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Alternative Festive Fun

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Christmas doesn’t have to mean too much turkey and a food coma in front of the Dr Who special. Put the fun back in your festivities with some alternative Crimble activities. Whether you’re surfing the Devon coast on Christmas morning or taking in a spot of Boxing Day Buddhism, you can get your train tickets for the festive period at redspottedhanky.com.

Harness your chi with a Buddhist retreat

Forget the consumerism of Christmas and go on a spiritual adventure. Get yourself over to the London Buddhist Centre for a spot of Boxing Day meditation, or head out to one of the LBC’s retreats in the country. Choose from Adhistana (Herefordshire), Vajrasana (Suffolk), Kench Hill (Kent) or Rivendell (East Sussex). Assume the lotus and feel the hectic hustle of the holidays drift gently away. Blissful.

 

Release your inner chap/chapess at the Couture Christmas Ball

The London Fashion and Textile Museum (Bermondsey) is taking its visitors back to the 1950s with an authentically themed ball on December 12. You’ll get a full-on 50s makeover, there are vintage photo booths for sepia-toned snaps of your finery – and some period dance numbers to liven up the cocktail hour. Swing a shoe with the best of them and toast the holidays in style. Eh what?

 

Get off the sofa and jump out of a plane

Not every alternative Crimbo treat happens in the capital. Nottingham’s British Parachute School throws open its doors on Boxing Day for the mother of all hangover cures. Forget a brisk walk in the country. How about a 12,000 foot tandem sky dive? If you jump with a qualified skydiver, all you need’s the gumption to exit the plane. All the actual work is done by your instructor while you scream like an excited child. Brilliant.

 

Let it all hang out at Monster A Go Go

Glasgow’s Vale bar plays host to the Monster A Go Go Festive Freaks ball on Dec 22. Expect burlesque dancing aplenty, and an army of ghoulish fancy-dress fans. More Nightmare Before Christmas than It’s a Wonderful Life, this is your chance to have a ton of spooky fun while everyone else is getting soppy about mistletoe. Bring your bloodiest costume and prepare to dance til dawn. There’s live music as well as the show. Book your train tickets to Glasgow early through redspottedhanky.com for the best festive deals!

 

Ride the winter swells in North Devon

Carve waves, not turkeys. Winter’s best for surfing in the UK, so if the camper van lifestyle appeals to you (and you can stand the cold) get down to Devon for a spot of watery fun. There are plenty of campsites open over the Christmas period, and if you want to stretch your budget to a warm room most of the hotels and B and Bs open through the festive week. Bring many Thermos flasks and at least two wetsuits. Cowabunga, dude!

Book train tickets to all of these alternative destinations through redspottedhanky.com and you’ll get loyalty points and great deals. We are now taking bookings for train travel over the Christmas period, so make sure you get in while the getting’s good!

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