“ Xscape Braehead / Kings Inch Road, / Braehead / Renfrew / PA4 8XQ / Tel: 0871 200 3222. „
Scotland is well known as a winter sports destination but the Central Belt of Scotland receives hardly any of the white stuff. Spending days sledging was one of my favourite activities as a child but since my kids have only experienced one winter with a lot of snow they have not had that same experience so as a Christmas treat I decided to book a family sledging experience at the Sno!zone within Xscape in Glasgow. Of course I booked weeks in advance and we have had one of the coldest winters in decades so they have had lots of chance to play in the snow this year but they still enjoyed their day out.
Sno!Zone is a fantastic indoor ski slope in the Xscape leisure complex near Braehead in Glasgow, the main slope is 200m long and has 17000 tonnes of real snow on the slopes. The Xscape complex is brilliant, it is a huge building with the snow slopes, cinema, bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcades, shops and dozens of places to eat and drink all under one roof. The building itself is beautiful with sparkly red floors and everything looks lovely and clean and new.
We were told to arrive in plenty of time for our family sledging session which cost £55 for a family of four. When we arrived it was time to book ourselves in and make sure everyone was suitably dressed in sturdy shoes, warm clothes and gloves and a safety helmet. There is a changing village within Sno!zone and lockers to store your clothes and bags. We waited by the entrance to the snow slope until we were called in and then it was time to hit the slopes.
The snow slopes are fantastic with lots of crisp white snow. The temperature is between -3 to -5 degrees centigrade but because there was no wind chill and the atmosphere was nice and dry it did not feel nearly as cold as this. The sledging slope faced the main ski slope with safety barriers separating the two and a small area of the ski slope was also cordoned off as an ice slide area. The sledging was a lot of fun, Santa and his elves joined the kids on the slope as they climbed up the snowy hill and then went flying down on a small sleigh racing against each other. The hill is extremely steep and trudging uphill through the snow is great exercise for your legs and mine felt very sore at the end of the 45 minute session.
At the end of the sledging session we were presented with vouchers to take to the Sno! Bar to exchange for a platter of food and soft drinks which was part of the family fun experience. The Sno! Bar is lovely with lots of sofas to lounge on and enjoy your food and drink while you sit in the warmth and watch the skiers and snowboarders through huge glass windows. There is also a wooden balcony above the slopes which lets you get closer to the action and this is the same temperature of the slopes.
Our food came on a huge silver platter and we had burgers, onion rings, pizzas, chips, garlic ciabatta and chicken gougons. It wasn't fine dining but the kids loved it and the adults were happy enough with the food too. There are of course other options on the menu, the prices here are extremely reasonable with the most expensive main course being £5.95 for a chicken dish and they have different meals for any time of the day from breakfast to late night snacks. The bar also had an impressive range of wines, spirits and liqueurs and hot and cold soft drinks. Children are welcome in the bar during the day but in the evening it is adults only.
We enjoyed out day out at Xscape and will certainly visit again. The family sledging and ice slide packages are suitable for kids of all ages as well as adults and it was lovely to see the kids with ruddy cheeks from the cold laughing and enjoying themselves. I really enjoyed watching the skiing and with lessons starting at a reasonable £20 an hour including ski hire it is something I may well treat myself to in the future. Xscape is a fantastic destination where you are guaranteed lovely crisp white snow no matter what the weather is like outside.
Xscape is near braehead shopping centre in Glasgow they are both next to each other. Xscape is an excellent day out for people of any age group there is so much to do and see and some parts are open till 2am so its even great for a night out I should know!. It is only a 5 min drive from my house on the south side and have had many great days and nights. As you walk in on the ground floor your greeted with the robocoaster I can only describe this as a giant mechanical hand shaped thing and two people sit strapped into it and it moves about at speed, Then there is a number of shops including Gravity a clothes store that sells things like Ugg boots G star and kids designer wear and shops that sell skiing gear, there is Paradise island golf crazy golf in a tropical island setting with its own bar and snack area, then the soccer circus , the more you walk in and round you get to the main part which has 2 floors and the downstairs has most of the restaurants here including an Obrien's sandwich bar, ma potters,nandos,TGI's, chiquitos, tony roma's and the bowling this has its own arcade area and bowling lanes bar area which also sells food the bowling bit is open till 2am under 18's need to leave about 10. then there is the upstairs area there is lifts which look like ski lifts and escalators aswell upstairs holds the the ski slopes with real snow adults and kids can do tobogganing or ski/snowboard depends if your good at it and the sno bar were you can relax with a drink on the leather sofas and watch out the floor to ceiling glass windows onto the ski slopes its great and there is a terrace area where you can walk out and look onto the slopes beware its freezing, upstairs also has a china buffet king which also has windows looking onto the slopes and the the Odeon cinema which has screens and a ben and jerrys concession, there is laser station and fun area (just more amusements) as I said loads to do it really is worth a visit I highly recommend the sno bar and bowling area. On fri and sat night you can pay £10 per person and play bowling all night you can take drinks from the bar over to your lane a great night out.
Xscape have sites at Milton Keynes and my nearest one Castleford, Leeds (already reviewed) but I've also been to Braehead, Glasgow while visiting relatives, it is approximately 3 hours drive from my home in Newcastle.
Kings Inch Road
Xscape Braehead is located behind Braehead Shopping Centre near to Junction 26 on the M8 heading East out of Glasgow City Centre. Built by XLeisure, it is dominated like all their centres by Sno!Zone, an indoor snow slope for skiing and snowboarding.
My girlfriend and I had been regular visitors to Xscape at Castleford to use the snow slope, so we were really pleased to hear that XLeisure had planned to build on a site in Glasgow. Like Castleford and Milton Keynes Xscape Braehead offers a lot more than just the the snow slope in the complex but also includes rock climbing, aerial assault, Odeon cinema, ten-pin bowling, laserzone, dodgems, gym, Paradise Island golf, shops, bars and restaurants. Braehead also has some dfferences to Castleford, not just layout but also some attractions most notaby Robocoaster, then Fan Drop and Kevin Keegans Soccer Circus. We ended up going for the weekend and booked into the nearby Travelodge that is located about 5 minutes walk from the entrance of Xscape.
Sno!Zone is pretty much the same setup in Braehead as it is Castleford but with some improvements. The layout at booking office is better and there is less congestion with people congregating for equipment, waiting for lessons etc. The slope is 200m long with 2 drag lifts, a sledging area and a nursery slope with rope tows for lessons and begineers. However it feels wider due there not being a bottleneck with ropes/barriers which I've experienced at Castleford. To use the main slope you must be competent enough to be able to control speed, link turns and use the drag lift (poma). If you need to book lessons the staff on site are excellent and the lesson my girlfriend Claire took was for an intermediate level to help improve her turns. Her instructor (also called Claire) was excellent and gave some great tips. We have been several times and usually try go for the 'Fresh Tracks' in the morning on a weekday when I get time off work as it is a good deal and the slope is also quiet. I have been on recently and we were the only 2 people on for 2 hours. You will need to keep checking on the website for updated prices and availability as the slope does get used for various skiing and snowboarding competitions throughout the year and the slope does get set up with jumps for this. Normally only a single drag lift operating unless the slope gets busy, also they can be fairly slow taking about 3 minutes for you to reach the top of the slope, need to be careful here as there is usually an icy patch just after you let go of the lift and you need to keep your wits about you. For a beginner or intermediate the slope is great for getting some practise, but an advanced skieer or snowboarder may find the slope limiting and a bit tedious after a short while.
After being on the slope you can go to the SnoBar which has improved views on to the slope compare to Castleford, due to full height windows. This means no big groups crowding at the windows. The bar is smaller but still has the alpine feel and you can have a drink and bite to eat from 9am-9pm. Being smaller in size means you have a more cosy Apres Ski/Board feel about the place, another winner is the access out to the huge decking which is located above the 1st chair lift. This gives people the chance to experience the cold of the slope and look up the slope and nursery slope, great for photo/video oppotunities.
I thoroughly recommend Sno!Zone even though it is a bit expensive.
As you walk into Xscape you encounter Robocoaster (the only one in the UK), which is basically a rollercoaster pair of seats attached to the end of a robotic arm. Now I love rollercoasters and couldn't wait to give it a go. I didn't think I would get the same buzz that you get from riding a regular coaster, and you don't. The experience is something different, the reason being you don't have a track infront of you as a point of reference to give you an indication of your next direction. To give you an idea check out YouTube, type in Robocoaster.
I haven't been on here as yet (don't know how I missed it), but I spotted it on the website. Part of the ClimbZone, its the first of its kind in the world. Twin fan descenders are used to help you freefall 15m, you are clipped in and just jump. You freefall most of the way before the fans start to gradually slow you down until you reach the ground. This reminds me of a bit of lit stuntmen use for doing freefall stunts, so I can't wait for my next visit. Who needs Jack Osbourne Adrenalin Junkie, go out and do it yourself!!
Kevin Keegans Soccer Circus????
The Xscape website describes this as 'world's first fully interactive football attraction for you and your family'.
I didn't see anybody going in and didn't go in myself, but if I do give it a go on my next visit I will update my review, but welcome any comments from anybody that has been in already. Is it worth £7.50 adult, £6.00 children.
Same as Xscape Castleford, Braehead has several shops aimed at extreme sports and outdoor activities but not as many as more space has been given over to restaurants:
The Snowboard Asylum, Trespass, Gravity, ARK, Blue Salamander, Evans Cycles, Librance, Ellis Brigham
Located next to Xscape is Braehead Shopping Centre with a big range of over 100 high street outlets www.braehead.co.uk
Food & Drink
There are several places to grab a snack, a drink or a meal. These include; drink/fast food places Burger King, O'Briens, Costa Coffee; some well known high street restaurants Nandos, Chiquitos, Pizza Express, TGI Fridays, Frankie & Bennys, Pizza Hut, Ma Potters, Wetherspoons/Lloyds Bar and also Fujimama, China Buffet King, Bella Italia and the awesome Tony Roma's (Ribs, seafood & steak) . Now I've been to a few of these but not all, the choice is really good not just for taste Spanish, American, Portugese, Italian and English but also for peoples budgets.
I really think Xscape is a great place for all the members of the family. Even though over the course of a day it can be quite expensive it is worth return visits, great all year but especially during the bad weather of the winter months. I wish that we had one of our own in Newcastle. We don't have an indoor slope and I know if it was on my doorstep I'm positive I would get an annual pass for the snow slope.
Now this is where Xscape Braehead really scores, it is ideally located for some many other things that people can spend a great deal of time of here. We tend to do a long weekend, get there Friday night and go back Monday. You have Braehead Arena (www.braehead-arena.co.uk) located in the Braehead Shopping Centre, plenty of public transport to get into the City Centre (with all of its great places to visit), if you are not 100% about the one way system. The bus takes you past the Glasgow Science Centre, with the huge IMAX screen, worth a visit for the 3D experience on a screen the size of a 5-a-side football pitch.
Now that I've been to both Castleford and Braehead I have to say I would travel further to go to Braehead, as because of its location it can offer so much more.
Summary: The greatest Xscape!!
Had a great visit to Xscape earlier in the year, which was all decked out in Christmas decorations and lights and looking wonderful. There is so much to do there you will never be bored; with indoor climbing walls, rides, soccer circus, restaurants, outdoor clothing and ski-wear shops, Odeon cinema and real snow slopes, with ski and snowboard tuition on offer. We had a great mexican food at Chiquitos and enjoyed a visit to the Snow Bar for a drink while we watched the more adventurous have fun on the slopes. I have yet to take the next step and actually have a skiing lesson, but its on my wish list. I'll just have to find some time and get kitted out with a pair warm ski-trousers and jacket. Its real snow, so its real cold. A few minutes on the 'outdoor' verandah of the Snow Bar left me in no doubt about the need for warm clothing on those slopes!
There is plenty of parking on-site and if you follow signs for Braehead Shopping Centre (Xscape is right next door) you'll see it pretty quickly, as the sign for Xscape is huge and can be spotted from quite a distance. This is a great place to go, especially when the weather isn't the best as its all indoors. In fact I'd thoroughly recommend it, as would my hard-to-please teens.
If you're looking for activities to do on the west coast of Scotland on a rainy day, it can be a bit of a struggle sometimes, there are several museums etc that can be visited but once you have exhausted the usual places, Xscape is a good alternative especially if you have somewhat hyperactive children in tow.
***Location and Facilities***
It is located next to the Braehead Shopping centre just a few mins drive from Glasgow International Airport, junction 26 (Eastbound) and junction 25a (Westbound) off the M8 and it's not too far from Glasgow City Centre.
Parking facilities are quite good as they have a very large car park available but occasionally even this can become quite full quite quickly, although there are usually spaces at the extremes of the car park and it's set out in such a way that it isn't too far a walk to reach the entrance, also it's worth noting that it's FREE to park.
***Like to Snowboard/Ski?***
One of the main attractions is the indoor ski/snowboard slope complete with real snow! They have kit available to hire as well as instructors that you can book to help you learn to ski or snowboard. For those of you with younger children they have tobogganing available also as well as safety gear such as crash helmets available and as this particular Xscape is quite new, the kit is still in fairly good condition.
Lockers are available but you will need a £1.00 coin and this is non refundable (another way of making extra money). They are quite decent in size and me and my partner can get both our kit in one locker comfortably.
Activities on the slopes can be booked and paid for in advance online which is quite convenient as you can't always get through on the phone and sometimes it's a bit far to travel and risk the activities being all booked, especially in the summer holidays. However like everything that is convenient there is a £1.50 fee to be paid when you book online which I don't particularly agree with but like I said before, having youngsters in tow, sometimes it's worth paying a little extra to save yourself hassle on arrival.
The boots and snowboards/skis come as part of the package when booking and you don't pay any extra, you do however pay extra for hiring ski/board trousers and jackets at £5.00 a set and as they don't hire gloves, you have to buy these from the hire shop also.
To be honest I've always found that it's worth picking up a cheap pair of board trousers from the likes of TK Max or Tresspass and using a normal long sleeved waterproof jacket as the temperatures inside are cool but not freezing, remember you won't get any wind chill inside so when partaking in physical activity you can actually find yourself getting quite warm. If you're a beginner, don't skimp on the trousers though as you'll find yourself spending quite a lot of time on your bum and it can get quite chilly!!
Prices aren't cheap but I suppose you get the luxury of real snow and I'm sure it costs a packet for the upkeep of the place.
Sledging costs £11 for adults and £9 for children for a half hours session.
Adult single lessons start at £27.00 and fast track lessons which comprise of the first three lessons in one cost around £75.00. You can also do the learn to ski/board in a day course which costs £155.00 and takes around 7 hours plus breaks if you're the impatient type.
Junior lessons cost from £75.00 for a block of 4 lessons and can be booked for age ranges 3-6 and 7-10 yrs.
For those who want to test their skills there is advanced coaching, race training and one to one coaching available but make sure you have plenty of money as these can be very expensive!!
After you have exerted yourself on the slopes they have the sno! Bar on the top floor overlooking the slope where you can get a drink, a coffee or a snack and watch people on the slopes below, they even have an outdoor balcony, ideal for taking pictures from if you've booked a birthday treat for someone.
If you are there for more of a relaxing time they have a variety of restaurants available such as TGI's, Nando's, Bella Italia and Pizza Express as well as a couple of coffee bars and various shops selling top of the range outdoor and sports equipment from mountain bikes and snowboards to serious walking boots and climbing gear.
This also makes for a great choice of places to take the family after working up an appetite on the slopes and there should be something for everyone.
They also have an Odeon cinema on the upper floor of the complex which has a Ben and Jerry's ice cream stand inside...yum, and has premier seats available to those who are willing to pay a little extra. If you're watching a long film these can prove a bit more comfortable but the normal seats are also quite roomy and give a decent amount of legroom (my fella is 6 foot 2 and is comfortable enough sitting through a regular length film).
As well as the slope and the cinema they also have what's known as a sky park, this is mainly for children and is where they can negotiate obstacles suspended from the roof (looks great fun), a mini golf park, a ten pin bowling alley and a climbing wall area.
As you can imagine a visit here can prove to be expensive but you can have a great day out with the kids and keep dry at the same time. I would definitely recommend this as a fun way to spend the day with the whole family and with many activities to choose from and some of the restaurants accepting offer vouchers (Pizza express 2 for 1 offers, Tony Roma's free starter vouchers and Orange Wednesday vouchers accepted in the Odeon Cinema), you can even manage to visit here on a budget if you plan in advance.
Xscape is a large mecca of different activites, and I would go as far to say there is something for everyone!!
It is situated behind the shopping centre Braehead in Refrewshire. There are many different restaurants to chose from over 10 in total, so your sure to find something that will cater to your needs.
There is a large multiscrren Odeon Cinema located on the first floor of the building, there aprox. 18 screens here and has larger chairs and leg room than most odeon cinemas i have vistied.
The star attraction of Xscpae is the inside ski slope ith real snow!!This offers ski-ing, snowboarding, tobaganning and tube sliding. There are various lesson types that you can prebook and are all catered to individual levels. The prices are very reasonable and cheaper than you would be for a ski break.
There are loads more activites available at the centre such as the biggest indoor mini golf, this has two courses, there is the ten pin bowling alley, lazer quest and even inside dogems and arcade. There is a football circus. Xscape also has a hopst of shops, generally active shops that sell bikes and ski equipment etc.
All in all this is a great centre and one that I am sure with be extremely busy over the coming summer holidays!!
Xscape is mainly known for being a brilliant indoor activity centre.
Situated in Braehead Glasgow, buses run about 5 minutes away from the centre and a taxi to Xscape costs around £12 from the city centre.
The main thing at Xscape is the snowslope which is open 7 days a week, and runs freestyle sessions, learn to ski sessions as well as snowboarding and ski hire. Thursdays are beginner freestyle nights and Fridays are for the more advanced. Sometimes on Fridays you will see an air bag set up which costs £8 a shot. The more hours of skiing you buy, the cheaper you pay per hour. Weekends are more expensive than usual hour.
Monday to Wednesdays Xscape as a credit crunch beater on with 1 hour costing £10 and 2 hours £15. Brilliant for those who love to ski or board on a cheap budget.
Kevin Keegan's soccer circus is also in Xscape where kids can go and test their football ability.
Rock climbing, sky park and fan drop are just in the doors and straight up and can be done seperately or as part of a package, each one offering their own thrill.
Laser station is a new addition and gives you the chance to play laser tag for a cheap price.
The Odeon Cinema is not fully open and is never overly busy so you can often pick up a last minute ticket however expect to pay more than Cineworl in the city centre.
Bowling offers you the chance to have some fun with your mates and with a bar you can also enjoy a few drinks.
Minigolf allows you to try and putt your way to glory, beating your pals over a choice of 2 courses.
Shopping offers you a good selection with Ellis Brigham and Trespass both holding stores in the centre.
Food and drink wise you also have a good selction with Miss Potters and TGI fridays heading the list, as well as a Mexican choice, and Pizza Hut at the front of the building.
In all Xscape has a brilliant selection of activities to do and offers people a fun day out. A good addition for things to do in Glasgow and one that has been used by thousands.
My partner and I took my 10 year old stepson and a friend to Xscape on Sunday as part of his birthday present. I had visited their website (www.xscape.co.uk) and was impressed by the facilities, particularly the climbing wall which the boys were most eager to try.
PY Gerbeau, the man who helped fix Euro Disney and made the Millenium Dome into a successful paying visitors attraction became Chief Executive of X-Leisure in 2001. With 20 years experience in the leisure/retail and attraction industry he was well placed to make the dream of Xscape a reality.
Xscape Braehead opened only a couple of months ago following the success of other facilities in Milton Keynes and Castleford, Leeds. (together the Leeds and Milton Keynes centres can boast over 30million visitors since they opened).
Xscape sells itself as "the ultimate family entertainment destination" and I can't disagree.
Price £4.50 per person
The worlds' first passenger carrying robot. This is effectively a giant robotic arm which holds two people at a time. There are five settings to choose from: from fun - a gentler ride to extreme - dumps you upside down and jerks you around at top speed. It is worth noting that there is an age restriction (8 years) and a height restriction which the boys, both 10 only just met. Also, for anyone under 12 years old you cannot go above the second level. At this, the boys still had a great time and wanted to go on it again!
Price £18 per person (for 1hr 45minutes) This price includes use of the rock climbing wall, Skypark and fan drop and professional instruction to those who need or want it.
Rock Climbing Wall
Price: £10 per person (for 55minutes)
This facility is one of the largest freestanding climbing walls in the UK with 24 auto belays and climbing routes of all levels and stands in the middle of the entrance above a Costa Coffee shop. For anyone visiting the Climbing wall for the first time there is mandatory professional instruction which was great for the boys. The instructors seemed to really care about climbing and those attempting it for the first time. My stepson was so encouraged that with a bit of perseverance he managed to make it up one of the hardest routes! Again there is an age restriction of 8 years old for using the wall. For those not experienced enough to have all the latest in rock climbing gear, you can rent it on site.
A state of the art adventure course which looks terrifying from the ground alone! At 60 metres long and 15 metres above the ground, the Skypark is included in the Climbzone Package deal. It boasts a zip slide, traverse wall, hanging logs, jigsaw, swinging rungs, swinging platforms, cargo net, Burma bridge and rope ladders. Again, Each participant is of course strapped in to a harness which travels along a sort of train track around the course. What is great is that there is a second rail from which the instructors can travel alongside anyone who may be struggling or pass by users to get to someone in trouble. It was great to see the boys with absolutely no fear climbing along like a pair of monkeys! Once again the age restriction is 8
Again, this is part of the Package Climbzone deal and a perfect way to end your session! These twin fan decenders are the first of their kind anywhere. You are clipped in, grab a t-bar and freefall most of the 15 metres down to the ground until the fan slows you in time for a gentle landing. Age restriction - you guessed it - 8 years old!
Skiing/Snowboarding (Group and special rates are available!!!)
Price: Adult between £16 and £21 per hour
Kids between £13 and £18 per hour
Lessons: from £23 per hour to £150 for 8 hour session
Price: Adult £10 per hour
Kids £8 per hour
Equipment is all included in the prices and you can even rent jackets and ski pants for £5 if necessary.
*There are loads of special events/ group activities/summer camps etc available so check out the website for news of upcoming events
The ski hills - The UK's longest real snow ski hill is made of 2700 tonnes of real snow. There are two hills to choose from - One at 200 metres long, for those more experience amongst you and a smaller one for beginners and tobogganing. Lessons are readily available either on a one to one basis or as a group.
If you prefer the Après Ski to the actual skiing, there is a Snobar overlooking the hills where you can relax with a coffee while watching the wee ones. There is a party room included which is often used for children's parties. At night, the Snobar transforms into a nightclub with regular events and live DJ's.
Price: Standard Odeon prices
A 12 screen Odeon cinema is in place with 2500 seats and all the latest blockbuster films available.
Price: Adult between £3.45 and £4.75 per game
Child: between £2.75 and £3.95 per game
Package deals are available - enquire within
Bowlplex offers you not only the obvious but also an array of arcade amusements, A bar and Grill, American Pool Pit, late licence sports bar and resident DJ and dance floor.
If you are into your outdoor sports or even just in to the snowboard/skater style fashion, you will find something to suit you here. Stores include: Billabong, Quicksilver, Trespass, Blue Salamander. Ellis Brigham, Adrenaline Junkie and Evans Cycles.
There is no end of restaurants on offer and unlike most of these places, they aren't fast food MacDonald's/KFC type places. We ate at Frankie and Bennies where 3 kids meals and 2 adults meals including drinks came to £30. The service was great the food was good and there was plenty of choice for the kids. Other restaurants include: TGI Fridays, Café Rouge, Nandos, Chiquito, Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, Mr Potters and Pizza Express.
In addition to the multitude of facilities I have mentioned you will also find simulator cars, various amusement games, bungee trampolining, crazy golf and massage chairs strategically placed throughout the building to separate you from your money.
If you have a bottomless wallet you can find no fault in this place. It is fantastically laid out with so much to do and you know that kids will go back to school talking about their day out to Xscape. Unfortunately, they will probably then badger you non stop about going back to it. The fact of the matter is this is not a cheap day out. We managed to sink about £120 and that was without the skiing and bowling! Having said that, seeing the boys smile and watching them fall asleep totally exhausted once we had climbed into the car made it worth every penny. (once in a while anyway) Although it was an expensive day, I can't really imagine how they could lower the prices. The quality of facilities and service were of a very high quality and with a £70million price tag on the place, they have to make their money back somewhere!
If I was to pick holes in the places I would mention that it could have more available for younger kids. This isn't the place to bring a toddler, although we did as there is little for them to do and too many places for them to get lost/injured or generally into trouble. I would also suggest more seating around the climbzone. There were a number of parents standing around and I am sure their necks were as sore as ours were from watching our kids hanging 15 feet above us.
All in all a brilliant day for everyone involved and recommended to anyone looking for something a little bit different.