We can try denying it, or we can celebrate it, but Christmas is now only a week away. The streets are teeming with people looking for last minute gifts and bargains and it seems we may even welcome in a white Christmas this year. Remember if you are looking for last minute gifts without the hassle of the high street check out our Super Fun Days Out vouchers, which you can receive by email right up until Christmas Eve!
Boxing day! The food has been eaten, the relatives have left and the presents have been opened. In our family, this is the time for the annual visit to Watford Football Club, as we take in one of the matches from the full program of nationwide football matches available. For many others, boxing day signals the start of the sales and a chance to spend some of their Christmas money. But if you are one of those individuals who struggles for ideas or just want something different to do this year, check out our alternate ways to spend boxing day below!
Where: Albert Dock, Liverpool
Many of us will enjoy a nice lie in on boxing day and perhaps deal with eating the leftovers from the day before. But in Liverpool, every year hundreds of swimmers take part in the annual boxing day swim. A £5 entry fee will gain you the chance to join in with this unusual ritual as well as a hot drink and some soup. All proceeds also go to charity, so it is for a great cause.
You can also swim on Christmas Day in Jersey, Brighton and Exmouth, and on Boxing Day at Sunderland, Carmathenshire . On New Years, a nice cool swim is the perfect hangover cure in the Isle of Man and Edinburgh!
For more information check here
Where: Matlock, Derbyshire
The Matlock Raft Race is a 4 mile race down the river Derwent, beginning at Cawdor Quarry and ending at Cromford Meadows, passing through the town of Matlock. The aim is to build a riverworthy structure which will transport the participants safely and quickly down the river to the finishing line. The entries are separated into the racing rafts, with a chance of winning, and the comedy entries, whose sole aim is to complete the course in the most ridiculous structure and costumes they can imagine. Fun for spectators and entrants alike, the race provides an excellent day out, including river obstacles, combat between entrants and even a 30 foot drop! All proceeds from entrants go to the Royal Lifeboat Foundation.
For more information check out the official site
Where : Maldon, Essex
Mud and Racing is quite a common and popular combination for wacky sports. The Maldon mud race is a wonderful event both to take part in and to spectate on. Attracting over 250 entrants, entry is unfortunately now closed, but with spectators sometimes totalling 10,000 and the addition of duck and balloon races, there really is something for everyone. The distance of 400m may not sound very far, but includes the estuary at low tide and imagine being at the back after over 100 people having already passed across the mud. The event is enhanced by live commentary provided by Ray Clarke, of BBC Essex and a mystery celebrity also takes place.
If you want to find out more, have a look at the official site
That is all from us until 2011. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Super Fun Days Out.
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