Welcome

At Thorne Experience we are experts in day trips, family days out, theatre and panto fun, adventure trips and gift vouchers.

We have enjoyed 7 successful years of delighting of our wonderful customers and helping them create lifelong memories.

Our website is designed to enable and offer you much many more experiences and to continue in providing the highest level of customer service.

We hope you enjoy it and as always hope to hear your feedback!

Our Story

“We have been carefully planning, meticulously booking and joyfully accompanying thousands of very happy customers on the most amazing range of trips and day trips imaginable – why don’t you join us? From an indulgent Typsy Tea Party at a posh hotel for your girls night out to Santa’s Barge Trip through scenic countryside near Edinburgh for a magical Christmas experience for all the family – you’ll have the time of your life!”

In 2009 we were receiving loads of enquiries from our Travel Agency customers asking why don’t Thorne organise day trips? There was such a demand for our hands-on, friendly and organised approach, we decided to branch out and Thorne Experience was born. We thought long and hard about would make Thorne Experience trips stand out from the crowd and the huge success of Thorne Experience to date shows that the bespoke concierge service, the huge choice of trips with great availability, theatre meals and much more all contributes to our success throughout Scotland!

Our team at Thorne Experience know that not all customers wish to travel for longer periods, but would love the different variety of day trips and most importantly, that they come with an affordable budget.

Starting with a modest programme of trips within Scotland and Ireland, Thorne Experience now offer over 200 different trips, there is something for everyone and the trips have appeal across all the generations. In 2009 customers had to come in and visit our welcoming shop in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, then the first website was developed, then came the App and now followed by a smart new website to encourage customers to browse and book and pay online.

Who we are

Our 16 strong team is headed by Shona Thorne, and we specialise in friendly, approachable customer service. Our customers tell us a visit to our shop is like coming home! Our customers are welcomed, feel safe and excited by our many trips on offer while being completely reassured that booking with us will be hassle free from start to finish.

Our team are passionate about what we do. We are all local to the shop, really know the area and what our customers are looking for. Our team consists of experienced staff, single fun loving, parents of young children, experienced day trippers – we are here to help.

With such a range of trips on offer many of our customers book multiple trips. For example one of our top favourite outings is Mum and Dad taking the kids to the Santa’s Barge Christmas trip and then Mum and her girlfriends glamming up and coming to one of our Tribute Nights out and then maybe the next week treating the deserving Grandparents to a Whisky Experience.

With all trips now bookable online and your place secured with a modest deposit you’ll be busy for a year!

We manage the complete experience using top Scottish coach companies. A highly trained tour representative, with Disclosure Scotland accreditation and first aid training accompanies all our trips and is on hand for any advice and assistance you may need.

What we do

Growing on our success we contacted many more suppliers over the years as we look to offer more and more diversity of trips and activities. Now we offer a huge choice of kids trips from the ever successful Santa Barge Trip, to bespoke Photoshoots – from the Typsy Tea parties at a choice of hotel to suit you to fabulous trips to see top musicals or tribute nights.

Now ladies, our list of trips for you is ever growing, but one of our most popular afternoons out is our fabulous Typsy Tea Party. Take your group of friends to one of a selection of top hotels where you will receive a glass of fizz, followed by full afternoon tea with a thrill! Our tea parties don’t serve tea in their vintage cups and tea pots, we serve the cocktail of your choice! Accompanied by a beautiful choice of cut sandwiches and freshly made cakes, you and your guests will choose your favourite cocktail and spend the afternoon with family and friends sipping your way through 4 of them! Absolutely fabulous darling! We collect you from our Kilwinning shop, take you there and return you all back to the shop and if required we have a great deal negotiated on fares with our local taxi company to take you direct to your front door.

If kids trips are more your thing then we offer a great selection of family days out. Why not take the kids to the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory where you will make your own chocolate from a selection of moulds in the morning and then what better way to spend the afternoon than our visit to the farm park to burn off all that sugar!

One of our most popular times of the year is of course Christmas. Leaving again from our Kilwinning shop, we head east to the scenic village of Ratho, just outside Edinburgh. Here all the family will enjoy that Santa Barge Trip, with a fantastic array of activities for the kids all day. You kids will get to decorate their own Christmas tree and make their own Christmas cards with love. They will be thrilled to find Santa’s Elves helping them all day. Then the main event where you will all travel along the scenic canal in Santa’s Barge with the kids getting drinks and biscuits and the adults sipping on mulled wine and nibbling shortbread. The children get to sing favourite Christmas carols while looking out for characters along the route on the canal banks. Santa then joins the barge via speed boat and the kids can get to stand beside Santa, get a fantastic present, sing more Christmas songs and then sleep off all the excitement on the coach back to Ayrshire.

And just to remind all the parents at this already busy and stressful time of year, we do the driving so you can relax.

If a bit of culture or fun singalong at a tribute night out is more your style, leave it to us. What better what to start your day or evening out with us with a chilled glass of bubbly or your favourite cocktail then enjoying the relaxed company of family and friends as we drive you to a top restaurant before arriving at the theatre to take your top positioned seats and then sit back and enjoy the show – perfect!

If sporty days out are more your thing we do that too. We have huge experience in arranging Clay Pigeon Shooting, Track Days, Off-roading and even Formula 1 weekends. So get you team together and see what we can do to create your outdoors experience of a lifetime.

Many of our customers really take advantage of our expertise and use Thorne Experience to book their corporate hospitality events and days away. We are specialists in arranging executive trips to Formula 1, with departures luxury coaches leaving from Glasgow to arrive in comfort at your  4* hotel, for 3 days dinner, bed and breakfast plus 2 days admission to the track. We arrange trips to visit 5 different tracks, Silverstone, Belgium, Italy and Barcelona and we can of course also arrange your flights! All our tickets are in the Grandstand and can be upgrade if required. You and your guests will get to watch the thrilling practice races, qualifying races and much more.

Why not let us take the stress out of organising your Christmas night out? We organise hundreds of parties at Christmas and New Year in some of the best hotels in Scotland. Let us know how many are in your party, where you want to go and we will do the rest. Meet at our shop in Kilwinning for a chilled glass of fizz then whisked off to the party where all the tables are fully decorated by us with lots of surprises – a perfect solutions to the girls or boys Christmas night out or to treat your office colleagues and employees.

No matter how big or small your group is, leave it to us to arrange your trip. Whatever the trip, we will have experience of organising it!