The Best Ways to Keep Warm This WinterMonday 25 November 2019 by Jodie Alker Winter is a wonderful and enchanting time of year, it’s also the season where you’ll need to find plenty of ways to keep yourself nice and warm. Everywhere over the UK starts to become a very magical place. There are fairy lights to brighten the dark nights, food stalls to warm our tummies and activities that pop up all over offering many fun activities for families to do. We have created a list of exciting things you can do this season to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
Try Ice Skating
There is a brand-new island in town, City Island, and it will be hosting a fabulous 11-day Christmas event starting on 12th December. There will be an artisan market to kick-off the opening of the rink along with a very special performance of The Nutcracker from the National Ballet School. In addition to this, there will be an array of festive workshops including wreath-making, along with skating workshops with dance artists from some of the English National Ballet students and a Winter Wonderland sensory class from the Gymboree for children.
Relax in the Spa
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Somewhere you can quite literally warm-up on a brisk afternoon. Thermae Bath Spa is a stunning and tranquil place we highly recommend experiencing. If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being out in the cold, then this is the place for you. Based in a beautiful historic building with a contemporary feel right in the centre of Bath you won’t want to leave. If you think you can brave the cold at what is notably Britain’s original thermal spa, head to the open-air rooftop pool to witness spectacularly festive city views.
Go Out for a Pub Crawl
Going out for a drink with friends is a great way to hide away from the cold. The next best thing is a pub crawl, meaning you can warm up and explore the city at the same time – whether it’s your intention to or not. Nottingham is rated the third best place in the UK for a pub crawl, so we recommend heading here to find the best of the best. There is a great deal of quirky and cosy pubs to choose from which means you’ll be able to find something everyone will be happy with.
Surf at The Wave
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Bristol, if you haven’t heard, has just opened one of the largest inland wave pools in the world and it is amazing. The Wave is ideal if you aren’t afraid of cold water this is a great activity to try out as there will be perfect waves all day, every day. If you aren’t keen on getting in the water, then you can take a seat in the café and watch the impressive surfers do what they do best instead.
Wander Around a Museum
The museums of Manchester are just some of the wonderfully interesting places the city has to offer. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends or a special someone, the museums are great places to learn about the rich history of the city – you could even test each other on your knowledge thereafter to see who found out the most. Manchester Museum and the Science and Industry Museum are two of the best which are highly recommended by locals. Not quite a Christmassy activity, but spending hours wandering around each will certainly keep you out of the cold.
Go for a Winter Stroll
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England is a spectacular place to take in beautiful countryside and the best part is - you can always reach it from any city you stay in. Farnborough is a gorgeously small country town, there are many things to do however a delightful walk around the green areas is the best way to really appreciate the countryside. A walk around the gorgeous English landscapes may warm you up but you could bring a flask of hot chocolate and a picnic along too, to keep yourself warm.
Take on The Bear Grylls Adventure
If you like adrenaline or trying new things, then heading to Bear Grylls Adventure in Birmingham is a great way to get the blood pumping. As you can imagine it envisions the whole essence of Bear Grylls with high ropes, assault courses, archery and many more adventurous activities. Whatever it is you have seen Bear do himself they have created some sort of replica so you can see how brave you are compared!
Witness the Light Festival in Amsterdam
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During this time of year Amsterdam puts on a stunning light festival that can be seen all over the city, and it’s running this year from 28th November to 19th January. All the pieces of light work are created by designers, architects and artists from all over the world and the theme for this year is ‘Disrupt!’. You can either see the beautiful works of art from walking around and finding them for yourself or in true Amsterdam style by going on a canal cruise where you’ll be shown where the best lights are from the water. That would certainly be a unique experience!
Whether you enjoy warming up by drinking mulled wine or by doing something active such as a winter walk or ice skating, there are plenty of things you can find to do all over the UK. We are currently running an exciting winter offer where you can receive 25% off your stay at some of our top properties including The Cannon, The Moorgate, SACO Holborn, SACO Birmingham, Aparthotel Farnborough, SACO Bath, Canary Wharf, Bristol Broad Quay, Nottingham, SACO Manchester and Wittenberg. Make sure you get your winter break booked in now to distract you from the cold weather.