Family days out to get you in the festive spirit 

We all remember our childhood Christmases as being full of wonder, magic, and almost unbearable excitement. However, as we grow up the responsibility of keeping that fascination alive for our little ones falls to us, which means hiding our Yuletide exhaustion under festive smiles, rounding up the whole brood and getting out there to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  
But hey – it’s your Christmas too!  
We don’t see why the whole family can’t have a cracker of a day out, so here are some suggestions for fun days out that are guaranteed to fill you all with Christmas cheer.  

Westonbirt Arboretum 
Dubbed a nature trail with a difference, Enchanted Christmas is a captivating mile-long illumination of trees. Adults can enjoy exploring the beautiful variety of trees and the kids have a chance to meet Father Christmas himself, enjoy a merry-go-round and even take part in arts and crafts.  
All paths are accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and the event takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 21st.  Find out more here. 

Ice Skating, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens 
For frosty fun in the London area, look no further than Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This historic location has been spectacularly restored and boasts a full size ice rink, London’s largest Christmas tree maze and a delectable Christmas food market. So get down to Vauxhall before the 4th of January, grab a mulled wine and take a spin on the ice while the little ones get lost among the baubles.
Bowood House Family Christmas Carvery 
You are cordially invited by the Marchioness of Lansdowne to enjoy a sensational Christmas Carvery at Bowood HouseBowood’s magnificent Shelburne Restaurant is hosting a traditional three course Christmas Carvery so it’s a great excuse to get the family together for a delicious meal with none of the washing up.  
Santa will be making a cameo appearance too, with gifts for all the good boys and girls. 
Finding fun things for kids is normally pretty straightforward but what about older relatives? They deserve to enjoy treats with the family too so why not look for ideas suitable for them?  
For some great inspiration, the McCarthy & Stone blog is an ideal place to look as it’s jam-packed with content aimed at retirees but the retirement specialists are also hosting a great competition on Pinterest that you might want to look at too.  
This gives you the chance to win a brand new Kitchenaid standing mixer and a copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible – the perfect items to bring the whole family together in the kitchen this Christmas! 

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