10 things to do this winter break.
The winter break is finally here! It’s time to take a break from school, work, and all the responsibilities that come with them. Whether you’re planning on spending the festive period with family or friends, there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do in Coventry. From visiting a local museum to exploring the wild outdoors, here are 10 things you can do to make the most of your winter break.
1) Take a ride on Coventry’s big wheel!
Prepare for an exciting journey above the historic city of Coventry as the big wheel makes its grand debut in the heart of our city centre this winter. Elevate your senses and discover a whole new perspective of Coventry’s charm and beauty from the top of this festive attraction. The wheel is only in the city until Sunday 7 January, so take a ride while you can!
Coventry’s festive market in Broadgate is gaining quite the fame for its mouth-watering food and festive atmosphere. This year, stand by the fire and enjoy mulled wine, flame-grilled BBQ, German swing grill, toasted marshmallows, Tennessee fried chicken, Yorkshire pudding wraps, candied nuts, crepes, chocolate kisses and more! Lit by the beautiful Christmas lights and a magic playlist courtesy of Free Radio, immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas in the heart of our city.
As the temperature drops and we seek to walk off our festive indulgences, getting outdoors during winter can benefit the whole family, and create a budget-friendly free day out for all.
As you wander through our parks or nearby countryside, watch for the wildlife that thrives this season. Engage with nature by exploring our city’s largest green space, the War Memorial Park or perhaps explore Coombe Abbey Park, featuring beautiful formal gardens and historic woodland, home to a variety of birdlife.
Looking to venture outside the city? The 100 acres of Ryton Pools Country Park are just waiting to be explored. Containing two play parks, vast wildlife and a pirate-themed walk, Ryton Pools Country Park will keep the whole family happy.
Take a look at our self-guided city walks for more inspiration.
There is nothing like getting dressed up and going to the theatre. Luckily, Coventry is home to three incredible theatres that host a wide range of performances for you to enjoy.
The Belgrade Theatre presents the much-anticipated pantomime, Cinderella, directed by Iain Lauchlan, featuring breath-taking sets, lavish costumes, and sing-along-songs for a truly unmissable Christmas treat.
For those craving an English classic, The Albany Theatre presents a captivating rendition of Oliver Twist, transporting the audience to Dickens’s Christmas Eve with an extraordinary performance.
Meanwhile, Warwick Arts Centre invites families to take a stroll through the deep dark woods with The Gruffalo, offering songs, laughs, and monstrous fun for children aged three and up. Coventry’s festive season is brimming with entertainment, and this is just a glimpse of the myriad options available. Stay tuned to digital channels for more exciting content.
Winter in Coventry brings a unique and vibrant atmosphere to the sports scene. The city offers a variety of sporting events and activities that captivate both locals and visitors alike. Football is a continuing favourite in Coventry, and if you’re a fan, catching a Coventry City FC match at the Coventry Building Society Arena is a thrilling experience, not to be missed.
If you’re more inclined towards winter sport, the Coventry Blaze ice hockey team will be playing at the Skydome Arena, taking on many of the famous Elite Teams during the Christmas break.
Rugby fans can indulge in Christmas tradition by watching Coventry Rugby vs Nottingham on Boxing Day. This special experience blends the excitement of the game with the festive spirit of the holiday season!
Want to get out of the house, but not stand in the cold? Why not take a wander around one of Coventry’s famous museums? Experience the city’s rich history and cultural heritage in the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, a prominent highlight, that offers a diverse collection that spans centuries, showcasing everything from medieval artefacts to contemporary art installations. Stepping into the Coventry Transport Museum is like taking a stroll through automotive history, with an impressive display of vehicles that chronicle the city’s pivotal role in the development of the British motor industry.
Coventry Music Museum pays homage to the city’s influential musical history, celebrating iconic bands and artists who have left an indelible mark on the global music scene. Whether exploring the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Guildhall or immersing oneself in the innovative exhibits at the Techno Centre, each museum in Coventry unfolds a unique chapter of the city’s past, present, and future, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and culture seekers alike.
Adventure further afield and visit the wonderful British Motor Museum. Their family-friendly museum offers a colourful insight into the British motor industry – from the popular ‘Time Road’ to the ‘Under the Skin’ interactive zone, adults and children alike will find displays and exhibits to surprise and enlighten.
Experiencing live music in Coventry is an enthralling journey that offers a diverse range of venues catering to various tastes and preferences. The hmv Empire stands out as a premier destination, hosting both established artists and emerging talents in an atmospheric setting. Warwick Arts Centre, nestled within the University of Warwick campus are delighted to bring back its weekly foyer programme of live jazz, hosted by The Aaron Moloney Trio plus special guest musicians. This event also features an open jam session for local musicians in the second half. Come and Play!
Looking for a one-night-only event? Performing at The Jacobean Hotel on Friday 29December, Anthony Harty, known for his association with the iconic Style Council, will bring a touch of nostalgia and contemporary flair to his performance, in this iconic Warwickshire hotel.
8) Treat yourself to a meal out
Enjoy a festive feast like no other in the heart of Coventry this winter, where the city comes alive with an irresistible array of culinary delights and festive charm. After cooking on Christmas day, why not let Coventry’s restaurants cook for you? Enjoy culinary treasures that come to life with a wide range of global delights, offering unforgettable gastronomic experiences. From quaint cafes with twinkling lights to festive menus at your favourite eateries, all exuding a warm and inviting ambience, there is something for everyone this festive season.
To help you find the best places to eat this festive season, check out our latest Festive Food blog.
9) Shop til’ you drop
This festive season, make the most of your Christmas vouchers and spread holiday cheer by indulging in a delightful shopping spree in Coventry. Discover a diverse array of shops and boutiques that cater to every taste and preference.
From well-known brands like Lush and hmv to quaint local stores at FarGo Village. Coventry offers a unique shopping experience that ensures you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones or treat yourself to something special. Whether you’re into trendy fashion, home decor, or unique artisanal crafts, Coventry has it all.
10) Spend quality time with friends and family
The festive season is the perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Whether it’s a small gathering, a day out or a big celebration, here at Visit Coventry, we hope you have an amazing festive season.
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