If you’re planning on being in the Yorkshire area for the Christmas holidays, then here is a list of ideas for spending a few hours or all day out the house, to break up the much needed rest days at home over the festive period.
Stockeld Park near Wetherby~A Christmas Adventure
Fancy trying out Nordic skiing or ice skating? A peaceful woodland backdrop with an enchanted forest and enough kids playgrounds to keep them active all day! If you still have energy to burn then try out the spectacular illuminated maze. See here for a full Review of Stockeld.
22 Nov – 29 Dec
Enjoy RHS Garden Harlow Carr in a different light as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic. Follow the illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls. See the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before. Thursday–Saturday from 4.30pm – 8pm, with the last admission at 7pm. Reduced entry applies after 4.30pm.
York Art Gallery~The BFG in Pictures
12 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story. This exhibition is packed full of interactive activities for your children to take part in. We spent several hours on a rainy day enjoying the creatively beautiful exhibition.
Snowman ~ Beverley Minster
27th December 2018
Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas. The world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions, are delighted to be touring with their wonderful Christmas show again this December.
The concert will open with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley followed by a fun introduction to the orchestra. All the instruments are presented in a fun and approachable way, offering the young audience members the valuable experience of seeing – and hearing – the instruments individually. Following this there will also be a showing of an exclusive film. See the website to find out more
Winter Welly Walks
Dalby Forest with walking and cycle trails for all abilities and events such as star gazing this Christmas. This spot is definitely worth a visit~ Dalby Forest
Or why not try a visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum with a few special opening days for Christmas and New Year, see website for dates and tickets. A brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs whilst being able to enjoy a hot chocolate and festive treat at the same time.
Winter Season Experience the museum as never before as they celebrate the winter season with extra activities, decorations and a huge outdoor Christmas tree. This is still on our Visit to do list, but we have heard such great things.
What could be more atmospheric than seeing the Abbey glowing with Christmas lights and alive with joyful caroling right up to the big day. It’s also open in between Christmas and New Year to walk off the Christmas indulgence.
Check out your local independent and chain cinemas as there are many showings of old favourites from The Snowman and Snowdog to CBeebies Pantomimes to theatre productions. So if you fancy a big screen with a different kind of showing than take a look at the listings as the choice seems really varied locally this year. If your local one hasn’t got a theatre production or an old classic showing then maybe the new Mary Poppins film could be a fun one to book.
I hope this gives you a few ideas to get out the house this Winter holiday and do please let me know what gems you have found to visit or do this Winter.