We know this time of year is expensive, but we’ve teamed up with The Worldly Mum to bring you the best free ways to get festive and celebrate the season around the country. Make a day of it with children or grandchildren, or simply go for a stroll!
London – A Christmas Tree Crawl
The Worldly Mum has found the top eight Christmas trees in the Capital for you to visit!
Download their free Christmas Tree treasure map and walk, bus, Boris Bike or tube it around the capital visiting the best London has to offer in the festive forest category.
We have made an easy circuit that you can start at any point, depending on your entry point into London. Capture images along the way and make a festive digital calendar for your friends and family for a last minute Christmas gift.
- St Pancras Station
- Royal Exchange
- Somerset House
- Covent Garden
- Trafalgar Square
- Houses of Parliament
- V&A museum
- Claridges Hotel
For those of you who want to escape the commercial onslaught, why not immerse yourself in another culture and experience the far-off lands of the Orient, right here in our own back garden.
Spend the afternoon in China Town (Nearest Tube Leicester Square) and immediately see the difference as London Street signs are translated into Chinese characters.
Wander the streets whilst revelling in the intoxicating aromas of the food being cooked in the myriad of restaurants. Visit the shops selling Chinese clothing and incense with the delicate sounds of Chinese music ping pinging away.
Again, for those of you escaping the Christmas madness, try a self-guided London history walk, visit the city of London and pick a relevant homework topic to immerse the children in and bring history to life. Whether it’s the Romans or Dickens, London has a story to tell.
Step back to a Victorian Christmas with a visit to Southwold in Suffolk, this stunning Victoria seaside town still has a fully functioning pier. For full details of all the events and opening times visit here.
Visit the Dickensian centre of this beautiful Yorkshire city and wander the alleyways of the Shambles Christmas market whilst eating roasted sweet chestnuts.
For full details of all events visit here.
Dec 1st marks the children’s lantern procession in the magical cathedral city of Durham. £5 per lantern to take part, however totally free to watch.
The procession leaves the marketplace at 15.45 and winds through the streets in time for the St Nicholas service at 16.10 in the Cathedral.
Blow off the advent cobwebs by escaping to the Lake District for a family friendly fell walk.
Explore Beatrix Potter country and see how many creatures you can spot that inspired her timeless stories.
The Wordly Mum found these 9 family friendly walks on this useful blog site
Westonbirt Arboreatum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Enchanted Christmas Woodlands:
Technically not FOC as one adult and one child admission prices are £21, but we felt that the pure magical enchantment of the mystical forest allowed it some extra special privilege to be included.
For information and opening times check here.
Visit the Christmas market that hugs the cathedral in the centre of Bath. Walk the canals or take a visit to Victoria Park before hitting the market and experiencing one of the best Christmas markets in the country.
For full details visit here.
New Forest, Dorset:
Escape the Christmas band wagon and take the bikes down for a cycle through one of England’s oldest forests.
The Worldly Mum found these family friendly routes, plus details of cycle hire, should you need it on this website .