Whether you’re holidaying in a favourite corner of the UK or looking for new and exciting events nearer home, our fair isle has plenty on offer to keep you and the family busy over the winter months.

Here are 7 amazing things to do in winter.

Sled, ski and see the sights in the Cairngorms

Skiing in Cairngorms

There’s loads to enjoy at wintertime in Scotland’s Cairngorms. You can hike, ski, snowboard and even try dog sledding at the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre. Spot mountain hares, eagles and even Britain’s only wild reindeer herd. It’s the ultimate natural winter wonderland!

Welcome the winter at Stonehenge


Iconic Stonehenge in Wiltshire is spectacular in winter. On December’s winter solstice visitors gather to watch the sun rise over the stones – something that has been celebrated for tens of thousands of years. Ancient excavations suggested that people celebrated with huge winter feasts. Sounds like a great idea to us!

Walk through wonderful Wales

Brecon Beacons

Nothing can beat a fresh winter walk in Wales. Pull on your walking boots, fill the flask and head out to the hills of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia for awe-inspiring peaks dusted with snow. The perfect place to blow away the cobwebs (and work off the festive feasts), Wales offers some of the best walking paths in the UK. Walking the Gower Peninsular AONB is highly recommended.

Ride the Rails in Yorkshire 

Yorkshire Railway

The Yorkshire Moors look gorgeous in winter; there really is no place like it and few better times to visit.  Take a trip on the North York Moors Railway during wintertime and you get the best view of all that beauty! What’s more there’s a special festive timetable. Dust off the cobwebs and enjoy a winter walk in Whitby followed by a glorious return journey on the rails.

Visit a Winter Wonderland in Cardiff

Winter Wonderland Cardiff

Cardiff transforms itself into an amazing winter-themed escape with ice rink, rides, live music, food and drink plus plenty of festive cheer. You also have the city’s major attractions to enjoy, plus the opportunity for some festive shopping!

Make friends on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Farne Island

Make a stop at Northumberland, where you could spot the resident grey seals that breed on the Farne Islands. This area is a mecca for nature – with many species of birds and wildlife to be seen. Northumberland has some of the best winter walks to enjoy too. Make sure you book a cottage with an open fire to return to afterwards!

See the Northern Lights in Scotland

Northern Lights off the coast of Scotland

A land-packed with awesome scenery and heritage, Scotland is simply stunning in winter. The best place by far in the UK to see the fascinating Northern Lights; it’s definitely an extraordinary sighting that you won’t forget. The blanket of reds and greens that illuminate the sky are most likely to be seen in January around the Caithness coast and Orkney Island.

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