The Top Ten: Best Winter Weekends Outings

Winter is here and the Christmas holidays are fast approaching!   Amidst all the preparation for Christmas itself, many of us are looking for something a bit different to do with our friends and family this winter: a special weekend outing that we can all enjoy and remember for years to come.

So here at Logbook Loans we’ve been having  a little look around to get some ideas for your weekend outings, and have come up with our Top Ten!


  • Winter Wonderland

This is one of the first thoughts that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas days out!  If you live anywhere within easy reach of London it’s well worth a visit!  Based in London’s Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has grown from strength to strength over the last ten years.  It started as an open-air Christmas market but now also features over a hundred attractions, including ice skating, fairground rides, street food stalls, festive bars live music and shows.  Best of all it is still free to enter the Winter Wonderland grounds to enjoy the festive atmosphere.


  • The National Trust

Wherever you are located there is bound to be something special for Christmas at your local National Trust!   Most locations have festive events from Christmas markets and winter walks to craft workshops and traditional festivities.   Some are especially geared towards families and children, such as The Rewards and Fairies Christmas trail at Bateman’s Jacobean house in East Sussex – former home of Rudyard Kipling.   To find out more about  what’s happening in your area check out the National Trust website:


  • Christmas markets

Christmas markets have already been mentioned but they are springing up all over!   From large to small, wherever you are in the UK, there’s a Christmas market for you in 2017!    An ideal opportunity to buy something that little bit different and also enjoy festive food and drink, and other attractions such as ice skating.  Find out more about some of the best on offer from:


  • Christmas at Kew

If you can get to Kew Gardens then make an evening trip to see the Gardens light up in their annual after-dark festive trail of lights.   Follow a sparkling trail through the Gardens of over one million twinkling lights, enjoying a world of singing trees, larger-than-life flora, ribbons of light, giant baubles, and a flickering Fire Garden.   You will also see a range of illuminated buildings including The Palm House emblazened by laser beams, jets of light and kaleidoscopic projections.  Your children can even catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves at the North Pole village and enjoy a vintage fairground ride.   A wide range of food and drink is available to buy including mulled wine, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows:


  • Ice skating in London

Many of the Christmas attractions already listed include ice skating, but in London and other cities you will find many pop up ice skating rinks over the Christmas season.  Locations  in London include iconic settings right across the city including Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Hampton Court, Tower of London and  Canary Wharf:


  • Blenheim Palace

For those who like festive trails, Blenheim Palace is well worth a visit.  You can follow the festive trail through the spectacular parkland – landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown – then explore Mistletoe Moment and the Tunnel of Light adorned with thousands of twinkling fairy lights.   Along the winding paths you will walk beneath glowing lanterns and larger-than-life snowflakes and baubles.  You will be serenaded by singing Christmas trees along the way and will experience the Cascade of Fire dancing in time to much-loved Christmas classics.  The Great Lake will also be aglow with brightly-lit bobbing boats and its lakeside boathouse is being used by Santa and his elves as a bustling Toy Factory – so do give him a wave as you pass by!


  • Lapland UK

Lapland UK – in Ascot, Berkshire – is summed up perfectly in the words of a recent visitor “For me, this experience is literally magical.  It’s everything you want your child to believe in and to encourage them to continue that Christmas excitement for as long as they can.”   Lapland UK brings the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality.  Everyone is welcome, and Lapland UK also run special Superstar days – originally designed in conjunction with the staff of Demelza House children’s hospices – for children and adults with additional needs.     The desire of Lapland UK is for as many families as possible to be able to enjoy the magic of Christmas:


  • Hogwarts in the snow

Why not treat the family this Christmas and enjoy a festive day out at Hogwarts?  Hogwarts has undergone a magical makeover this Christmas:  Hogwarts in the Snow.  Come and see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes, and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts:


  • Edinburgh Santa Land

If you’re north of the border then why not head to Santa Land in Edinburgh!   Located in East Princes Street Gardens, it features numerous attractions including a Christmas Tree Maze, the Santa Train, and a whole host of family-friendly rides including the Race-a-Rama, Carousel, Helter Skelter, Ice Wall, Reindeer Ride, Crazy Cars and a Rollercoaster:


  • Magical train rides

These are wonderful and there is bound to be one near you.  For example in the Midlands there is the Santa Steam Special where you can travel by steam train on the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Arley where the children, and the grown-ups, will have the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his grotto.     Meanwhile in Didcot you can have a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine who likes to take all his young friends to visit Father Christmas in his grotto.


If one or more of the above outings is perfect for your family but money is tight then you may want to consider taking out a small loan to help you enjoy the Christmas season.  At Logbook Loans we make this as easy as possible for you: our online loans enable you to do everything from the comfort of your own home – click here for more information.   We will do our best to help you make this Christmas your best ever!