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Have a Very Merry Unusual Christmas


Presents, pudding, turkey, crackers, TV – yawn. Didn’t we all do that last year? Well this year, here at Les Routiers we want to try something a little bit unusual. Why not try one of these alternative Christmas activities and break free of festive clichés. We all know Christmas Day is all about how quickly we can tear open our presents, spending time with our loved ones, devouring lots of scrumptious home cooked food and celebrating the holiday spirit in general. Most of us may already have the holiday thing down by now, but many folks out there might not be aware of some of the unusual and history-making events that could possible make your Christmas 2013 the best year ever!

Nordic Cross Country Skiing in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire have taken inspiration from our Nordic cousins and have created a one of a kind event. Cross-Country skiing returns to Yorkshire this year at the Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park, close to Wetherby, Harrogate, York and Leeds.  Don a pair of Nordic skis and take off along their cross-country skiing trail. Take in beautiful winter woodland scenery along the 1.2km trail which winds around an icy lake. This event is designed to give novices an introduction to the sport, using authentic Nordic ski equipment on the gently undulating trail – and because the track is artificial, there’s no reliance on the white stuff.  What’s more it’s a great way to keep the pre-Christmas pounds at bay! So whether you are an experienced skier or have never skied before, it’s lots of fun and can be enjoyed by all ages. Plus, you can also take in the magical sights of the Enchanted Forest while you go. Dates starting from the 23rd of October right up to January, this is a special event that just can’t be missed.

Medieval Christmas banquets, Warwick Castle

Travel south to Warwick to experience Christmas like the kings with a medieval Christmas banquet in one of England’s favourite castles. Every December, Warwick Castle throws open the doors of its Great Hall and hosts the most sumptuous medieval feasts, complete with medieval music, dancing, and entertainers! Book Warwick Castle’s very special Breakfast, where Santa will provide youngsters with the perfect Christmas experience; from being greeted by Santa’s Elf on arrival, through to party games, Christmas carols and the chance to meet Santa himself before departing with their very own Christmas gift!

Christmas party night’s start from Friday 15th November, throughout December and continue even into early January so they are sure to have a date that suits you.  Book a unique evening of enthralling entertainment, hearty food and journey back in time to experience feast of Christmas past – you could even throw in a bit of sword fighting and a pistol duel along the way.


20 minutes from Warwick Castle is The Buck & Bell, a traditional Les Routiers listed pub that serves exquisite food. It is located in Long Itchington, Warickshire, and is set within a beautifully restored Georgian building nestled beside the village green. The Buck & Bell serves only the best real local ales, and fragrant wines from around the world, pair this with great British food with Italian twists – what else could you ask for? So don’t cut your trip to Warwickshire short, and make a stop to this delightful independent pub,  devour some home grown fair and indulge in everything Warwick has to offer.

Christmas surfing, Cornwall

We carry on our journey down south to surf heaven Cornwall! Make a splash over Christmas and take to the waves with a spot of seasonal surfing! Grab your winter wetsuit and dive right into the brisk Cornish waters. Surfing is most definitely not just for the summer months, you’ll find plenty of operators open at this time of year, and in December conditions are often spot on for a great day’s wave-riding!  In fact, fate has conspired to give surfers a great Christmas gift with an 8ft swell predicted to hit from around 25th December! Chilly? Well yes, but it’s the perfect antidote for that ‘too many mince pies’ stupor. Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay offers complete seasonal menus and free surf lessons – Or simply just grab your own board and run into the sea at your own leisure!

So set the eggnog and gingerbread cookies aside for a moment, take a chance to try something a little different this year and experience some of these fanatically unusual events that are happening over the Christmas season.




November 29, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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