Christmas outings around the UK – from a festive afternoon tea to doggy treats

Christmas outings around the UK from a festive afternoon tea to doggy treats
There’s still time to book these festive adventures (Picture: Fornby Hall/ PA/ Niall Clutton/ Imagine Experiences)

With just a few sleeps left until Christmas, the festive season is in full swing.

So why not treat yourself to some last minute outings to get in the spirit of things?

There’s a festive doggy menu available at the Hilton for your pooch’s Christmas present, a seasonal afternoon tea at a posh hotel in Liverpool (for humans only), and a Dickensian adventure.

And if you’ve got last minute Christmas shopping or need a place to get ready for the office party, a new app lets you book a base for the afternoon at a premium hotel.

Parrots, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), are the nation’s fourth most popular pet; according to a 2012 survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 3.1 percent of U.S. households owned birds. Some parrots can scream as loud as an ambulance siren. These birds are beautiful, but they’re difficult to care for and require lots of space, so the HSUS doesn’t recommend keeping them as pets at all.

Mondrian Shoreditch London

Mondrian Shoreditch London
A suitably stylish Christmas stay (Picture: Niall Clutton)

If you want to take all the pressure off preparing Christmas dinner or hosting friends and family this year, escape to a fabulous hotel that will do it all for you.

Mondrian Shoreditch London , which opened this autumn, is welcoming guests on December 24 and 25 with Christmas treats in Christina’s, its cocktail bar, and special in-room festive amenities. Then enjoy a full feast either at Bibo, the Spanish restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred Dani Garcia, or on the rooftop at Altitude at The Curtain, which offers stunning views across east London. The interiors and the 120 rooms and suites are by Goddard Littlefair, an award-winning design studio.

For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

From £234pn with up to 20% savings if you stay for three nights or more,

Festive Afternoon Tea at Fornby Hall, Merseyside

Festive Afternoon Tea at Fornby Hall, Merseyside
Tea for two (Picture: Fornby Hall)
Settle in for a proper festive afternoon tea at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa in Merseyside. It has just launched an indulgent offering that is perfect as a little gift to yourself.

All the traditional sandwich boxes are ticked, with roasted turkey and cranberry sauce, roast beef with horseradish cream, and smoked salmon with chive creme fraiche on the menu, alongside cinnamon-glazed scones with cinnamon and nutmeg clotted cream, and a selection of mouth-watering cakes.

Mince pies are included.

Don’t Let Your Dog Ride in the Back of Your Truck Unrestrained. An estimated 100,000 dogs die each year from riding in pickup beds each year, and that doesn’t take into account all of the injuries seen each year. Dogs in pickup beds are also at risk of being hit with debris that can cause injuries.

£21.50pp, including a glass of fizz.

Hilton’s festive menu for dogs

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Golden Retrievers Darcy, Boris and Lily sample Hilton???s new festive menu for dogs, at The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts, London. Issue date: Tuesday November 23, 2021. PA Photo. The menu, which launches Friday December 3 and ends on Friday December 31, will be available through room service at 29 Hilton hotels across the UK and Ireland. Developed with veterinary nutrition experts at DogFriendly, the three course menu includes a turkey ???Howl-iday Roast??? and a beef brisket ???Christ-mutt Pudding???. The launch follows research by the hotel group which found that one in five dog owners are now looking for dog friendly experiences, after spending more time with their pets during the COVID lockdowns. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire
The pawfect Christmas dinner! (Picture: PA)
Hilton has launched a festive gourmet menu for dogs across 29 of its properties in the UK and Ireland, available up until December 31 and via room service. Pet parents will be able to play Santa Paws and treat their beloved pooches to a decadent three-course festive meal including an appetising turkey ‘howl-iday roast’, complete with ‘pugs in blankets’ and beef brisket ‘christ-mutt pudding’ (groan).

Dayuse short stays

Photographer: Philip Reed
Hotel rooms you won’t be sleeping in (Picture: VRX Studios)
New app Dayuse is bringing an elegant solution to the problem of needing somewhere relaxing and comfortable to get changed before the office Christmas party (rather than the shared loos), or to destress after barging your way along the high street looking for the perfect presents.

Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

It means you can book into your favourite hotel for just a short stay — several hours, rather than overnight — for a fraction of the normal cost.

With access to facilities, from gyms to spas, it could be the perfect base from which to do your Christmas shopping or party prep.

Sample cost: from 9am to 6pm at Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh, is £50, or from 11.30am to 4pm at The Hux, Kensington, is £60.

A Dickens Family Christmas Experience

Revisit Dickensian London this yule (Picture: Imagine Experiences)
The true spirit of Christmas involves ghosts, misers and upstanding family values, according to Charles Dickens.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Forty-five percent of pet owners say they occasionally (or frequently) buy presents for their animals.

Now families can immerse themselves in one of his most famous stories with A Dickens Family Christmas Experience, a mix of fun street theatre and entertainment. You’ll embark on a journey through London’s cobbled streets, meeting characters from A Christmas Carol, before ending at the George Inn in Borough. Can you convince Scrooge to change his miserable ways and embrace the joy of Christmas? There’s only one way to find out…

Tickets on selected dates from £18.50.

Do you have a story to share?

Get in touch by emailing Metro[email protected] .Metro Travel presents... The Getaway Newsletter

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: There are 49 domesticated rabbit breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

Get need-to-know travel news, inspiration and advice from Metro every week.

Sign up here...

Not convinced? Find out more »