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Blighty’s Best Winter Activities

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Light up the long days of winter with visits to some of Blighty’s best activities for the year’s chillier months. Make the most of any down time you have during Christmas and New Year with a series of fun adventures, both far afield and close to home, and ensure that as January creeps on, a smile stays on your face.

Winter is a great time for enjoying bargains on your visits and activities too, after the festive season many places offer off-peak discounts and if you book early, you can also enjoy cheap train tickets. Get ready for a fun winter break…

1. Get your skates on at the UK’s best rinks

Fans of ice skating love it when the chilly weather rolls around, as that’s when gorgeous outdoor ice rinks start to pop up all over the UK. Offering excellent views of cityscapes, the chance to whizz around on the ice and plenty of slippery fun, outdoor rinks are perfect for boosting winter enjoyment.

Grab a train to London to skate below one of the city’s most famous landmarks – The Tower of London – or book a train to Glasgow to test your balance on the gorgeous rink in George Square. This Scottish treat also offers live entertainments and plenty of hot refreshments, as does the Spinningfields rink in Manchester.

2. Stay cosy at the cinema

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and enjoy a good movie, but rather than staying on your sofa at home, why not head to London’s West End to see if you can catch some premiers? If you’ve got some good outdoor clothes, you can even queue to see the stars who trip down the red carpet come rain or shine. Alternatively, pick up tickets to catch a film in the heart of Leicester Square.

3. Visit Anglesey Winter Garden

There’s no better time of year to visit this stunning Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey. 114 acres of gardens awash with exotic plants and peaceful walks surround a Jacobean-style country house and offer a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of winter. From countless beds of snowdrops to shimmering silver birches, the garden is a real winter wonderland.

4. Walk the Munros at Aviemore

Stretch your legs and test your mettle this winter by planning a visit to Aviemore in Scotland to conquer the Munros. These distinctive mountains are stunning in the winter time and while you’re likely to need a guide for some of the more challenging climbs, there are few ways to feel as close to nature as this.

5. Ice climbing in London

If you’d rather experience the thrills of ice climbing within the comfort of the city, London has just the option for you. The Saab ice wall at the Ellis Brigham store in Covent Garden is an unusual but fun way to get your daily exercise, as it offers the chance for you to get kitted out then tackle an eight metre wall of ice right in the centre of London.

6. Laugh the cold away at a Panto

The winter holiday wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the local pantomime. Create excellent memories for the kids and enjoy plenty of fun and laughs yourself by booking tickets for a silly, seasonal show. If Panto really isn’t your thing, choose tickets to some classic Christmas ballets or a nice robust piece of theatre – there are few things that warm the heart better than a special show.

How do you keep the winter blues away? What’s the best way to stay entertained and cosy this year? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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