Cold day ideas
Make the most of those cold, crisp winter days
hen the cold weather kicks in, the outdoor ice rinks tend to pop up, so how about recreating your own Torvill and Dean moment, with a bit of magic on ice? We’re thinking Winchester Cathedral , The Tower of London , and the Eden Project .
However, if you’re thinking less Swan Lake on ice – and more actual swans, on an actual lake – then what about a trip to Welney Wildfowl Reserve in Cambridgeshire?
During the winter months, wild swans migrate here from the Siberian tundra for the warmer temperatures (yes, this is ‘hot’ for them) and the rather spectacular lake. You can see their comings and goings from the main hide, which looks onto a floodlit feed.
Meanwhile, winter is prime time for fossil hunting, too. Along the cliffs at Charmouth on Dorset‘s Jurassic Coast, storms smash the rocks, uncovering hidden treasures that lie there waiting to be spotted. Who knows – you might just find a dinosaur tooth or preserved insect if you look in the right place. It’s not uncommon.
Finally, further down the coast at
, you’ll find a smooth, grassy spot, that’s ideal for flying kites. The winter winds whip over the cliffs creating plenty of uplift and some spectacular views. So don’t forget to wrap up warm…
Psst... Handy Hints
Wander along the path to the ye olde Smugglers Inn and warm yourself with a whiskey.
Guided Fossil Hunt
Get the inside track on the best fossil spots along Charmouth Beach with a guided fossil hunt.
Daily Swan Feed
Don't miss the swans daily feeding with a wheelbarrow-full of grain.
With 4.6 million shells.The Shell Grotto