*** It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Natalie Paris has picked 30 great family days out for the festive season. Yule love them!
As the adverts began telling us in the dying days of summer, Christmas is coming. Yet, even with months of build-up, the last few weeks of the festive period will be a mad rush of present-buying and last-minute preparations. Which is why it can be nice to do something festive as a family that doesn’t involve shopping or wrapping.
There are some things that you will only ever find yourself doing at this time of year. Impressing your children with a Torvill-esque talent they didn’t know you possessed. Singing together. Being amazed by thousands of twinkling lights.
Here is our selection of 30 of the most festive days out for families around the UK this Christmas.
shows based on fairy tales and folklore. Audley End House entry £12 (five to 15 years old £7.50); various dates; www.englishheritage.org.uk
CANDLES AT HOLKHAM HALL, NORFOLK
Warm up from a beach walk along Holkham’s dunes with a visit to Holkham Hall, where 45-minute candlelit tours of the lavishly decorated state rooms are an annual treat and include a mince pie and a drink. This year, the hall’s Statue Gallery will be filled with a wintry, full-sized parterre garden. Younger children are better suited to the craft classes on selected dates. Candle tour £20 (child £12); craft session £8.50; various dates; holkham.co.uk