At Sykes, we appreciate that not everyone is a big fan of Christmas and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming when festive activities are thrust in your face everywhere you turn. It can feel like you can’t go anywhere without being reminded of the festive season. That’s where we can help; we’ve scoured the internet and made a shortlist of some of the best non-festive days out that you can enjoy this December:
RSPB Wild Families
From 20th December- 4th January, the RSPB is running a free family adventure trail at their Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve in Essex. The Wild Families: Family Winter Trail is open every day from 9.30am until 4.30pm- just head along to the nature reserve, pick up an adventure trail activity sheet and hunt around to find the hidden clues. Families will need to find all the clues to reveal the mystery! This winter trail is a fantastic day out for all the family and a nice alternative to the plethora of very festive events that take place throughout December. For more information on Wild Families, please visit the RSPB website.
Biking at Dalby Forest
If you fancy an active day out then head to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, where you can experience over 70 miles of one of the UK’s best cycling trails. Dalby has something for everyone, with ramps and jumps for thrill-seekers, gentle trails for families, and World Cup standard tracks for serious mountain bikers. You can even hire bikes here if you don’t have your own. There are plenty of pretty picnic spots and scenic views along the way, as well as a tasty café where you can indulge in a well-deserved treat after your day out! For more information, please visit the Forestry Commission website.
Day Out With Thomas
For families with children of the train-loving variety, try a Day Out With Thomas! This wonderful event brings Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends to heritage railways across the UK and on 21st December, Day Out With Thomas is coming to the East Anglian Railway Museum in Essex. This event does need to be booked in advance and gives visitors the chance to meet Thomas and friends, take a ride on a real steam train, and take part in fun-filled themed activities. For more information, please see the Day Out With Thomas website.
Burning the Clocks
Burning the Clocks is an annual free event that takes place in Brighton on 21st December. Organised by community arts charity, Same Sky, Burning the Clocks is a celebration of the shortest day of the year and consists of people gathering together to make paper and willow lanterns to parade through the centre of Brighton, before making them into a bonfire on the beach as a token of the year’s end. There’s also live music and fireworks! For more information, please visit the Same Sky website.