Winter Adventures your Kids will Love
When winter comes it can be all too tempting to hole yourselves away in the warmth. Cuddling up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea in front of the fire with Marvel films playing on a loop is comfy. However, it’s not the healthiest way to spend the colder months.
Here the are 10 Ideas to try out and keep the kids happy, and yourselves sane.
1. Get Baking
Doing things together is a great way to bond with the kids as well as teaching them valuable skills. Plus at the end of you’ll (hopefully) have some delicious treats. Of course be prepared to clean cake batter off the ceiling and don’t expect them to let you lick the spoon…
2. Arts and Crafts
Get creative, pull out the paints, cover the kitchen tale in newspaper and see if your little ones are going to be the next Monet.
3. Trek Snowdonia
Getting everyone outdoors is always a worthwhile endeavour. Visit one of the UKs most beautiful regions. The stunning landscape is harsh in winter but, in my opinion, the scarcity of the rough mountainous region is more beautiful than in Summer.
4. Indoor Skiing
This may be a little easier to get the kids on board with than a hike through semi-alpine conditions. There are a couple of great indoor skiing companies in the UK.
Check out the Snow Centre at https://www.thesnowcentre.com/ based in Hemel Hempstead
5. Ice Skating
Learning how to glide about on the ice at a young age has stood me in surprisingly good stead over the years, it’s fun, seasonal and good exercise. Be prepared for sore feet and plenty of falling down though…
My personal favourite rink is Alexandra Palace in London https://www.alexandrapalace.com/ice-rink/
6. Go Falconing at thetorridon.com
This just sounds like fun. Step into adventure stories marching through forests, hawk upon your wrist. Learn all about the great birds of prey, and how to handle them.
A little bit different this one. A somewhat Scottish past-time it is I suppose a bit like winter bowling. It’s a great way to have a bit of fun on the ice, though a little bit harder to find than ice skating.
Find a rink here http://www.trycurling.com/play/find-a-rink/
8. Coastal walking
The English coast is dramatic, beautiful and variable. My own favourite stretches are along Devon’s Jurassic coast where you can take the kids fossil hunting as well as experiencing one of the most incredible stretches of English coast.
9. Winter Survival Camp
This one isn’t for all ages, but we couldn’t not include it when we discovered it. Dave Watson developed his skills not in the SAS but living rough as a teenager. His company, Woodland Survival Crafts, runs a winter survival course on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border, which teaches you shelter-building, foraging in the colder winter and Autumn months, and how to light a fire when all around you is damp (it involves a bow).