What to do over Christmas if you’re staying in the UK

Despite the short days and freezing weather, Christmas is one of the finest times of year to be in the UK. Wherever you are, you’re sure to be well within reach of something to do. Whether you like to keep the chill out of your bones by sipping warmed mulled wine at Christmas markets or you prefer doing something more active, Britain’s got it all. Here are some of our top picks from around the UK:

Visit Bath’s classic Christmas Market

‘Tis the season to visit Bath.

In the run up to Christmas, the area around the Abbey and Roman Baths is taken over by a whole host of chalets, each selling a variety of high-quality, and often local, Christmas decorations,
gifts, toys, clothes and festive food and drink.

The event has a wonderfully warming atmosphere and is the perfect complement to the city’s winding streets and striking squares. Expect cheering carols and lashings of mulled wine – the perfect lead up to Christmas.

Go Ice skating in Newcastle

The annual ice skating event has returned to the Life Science Centre at Times Square from November. Not only can you enjoy a quick skate (or cautious slide around the edges!) but you can also explore wonderful exhibitions on display at the Centre for Life, included in your ticket price. This means you can see amazing displays like Game On 2.0, the 4D Motion Ride, the North’s biggest planetarium and the Curiosity Zone without having to pay extra.

See the Winter Windows in Edinburgh

This is perfect for anyone interested in art!

The project encourages the city’s young and budding artists to showcase their talents to residents and visitors. This year, each stained glass window is designed around the theme of kindness. The 2018 Winter Windows are located in West Parliament Square and will continue in four other locations across Edinburgh:
– Great Michael Rise, Newhaven
– North Street, Ratho
– Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, Pilton
– St Patrick Square, Newington

Ride 24 miles around London

Some people aren’t content to sit inside and eat mince pies on Christmas day. They prefer to get active.

If this sounds like you and you’re going to be in or near London, you could think about doing the 2018 Christmas Day Ride. Snaking across London from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to Edgware Road, taking into account a stop at a pub for a festive drink, the ride takes about four hours to complete. They finish at a Lebanese restaurant where participants are welcome to join for a meal.

The event is open to both adults and children, providing all have road cycling experience.