Activities to do this Winter with campervan hire
The UK has no shortage of places to go and things to do in the winter. Whether this is long-standing, traditional locations, or more contemporary events, don’t let the colder weather stop you from having a great time.
We’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit this winter, so add them to your agenda because you’ll not want to miss them this year –
1. Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, Scotland
Roaming the beautiful Cairngorms, this reindeer herd have been roaming free since 1952 and is Britain’s only free-ranging herd with around 150 of these beautiful creatures roaming the mountains.
There is a daily guided hill trip to see the reindeer, but over the Christmas period is when you’ll want to visit the most. The Cairngorms Reindeer are relaxed around the public and are trained to pull sleighs for an ultimate Christmas experience, especially if you are travelling with little ones. Not to mention the Cairngorms are absolutely stunning, a must-see on any campervan hire road trip.
2. The Lake District, England
This National Park in Cumbria is a popular holiday destination all year round. Whilst the temperatures may be lower, there is still plenty of things to do here in the winter. A fantastic way to explore the Lake District is with Windermere Lake Cruises. With steamers, traditional wooden craft, or modern cruisers available, choose your craft before getting onboard one of these daily voyages.
Stop by Grasmere Gingerbread, an icon in the Lake District, which is a bakery that has been selling the sweet/spicy biscuits since 1854 and are freshly baked each day. Massively popular with both children and adults is the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, where you can explore the world of Jemima Puddleduck and Peter Rabbit.
Alternatively, you can visit Lakes Distillery, producers of award-winning gin as well as whiskies and vodka, housed in a stunning Victorian building, they offer tours and bistro dining. There’s something for everyone here, from a chance to feed and meet the Alpacas(!) that stay on site, as well as a ‘Whiskey and Chocolate Pairing Tour’ for anyone with a sweet tooth.
3. The Yorkshire Dales, England
Yorkshire Dales National Park is a wonderful place to visit in winter with great festivals on offer. Such as Grassington Dickensian Festival, offering a completely unique experience where the Yorkshire village transports back to the time of Dickens. Residents and shopkeepers act and dress the part in these cobbled streets, with mulled wine, hot chocolate and local cuisine on offer.
If you’re in Yorkshire you’ll also want to visit the Skipton Yuletide Festival, running the entire length of the High Street, this famous market will be in full flow. You can expect food stalls, a broad range of entertainment in the Town Centre as well as a thoroughly Christmassy feel in the town to get you into that festive spirit.
4. The Peak District, England
Since it’s already cooler temperatures, you may as well embrace the elements by heading to Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre. There are plenty of activities on offer aside from skiing/snowboarding including tobogganing and tubing. No need to worry if you’re a complete beginner either, as there are lessons available too.
For a one-of-a-kind experience, you should try Carols by Candlelight in Treak Cliff Cavern, which is on every weekend throughout December. This is Christmas carolling but with a difference – underground in a cavern! Home of the Blue John Stone, this beautifully decorated cavern gets you in the mood for Christmas, as well as having mulled wine and mince pies too.
5. Cornwall, England
The infamous Eden Project converts its event space into a magical winter wonderland, including an ice rink. Have a spin on some skates and then warm yourself up afterwards with some festive food and drink available at the stalls.
If you’re travelling with children, the Santa trains at Bodmin & Wenford railway is a must-see. Ride on a historic steam train and meet Santa at the same time, as well as meeting Santa’s elves. Pay a visit to Santa’s grotto too, as well as other Christmas-themed activities available to visit in your motorhome hire throughout December.
Fancy getting stuck into nature? The Lantern Trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan is perfect for you. This seasonal, illuminated trail provides a treasure-filled space with flowers, rabbits, owls, robins, and foxgloves. This night-time hike is followed shortly by festive treats as well as the chance for a nosey in the gift shop.
6. Norfolk, England
Luminate Sandringham at Sandringham Country Park is not to be missed. This trail is 1 mile long and includes special effects, music as well as various interactive features as well an impressive light display. A real enchanted forest experience for you to visit on your winter campervan hire road trip! This will run from the 11th of November – 18th of December, and you must book in advance which you can do here.
To help you get into that Christmassy mood, you should attend Wells Christmas Tide Festival which occurs on the 25th – 27th of November. This free event includes carol singing, town bands, mulled wine, craft and product stalls as well as all-day entertainment. Later on in the day the Christmas lights will be switched on, and you can expect a visit from Santa himself all the way from the North Pole – but he arrives by boat!
Why Bunk Campers?
With depots located across the UK and Ireland, we are perfect for helping you get from event to event this winter, no matter where it is. Pick up your motorhome from one of our convenient locations too before you hit the open road.
We have a wide range of modern 2 – 6 berth motorhomes and campervans available for you to hire. Booking your motorhome holiday online is easy. Simply visit our website to enter your preferred dates, pick-up, and drop-off locations to obtain pricing. Or you can email us at [email protected]