Admittedly the Christmas holidays are great because you don’t have to get up and walk to school each morning, you can just take it easy and lazy the two weeks away. Two weeks is a long time though for not doing that much; so why not go and explore some amazing things on your doorstep…
The Christmas Lights at various locations around central London won’t cost you anything to look at and will certainly get you in the Christmas mood.
If you have a bit of money to spend you can also head to a Christmas market. If you are getting the train to Waterloo (national rail) then a 5 minute walk towards the Thames river will lead you to the Southbank Christmas market and if you were to head east along the river (staying on the side of the Oxo Tower) you’ll eventually get to the little market in front of Tate Modern too.
At the main galleries and museums there are some special (usually involving a cost) exhibitions which might whet your interest:
- Tate Modern – Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture (a big thumbs up from my seven year old daughter)
- Tate Modern – The World Goes Pop (pop art but not the obvious names you’ll have heard of, making it very interesting, especially on a political note capitalism vs communism)
- Tate Britain – Artist and Empire (it’s on my list of places to go this holiday; a mix of history and art is usually a good combination)
- Tate Britain – Frank Auerbach (you’ve really got to be into art to make sense of this exhibition)
- British Museum – Celts: Art and Identity (this might be a good idea if all you can remember from primary school History is the Romans)
- British Museum – Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs
- Science Museum – Cosmonauts – Birth of the Space Age
- Natural History Museum – Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Willing to risk an ice-skating injury? So much fun if the weather turns properly wintry, you might go ice skating outdoors in some amazing venues such as in the moat at the Tower of London or in the courtyard of Somerset House. Last year my daughter went skating at the latter and it was beautiful the atmosphere.
If you don’t want to head into London then there’s the French Market in Woking this weekend (18th – 22nd December) with traders from the North of France offering you the opportunity to practise your GCSE French!
Offering some Surrey history and possibly special Christmas events too are the multitude of National Trust places to visit on Ashford’s doorstep. I typed in the school’s postcode and found ten National Trust properties within a half hour’s drive.
For some botanical and horticulture learning, or simply a relaxing day out in nature, then make your way to RHS Wisley on the A3 just outside the M25. Sure the gardens look best in spring and summer but in winter they have a beautiful Winter Glow Installation and the glasshouses though a tad smaller than those at Kew still take your breathe away.