It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For many, it’s an amazing opportunity to spend time with loved ones, including those youngsters. Not always the easiest to entertain, here’s a list of some great family attractions and events to check out over the winter months.
We’ve pulled together some of the best for that family friendly inspiration, and you can find even more in our Winter Guide on Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Big Game 9
Harlequins take on Gloucester Rugby in this massive family friendly event at London’s Twickenham Stadium. As well as the game, ticket holders can enjoy a display by adrenaline sport troupe EXTREME. Food and drink, plus plenty more entertainment, will also be on hand. It all takes place on 27 December 2016. Tickets are available here.
Who doesn’t love a bit of ice skating? Well, there’s plenty of places around the country to practice those skills, including our absolute favourites at the Natural History Museum in London, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and Skate at Somerset House. Each celebrates their own family oriented experience in stunning surroundings.
The Natural History Museum offers parent and toddler packages, a Penguin Skate Club as well as student specials and lessons. Tickets are available here.
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is an open air spectacle, located next to one of the most unique buildings the UK has to offer. There’s a huge rink side bar and restaurant with a 40 metre terrace, as well as a designated beginner’s area and penguin skate aids. Tickets are available here.
The equally stunning Somerset House hosts its own family friendly ice rink. Everyone can hone their skills at Skate School and young skaters can find their feet on the ice at Polar Cub Club. There’s also a Christmas shopping arcade on site as well as the cosy Alpine-themed Fortnum’s Lodge. Tickets are available here.
1872 Scottish Cup
The annual Rugby derby between Glasgow and Edinburgh will take place at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh on the 26 December 2016. The Boxing Day sporting event is also family friendly, with family tickets (two adults and two children) on sale. Tickets are available here.
As ever, there are so many football fixtures taking place over the holiday and into the new year, it would be impossible to list them all here. There’s even the opportunity to head to matches on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Tickets to various football matches are available here.
Disney On Ice Presents Frozen
If you’re part of a Frozen-loving family, then Disney presenting their hugely successful 2013 film on ice is the prefect ticket. At the time of writing it’s in Aberdeen for a few more days, before it heads to Sheffield and ends up in London over Christmas. There are Christmas Eve and Boxing Day performances too. Tickets are available here.
The Arenacross UK tour kicks off in early 2017. Get ready for a seven-round series of fast and furious family entertainment, featuring indoor motocross racing and high-octane FMX action. Each session lasts for three and a half hours, and food and drink is of course available on site. This is a great day out for those petrolhead family members. Tickets are available here.
At home at Braehead Arena in Renfrew, Scotland, the Ice Hockey team are meeting up with some serious rivals during their series of games throughout the rest of December. They are still to play Edinburgh Capitals, Coventry Blaze, Fife Flyers, Belfast Giants and Dundee Stars. Tickets are available here.
The winter months also mean we’re stuck right into the Pantomime season. Kids, adults and kid-like adults are warming their vocal chords up for inevitable shouts of “behind you” at some of the funniest, most entertaining and visually spectacular stage shows the UK has to offer. And there are loads, from Cinderella at the London Palladium to Aladdin at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. Tickets to various Pantomimes are available here.
Bond In Motion
Delve inside the world of James Bond with the Bond In Motion exhibition, which features the cars from the most recent Spectre film. Hosted at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, London, the welcoming event offers family ticket packages. Fans will have access to a wide range of vehicles, miniature models, action sequence boards, vehicle concept art and props from all of the James Bond films. Tickets are on sale here.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom
Taking the BAFTA Award-winning television animation to the stage, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is touring the country over the winter months. It all kicks off towards the end of January 2017, running right into July. The musical adventure for the young’uns features games, songs and colourful costumes. Tickets are available here.
Peppa Pig’s Surprise
Another one for the little ones, Peppa Pig’s Surprise runs throughout the Christmas period at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The live stage production will bring a smile to young children’s faces, as it follows their favourite characters from the hugely popular TV show. Tickets are available here.
Find some more inspiration of things to do this winter, not just for the family, head to Ticketmaster.co.uk.