With the temperature dropping and decorations going up across the UK, it’s finally beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in England. With so many beautiful, charming and enjoyable days out and activities to do across the country, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are just five suggestions for unique Christmas experiences in England. From large tourist attractions, to wild and secluded walks, these ideas show the breadth of what England has to offer at Christmas time.
1. Skate outside the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London
Set in front of the majestic Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London, it’s hard to find a place with a more festive atmosphere.
Additionally, just a few miles outside of London, Hampton Court Palace has its own spectacular ice rink, set in front of the Palace. Find out more from the Historic Royal Palaces website.
2. Take a brisk walk on Dunstable Downs
Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the view from the top will take your breath away. It makes for a perfect winter walk, and looks particularly stunning when coated in snow. There is even a guided Christmas Burn off Walk on Boxing Day, run by the National Trust.
3. Visit Haworth, Yorkshire and listen to Christmas readings at the home of the Brontës
The village of Haworth in Yorkshire is most famous as the home of the Brontës but is also a beautiful place to visit in its own right. This Christmas the Brontë Parsonage will be running a festive weekend of activities for visitors, including talks and walks, readings of Christmassy passages from classic literature and a drop-in craft activity to create baubles for your Christmas tree. Visit the Brontë Parsonage website to find out more.
4. See the UK’s largest living Christmas tree at Wakehurst Place
Together with a range of other festive activities, visit Wakehurst Place in Sussex to see the UK’s largest living Christmas tree. The 36-metre (118-ft) tree is a giant redwood and is decorated with 1,800 lights.
5. Shop for gifts and drink mulled wine at London’s Christmas markets
London is transformed in December with the addition of Christmas markets all over the city. Here are five of the most popular:
Southbank Centre Christmas Market (11 November 2014 – 4 January 2015)
German Christmas Market outside Tate Modern (22 November 2014 – 24 December 2014)
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (21 November 2014 – 4 January 2015)
Barbican Christmas Market (12 December 2014 – 21 December 2014)
Victoria Park Winterville (12 December 2014 – 21 December 2014)