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Five winter family days out
It may be cold and dark outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself away.
There are plenty of outdoor winter activities for kids and adults alike, to make these next few months a magical family experience.
Here are our top picks.
Winterville is a fun town created in the heart of London to celebrate all things festive, but with a family twist. From November 23 until January 1 it plays host to a Christmas market filled with creations from independent designers.
There’s also the Spiegeltent which hosts cabaret, bingo, club nights, kids raves, brass bands, Mexican wrestling, choirs and the Mimi & The Mountain Dragon family Christmas show.
Better still, entry is free, except on Friday and Saturday nights. So get the kids wrapped up and make a day of it.
North Pole Christmas Festival
If you’re in the Cambridge area, check out this great festival for its majestic sky wheel, ice skating, and Alpine Lodge offering seasonal treats.
It’s open from November 17 until January 8, and tickets need to be purchased to go along.
But as far as fun winter activities for families are concerned, this has something for everyone, including a fairground with a carousel, dodgems, helter skelter and even Santa’s Sleigh.
Father Christmas at Marsh Farm
At Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park the little ones don’t only meet Santa, but they get to decorate their own festive treats in Mrs Claus’s kitchen.
They can go to Elf School and learn what his little helpers do, or get up close and personal with reindeer.
There are plenty of outdoor winter activities for toddlers, showing them the magic of Christmas, surrounded by furry friends. This runs from November 19 until Christmas Eve.
Book your tickets for this two and a half hour magical experience the little ones will love.
Glass fusing workshop
Winter activities for kids can’t get more hands on than this.
Held at the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, the workshop on December 2 costs £12 per child, and gives youngsters the opportunity to make a unique festive gift, or something to hang up at home.
This activity runs from 10am until noon and is suitable for children aged 7+ and due to kiln firing times, work will be available for collection approximately one week later – or can be posted for an additional charge.
Book a place by calling 01353 660347.
If you’re looking for free things to do with kids in winter, you’d be surprised at what London has to offer. In January especially, a lot of attractions are free.
But the Science Museum is an attraction which offers free entry all year round – and there’s plenty of indoor activities for toddlers and big kids alike, when the temperatures outside get too cold to bear.
Children will learn so much about astronomy, physics, chemistry, time, light, technology and medicine – in a fun way and without even realising it.