Things every winter mini-breaker should add to their itinerary

Winter may be a great time to get cosy at home, but those with the travel bug shouldn’t let the season pass them by without a well-timed mini-break.

There are after all a number of great staycation destinations throughout the UK, with our very own county of Cambridgeshire particularly popular with visitors from all walks of life.

We’re all set to open our doors to mini-breakers this winter to provide a series of escapes and restaurant events.

This means that now is a great time to share all that’s great about the indoor and outdoor attractions just a stone’s throw away from Holmewood Hall – a venue that only opened two years ago, but whose beautiful house and grounds, and exceptional service earned it the accolade of Best Newcomer at The British Wedding Awards 2020 recently!

Peterborough Cathedral

We couldn’t devise a rundown of the top things to do near Holmewood Hall without mentioning this iconic attraction.

As one of the finest Norman cathedrals in England, Peterborough Cathedral should be admired both inside and out.

Its famous Christmas Craft and Gift Market is also set to make a comeback this December – after being rescheduled due to the second national lockdown. This means you’ll have ample opportunity to finish your Christmas shopping when staying at Holmewood Hall.

Ferry Meadows

Make the most of that crisp winter day on your upcoming escape with a visit to Ferry Meadows. Based just 15 minutes away from Holmewood Hall at the very heart of Nene Park, the meadows is a great place to indulge in a country walk and admire the beauty of the winter season.

You can explore Ferry Meadows on foot or by bike, taking in its acres of meadows, lakes and woodland. Don’t forget to stop off at one of their cafes too.

Ferry Meadows Café offers stunning views of Overton Lake, while Lakeside Kitchen, and Bar overlooks the equally picturesque Gunwade Lake.

Cambridge city centre

Peterborough may be our nearest city, but Cambridge is not too far away either. The charming university city just exudes romance, so you won’t want to miss out on a day trip there if you’re visiting Holmewood Hall with your partner.

As Christmas approaches, Cambridge becomes a winter wonderland. While visiting Cambridge, you may want to check out exactly what the city is famous for.

Its university grounds and many of its university buildings are open to the public, with its museums must-visits for all as Reach Cambridge explains:

“Cambridge offers plentiful opportunity for the culture vultures among you. As Cambridge University is one of the world’s leading research institutes, you won’t be surprised to know that there is a wealth of museums and sites of learning, such as the weird and wonderful Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, cute and quirky Kettle’s Yard Museum, and the grand, sophisticated Fitzwilliam Museum.”

Peterborough One

A visit to Peterborough One Retail Park will have you shopping for hours. Thanks to its long list of fashion, garden, home, and leisure stores, it’s earned an enviable, award-winning reputation as the one destination for shopping and leisure. It also hosts a number of seasonal events and fairs.

If you want to keep on shopping, check out Queensgate Shopping Centre too. Here you’ll find a great mix of fashion retailers and independent boutiques.

Now that you’re clued up on just a selection of the many exciting things to do and see in Cambridgeshire, all that’s left to do is book your stay at Holmewood Hall.

You can discover further information about our winter escapes and reserve your stay with us right here.



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Alice Bancroft-Turner

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