Last Minute Family Christmas Activities
As the kids finish school for the holiday season there is plenty to do in the run up to Christmas. Present shopping, visiting friends, putting up the tree and decorating the house all need to be done. If you’re looking for some quality family time, after you’ve prized them away from their new toys, then have a look at some these wonderful events we’ve found around the country. Keep the children occupied and enthralled until school starts again, and enjoy some of the magic of Christmas yourself.
For a fun afternoon walk, look to the picturesque views of the Welsh north coast. Tended to by the National Trust, the Plas Newydd walk is only one mile and takes roughly thirty minutes, making it manageable for children and older members of the family. The public footpath starts at Plas Newydd House, home of the Marquess of Anglesey, and features gorgeous views of Snowdonia. At the end of the walk is a treehouse and adventure playground in the forest, to either put your feet up or run wild.
Wookey Hole Caves
The caves of Wookey Hole host a wealth of history, culture and learning. First inhabited by cavemen, bones of extinct animals have been found in the caves, as well as other signs of prehistoric life. During the Dark Ages the legend of the Witch of Wookey grew, some said that King Arthur himself journeyed there to slew her. Wookey Hole also has a large range of attractions and activities inspired by an array of themes, so there is something for everyone to get involved in.
Edinburgh New Year’s Party
Fancy kicking off the New Year with a bang? Spanning three days, the renowned Edinburgh New Year’s Party is the biggest in Britain and provides entertainment for the whole family. Most hotels are booked way in advance, but holiday homes are still available to rent. The torchlight procession leaves George VI Bridge and arrives at Calton Hill for a fireworks display in the early evening. On the city’s famous Mound the UK’s largest Keilidh kicks off, demonstrating the best in traditional Scottish music.
As well as a candlelit carol service at St Giles’ Cathedral, this year Lily Allen and Bjorn Again will be performing at the Concert in the Gardens. The massive Hogmanay Street Party takes place in the city centre, with midnight fireworks and partying that continues until well into January.
Brighton Ice Rink
Open until the 18th of January, the Brighton Ice Rink is the most beautiful outdoor ice rink in the whole country. Situated slap bang in front of the pavilions, at night a spectacular display of lights and colours illuminates the building. Brighton provides the only environmentally friendly ice rink in the country, as it uses green energy to freeze and preserve the ice. There is also a rink side bar and kitchen for winding down after your skating session, or for those who feel a bit sturdier on solid ground! There is no chance of getting bored in Brighton as there are many events, shops, and the seaside to keep you entertained as well as the ice rink.
Cinderella at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Starring Tim Vine, Linda Gray and Matthew Kelly, Cinderella is now showing at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. No expense is spared with the finest hand painted sets, striking fairytale costumes, real Shetland ponies, magical stunts and tricks, big song and dance numbers, hysterical dames, and bags of audience participation. Family fun is guaranteed at this rip-roaring and heart-warming pantomime, with many surrounding restaurants offering theatre discounts and pre-theatre dinner.
TV, movies and eating leftovers isn’t the only way to spend this holiday season, with so many ways to keep the family amused around the country. As well as these events there are many more in Britain that are great to attend with the family, these suggestions are inspirations for your Christmas holiday. Learn, play and laugh with the kids, be amazed and inspired with your parents and loved ones this year.
From Ashley and the team at James Samson, we wish you a very merry Christmas and look forward to serving you in 2015!