Over the summer we had a whirlwind week of local activities. Phew. Now we’re staring down the barrel of a winter week of school holidays before Christmas arrives, and I’m wondering how to fill our days. Some of our favorite places are closed for the season, limiting our choices. Still, I have a few ideas. What do you think?
Santa’s Grotto and lights display at Prinknash Bird & Deer Park. (We went last year.)
The Enchanted Christmas events at Westonbirt Arboretum. Or the Forest of Dean Clearwell Caves Christmas Fantasy. (I really miss going to the holiday lights displays in the US. Can you tell?)
Back to the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre (with suitable coats and walking gear — maybe even for breakfast with Santa). We visited over the fall and had a great time.
A walk through Gloucester Cathedral — especially the crypts, the whispering walk, and if we can, a Christmas concert.
Also in Gloucester, the National Waterways Museum. We’ve been before, but in a rush, and the kids would enjoy a repeat. (And I could get some better photos to finally write a blog post about it!)
Not sure this is the best time of year to go for the first time, but we’d love to check out the Cotswold Farm Park.
We’ve been to the Cotswold Wildlife Centre a few times, so it might not top our looking-for-something-new list. (Blog post one [a winter visit, with reindeer!], blog post two)
A Harry Potter walking tour of Oxford.
A cold day, can’t stand to be outside? Maybe some rock wall climbing. Or a trip to Bristol IKEA for Smaland and piles of inexpensive meatballs.
A train ride on one of the steam trains at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway? Maybe with Santa?
The Corinium Museum is a big hit with my kids, but we’ve been a bit too frequently, I think.
If I wake up with a million dollars in my pocket (and can’t catch a flight to Bermuda) we’ll shop and eat and play at the Burford Garden Company one half day.
If we find the stamina for a longer day out, a day trip to Cardiff Castle or Warwick Castle is sure to please. Or someplace new: Longleat Safari Park.
And I wouldn’t consider my Cotswold Christmas complete without a visit to the floating Christmas tree at Bourton-on-the-Water.
Right. With a week of exploring to fill, we should be able to fit in at least two or three of these activities, right?
(photos drawn, somewhat at random, from a early December visit to the Burford Garden Centre.)