5 winter activities you never knew you could do in the UK


Posted by Clare Willcocks on 12th December 2016

Winter activities

Here in the UK we may not get the extremes of weather which allow for ice hotels and off-piste skiing in winter, but there are plenty of winter activities available here which you may never have thought possible.

We’ve scoured the country for the very best winter experiences and after much consideration, here are our top 5.

1. Skiing and snowboarding in Hertfordshire

Indoor skiiing

Yes, right here in the middle of England, known more for its beautiful historic houses than its abundance of snow, skiing is now a happy reality. Complete with ski lifts and a ‘mountain’ layered with real snow, the Snow Centre offers you the chance to slalom down the slopes without the hassle of airports, flight delays and extra baggage!

However, if an artificial environment just isn’t real enough for you, head for the nation’s ski capital, Aviemore in the Cairngorms, which comes alive as the winter snow drapes over Scotland’s mountainous peaks. Much more affordable than the alps, you can combine a ski trip with a cultural getaway to enjoy the rest of the Scottish Highlands.

Stay nearby: Take a look at our holiday cottages in the Heart of England or near Aviemore.

2. Snow Shoeing

Snow shoeing

Never heard of it? Well, snow shoeing is a fantastic way to explore the wintry landscapes of the UK. Book yourself onto a full day or half day guided tour with Eden Outdoor Adventures in the Lake District, North Pennines or Scotland and enjoy taking in scenery, wildlife and heritage along the way. Your snow shoes will help you walk across deep snow, accessing areas which those in ordinary footwear just can’t reach.

Stay nearby: Browse our cottages in Scotland, the Lake District and the North Pennines.

3. Christmassy sleigh ride


Not only are there a whole herd of reindeer to meet at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge in Staffordshire, but you can also enjoy the most festive of experiences – a sleigh ride along a Christmas tree lined route. The magic continues for little ones who can visit the Elf School for more festive fun including story time, gingerbread decorating and Santa’s grotto.

Adults needn’t feel left out, with dedicated Reindeer by Night events to learn more about the herd, do a spot of late night shopping in the Christmas shop and round off the evening with a festive supper in the Tea Shop.

Stay nearby: Search for cottages in the Heart of England.

4. Dog sledding

Dog sledding

While dog sledding is somewhat more popular in Scandinavian countries, that doesn’t mean that here in the UK you have to miss out on what has to be one of the most exhilarating winter activities. In Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorms, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers the whole family a great experience, snow or no snow.

Stay nearby: Take a look at our cottages in the Cairngorms.

5. Natural hot springs

Natural hot springs

Did you know that the spas in Bath, Somerset, are fed by the only hot springs in the UK? Enjoy a morning wandering around the ancient spa, finding out about how people used them to relax and bathe in centuries gone by. In the afternoon, book yourself in to Thermae Bath Spa for an indulgent few hours relaxing in the open-air rooftop pool, drifting lazily in the warm waters of the Minerva Bath, and breathing in the soothing aromatic vapours of the steam rooms.

Stay nearby: Browse our cottages near Bath.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.