Winter days out are magic and fun for all the family. Don’t sit indoors when these attractions are waiting for your visit.
Test your snowball skills at Twinlakes Winter Wonderland Park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. This all-weather park stretches over 70 acres and is illuminated with twinkling snow scenes, offering a little piece of magic during winter. Kids can meet real Reindeer and Snow White. There’s even a synthetic ice rink for expert and beginner skaters and a Nordic skating ski track for the truly energetic. The whole family will have fun on a trip on the magical Express Train.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is London’s favourite attraction in the winter months, offering families great days out. It spreads over a huge part of Hyde Park and has the country’s biggest ice rink. You can visit Zippo’s Circus or look out over London from a giant observation wheel. Slide around the icy castle as you wander around the Magical Ice Kingdom, or sit in a carriage pulled by ice unicorns. There’s even an ice dragon in his own lair.
Escape the outdoor drizzle in the tropical forests of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Take the chocolate trail through the tallest rainforest and learn to make a chocolate lollipop. But they don’t forget it’s winter here and there’s an ice rink open until March. Take a ride on the Sky Wire for a truly magnificent view over the famous Biome structures and outdoor gardens.
Visit ancient myths and 1,000 years of history at Warwick Castle. There are ruins and high towers, stately rooms and dark dungeons and lots of smelly, realistic scenes that keep younger visitors enthralled. Enjoy displays or jousting, falconry and jesters and a healthy stroll around the winter wonderland of the castle grounds.
Standing on the White Cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle has been probably the most important fortress in Britain, guarding the English Channel. Romans were here and built a lighthouse. Relive centuries of history as you wander around a network of tunnels that were excavated from medieval times and used to defend the Realm even during the Second World War.
Double moated Hever Castle, at Hever near Sevenoaks in Kent, is open all year round. The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, visitors can relive that Tudor era. There’s a special audio tour aimed at children and miniature model houses to make a visit more fun. Costumed figures walk around inside the castle.
Encourage those aspiring young astronauts with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester. You can explore the Solar System in the Stellarium, or seek out intelligent life and space bugs in the Universe. See the Moon rock exhibits and even try your hand at landing on the Moon.
Scribbling comes naturally to all kids, so encourage their artistic side at Zap Graffiti Arts in Liverpool. There are workshops that can last just over an hour or even a whole day, where your budding artists can learn how to be the next Banksy.
The National Railway Museum in York is a superb and free family day out. The museum has three huge halls packed with trains that are legends of railways all over the world. You can see Royal Trains and trains that carried the Chinese ballet. There’s the Flying Scotsman, the Mallard and the Duchess of Hamilton. This is a day out when the parents will relive their childhood.
This guest post has been written by British blogger Denver. She is currently writing in collaboration with http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.