Make the most of the break between Christmas and New Year this year! Here’s some stuff to explore this Twixmas to curb the cabin fever and burn a few festive calories.
Twixmas Winter Walks
A good old winter walk will blow away the cobwebs. Here’s the Ramblers’ Association’s winter festival of walks. Some National Trust properties are also throwing open their gates to seasonal strollers, like this one in the Lakes.
Why not combine a walk with an animal encounter? Try feeding winter rations to the fallow deer at Attingham. There’s no need to book and there’s a choice of Twixmas dates.
If you’re growing bored of your own decorations, then why not be dazzled by the spectacle of light at Sudeley Castle. This magical lantern festival is open 27th– 30thDecember and takes you on a journey to Wonderland. Follow the White Rabbit along an illuminated trail through the castle gardens.
Tour a Festive Stately Home
If your yuletide has felt a bit male dominated, why not pay a visit to Kingston Lacy in rural Dorset? They’ve teamed up with three local feminists to create contemporary installations around the house. Each reflects the passions of the women who lived there over the last 400 years. The mansion is open every day apart from Christmas Day.
Food as Art
Maybe your eyes have been bigger than your belly over Christmas but you can feast them on the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 6thJanuary. This gingerbread cityscape explores the imaginations of architects and designers.
Get Your Skates On
This winter Brighton is leading the way for eco-friendly ice skating with the UK’s very first ‘green rink’. The 800 square-metre rink uses green energy to freeze ice and supply its power.
Brighton Ice Rink is not only the most eco ice rink in the UK, but it’s possibly one of the most atmospheric, too. Set right next to the gorgeous Royal Pavilion it’s covered in hundreds of tiny twinkling lights, while out on the ice.
If you fancy some stargazing without getting nippy, this classy pop-up in the courtyard of the Rosewood London hotel is the place to be.
Taking its inspiration from the remote Livet valley in Scotland, The Glenlivet Glade will recreate the feeling of being out in nature under the stars by turning the ceiling of a makeshift cabin into a twinkly night sky.
There’ll be fur blankets, plenty of warming cocktails and food from the hotel’s Holborn Dining Room. Visit up until 2ndMarch.
Have yourself a White Twixmas
The popular Hogwarts in the snow event returns this year to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The festive makeover sees part of the Great Hall transformed for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will cover the Hogwarts castle model. This event runs until January 27th. Visitors can even touch samples of different kinds of “snow” used during the making of the films.