Winter for the Family in the UK

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Winter for the Family in the UK

Many of us dream of the day we go to Lapland for Christmas or the Alps for a skiing adventure, but you don’t have to travel far to get these winter experiences. The UK is home to some of the best Christmas markets, Santa meet and greets and winter wonderlands – saving money and still getting that Christmassy feeling.

From the Isle of Skye to Cornwall, here’s a list of the UK’s most festive family experiences inspired by Regatta’s new Home Or Away map

An Unusual Way to Meet Santa 

The Christmas Trail at Bedgebury is a magical way to meet Santa, as well as getting some amazing pictures. The whole family can enjoy this one experience because even babies can appreciate the Christmas lights. 

You can enjoy several other unique seasonal attractions around the country. One such experience is the Santa’s Express in Llangollen, Wales. Whilst the younger visitors can meet the man himself, the adults can sit back and enjoy a ride in the decorated steam train that takes passengers to Carrog, that is renamed Lapland for the season. Plus, all young visitors get a gift.

This experiences costs £20pp and children under 1 go free.

Which Christmas Market?

Most towns, cities and villages throughout the UK will hold a Christmas market, and most are free to attend and look around. The stalls themselves can be expensive but if you are sensible, it can be a nice day out.

One thing to be aware of when travelling as a family is how busy they can get, and although they are dazzling in the evenings this can be the most hectic time, so if you are with children who aren’t keen on crowds it may be best to visit in the daytime.

According to European Best Destination, some of the best Christmas markets in the UK include Winchester, Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Birmingham and Chester.

Skiing in the UK

If you’re a bit more adventurous, then a skiing holiday may be exactly what you have been looking for, and you don’t have to travel too far to enjoy the activity.

Glencoe Mountain Resort, Scotland is a great place for a skiing experience. Whether you are experienced or a beginner there is slopes for all, with 20 runs and 8 lifts.  The steepest run here is ‘The Flypaper’ that many expert skiers would love to try out. 

Further up from the skiing resort is the Isle of Skye where you can spend a couple of nights hoping to spot the Northern Lights. In fact, Scotland is a very magical place to visit at this time of year.

There are loads of things to do in the UK around this time of year so get wrapped up and head outdoors.

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