40th Birthday Ideas

40th Birthday Ideas

1982 was a big year! Ozzy Osbourne became friendly with a bat, We all went mad for E.T., Italy won the world cup and if you’re turning 40 this year then you were born! We have some great 40th Birthday ideas to share with you. One of our Guest Co-ordinators turns the big 40 this year so we have picked his brain for how he would like to celebrate.

40th Birthday ideas for 2024

Dig out that neon, pull on those leg warmers and sit back and enjoy our guide to the best way to celebrate your 40th in 2024. Firstly, let’s celebrate the 80’s in style, unquestionably one of the best retro festivals around is ‘Lets Rock’. Earlham Park in Norwich is one of this year’s sites, ideal for staying on the Norfolk Coast.

With Norwich only 35mins from the coast this is absolutely one of the best ways to celebrate your birthday. Big name acts like The Human League, Billy Ocean, Nick Heyward, and Nik Kershaw are set to headline. The festival takes place on 28th May 2024 and is set to be a day full of 1980’s fun. It should be noted that ‘Lets Rock’ is a family friendly festival so absolutely perfect for bringing the whole family along to celebrate.

Pure Luxe

Whilst restrictions have started lifting, people are still reluctant to party like its 1982. With this in mind, why not take a ‘Best Friends Only Trip’. A huge party would be my absolute nightmare so the idea of taking a few select friends and partners away for a weekend sounds ideal. Clearly you only turn 40 once so why not book a lodge where you can all spend time together and celebrate in private.

Dana Lodge

It should be noted 2cHolidays has the perfect lodge to celebrate with family and friends. Dana Lodge is the ultimate in luxe with a sauna room, swimming pool and two hot tubs. Located at Pentney Lakes you can even learn to water ski with a water sports company based on the lake side.

In addition to all the excitement on the lake why not consider having a pamper session in the luxury of the lodge. In addition to salon work, many beauticians now can bring the pampering to you. Imagine leaving the hot tub taking a few steps and receiving a treatment.

We hope we have given you some ideas on how to celebrate in style this year. From one very nearly 40-year-old to you, Happy Birthday!

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40th Birthday Gift Ideas

40th birthdays are special occasions deserving of thoughtful gifts! Shopping for 40th birthday gifts can be a challenge, but there are plenty of great options to consider. Feeling overwhelmed? Personalised items are the best way to go for 40th birthday gift ideas. Mug sets. Engraved whiskey glasses. Custom jewellery. Undoubtedly, these are always lovely pieces that will make your 40-year-old friend smile.

If your 40-year-old has everything they need and want, a luxurious spa day or romantic dinner is also a perfect 40th birthday gift idea. Don’t forget about experiential gifts like concert tickets and unique experiences to create memories that last for years. Make it extra special by gathering some friends and throwing them a 40th birthday bash. From fun decorations to delicious food, it’ll be an evening they won’t forget!

Thoughtful gifts are great for 40th birthday ideas

Celebrating 40 years of life is a momentous occasion and finding the perfect 40th birthday gift can be challenging. You want to find something special that won’t just end up in a drawer or closet. Fortunately, there are many thoughtful 40th birthday gift ideas to choose from.

Consider gifting something sentimental like a photo album full of memories, or tickets to a special event or vacation that they’ll never forget. 40th birthdays are worth celebrating with an extra-special gift! This does however mean that there is plenty of pressure on 40th birthday ideas.

Celebrate with some fabulous 40th birthday cake ideas

40th birthdays are special, so don’t settle for a cake from the supermarket! Get creative and make it something you’ll remember! Think of funny 40th birthday cake ideas like creating a 40-layered masterpiece with 40 different flavors, or baking a 40th inspired jigsaw puzzle. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fun when it comes to 40th birthday cakes.

Why not opt for a towering tiered creation featuring 40 slices or 40 colourful layers? Get creative with design and bring in some humour to make this milestone extra memorable! From pop culture personality cakes to cakes shaped like handbags or 40-year-old wine bottles. Furthermore, Pinterest is full of 40th birthday cake ideas.

Where to get personalised 40th birthday cakes

Looking for a personalised cake in the UK, look no further! Online bakeries make the perfect option for customising your 40th birthday cake. With their incredible designs, delicious ingredients and friendly service, these professionals make ordering your 40th birthday cake effortless. There are plenty of local bakeries that offer online ordering delivery. Take the hassle out of 40th birthday celebrations by leaving the cake making to someone else!

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40th Birthday ideas for him

Looking for 40th birthday ideas that are as special as he is? Look no further than Essex in the UK. you are spoiled for choice when it comes to 40th birthday ideas. From trying something new and thrilling, like paintballing or go-karting, to relaxing days out exploring nature. Why not walk the picturesque South Woodham Ferrers Scenic Walk.

Days out in Essex for 40th birthday ideas

Days out could include a visit to the wonderful Colchester Zoo, where you can spend hours learning about different wild animals and watching them interact. For a more adrenaline-filled adventure why not visit Wrabness Nature Reserve and paddle sports lake.

This is perfect for enjoying some outdoor activities like kayaking, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding among the fair play of nature. Why not take a relaxing boat tour along one of the many rivers in Essex? Soaking in the views with traditional fish and chips at a local pub along the way.

40th Birthday gift ideas women

Turning 40 is an occasion to be celebrated in style and with the perfect 40th birthday gift, you can make sure that the lucky lady feels pampered and special. 40th birthday present ideas women certainly don’t have to break the bank.

A personalized piece of jewelry or special item of clothing that she can treasure. A surprise trip or weekend away! For something more meaningful, why not create a collage of 40 photos representing 40 years of great life moments. Undoubtedly, this will bring a smile to her face. Whatever 40th birthday gift idea you choose, it should come from the heart and show how much you care.

40th Birthday Ideas Women

Shopping for 40th birthday gifts for women can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Thinking outside the box and gifting something that is just as thoughtful, meaningful, and fun is a great way to go. Consider a 40-day journaling challenge where each day she finds inspiration in the written word.

Treat her to a luxurious spa day so she can relax, unwind, and be pampered. What about leaving 40 notes around the house with 40 memories and 40 wishes of love? Or create 40 unique experiences with 40 things you always wanted to do together! 40th birthday gifts women don’t get better than this!

40th Birthday experience ideas

Looking for 40th birthday experience ideas in Skegness? Look no further! There are plenty of options to make this day one to remember. For the ultimate birthday adventure, why not try out a unique and thrilling water sports package at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve? Take your pick from everything from kayaking and canoeing to coasteering and sailing – even paddleboarding if you are feeling particularly adventurous!

Not quite your style? Spend the day exploring Skegness’s beautiful beaches and its rich history by taking a scenic tour. For something truly special, top off the day with dinner in one of the town’s many amazing seafood restaurants – a 40th birthday treat they won’t forget! Skegness offers 40th birthday experience ideas that will make this milestone birthday unforgettable.

Try Skegness night life for your 40th birthday ideas!

Undoubtedly, there’s plenty to do when night falls. From pubs and clubs along the seafront, to music events and comedy shows, there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not book a boat trip and explore the stunning Lincolnshire coastline?

After all that exploring, warm up with a hearty meal at one of Skegness’s traditional fish ‘n’ chip restaurants before heading out for some karaoke! Whatever 40th birthday experience you choose in Skegness, it’ll be sure to be an unforgettable one.

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30th Birthday Ideas.

We can’t believe the 90s was 30 years ago. The decade that brought us Beanie Babies, Friends, Google and The Spice Girls has had a resurgence in popularity recently. Pop Culture as we know it today emerged from the 90’s. Everyone suddenly became a ‘parent’ to their Tamagotchi or Furby. We all watched as The Mickey Mouse Club launched the career of some of todays biggest stars.

Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears all launched their careers with the help of a famous mouse. Little did we realise that by the end of the decade we would see Britney, Christina and Justin all launch pop careers which are still going strong today.

Retro Movie Night

Unquestionably the cinema was a big draw for us in the 90’s. In contrast to the 80’s we saw a comeback of traditional Disney movies with hits such as Beauty and the Beast (’91), Aladdin (’92) and The Lion King (’94). Towards the end of the decade saw Pixar’s involvement with the release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

Without a doubt technology moved at speed during the 90’s by the end of the decade we were all wowed as we watched realistic dinosaurs chase Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern through a tropical island.

Digital Age

Importantly the 1990’s were a decade of advance; some may say the start of the digital age. In contrast to today in the 90’s almost none of us had heard of the web, we didn’t have browsers, search engines, digital mobile networks, fully 3-d games or affordable laptops. Media still meant newspapers and news broadcasts, the concept of social media was still a pipe dream.

Finally we ended the decade with one of the biggest non events of our time, Y2K. This terrifying end-of-millenium technological comeuppance faded into black as we all celebrated the start of a new millennium.

With all of this in mind we have a few ideas to celebrate your 30th birthday in style. Book a great break away with family and friends and enjoy reminiscing the decade. Grab a portable projector and load your phone with classic 90’s movies. Absolutely make sure you cater for all, Pretty Woman for Mum, Terminator for Dad and Jurassic Park for the kids (big and small). Light up the bbq, open the marshmallows and sit back and enjoy s’mores as you watch the movies under the stars.


Relive the days of boybands and book a stay at Southview Holiday Park. Following a recent ½ million-pound investment Southview is the place to go for top notch entertainment and activities. Dig out your old copies of Smash Hits and TOTP and relive those heady days of boyband mania. Expect big name acts like Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates, Blue’s Simon Webbe and T4’s Vernon Kay amongst others.

Importantly book today and secure your staycation with a low deposit of just £25.

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50th Birthday Ideas

1972 saw Marlon Brandon make us an offer we couldn’t refuse as the Godfather. Grease was the word on Broadway and we experienced the “Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars”. It was also the year that you were born if you are celebrating the big 5-0!

Without a doubt celebrating your 50th needs to be done in style. We have a few suggestions to help you plan this. From chilled out relaxed breaks to something a bit more action packed, we have ideas to cover all. Norfolk’s answer to Las Vegas, Great Yarmouth has lots on offer to make your birthday go with a bang. The Regency apartments are the located right in the heart of Yarmouth. Making these undoubtedly the perfect base for your celebrations.  Each apartment sleeps up to 4 people and overlook the resorts main shopping street, Regent Road. In addition to hotel quality finishes each apartment has its own kitchen so you can prepare a celebratory meal or muster together snack before a big night out.

Local Entertainment

Being centrally located means that a night on the town is literally minutes away. The team have selected their top three choices for a celebratory night out in and around Yarmouth.

Grosvenor Casino

Channel your inner Bond and spend a night at the tables. Set in the elegant Shadingfield Lodge, a Victorian building once frequented regularly by Edward VIII. The restaurant overlooks the stunning gardens. Without a doubt a great way to spend your birthday. The Grosvenor has numerous Roulette, Blackjack and Poker tables with popular slot games like Cleopatra and Lucky Lady’s Charm.

Bongo’s Bingo, Gorleston-on-Sea

Bongo’s Bingo is the definitive bingo experience. Bingo doesn’t have to be all ‘eyes down look in’. Welcome to Bongo’s, the place where everyone 19-92 plays and parties together! There are no barriers and no limits, its immersive, inclusive, and incredible. Get your friends together for a fun night of bingo like you have never experienced before.

Bongo’s is a wild shared social extravaganza and a night of pure nostalgic escapism, with the chance to win iconic prizes from giant pink unicorns and Henry Hoovers to mobility scooters and karaoke machines at each and every show. Whilst staying true to the original rules, Bongo’s immerses you in a wild night of rave intervals, awkward dance offs, big money and ridiculous prizes. This will be a Gorleston night out like no other.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“Expect a riotous night you won’t forget in a hurry” – Evening Standard

“Bongo’s Bingo, the craze that is quite literally sweeping the nation” – Heat World

The Squirrels Big Night Out, St Georges Theatre Great Yarmouth

Grab your ‘squirrel friends’ and head to St Georges Theatre for Gt Yarmouth’s premier drag ‘extravaganza’. You will absolutely be ‘dancing the house down boots’ alongside your hosts Miss Crystal and Ms Special K. Importantly they will bring you a fantastic mixture of songs, dancing, and some of the cheekiest comedy around.

‘Sashay Away’ to St Georges for a grand evening of fabulous entertainment and giggles.

In addition to all this entertainment you also have the beautiful Norfolk coast to enjoy. With beaches, The Broads and more to discover, Norfolk is the ideal place to visit.

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60th Birthday Ideas

Reaching 60 needs to be celebrated. We have some unique ideas to help you celebrate in style, in contrast to the norm of throwing a party for family and friends we have collated some more ‘out there’ ideas for you to consider.

Consider pairing up a relaxing break on a Woodland Park with some high-altitude extreme sports. Carlton Meres is located in Saxmundham, Suffolk. It should be noted that this park is located in the heart of rural Suffolk. The park has lakes to enjoy as well as woodland walks around the edge. In addition to its beautiful location, Carlton is only 10 miles from Southwold making it ideal for a relaxing break.

Live life to the max

This all makes for a great way to celebrate your 60th. However, if you are not quite ready to don your slippers and want to experience a thrill like no other then book into UK Parachuting at Beccles Airfield. Just a 30-minute drive from Carlton Meres and you will find yourself stood on the runway waiting to board the plane and head up to 13,000 feet (approximately two miles high!) where you and your instructor will leave the plane and fall at about 120mph, descending to 5,000 feet in around 40 seconds.

Take the leap!

At this point your instructor will open the parachute and fly you safely back to earth! During the six minutes or so under the parachute you will enjoy breath-taking and unique views of the local area and beyond. During your visit you will receive training with your instructor and be provided with a jumpsuit to go over your clothes. Once back on terra firma book a table at one of the finest restaurants in Southwold. The Swan in Southwold has been around since 1345, rebuilt in 1659 after the Great Fire. Since then the Swan has been host to many famous faces, Winston Churchill being one of the most noted. Today you will find two of Southwold’s finest restaurants; The Still Room and the Tap Room. Head Chef Rory Whelan and his team serve up dishes championing local produce, with a coastal charm.

Our Recommendation

Without a doubt for a special occasion, we would recommend ‘The Still Room’. It is an elegant yet informal space, with private club ambiance, whilst still retaining the relaxed feel throughout the hotel. There are two private dining rooms and a cosy lounge available for tastings and events.

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