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Winter holiday ideas for families

Flying a kite in Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales © John Millar

Flying a kite in Rhossili Bay, Gower, Swansea, Wales © John Millar

Enchanting adventures and new discoveries – they’re the stuff that lasting memories are made of. And winter is jam-packed with opportunities to find them.

So why not grab the season with both hands? Escape with your family to one of our snug cottages in the heart of breath-taking British scenery, and get set to uncover winter’s wonders.

To inspire your holiday adventures, here are three of our favourite ways for families to enjoy a winter break.

1. Go walking with wildlife

Winter is the best season for animal-lovers to turn detective, as plants die back and expose paw prints in the muddy ground. So clad your kids in their winter woollies, take a bracing nature walk and see what you can discover.

The clearest tracks are often found in snow. To stand a better chance of catching some, try high northern destinations like the North York Moors or Cumbria.

Spot red squirrels aplenty on Dorset’s Brownsea Island, or stay in Snowdonia and seek out Powis Castle’s deer. And keep your eyes peeled for roosting birds – winter’s leafless trees make them much easier to spot.

2. Discover new stories

Long winter nights are the traditional time for stories. Enter the spirit of the past, and recreate your own classic storytelling scene at one of our many cottages with an open fire.

As characterful old buildings, every one of our holiday retreats has its own story to tell – whether that of a historical figure or lowly farmer. Delve further into history on trips to nearby National Trust places – top picks for families include the awesome Anglo-Saxon burial site at Suffolk’s Sutton Hoo.

3. Enjoy outdoor play

Winter needn’t stop outdoor play – in fact some of the activities on our ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list are best done at this time of year. So open your children’s eyes to star gazing in coal-black skies (no. 27), take a warming climb up a huge hill (no. 28), or eat a crisp heirloom apple straight from the tree (no.9).

Find your family’s winter break