Ideas for an alternative Christmas break


Christmas skiing in Scotland

Christmas for most of us consists of bickering over the last mince pie, endless doses of Eastenders, cheesy films on repeat, and consuming our body weight in chocolate. If this year the thought fills you with terror, why not get out and do something different this Christmas? There are a wealth of exciting activities and events to sample whilst everyone else is indulging in the traditional festivities!

Go surfing or kite-surfing

This Christmas, hundreds of people will be waxing their boards on Britain’s beaches in anticipation of a surf! Huge, warm waves are expected to be crashing against the sand from the Atlantic around the 25th and 26th of December, creating the perfect conditions for a successful seasonal surf.

Winter surfing

A festive surf is a great way to get outside in the fresh December water and work off a few of the extra pounds – or make room for some more! If staying in the South West this Christmas, head to Bude seafront or Widemouth Bay to join the many other brave board riders taking to the waters.

You’ll find some of our favourite winter surfing spots here.

Enjoy a Christmas swim

If surfing seems a bit too adventurous for a Christmas morning, why not embark on a brisk swim? What better way to celebrate the festivities than by stripping off and plunging into icy water?

Outdoor swimming in a Santa hat

The most famous organised seasonal swim remains the Christmas Day dip at the Serpentine in Hyde Park, whilst swims are also held at Brighton beach and Sennen Cove in Cornwall. There are also several festive swims held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, including in Tenby, Whitby and at the Firth of Forth.

If you’re looking for a festive dip without the crowds, try these top wild swimming spots.

Go back in time

Britain’s heritage is fascinating to explore at any time of the year, however, during the festive period it is made even more magical! Step back in time and embark on a historical tour of Britain’s historical cobbled streets, or take a trip to one of the many ancient castles scatted across the rural landscapes.

Tudor houses in Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire offers a walk through Shakespeare’s footsteps, taking you past Shakespeare houses, theatres, 15th century timber-framed buildings, tea houses, pubs and restaurants all whilst hearing fascinating stories of fires, flood, plague and medieval cures.

Lend a hand

It can be very easy at Christmas time to get wrapped up in the presents, decorations and excessive celebrations, and forget about those who are in most need of our help. There are numerous homeless charities who will be opening centres all across the UK this festive season who would be grateful of any volunteers during this period.

Lend a hand at Christmas

Doing a wonderful selfless act such as helping serve up Christmas dinner to the homeless, or simply being there to do the odd jobs, can provide a truly rewarding experience whilst also helping others have a nice Christmas.

Go skiing

There isn’t a sport more Christmassy than skiing! And with Scotland right on our doorstep what better time than this Christmas to try it out for yourself?

Skiing in the Cairngorms in Scotland

Surrounded by beautiful Highland scenery, Scotland’s ski resorts offer the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK. Take to the slopes at the Nevis Range in Scotland, with spectacular slopes to experience - even the most inexperienced skier can have hours of fun.

Check out even more of the UK’s ski slopes here.

Go for a bike ride

The festive season is synonymous with indulging in your favourite foods – and in large quantities! Why not opt for an after-dinner cycle?

Child cycling in winter

Cycling is an excellent family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy no matter how long or short their legs are. Gather the whole party together and embark on a long countryside cycle before returning back home to enjoy the rest of your evening.

Eat differently

Who says that you have to follow traditional standards when it comes to Christmas dinner? Why not break away from the norm and prepare a BBQ feast this Christmas? 

Take a visit to your local butchers, but instead of choosing a large turkey, instead gather a selection of sausages, burgers, bacon and chicken to cook up. With less preparation and less washing-up after you can be assured a day with reduced stress.

Themed Christmas

Make the most of the festive fun and conduct a themed Christmas break. The fun doesn’t have to stop at the presents, games and crackers - choose a theme and be as tame or as wild as you like, then get planning your themed day.

Themed Christmas parties

From the invites to the outfits, ensure everything keeps in line with the theme and you can be assured a fun packed day. It also makes for some great photos!

Spend Christmas in a holiday cottage

Don’t host, holiday this Christmas with a stay in one of our festive cottages. Forget putting up the decorations, you’ll feel right at home in our decked-out cottages big enough to host the whole family.

Posted by Hayley on 28th November 2017