Things to do in the New Year

Things to do in the New Year

Wherever you are in 2022, there’s an exciting range of things to do with your family. From theatre shows and crafts to outdoor activities and festivals, the New Year has something for everyone.

Take in a theatre show

If you’re looking for things to do with the kids in Colchester this season, then a trip to the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, is worth the drive. The award-winning production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea is playing there in February and is sure to entertain the whole family with its magic and sing-along songs. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, the show is touring the UK this year – and you can catch it near you from early February. Don’t miss out on this entertaining spectacle!

Visit an aquarium

If you’re looking for children’s activities in London, why not discover the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on South Bank? Walk through the Ocean Tunnel for a glimpse of the underwater world, discover some amazing things about jellyfish, spot piranhas in the Rainforest Adventure, and find Nemo in the Coral Kingdom. Of course, there are plenty of other SEA LIFE aquariums at locations across the country, from Brighton and Weymouth to Blackpool and Manchester. All offer a fascinating and educational experience for all ages.

Discover historic houses

A visit to an historic house and grounds is always fun, and there’s so much for children to enjoy. National Trust properties regularly have children’s activities, and extensive gardens are a good place to picnic or play outdoor games. Among the best days out in North Finchley are the shows at Artsdepot, which is where the award-winning The Tiger Who Came to Tea recently had a successful run. Other top attractions include Stephens House and Gardens, which has a specially designed children’s trail and an adventure playground for under 14s.

Explore castles

Castles are a great way to interact with our country’s history, and there’s always lots for kids to do. At Colchester Castle and Norwich Castle, you can get into the spirit by dressing up, while Winchester Castle holds storytelling events, and at York Castle you can see historic toys, weapons, and farm equipment. All of these locations are also hosting The Tiger Who Came to Tea during its UK tour, so why not plan a fun filled weekend that includes all your favourite activities?

Get outdoors

As the weather warms up, you’re sure to be itching to get outdoors. And because the UK has so many gorgeous green spaces, you’re only ever a few minutes away from a park or garden. London has lots of lovely parks, while the RHS owns some beautiful gardens across the country, from Rosemoor in North Devon to Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire. And of course, with miles of stunning coastline, a trip to the beach is always delightful.

Catch The Tiger Who Came to Tea on tour in the UK in 2022, and discover some fabulous local attractions nearby too. At just 55 minutes in length, the show is ideal for children, and leaves plenty of time to explore!


'This Tiger is the cat's meow'

The Times


'Perfectly pitched adaptation'

Daily Telegraph


'A delight from start to finish'

Time Out