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Awesome Adventures for the Christmas Holidays!

Awesome Adventures for the Christmas Holidays!
Written by Claire

The Christmas Holidays have begun,
Come on kids lets have some fun,
From Kidzania to The Festival of Light,
There won’t be a bored child in sight!

KidZania, Westfield (Shepherds Bush), London

Kids go half price when you book with Picniq**

This December Kidzania will be celebrating Christmas from all across the world.   Children can experience how other countries celebrate this wonderful time of year! Children can follow the trail, stopping at a variety of Christmas market stalls on a Journey through Mexico, Italy, India and many more.  These fantastic  festivities will take place every day through December, activities include “Frozen face painting” and a Christmas parade will be taking place around the city!

Longleat Festival of Light, Warminster

Until 3rd January

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This year you will be transported into a fantasy world; ‘The Magic of Storytelling’. Drawing inspiration from tales old and new, you will meet many famous characters along the way. From beautiful princesses, to dragons and mermaids.

Sail with Santa! Poole

Until 24th December

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Santa is sailing the high seas this festive season so why not hop on board for a special kids party cruise that will take all the family to see many of London’s fantastic landmarks  or Poole’s beautiful harbour. Kids can have fun with Santa and receive a special gift. Grown-ups can enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine!  BOOK HERE

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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Step on board historic ships that changed the world such as HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Don’t miss the new‐look Mary Rose museum, which gives insight into Tudor life.  Could you make it in the Royal Navy by taking on the physical challenges at the high tech Action Stations indoor attraction? Test your skills as a helicopter pilot, scale the tallest indoor climbing wall and make your way through the Ninja Force assault course. Younger children under 1.2m will love the Sky Tykes area—a low rope assault course with bridges and beams for them to tackle!  BOOK HERE

Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells! Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

Until 24th December
Adult £10.95 and Child £9.50 – family packages also available!

Santa and his mischievous elves are waiting to meet and greet the kids and your family this Christmas in the Enchanted Grotto. Some of the centre’s fantastic animals are taking part in a brilliant Nativity scene and there is an entertaining free-flying bird show to see too. Kids will love the festive crafts and activities, as well as the chance to write a letter to Santa! Find out more.

Tower of London Ice Rink, London

17th November – 2nd January
Adults £14.50, Children £10.50, Family Ticket £42.00

This ice rink has an absolutely magnificent historical back drop that is the Tower of London! Suitable for all abilities, there are even sessions for wheelchair users. Find out more.

Eden Project Ice Rink, Cornwall

7th November onwards
Various Price Packages Available

This ice rink is a winter wonderland that’s suitable for all of the family with penguin aid available to hire for the kids. This covered ice rink is great no matter the weather and there’s a range of Christmas activities to be found all around the Eden Project. Find out more.

Christmas With Santa and Little Red Riding Hood, Puzzlewood

Until 24th December
£10 per ticket. Under 2’s go free.

Santa is making a special visit to this beautiful woodland this Christmas. With a special theme, kids can come dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood or the Woodcutter and be led by a very cheeky elf through the woods to see Santa, who will be waiting in Grandma’s house! Just keep your eyes peeled for that naughty wolf! Find out more.

Wild Christmas, Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth

From 26th November- 23rd December
Adults: £4.95 Children from £8.75

Bring the kids for some festive indoor fun in the ‘Wild Thing’ play area @ Adventure Wonderland! Enjoy a Nativity Cuddle Corner and a seasonal pantomime in the Happydrome Theatre, together with guaranteed fun in the play centre. BOOK HERE

Santa’s Grotto! Chill Factore, Manchester

Until 24th December
Family Packages Starting at £14

Why not bring the kids here to experience Santa’s amazing Gingerbread Grotto this Christmas!  Walk through and feel the crunch of the real snow surrounded by sparkling trees, cheeky elves and sparkling lights! All visits to Santa include real play time in the snow park which will leave the children feeling super-festive!

The Original Tour London Sightseeing, London

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Explore the famous sights and sounds of London in comfort, aboard a hop-on, hop‐off Original Tour bus! Your ticket allows access to 6 bus tour routes, 3 FREE walking tours and a FREE Thames Cruise. On the Yellow and Red bus routes you will see the main landmarks of London including the Tower of London, The Shard, The London Eye, Piccadilly Circus and more! BOOK HERE.

Christmas at Kew Gardens, London

Until 1st January
On and Off Peak Tickets Available

Kew gardens will be receiving a seasonal makeover this Christmas! Over one million lights will illuminate trees, gardens and buildings! You can even visit Santa and his elves in the North-Pole Village!  The Vintage fair ground is sure to be a hit with the little ones and then you can all warm up with some hot chocolate and mulled wine with marshmallows around the fire!

Leeds Castle Christmas Market, Maidstone

22nd and 23rd December

Join in with the festive fun at Leeds Castle Christmas Market held on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the castle. The stalls will be filled with unique gifts, toys, Christmas decorations and tasty food and drink. Meet Santa’s reindeer and marvel at exciting birds of prey. There will be live musical entertainment and old fashioned fairground rides for everyone. Find out more.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Winchester

Until 22nd December
Free (Ice Rink Charges Apply)

Join in the festive fun at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. There will be plenty of traditional wooden stalls selling a selection of Christmas gift ideas and tasty treats. Don’t miss having a whizz around the open-air ice rink! Find out more.

Glasgow Christmas Market, Glasgow

Until 22nd December
Free (Funfair Charges May Apply)

A great festive place to visit with many interesting market stalls to enjoy and treats to feast on. Enjoy live entertainment and watch the kids have enjoy themselves on the funfair rides. Find out more.

 Canary Wharf Ice Rink, London

Until 24th February 2017
Various Prices Depending on Date

Enjoy some family time together this Christmas and skate at Canary Wharf Ice Rink beneath beautiful twinkling fairy lights laid beneath the ice. Even the little ones can join in as they have brilliant skate aids for hire. There is a heated viewing terrace for those that just fancy watching and the rink has a roof so fun isn’t interrupted whatever the weather! Find out more.

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink, Edinburgh

Until 7th January 2017
Tickets from £5

Get your skates on, wrap up warm and head down to this ice rink for a fun time outdoors with all the family this Christmas! Even younger family members can whizz around the rink with the help of a skating aid so no one misses out! Find out more.

Royal Pavillion’s Ice Rink Brighton

14th January 2017
Various Prices Depending on Date

Take to the ice this festive season in front of the Royal Pleasure palace. Everyone is welcome, whatever their ability and there are penguin aids for the less experienced skaters. Find out more.

Curtain Up at Christmas! The Story Museum, Oxford

Thursday 21st December
£37.50

Kids will love this brilliant workshop where they get to watch a fun Christmas Show Jingle’s magic sleigh. Afterwards they can venture behind the scenes and join in with a storytelling workshop creating their very own wintery tale that will earn them a recognised National Arts Award at Discover level. Find out more.

Christmas at Stockeld Park, West Yorks

Until 8th January
Various Prices Depending on Date

Expect a totally magical time this winter at this beautiful park with illuminations and adventure parks, a lit up maze and a real ice skating rink. Families can follow a Nordic Ski Woodland Trail which will come alive with twinkling lights and and dancing fountain. Visiting Santa’s Grotto in his luxury log cabin is an absolute must! Fancy a camel ride? Then look no further as you enjoy a magical parade around the Enchanted Forest on one! Look out for the Christmas shop and you can even buy your Christmas tree here too! Find out more.

Find the Reindeer, Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport

Until 3rd January 2018
Free with valid museum ticket

Hidden all around this fascinating museum are Santa’s reindeer and they need to be found! If you find them all there is a cuddly reindeer waiting for you to take home! Find out more.

A Magical Christmas Experience! Titanic Belfast

Until 23rd December
Adults £4, Children £15

Come along this Christmas and explore a traditional festive street scene in a very magical experience! Kids can enjoy fun crafts, storytelling and playing traditional games. Father Christmas will of course be thereto meet the kids who can have a special photo taken with him. Find out more.

West Midlands Safari Park- Santa Safari

Until 24rd December
Adults £22, Children £18

Head down to West-Midlands Safari park this Christmas for the superb Santa Safari! It promises to be a festive and magical day out for all the family! With a 4 mile long self-drive safari to see all the animals that the park has to offer and your chance to visit the big man in red himself- Santa! Admission includes hot drinks and mince pies for the Mum’s and Dad’s and for the children – a gift from Santa, photo and cookie and drink! Find out more.

The View from the Shard- London

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Adults £15.95, Children £9.95

Visit London’s newest and most magnificent landmark, which is currently the tallest building in Europe. After a spectacular ride in a kaleidoscopic high speed lift you reach the viewing platform, where you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the City Of London in all its glory. There are over 200 landmarks to spot and a view that stretches over 40 miles. See London’s Christmas lights sparkle by night! The interactive touchscreen telescopes help families to appreciate the view in more detail so they fully enjoy this memorable experience.  You can even have a go on “The slide” The shards new virtual reality experience. Find out more.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Viewing platform and slide

*Free coffee and cake when you book through Picniq!*
Adults £16.50, Children £10.50

Climb the UK’s tallest sculpture and ride the world’s tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide. Enjoy the twists and turns as you take in London’s skyline at speed thought the ‘clear sections’. This is without a doubt, the best place to see the city from above, allowing you to discover a beautiful view of some of the country’s most famous landmarks!  Do you dare take the quick way down on their super slide?

This impressive spiral of red steel in London was erected in 2012 in honour of the Olympic Games and is definitely one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK.  Find out more.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Until 23rd December
Prices from £5 – dependant on dates

The lanterns at Chester Zoo is a perfect festive activity- combining the Zoo’s resident animals with the magic of Christmas, part of the park will be filled with beautifully made lanterns in the theme of fairy tales which will take you away to a magical world!   You can even post your own letter to Santa and if you are feeling hungry you can add a “Festive Feast” to your booking!  This event is very popular so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment! Find out more.

 

Oxygen Grotto- Oxygen Freejumping

*Save up to 20% on Jump tickets when you book through Picniq!*
Until 24th December
Child £9.45

Oxygen freejumping are giving you the chance to visit Santa this Christmas- The Oxygen Grotto is the perfect addition to your Freejump!  You can visit Santa and his elves for an additional cost which includes a gift.   As well as the Christmas grotto’s they have plenty more Christmas fun to enjoy- including Christmas craft, games, competitions and snowball dodgeball!  All this festive fun is available at the following locations: Acton, Derby,Manchester, Southampton and Wigan.Find out more.

 

Know any more amazing places to have a Christmas adventure? We’d really love to know! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

 

 

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