2017 UK Winter Activities

Winter is finally arrived in the UK, with brisk temperatures creeping in and the smell of mulled wine getting us in the Christmas spirit.

It’s time to take advantage of all things festive and plan your holiday travels, so grab your train tickets and plan your winter hols with this inspiration from NationalRail.com!


2017 Christmas Markets


Most cities and towns in the UK will hold an annual Christmas market this year, and they can be a great way of finding unique gifts whilst supporting local and small businesses, as well as being a great day or evening out!

Our favourite market spots are Manchester, York, Edinburgh and Bath, but there are so many more to choose from up and down the country.


Indoor skiing in the UK


If you can’t afford to go skiing this year, or just don’t fancy braving the snow then these indoor ski slopes are a great idea. They’re also an ideal way to practise your skiing skills if you do have a holiday booked and want to be ready to go when you arrive.

With Snozone, Chill Factore, SnowDome, Snow Factor and The Snow Centre open all year, there is certainly plenty of choice here in the UK.

Fireworks (New Year)


If you haven’t already got plans for New Year, we advise you get it booked ASAP! Most events book out in November, and hotels can be both hard to come by and expensive.

London’s Victoria Embankment is always a great destination for New Year’s Eve, never failing to put on a fantastic display. With popular music and amazing fireworks over the Thames, you’ll be ‘ooing’ and ‘aahing’ all night!


Christmas shopping

Hop on the train this winter and support the high street instead of doing your Christmas shopping online, the atmosphere is unmissable!

Mulled wine, Christmas lights and that feeling of a successful shopping trip can’t compare with trawling through a website and paying for delivery, only to then return the items when they weren’t what you were expecting…




A pantomime is a heartwarming Christmas activity for the family! Full of hilarious innuendos and cringe-worthy antics, they’re entertaining for both adults and children.

If you don’t live near a theatre, why not make a weekend of it and book to go away somewhere? With nationalrail.com, you can get a great price on train tickets and keep the family entertained by exploring a new city during the day, before settling down to watch a great show at the theatre in the evening.


Book your winter activities with NationalRail.com or ring us on 0191 387 1387 for advice finding the best deals on train tickets!