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There’s even more to do this winter than carolling and Christmas markets. Want to shake up the festivities, then why not try out something a little different this year. From snow to sled-dogs, these are must-try winter experiences that’ll soon become future traditions…

Take to New Heights


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One of our favourite things about winter is the changing landscape. When snow settles, it can make anywhere seem magical. This season why not admire the scenery from new heights and visit the mountainous Lake District (also home to the UK’s largest mountain Scafell Pike). Whether trekking up the mountain or going on a full-on climb, you’re sure to remember these beautiful views for winters to come.

Mr Ice

Guaranteed to up the ante, take on water sports this winter in challenging freezing temperatures. Located just outside central London, Lee Valley Water Centre is the place to put your endurance to the test with a range of lessons like kayaking and white-water rafting. However if you can’t quite contend with the cold (we don’t blame you), wrap up warm and head up North to Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland Ice Bar. Enjoy your favourite beverage (in a glass made of ice, what else?) and check out the impressive ice-sculpture decor. Going from sports to bar? A fur-collar parka is sure to keep you cool… plus nice and warm too.


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Looking for even more adventure? Think snow for your thrill-seeker fix. You can always make a trip of it and head to the stunning ski resorts of Verber or Chamonix Mont-Blanc, but there’s plenty (and more wallet-friendly) places closer to home. Boasting the longest indoor ski slope in the UK, Chill Factore in Manchester is the perfect place to hone your ski skills and beginners to pick up tips. Or try your hand at snowboarding and ice-sliding at Snozone in Milton Keynes.

Get Those Skates On

The definition of festive fun, ice-skating is an activity that just about everyone can enjoy. Who really cares if you fall over, it’s all part of the experience. One of the most famous rinks in the South, Brighton’s Royal Pavillion Ice Rink is the place to go for a memorable Christmas skate.  And what rhymes with skate? Date, of course! Once you’re both skated out, take your loved one to their rink-side restaurant and say cheers with a warming glass of mulled wine. When it comes to the outfit, stay cosy on the ice in your well-worn jeans and favourite Christmas jumper, then layer up with a new season overcoat.

Feeling Husky

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Live out your Christmas bucket list and go on a dog-sledding adventure. However there’s no need to head all the way to Lapland, as you can experience this right in the heart of the Scottish mountains! The Cairngorm Dog Centre provide 12-dog sledding safaris, alongside hands-on-training and time with the dogs in a breath-taking mountainous setting. Spectacular views and equally spectacular dogs, what more can you really ask for?


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