We all know that 2020 has been a year like no other. With restrictions in place we are all looking for inspiration to keep ourselves (and little ones) entertained especially as the days get shorter and colder. We’ve curated a list of 15 fun things to do this winter from Scavenger hunts to local Christmas markets to everything in between.

Build a Fort

A great way to get cosy on a miserable Winter day, plus it provides endless hours of fun for kids! Grab some blankets, pillows, maybe even some fairy lights and get building and you have the perfect hide-out for a cosy movie day.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

You can do them in your garden, and they’re also a good way to liven up family walks. Keep it simple for smaller children and help them look for different colours or textures in nature. For older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as a frozen puddle, animal tracks or insects.

Have a Movie Marathon

Curl up on the sofa with a warm blanket and watch your favourite holiday movies. Turn it into an event by popping a big bowl of popcorn, gathering snacks and getting your comfys on. If holiday movies aren’t your thing pick a theme of movies or an actor or let each family member have a turn choosing a movie.

Have a DIY home spa day

Your skin may need a little extra TLC this winter, so why not go all out and plan a Home Spa Day. Put on your comfiest robe, light a candle and get to pampering. Menary’s Bangor has a huge range of skincare products from brands like Clinique, Clarins, Estee Lauder and Benefit. Pop in store to get some healthy skin tips and tricks from their expert consultants.

Make a Christmas Wreath

Join talented Helen’s Bay florist Kathryn Millar for this year’s Walled Gardens Christmas Wreath Making Workshop. Get in the festive spirit and create a unique door wreath using fresh seasonal foliage and trimmings. Mulled wine, tea, coffee and festive treats will also be available during the workshop. Workshop will follow distancing measures and a face mask is required.

Make some Hot Chocolate

Nothing beats a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a chilly winter evening. Sit back, relax and watch a Christmas themed movie with a cozy cup of hot chocolate to get into the Winter Spirit.

Bake Homemade Cookies

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through your home on a cold winter’s day. Baking is also a great way to spend some quality time with your friends and family. You can even use cookie cutters and ice your cookies with festive designs.

Virtual Christmas Markets

Don’t want to head out into the cold this year or are you isolating? There are some Virtual Christmas Markets this year including the Handmade Christmas Market run by the Kings Church Bangor.

Check out the #LightUpAND Virtual Event

Ards and North Down Borough Council is providing lots of virtual festivities to enjoy this Winter. Follow arts and crafts demos, listen to Festive Music, take in the beauty of the Christmas lights and Celebrate our local Covid Heroes from the comfort of your own sofa. Just follow them on their Social Media to get involved in the festivities.

The Council will officially launch its 2020 Christmas celebrations on 19 November.

Learn Something New

Clifton House have moved their unique tours online this year so why not take the opportunity to learn more about it’s history. Learn more about life in the Poor House, or the stories surrounding some of those buried in Clifton Graveyard. Every week will be a different topic.

Got a dusty guitar or keyboard sitting in your home? You could take the extra time indoors during the winter to learn to play an instrument. There are lots of free and paid resources online including virtual classes, music apps and youtube tutorials to help you master this new skill.

Have a Craft Day

With the days getting colder it’s the perfect time to do some indoor activities. Crafting is a fun activity for all ages and you can decorate your house afterwards with all your creations! Søstrene Grene have a range of Christmas DIY craft projects on their website to help inspire you.

Go to a Drive-In Cinema

Since Lockdown began we’ve seen the popular return of Drive-In Cinemas so why not visit one this winter? To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Connswater Shopping Centre are bringing Disney’s adaptation to the big screen once again on December 12th.

Visit Streamvale’s Magical Christmas Experience

Decorate gingerbread with Mrs Claus, take a tractor ride and feed Santa’s Reindeer at Streamvale Farm this Winter. Explore the Magical Christmas Tree trail with sparkling fairy lights and snow then meet the animals living on the farm including ponies and rabbits. Meet Santa and get a gift to take home from his workshop. A magical Winter Activity for all the family.

Have a Game night

Stay in for the evening and have a game night with friends and family, even if you’re isolating this winter a Game night is the perfect way to socialise with the people you love. There are different Games for all ages but Bingo and Pictionary are great for all the family.

Make Homemade Soup

Soup is a great comfort food during the winter season and it’s great for if you’re feeling under the weather. So whip up one of your favourite soup recipes and enjoy it with some Crusty Bread. You can even try baking the bread yourself to make the meal even better.

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