekends away become the new trend.
If you’re looking for inspiration of how to mark your special occasion with your loved ones, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.
Mark a Sporting Moment
Football, cricket, rugby? If you’re into sport and have always fancied hiring a box for a special game why not take a group of mates and enjoy a great sporting occasion. Many sporting venue’s have boxes to hire where you can enjoy hospitality before, during and after the match which sometimes can also include meeting the players afterwards. The Stoop, home of Harlequins rugby, has a great range of boxes available where you can enjoy premiership league games as well as international matches. Visit their website for further details: https://hospitality.quins.co.uk/
Enjoy a flutter at the races
With approximately 60 racecourses to choose from throughout the UK, a day at the races could be just the ticket. Most venues offer the chance to hire a box, book a meal or you could even sponsor a race if you plan well in advance! Racecourses have also started to embrace the ‘Party in the Paddock’ theme where bands hold gigs to keep punters entertained once the racing has finished. This year at Newbury Racecourse (https://newburyracecourse.co.uk/) after Ladies Day on Saturday 18th August, chart topping and BRIT award-winning act, Rudimental will perform for the crowds.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay Pigeon Shooting has certainly become more popular in recent years with city dwellers decamping to the beautiful British countryside for a weekend of fine dining, roaring fires and days of shooting. From complete novices to experienced guns, organised clay pigeon shooting weekends can cater for everyone’s abilities. A great weekend away where you can spend quality time with your nearest and dearest and with the etiquette not quite as fearsome as a proper shoot you needn’t worry about dress code or formalities. Your instructors will run through all the safety elements, so you can relax and enjoy a fantastic weekend in the country.
As with all celebrations there’s bound to be a few corks popping to mark your special occasion so why not go to the champagne area in France and see just how it’s made. Companies like Grape Escapes (https://www.grapeescapes.net/) have a huge variety of tours available that will cater for all your party’s requirements. The Champagne area is extremely easy to get to making it a popular destination for tourists with plenty of places to stay from guest houses to five-star hotels. From small independent champagne houses to the iconic champagne makers such as Veuve Clicquot, Laurent Perrier and Moet & Chandon there’s plenty to see, tour and of course taste! For a memorable experience, plan your trip when the harvest is due to be picked.