Top things to do in the Lee Valley this December
Holidays are coming!
Embrace the festive season and explore the Lee Valley this winter with the kids. Beat the boredom as you all take a breath of frosty fresh air and explore one of our many walking or cycling routes. Choose from scenic circular routes like Artwork Route 1 in River Lee Country Park to Walthamstow Wonders that take in nature and history. The whole family will love Gunpowder Park as it incorporates a variety of wildlife habitats and paths to cycle or walk; keeping the kids excited and filled with interest all day – the Gunpowder Woodland Trail is a great starting point.
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Cycle to the end
Plan the ultimate family trip this half term and save up to £15 when you buy a Family Pay and Ride session at Lee Valley VeloPark. Whether you want to tackle our road circuit or go off road onto our BMX track, it’s the perfect day out for the kids to show off their cycling skills. After you’ve pushed some pedals, combine your visit with a trip to the rest of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit and be whisked up 80 metres to see London like you’ve never seen before.
Wrap up warm this winter and head over to Lee Valley Golf Course for FootGolf; a fusion of football and golf! Get a kick out of a fun filled family activity and give yourself and the kids a challenge with a difference.
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Infuse the little ones with Christmas spirit and take the Santa Cruise from Lee Valley Boat Centre on 17 – 18 December for a boat ride along the River Lee whilst singing along to Christmas carols, plus the kids can meet Santa on their journey too!
Get cosy at our Campsites
Get away this Christmas and spend the holidays in the Lee Valley. Surrounded by picturesque winter scenes and close to London, our three campsites are excellent for your school holiday break. Whether you're camping, touring or wish to stay in one of our snug cabins or cocoons, keep an eye out for our special offers! Save up to 50% on Wigwam stays and take advantage of touring pitches from just £10 a night
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Fill up on festive cheer
Pull on those winter woollies and head down to Lee Valley White Water Centre between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 December and enjoy a mug of warm mulled wine and mince pie as you explore their Christmas Market. As well as those traditional seasonal eatings, you’ll be able to pick up the perfect present for your nearest and dearest with a range of stalls selling quirky, handcrafted gifts. Plus, the kids will have the chance to visit main man himself, Santa Claus on Saturday and Sunday before he heads back to the North Pole to get ready for his busiest night of the year… Only if they’ve been nice of course! Entry to the market is FREE but there’s a charge of £5 per child to meet Santa which includes a special present, wrapped by Santa and his elves.
Natural habitats in the Lee Valley
Join us at Amwell Nature Reserve this winter and discover a variety of birds such as the Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and find out how they adapt in the winter season. Don't miss out as Amwell has one of the best feeding stations at the Gladwin Hide as it provides great views of an impressive gull and Jackdaw roost. Bring the kids and see if they can spot the rare wintering bittern as it as it moves silently through the water's edge to find its food. Suitable for all ages so plan your visit today.
Up your skills!
This winter, tackle our indoor tennis courts for Hotshots pay and play tennis coaching. These pay and play sessions give the kids a perfect introduction to the game and can participate in a range of drills to build their confidence. For only £3 enjoy an hour and a half of tennis action on 17 December. Suitable for children aged 5 – 16, book your session today.
Glide on to the ice
Start the Christmas holidays by heading to Lee Valley Ice Centre for our public skating sessions which run seven days a week, or dance the night away with in our Friday and Saturday night disco sessions! If you’re interested in improving your skills on the ice, book a private skating session with qualified National Ice Skating Association (NISA) instructors who'll get skaters of all ages and abilities sparkling on the ice ready for 2017!
Grab a disc and go!
Don’t let the frosty weather stop you, grab a disc and get down to River Lee Country Park for a round of Disc Golf; it’s golf but with a flying disc! This is a great family fun activity, that’s suitable for all ages! Extend your day and go for a brisk walk, taking in the wintery scenes of River Lee Country Park. For a refreshing beverage and a bite to eat take a pit stop at The Terrace Bar & Café at Lee Valley White Water Centre. You can also download a score card online and pick up your Disc Golf equipment from Lee Valley White Water Centre if you don't have your own disc with you (deposit required).