Winter is well and truly approaching and if you’re already looking for ideas of things to do in and around Yorkshire during the winter months, then look no further. Yorkshire truly transforms during the winter months, with changes to the landscape stretching from the peaceful fields of the Yorkshire Dales, to deserted beaches and coastlines. Visiting London is often the obvious UK city break, however, heading to Yorkshire will show you a whole other side of the country. There’s no need to hide inside during the winter months, as there is so much to see and do that all you need is suitable winter clothing so that nothing can stop you from exploring
There are attractions to visit all year round in Yorkshire that are suitable no matter the weather, with many different towns and cities to explore. Let’s take a look at 5 things you can do across Yorkshire during the winter months.
Countryside walks aren’t just reserved for the summer months. There are plenty of different routes that you can take depending on your experience, from flat walks that take an hour to two, to full-on hikes which can take 6-8 hours. Even if you’ve walked the routes before, you’ll find that during the winter, they take on a completely different appearance. The Yorkshire Dales are perhaps the most spectacular at this time of year, with the low sun casting a beautiful light over the hills and fields.
If you’re looking for festive things to do with the kids, then be sure to schedule a ride on The Polar Express in Wensleydale. This combines an authentic railway experience with the magical Christmas story of The Polar Express, with a special meet and greet with Santa himself afterwards! Guests are encouraged to wear their pyjamas for the experience, and prepare to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies on the journey, just like in the film!
When it comes to historical experiences, Yorkshire is perhaps the most saturated in terms of what is on offer across the UK. From the historic town of York to the literary-rich Whitby, no matter what your interests are with history, there will be an area that you’ll love exploring and learning more about. Over the winter months, most of these towns will be dressed up for Christmas celebrations and may even have cosy Christmas markets running.
On those days when the weather is just a bit too cold and dreary, why not head to one of the many shopping centres across Yorkshire and spend the day browsing the shops, or enjoying a nice bite to eat? Victoria Leeds, one of the leading shopping centres in the UK, is both visually stunning and home to a number of the leading brands. There are often different activities on there, from fun family treasure hunts to paired wine tastings, so be sure to see if you can fit one of those into your shopping visit, too! Over the winter, there will be plenty of festive decorations and shopping collections to enjoy.
After the end of a long and busy year, why not enjoy a little me time and visit a Spa? There are many leading spas in Yorkshire, some with great winter deals and savings, to choose from. The Titanic Spa, in Huddersfield, has an immersive mud experience and is the UK’s first Eco Spa, so you’re sure to enjoy something a little different during your visit!
Or, if you’re looking for more of a weekend getaway, why not consider booking a cosy cottage to stay in? From here, you can then explore the very best that Yorkshire has to offer and then retreat to your cottage to relax in comfort - why not consider one with a hot tub, if you have a four-legged friend, book a dog-friendly place to stay. There are so many areas across Yorkshire to choose as your base for a weekend, it’s all dependent on what it is you’re looking for!