Make the most of the shorter days, wrap up, pull on those winter boots and head to your local forest for a wonderful winter walk.
Walking in winter can take a little more motivation to venture out from the warmth of house, but it always seems so much rewarding once you do brave the cold, and the fresh air will help everyone, (even the most excited child) sleep a little better. The key is to bundle up well, (lots of layers) and try to have a warm bowl of soup or mug of hot chocolate waiting for you at the end. Forests across Britain have made this very convenient with cafes now nestled near many of the larger forests, stocked with hot chocolate, soup or even a warm mince pie to warm you up and have little ones keeping the pace with the thought of reward at the end. Many sites hire out bikes, with special attachments for children whose legs will tire too quickly, so even the younger children can still enjoy the family outing.
There are events and activities year round at your local forest for the whole family, including over the Christmas period. Many will even be organising a New Year’s Eve alternative party in the forest’s beautiful surroundings with the warmth of a log fire. Some forests will also be beautifully lit this winter transforming them into a real Christmas Wonderland to enchant the children.
Check http://www.forestry.gov.uk/christmas for full details of the winter events in your area.