10 of the best winter days out

There’s some great festive activities you can do with your kids at this time of the year, we’ve done our research and found the top 10 the UK has to offer

  1. Visit Winter Wonderland- Stockeld Park (Wetherby) goes all out for the festive season, and underneath the Christmas lights you have a range of activities to choose from, outdoor skating, explore the snowflake maze or have a shot on the giant Ferris wheel! Don’t miss out on the Nordic ski trail that takes you through the Enchanted Forest, past illuminated reindeer and trees festooned with fairy lights. A great day out for all.
  2. Receive a letter from Santa- There is nothing more magical than Santa Clause and did you know there’s a service that posts a letter from Santa at the North Pole straight to your kids? Check some details, for example the North Pole weather checker, a Santa tracking device and Views of the elf house. If you combine this with a day out to Santa’s secret toy mine in Wales, you can guarantee your kids will be filled with magic and excitement after finding his secret hide away toy factory too!
  3. Take a walk through the festive forest- Sherwood Forest (Nottingham), home to Robin Hood, walk through the illuminated trees to the great oak and meet Santa (get a free present from him too). The indoor toy shop turns into a grotto at this time of the year too.
  4. Christmas Shopping- If you’re up north all through November and December Edinburgh has the continental Christmas market on. From stalls selling traditional hand crafted toys to German beer and mulled wine if you’re looking for a quirky gift this could be the place for you. Also for the kids there’s ice skating, a Ferris wheel and a fun park. Also Princess Street gardens look lovely this time of year.
  5. Go see a panto- it’s again the perfect time for the year to see a pantomime. London tends to have the best array of celebrity panto stars, however all of the local ones seem to be well geared up to kids. Expect lots of audience participation with the classic “he’s behind you” screams and normally some free sweets for the audience.
  6.  Visit Lapland- If you’re feeling flush (unlikely as its Christmas, but you never know) a visit to Lapland would be a great idea. Ride in traditional sleighs pulled by reindeer.  Go trekking through snow covered Forests, make your own chocolate inside the grotto and of course meet Santa in his house!
  7. Chocolate heaven- Visit Cadbury World (Birmingham), see the festive chocolate they are making at this time of the year, ride on the chocolate train, get the chance to make your own chocolate and of course grab bags full of treats on your way round!
  8. Disney on ice- Many venues offer a festive addition of either Christmas Disney on ice or Peter Rabbit and friends on ice around December, your local rink may have other festivities on the go too, so go check your local timetable and see what they have to offer. It’s also a good idea to check the concerts they have on too, if you’ve got any budding dancers at home going to see the nutcracker might win you brownie points!
  9. Excape!- around the UK we have a fantastic range of indoor snow slopes and activity centres (check www.excape.co.uk for your nearest venue) go tubing, tobogganing, high wall climbing, play crazy golf or just go to the cinema. I guarantee there is something there for the whole family!
  10. Visit the Reindeer- up in the Cairngorms in Scotland you can meet real life free roaming reindeer. Great near Christmas. Just remember to check the weather and pack the carrots. Check here http://www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk/ for travel details and up to date weather reports.

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