‘Tis the season to cosy up! From Sunday roasts to winter spa days, we’ve compiled the team’s ideas of cosy things to do when the temperature drops.
No need to dread the wintry weather. Whether you’re staying in or heading out, here are a few of our favourite ways to pass the time.
Visit a Winter Pop-Up
While summer has its pop-up beaches and tiki bars, in winter it’s all about those ski-lodge vibes and Christmas markets. Try these…
- York & Albany’s ‘Awfully British Winter Cabin’ in London for pigs in blankets and Christmas pudding popcorn – yum!
- Sample festive food and nibbles in your very own igloo at the Refinery Spinningfields in Manchester.
- Hit the Digbeth Apres Ski Lodge in Birmingham for fondue and falling snow.
- There’s even a ‘Home Alone’ themed bar in Liverpool’s Cains Brewery Village. Yes!
- Try the Pop Up Picture House in Marlow for fine food and festive movies.
- Or check out a Christmas market, either your local one or one of our top Christmas market picks.
Indulge in a Winter Spa Day
Aim for a different kind of chill and book yourself in for some rest and relaxation. Who ever felt cold in a sauna!? Good for the mind and body, it’s a great way to enjoy some ‘me’ time before the chaos of Christmas takes hold. Our friends over at spabreaks.com have loads of great winter spa days that can be booked instantly online. Aaaaand, relax.
Book a Cosy Weekend Break
If your spare time and budget will stretch a little further, then Paris is always a good idea, and it’s beautiful in winter. As is Prague, Budapest and plenty of cities here in the UK. Pick one you’ve never been to and see if you can get a last-minute deal. You can tie it in with some Christmas shopping or make it a partner’s Christmas present – if you need an extra excuse, that is.
Walk in a Winter Wonderland
Throw on your coat, boots, hat, gloves and scarf and brave the great outdoors. Whether it’s the park down the road or a more adventurous outing it’ll definitely blow away the cobwebs. Bring the kids, dogs, friends or family and if you end up up in a cosy country pub for a hearty roast afterwards you’ll have definitely earned it.
Try Out Your Ice Skating Skills
Ice skating rinks are popping up all across the UK and they’ll be gone again in the new year. Now’s the time to unleash your inner Torvill & Dean (anyone else old enough to remember them?). Here are a few of the top skating spots on our list…
- ‘Skate’ at Somerset House in London for all the festive feels, until 14 Jan 2018.
- Race your way around a circular rink in Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Square until 4 Jan.
- Visit Yorkshire’s award-winning Winter Wonderland for skating, food, drink and more.
- Head over to Swansea Waterfront for not one but two ice skating rinks!
- Get your skates on in front of the beautiful Pavillion in brighton.
- Dundrum On Ice in Dublin is the perfect place to take the kids or get a skating lesson.
Have a Duvet Day
When the weather outside is horrible, you definitely don’t have to feel guilty about staying in your pyjamas all day. Sofa time is the best time if you ask us. Grab some pillows and duvets (it feels even more indulgent that way) get food delivered and have a movie marathon. There’s something really satisfying about ticking a few things off your ‘to watch’ list.
Start a Book Club
Another great reason to stay inside, we love nothing more than getting stuck into a good book. Give yourself an extra incentive to power through the pages by
starting your own book club with the girls. Add your favourite tipple and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great girly night in.
Master a New recipe
Perfect your next dinner party menu or try your hand at some sweet treats. It may be cold outside, but there are plenty of ways to heat things up, in the kitchen at least. If, like me, you like quick and easy recipes, try making your own chocolate bark. This salted almond and pomegranate chocolate bark is so easy, and super-tasty. You can even box it up and give it away as a little Christmas gift.
Spotify playlists, photo albums, bookshelves, Christmas shopping lists, your entire wardrobe… love it or hate it, organising stuff always feels better once it’s done, and makes staying in feel super-productive. Or how about researching that holiday for next year or learning the lingo of the destination you’re already going to? All a great use of a winter weekend if you ask us.
What else do you love about winter? If you’re feeling the cold, then check out our winter coats, knits and accessories.
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