Winter Break is one of the easiest times to get abroad with the whole family – so you may as well make the trip worthwhile! England is packed with great activities no matter where you’re planning on visiting and in every season.
We’ve collected some suggestions for making a great family friendly trip to England during the wintertime:
For the Animal Loving Families:
Horse Riding, Northumberland
One of the best ways to experience the Northumberland coast in winter is on horseback. There’s many different riding centres and experiences available including along the beach, through the countryside, in covered all-weather arenas or to island during the low tide – with skill levels for the absolute beginner to the more experienced rider.
Cley Marshes, Norfolk
Cley Marshes is steeped in history: it is one of the oldest nature reserves in the country and has provided a blue print for nature conservation. As one of the country’s most popular bird watching spots, you can find the following kinds there in winter: Wigeon, pintail, brent goose, pink-footed goose, tufted duck, bittern, marsh harrier, bearded tit, teal, and snow bunting. The sight, as the flocks fly back to their roosts at dusk, is extraordinary.
For the Outdoor Adventurer Families:
Fossil Collecting, North Yorkshire
All along the Jurassic coast you’ll have incredible views and might even be able to find a few fossils. If you’re not sure what to look out for, organised fossil hunting trips are available. These trips are designed to show people how to go about fossil collecting in a safe and responsible manner, whilst directing you to the most exciting finds. The Rotunda Museum will also have fossils on display and more information regarding the creatures that once roamed the land.
A visit to Anglesey Abbey includes a chance to see the historic house, explore the mill and adventure around the winter gardens. The Winter Garden has been specially designed with plants that are at their best during winter, when colour is in short supply elsewhere. They’re perfect to explore for those that want a bit of outside time even in the colder months. If you’re looking for an added attraction, try planning your trip during the Winter Lights event!
For Museum and Activity Loving Families:
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Immerse yourself in the past at Milestones, Hampshire’s museum of living history. Explore the museum’s streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to live, buy a ration of sweets from the 1940s sweet shop, check out some vintage cars and the penny arcade too! The inside of this museum is a replica of a Victorian-era town featuring cobbled streets, a traditional schoolroom complete with a working printing press, shops, factories, and houses. Kids can learn all about the lifestyle of that time period and even purchase an old penny and a ration coupon and treat the kids to a little something from Abrahams Sweet Shop.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is a unique place that celebrates the stories and legacy of Roald Dahl. Visitors can laugh along with Roald Dahl’s school jokes, glance into the author’s original writing hut, and tune into the author’s real-life experiences that his stories are based on. Show your family the magic of reading and visit on a weekend for free storytelling sessions.