Obviously Christmas is winter’s headline act but there’s plenty more going on in the months ahead. Step into our Santa-free zone and check out these wonderful winter events.
Pier Head, Liverpool
9th November to 5th January
Stay: YHA Liverpool Albert Dock
Liverpool’s Christmas Ice Festival has taken over the city’s iconic waterfront. The Pier Head has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland, with an ice rink, giant ice slide, family friendly fairground rides and, of course, a whole host of Christmas market stalls. For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, don’t miss the Ice Jet – a white-knuckle ride which reaches speeds of up to 80mph. Get your fill of Christmas thrills and top it all off with a mulled wine in the Apres Bar. Perfect.
Burning the Clocks Festival, Brighton
Dates to be confirmed
Stay: YHA Brighton
This community event brings people together from every faith and creed to mark the winter solstice. A 2,000-strong parade of luminous lanterns processes to the beach; once there, people pass their handmade paper and willow creations into a huge bonfire before watching a spectacular fire show and firework display.
Jorvik Viking Festival, York
15th- 23rd February
Stay: YHA York
Spend February half term in the company of Eric Bloodaxe and friends. Jorvik’s huge Viking Festival is the largest in Europe and is a city-wide celebration of this fascinating period in York’s past. Throughout the week visitors will have the opportunity to hear from reenactors, watch dramatic hand-to-hand combat and walk around the authentic living history encampments. The festival attracts 40,000 visitors a year and most events are free.