Disclosure: we test drove a Discovery Sport HSE LUX for a long weekend, to celebrate the launch of The Discovery Adventures Podcast. This is an unpaid post.
Recently I received an email to ask if we’d like to try a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a weekend, to celebrate the launch of The Discovery Adventures Podcasts.
Erm. Let me think about that for a moment…
Definitely not an opportunity that I’d turn down, given my past association with Land Rover.
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Land Rover and Me
I’ve been around Land Rovers all my life. Although the old-style Landys certainly weren’t as smart as the Discovery Sport HSE LUX.
We had a two Series III Land Rovers when I was a child, the first had a canvas roof (with plastic windows) and I used to play tents in the back of it.
I loved it.
The second one had a metal roof
My long-standing memory of this one was going ice-skating with a little group of friends for my 12th birthday. The back door wasn’t shut properly; it flew open and we all nearly fell out.
Oops. No child seats in those days folks!
We laughed all the way to the ice rink; until we discovered that it was closed *rolls eyes*.
Then we drove home again (a little more subdued, it must be said).
The Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX
When we were asked to take the new Land Rover Discovery Sport for a weekend adventure — to celebrate the launch of an all-star mystery drama Podcast series called The Discovery Adventures — I was only to happy to oblige.
We’re planning on swapping my current Land Rover — an ancient Freelander called Lenny — for a newer model very soon.
Being able to test-drive the model we plan to buy, for a full weekend (rather than the 20 minutes you’d get in a showroom), was a gift.
Lenny doesn’t know that his days are numbered.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX is a dream but as this post is supposed to be about The Discovery Adventures — rather than the vehicle — I’ve written another post sharing our thoughts on the car.
So what’s The Discovery Adventures Podcast all about?
The Discovery Adventures for Land Rover is a series of mystery drama podcasts
The podcasts are designed to be listened to in the car (amongst other places) and they’re for all the family. They give an immersive, 3D sound experience as they’ve been recorded in innovative binaural sound.
For luddites like me (I had to Google it), ‘binaural recording’ is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones; to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener.
It basically makes you feel as though you’re in the same room as the performers or instruments.
The Discovery Adventures are set in different UK locations — London’s Natural History Museum, Mother Shipton’s Cave, Jodrell Bank Observatory — to name a few.
Narrated by some fabulous British actors; including Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones), Hugh Skinner (W1A), Sophie Thompson and Alexander Armstrong.
Plus a whole raft of leading UK outdoor experts; including Chris Packham, Alice Roberts and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Our Discovery Adventures
So where did we go for our own Discovery Adventures?
Well, after a little bit of indecision we headed down to the Chilterns for the weekend.
The Chiltern Hills stretch from the River Thames in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and are hailed as some of the finest countryside in the UK. It’s a gorgeous area to visit —nationally protected — with so many places of interest, everything from stately homes to the world’s oldest, original model village.
On the Saturday, we took the boys to The Chiltern Open Air Museum for the afternoon and on the Sunday we took advantage of the Disco’s 7 seats, and took Grandma and Grampy out for lunch, to our favourite Italian restaurant.
Weekend adventures are brilliant with the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Being able to fit our family — plus the grandparents — in one car is brilliant.
And keeping everyone entertained with the The Discovery Adventures Podcast is brilliant too. Definitely the best thing to listen to while you travel.
Thank you to Land Rover for letting us try out the Discovery Sport for the weekend. I think it’s fair to say that we loved it and didn’t want to part with it!!
You can listen to The Discovery Adventures Podcast in the car or on any compatible device. They’re available for free through iTunes and ACAST
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.