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Winter/Xmas holiday days out?

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lisalisa · 30/11/2004 16:19

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lisalisa · 01/12/2004 11:45

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LIZS · 01/12/2004 11:50

Sorry , I don't think this will be much help but hopefully we'll get snow by then so will be sledding and skiing !

zubb · 01/12/2004 12:03

If its not raining then parks etc are still fine - just put on extra clothes.
As long as its dry then we go on walks either in the forest / woods nearby or just round the town looking at all the Christmas lights, and then have dinner out.
If its wet its swimming, but lots of places are still open - aquarium / castles / museums / steam trains.
Many places are still open on bank holidays.

lisalisa · 01/12/2004 12:16

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MariNativityPlay · 01/12/2004 12:19

If you are London-based I can really recommend the Tower of London Lisalisa. We had a wonderful day out there recently and it is open for much of the Christmas break. Tower Bridge is also interesting and you have St Katharine's Dock adjacent too. There is a big new Wagamama's open opposite the entrance to the Tower...

MariNativityPlay · 01/12/2004 12:20

Hampton Court is also open for much of the break. A lot of these big (expensive ) London attractions do have special Christmas festivities and children's events.
Oh, and the Museum of London has LOADS to see - combine it with a matinee in Barbican cinema maybe...

zubb · 01/12/2004 12:21

The website only has the transport museum closed on 24 / 25 and 26th - here

zubb · 01/12/2004 12:25

aquarium opening times - \linl{\here}

zubb · 01/12/2004 12:26

aquarium opening times - here

zubb · 01/12/2004 12:55

As far as I can see lisalisa all the museums - natural history / science etc are only closed 24 / 25 / 26th. So any other day, even the bank holiday Monday and Tuesday, and you should be able to do whatever you wanted in London.

Batters · 01/12/2004 13:04

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MariNativityPlay · 01/12/2004 13:06

YES indeedy Batters. Ds loved it and we didn't cover the half of it (big place).
Rarely crowded too. Also option, depending on day chosen, to see college librarian with no annual leave left stumping grumpily through the stacks. Could be a good opportunity for some early careers guidance for your dd, she has an interest in books which clearly needs careful monitoring

vict17 · 01/12/2004 13:07

What about a pantomine? Something you can go to on Boxing Day which can be a bit miserable for the kids as xmas day is over

Batters · 01/12/2004 13:12

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Fimbo · 01/12/2004 13:12

My dd loves the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. They usually have some form of activity on for the kids as well, it is sort of in the grounds of Greenwich Park which has a childrens play area if weather is dry. You can eat out at Goddards in Greenwich which is a traditional London Pie and Mash shop. DD also loves the foottunnel to Island Gardens (entrance beside the Cutty Sark) and a trip on the DLR.

MariNativityPlay · 01/12/2004 13:37

Ah, Fimbo, now I have a further insight. Do you miss London a lot? [hugs].

lisalisa · 01/12/2004 14:35

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MariNativityPlay · 01/12/2004 14:50

And isn't the Gruffalo at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington this year? That's a super show and also not at all Christmassy.

FimboCLAUS · 01/12/2004 16:06

Hi MNP - Sorry gave a false impression there. I am Scottish! Have never actually lived in London, its just due to my location (as you know!) we travel to London quite a bit. We usually manage to get quite a good deal at The Holiday Inn Express in Greenwich. In fact we have just celebrated FIL 70th birthday down there (he & MIL came down from Scotland and we met up.

Sorry to hijack thread btw.

FimboCLAUS · 01/12/2004 16:09

What About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Is that still on?

lisalisa · 02/12/2004 11:00

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amylou · 10/12/2004 21:33

I took my daughter (4 1/2yr) to Yorkshire Museum of Farming near York last weekend. they have a santa special till every weekend and it was lovely! They have a train ride for the children where santa gets on, a tour of santas village: sleeping elves, a parcel packing machine (!)- the staff really took their roles as santas helpers too, they get a present and we get a glass of sherry and mince pie! it really was lovely - well worth a visit! $5 per child, £4.50 for adult..

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