THE WEATHER OUT­SIDE IS FRIGHT­EN­ING SANTA CLAUS IS COM­ING

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FES­TIVE SWIMS, UK-WIDE

Pre­pare to get cold. There are fun swims tak­ing place around the UK and most are for a good cause. Wey­mouth (be­low), Ex­mouth and Low­est­oft all have Christ­mas Day swims. Al­ter­na­tively, just watch and laugh. Free; Dec 25; wearewey­mouth. co.uk

FUN RUN AT WALLING­TON, NORTHUM­BER­LAND Not only will the house at Walling­ton be beau­ti­fully lit, but fam­i­lies are also in­vited to get off the sofa and join a Jin­gle Bell Jog in view of it one Sun­day morn­ing this month. The jog fol­lows a cy­cle trail and is a mile long. Santa hats will be pro­vided. The grounds here also con­tain 50 Christ­mas trees that have been dec­o­rated in or­der to cel­e­brate Walling­ton’s 50th an­niver­sary. En­try £9.20 (child £4.60); jog £10 on Dec 16; na­tion­al­trust. org.uk

THE SANTA EX­PRESS, UK-WIDE

A train ride to see Santa is an ex­cit­ing prospect for any child, and many steam rail­ways now of­fer fes­tive rides: The Spa Val­ley Rail­way heads to Tun­bridge Wells West, with snow­man spot­ting along the way. The MidHants Rail­way Wa­ter­cress Line, Avon Val­ley Rail­way and Stafford­shire’s Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way (above) also of­fer trips. Spa Val­ley Santa ride £16 (child £14); var­i­ous dates; spaval­leyrail­way.co.uk

LEEDS CAS­TLE CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET, KENT

With a beau­ti­ful back­drop of the dra­mat­i­cally lit cas­tle float­ing on a lake, this week­end fair in­cludes birds of prey, craft stalls, food, gifts and live mu­sic. There is also a Vic­to­rian fairground with a Fer­ris wheel that af­fords good views. Al­low time to ex­plore the maze and its cen­tral grotto. Fam­ily en­try £70; un­til Dec 16; leeds-cas­tle.com

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