Ideas for an alternative Christmas break


Posted by Hayley on 22nd September 2020

Alternative Christmas

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. 

No one knows what Christmas will look like this year, but whatever the festive season brings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while having a more alternative Christmas Day. Here are our suggestions for embracing the season and doing Christmas a little differently this year! 

Winter surfing

Go surfing or kite-surfing

Forget stuffing yourself silly and lounging on the sofa - well, not yet anyway! Beginning the big day with a surf or kite surf is invigorating and fun, plus you can work up an appetite for the big feast and then feel you've earned your nap later. 

There are so many surf sports around the UK that are worth checking out. Just be sure to consult the tide times and forecast ahead of time and ensure you have the appropriate gear, as the water is rather chilly! 

Best UK surf spots

Outdoor swimming in a Santa hat

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?

Traditionally, the most famous organised seasonal swim is 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.

This year may be a little different; if you’re looking for a festive dip without the crowds, try these top wild swimming spots.

Top wild swimming spots

Tudor houses in Stratford upon Avon

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 wander Britain’s historical cobbled streets, or take a trip to one of the many ancient castles scatted across the rural landscapes.

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, but there are many more historical sites all across the UK ready to explore. 

Lend a hand at Christmas

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 charities  all across the UK this festive season who would be grateful of any volunteers during this period.

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.

Skiing in Scotland

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?

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.

Learn to ski

Child cycling in winter

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?

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

Christmas BBQ

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 butcher, 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

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.

Whoever you're spending Christmas with this year, ensure everything keeps in line with the theme and you can be assured a fun-packed day with a twist. 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 for an extra-special seasonal treat. 

Christmas cottages

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