The cold weather has definitely arrived and with it the temptation to snuggle up indoors and keep warm. Instead, embrace the change in weather and try ice skating outdoors. Tog yourself up in your favourite woolly hat, stripey scarf and cosy mittens and get into the spirit of the festive season.
The origins of ice skating are not known but from around 1395, Scandanavians and the Dutch were were using ice skates to travel around. The British Royal Family learned to skate in Holland in around 1650 and brought it back to Britain.
Skating outdoors is a magical experience and great fun as a family activity. Once you loose your inhibitions and let go of the side you will soon be gliding or wobbling around.
Hilltop Garden Centre is just north of Witney in Oxfordshire and will have an outdoor rink with real ice from the end of November through to the start of January 2013. Prices start from £5 and vary depending on the day and time. Check their timetable for more details.
After a whizzing around the ice rink you can pop into the garden centre cafe for a hot drink, meal or snack or even get some Christmas shopping done while you're there.