The UK’s capital is one of the most iconic cities in the world, offering a wealth of sights and attractions. This article will narrow down some of the most exciting family-friendly activities, such as winter-time ice skating and even paintball near London.
In Britain, we’re lucky enough to enjoy a wide range of scenic countryside, charming towns and exciting cities. Of the latter, London is undoubtedly the most well-known and very much the crowning jewel of the UK. At this time of year, London is a brilliant location for families, as the city is engulfed by a festive atmosphere and the opportunities for exciting activities are endless.
Whether you’re planning to visit the capital this Christmas or a little further down the line, the following activities will provide you and your children with enough excitement to make sure your trip is one to remember.
1. Sightseeing from a Saddle
London is a playground for sightseers that boasts some of the most impressive historical landmarks and modern architecture in the world. Embarking on a guided bicycle tour is a great way to see the sights with the added entertainment of a bike ride with your family, or hiring one and choosing your own route through the city is equally as exciting.
If your kids are younger and not particularly interested in the aesthetic and historical aspects of London, this gives you the perfect way to sweeten the deal and suit everyone’s needs. Peddling around the capital is also great exercise — to burn off the calories from sweets and treats — and a lot easier than seeing the sights on foot.
2. Horse Riding in Hyde Park
Spread across London are a number of beautiful parks, each as scenic and appealing as the last. One of which is Hyde Park, where you’ll find Princess Diana’s memorial fountain, a recreational lake, enough greenery to keep any nature lover happy, and a huge range of activities. One of the activities that are perfect for families is horse riding and horse riding lessons.
Whether you’re an experienced rider or it’s your first time, horse riding in Hyde Park is a fantastic way to combine sightseeing with an exciting activity. Hyde Park Stables does a great job to create a safe and engaging experience for both children and adults, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy it as much as your children do.
3. Outdoor Ice Skating
Christmas time brings with it lots of food and drinks, festive spirit, presents (of course) and seasonal activities. In London, you’ll find a few different outdoor ice skating rinks which happen to be situated in locations that look absolutely stunning at night time. You don’t have to be Torvill and Dean to enjoy these rinks, as they’re set up to be accessible and prevent accidents.
Ice skating locations include the National History Museum, Canary Wharf and Somerset House, all of which are peppered in Christmas lights and decorated brilliantly for the entirety of the festive period. If you’re too busy to for a trip to London this year, then you’ll be happy to hear that most of the ice skating rinks are open throughout the whole of winter.
4.Paintball Near London
Now for something a little less conventional that allows you and your kids to experience fast-paced combat scenarios while being able to explore and immerse yourself in woodland battlefield environments. A day of paintball near London offers all of this and more. As the inner city doesn’t provide much in the way of rural areas (aside from the parks), you’ll have to venture just outside of London for a day of paintball.
Luckily, you won’t have to travel far. GO Paintball London, one of the UK’s leading paintball companies, is only a short train or car journey away. Its facility offers a range expertly designed battlefields across an enormous 50-acre site and is arguably the best paintball in London, Surrey, and Kent.
Although the combative nature of paintballing may make it seem like an activity more appropriate for adults, every precaution is taken to ensure that both the equipment and battlefields are safe and accessible for kids. Children aged eight and over can take part, so if your kids are old enough, it’s a brilliant way to try something new, make it a memorable trip and get some exercise while on holiday.
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