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Farm Stay Winter Fun

Missing your winter adrenalin sports because travel abroad has been so uncertain? Fret not, Farm Stay may have an exciting alternative here for you in the UK.

We can offer you skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, downhill mountain biking, thrilling zip wire runs, off-road driving, and more! Come along for a memorable thrilling ride and experience farm-based hospitality at its very best! All you have to do is head to the Farm Stay website and on the Things to Do section search for outdoor activities.

Skiing and snowboarding in Scotland

The Cairngorm Mountain resort is located on Scotland’s sixth highest mountain and offers snow sports and stunning panoramic views. Located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, it offers year-round activities including some of the best hill walking and climbing routes Scotland has to offer. There’s a host of ski runs to choose from, with plenty for beginners, intermediate, and red and black runs too. Ski and snowboard lessons are available. Find out more at

Where to stay

Pilmuir is a self-catering cottage set in three acres in the Cairngorm National Park near Boat of Garten, Aviemore. It’s approximately 16 miles/30 minutes’ drive away from the Cairngorm National Park.

The cottage, a former coaching inn, has bags of character with fabulous views over the mountains. The owners do all they can to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible — they even have an app specially designed for guests!

With four bedrooms and two bathrooms it can accommodate up to eight people. You’ll be warming up in front of the woodburner stove in the living/dining area and cooking meals on the range cooker in the traditional-style kitchen. There’s a washing machine (essential for winter adventures) and even a slow cooker to ensure a warming meal when you return at the end of an exhilarating day.

The garden is set in about an acre of ground where there is a heated thatched hut which makes a splendid outside eatery, and there’s a barbecue area for warmer days if you’re staying later in the year. The garden has a secure area for kicking a ball, a play area for children, as well as a further two acres to enjoy at your leisure. If you fancy a hot tub, this can be arranged at an additional cost.

There’s a separate storage shed for skis and/or cycles and last but not least, the parking area has an electric vehicle charging point.

(Note: Pilmuir’s owners are not currently taking bookings from the website, so it’s best to contact them direct for availability.)

Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and tobogganing in North Wales

The Llandudno Ski Slope & Snowboard Centre on the Great Orme in North Wales has an artificial ski slope with a Perma-snow surface, ideal for adults, juniors and even tots to have fun, learn new skills or brush up on old ones. Options are skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sno-tubing. Yes, sno-tubing – it’s said to be fantastic fun! Large inflatable rings can be linked together, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. Riders slide downhill at high speed, reaching the bottom ready to do it all again – or maybe take a break in the fully-licensed Alpine Lodge bar and restaurant!

Or, why not have a go at tobogganing on Wales’ longest Cresta run? It’s an exhilarating 750 metres long with stunning views of Llandudno Bay to enjoy as you fly down the hill.

Where to stay

Bach y Graig is an historical farmhouse offering bed and breakfast approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Llandudno in the picturesque Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire.

This unique property dates back to 1567 and retains all of its traditional charm while offering the comfort and convenience of modern living in spacious, high standard accommodation. There’s a choice of two bedrooms, each sleeping two, with an ensuite bathroom each and use of a comfortable communal lounge. Guests can expect a delicious full Welsh cooked breakfast in the morning!

There’s also a self-catering cottage that has three bedrooms (one with a four-poster!) and is ideal for a family of 6 people. It has a cosy oak panelled lounge with woodburner, a flat screen TV and two large comfy sofas. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. And after a day adventuring you’ll be able to soak away any aches in the luxurious claw foot bath!.

Exciting snow sports in Tamworth

Tamworth Snowdome boasts the ultimate snow, ice and leisure experience enjoyed by both skiers and snowboarders. With ‘real snow’ all year round, it provides a fantastic opportunity to learn and enjoy these thrilling sports in a fun environment.

The snowdome has a 170m main slope and two Snow Academy areas (separate 30 metre and 25 metre teaching slopes), so it can cater to the seasoned expert as well as complete beginners. A wide variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons and sessions are available with fully qualified instructors. No specialist equipment or expensive clothing is required, just bring warm clothes, gloves and a sense of adventure. And, if you love watching Dancing on Ice on TV, why not give ice skating a spin and book yourself a session on the ice rink!

Where to stay

Hipsley Farm Cottages, Upper Rectory Farm, North Warwickshire has a choice of nine beautiful self-catering properties that sleep from one to seven guests with a range of styles – from cosy traditional cottages to sleek and modern apartments. Each one has been thoughtfully provided with all you need for an enjoyable stay. There’s full gas central heating, a fully equipped kitchen, and TV and DVD players. Outside there’s a garden with garden furniture and a barbecue – and there’s even a 9-hole putting green on site!

Head to the communal laundry room where you’ll find, apart from the laundry facilities, meals, jams and preserves for sale, together with books, magazines, and lots of useful information on what to see and do locally.