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Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, whether like us it's the "silly season" at work, or if you're hosting a big Christmas lunch this year. Bringing the whole family together and keeping all ages and abilities entertained can be a challenging task, so take the pressure off and plan some activities for the whole family to enjoy this December!


Winter Wonderland - Bournemouth

Photo credit: Bournemouth Echo

Winter Wonderland - Bournemouth

If you remember the wonder of finding a special street where all the houses have really made an effort with their Christmas lights, then you will love a visit to Bournemouth's Christmas Tree Wonderland!

The Christmas Tree Wonderland is a magical spectacle of over 100 glittering Christmas trees from around the world, plus an Alpine Market and ice-skating in the enchanting Victorian Lower Gardens, plus much more, including live music, entertainment and beautiful illuminations.

After a night of breathing in the sea air, and taking in the mesmerising sights, return to a Best Loved Hotel for a sound night's sleep at Captain's Club Hotel and Spa in Christchurch, a favourite waterside retreat with river views.

Winter Walks - Lake District

Winter Walks - Lake District

A brisk walk is a Boxing Day tradition for many people, largely to walk off some of that oh-so-full feeling after a day of indulgence! Why not consider a walk in the lead-up to Christmas instead, as a great way to get all the family together, and to make you feel like you've earned that extra mince pie!

It's difficult to choose a favourite spot in the Lake District, but we do love Ullswater, nestled on the eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park. The lake itself is surrounded with rolling countryside and England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn.

A relaxing evening in a wonderful hotel will be well deserved after a day of walking, and Best Loved Hotel Another Place has recently won both "Best Family Friendly Hotel" Best Loved Awards 2018/19, and "Outstanding New Hotel" at the 2018 Independent Hotel Show Awards.

Museums & Art Galleries - London

Photo credit: Natural History Museum

Museums & Art Galleries - London

Whilst the Museums and Art Galleries are a benefit of London all year round, they seem all that more magical on a crisp winter's day. London offers a great way to get all the family together for some culture, and Visit London have created this handy list of the "Top 23 free museums in London" so that you won't have to spend a fortune doing so!

From history, to science, to art - there is something for everyone! One of our favourites is the National History Museum, which strives to find answers to the big nature questions. Delve into stories about the Museum's collections, scientists and research, and uncover the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

After a day of learning, you'll need a comfy place to rest your head, and we have some wonderful Best Loved Hotels nearby. Click here to view all Best Loved London Hotels.

Skiing - Scottish Highlands

Skiing - Scottish Highlands

For a more extravagant day out, why not try a day of winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding in the Scottish Highlands? You don't need to pre-book on most slopes, so if the weather conditions look right you can gather the whole family for a spontaneous day of fun!

There are five different, with a range of slopes suitable for all skill-levels, from beginners to seasoned skiers.

Often just one day is not enough, so if you're looking to extend your break, why not try a Best Loved Hotel in the area. Corriegour Lodge Hotel offers panoramic views and fine dining in the midst of the glorious Highlands scenery, or the Boath House is an extraordinary Grade A listed Regency mansion set in a 20-acre estate containing a small lake.

Christmas Markets - Manchester - Hotel Gotham

Christmas Markets - Manchester - Hotel Gotham

Visiting a Christmas Market is a great way to get the whole family together without having to spend a lot of money doing so. Of course there are shops and stalls where you can spend your pennies if you want to, but the spectacle of a Christmas market is often entertainment enough!

Manchester's Christmas Markets are amongst the biggest and best in the country, with more than 300 stalls and chalets spread across the city centre. There is free entry and the markets are promoted as being accessible to all.

Make a night of it and stay in the city in a Best Loved Hotel, Hotel Gotham is a 5-star hotel, which aspires to be fun, witty and sexy - and succeeds!


Congratulations to last week's competition winner, Janet Flather from Droitwich who won two nights B&B with dinner on one evening at Thatchers Hotel in Surrey - a Tudor-style country house set amid glorious Surrey countryside outside of Guildford. Traditional surroundings, comfortable rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens.


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