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Tis The Season To Find Fun Winter Activities

  • Sophie
  • 22nd December 2016

'Tis the season to be jolly. And so you should be.

Not too long now and you'll be waking up with a stocking filled with gifts by your bed and presents under your tree. We're still gutted that we don't get gifts under every tree in the forest on Christmas morning we've asked, but Santa doesn't take any notice.

Brrrr! It's pretty chilly this time of year, but how can you make the most of the lovely British winter? Here are our top tips for making the most of the crisp Christmas climate.

Look local

Christmas means something different to everyone. But, whether you live in the big city, or your home is in a village so quiet that you sometimes feel like you're in an episode of Midsummer Murders (minus the murder of course), there are plenty of ways to celebrate and things to do. Keep a beady eye on local noticeboards, forums and papers to find the best activities nearby.

Ice skating

Vroom. Glide like you've never glided before with some ice skating. Most cities cater to the flock of migrating tourists by setting up a temporary ice rink in the winter months. This is the perfect time for you to dust off your skates and get back into everyone's favourite winter pastime.

Christmas markets

This little shed went to market, this little shed went too, and all the people came, to buy some things€¦ for you. Christmas markets have such a wonderful atmosphere. They also have mulled wine. Mmmm. Christmas markets are often packed to bursting with local businesses that have something interesting to offer. Whether it's home-grown chilli or a local mince pie recipe, you can get to know your local traders a little better at a seasonal market stall, as well as find tasty treats to tide you over until Christmas.


Deck the halls with Christmas spirit. Tra la la la la, la la la la.

What could be more scenic that carollers singing away complete with a flickering candle and your favourite merry tunes? Whether you join in or just go to watch, carols are an important part of Christmas.

Winter walks

Autumn has been showing off for the last few months, flaunting its leaves around like nobody's business, so now it's time to give winter some love. Take a walk in your local forest and appreciate the beauty of bare trees and winter fauna. Perhaps grab a camera and take some snaps, or even a selfie #nature.

Snow thing like Christmas

Snow: every year it's what we hope for, it's what we long for. From snowball fights to making a snow-ape, there are so many ways you can play with snow. You could even get your sled out and zoom down your nearest hill (carefully of course). We personally like to take this rare opportunity to make a herd of snow creatures great and small. Then, when we go to bed, we wish them alive (you've seen The Snowman, right?) We know it's unlikely, but we can't resist rooting for a miracle. After all, it's Christmas.

Anyway, Merry Chrimbo to you and your little apes from the whole Go Ape team. We'll see you in the treetops in the New Year!


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