Activities to brighten up your winter in Lanarkshire

As dark nights draw closer and temperatures drop, it’s easy to curl up and stay indoors.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any frosty fun, we’ve created a guide to get you out and about with some of the best things to do in Lanarkshire that are guaranteed to brighten up your winter season.


Winter walks

With the arrival of  chilly temperatures comes dramatic, frost-tipped scenery, amazing wildlife and, of course, woolly hats. What better way to make the most of the season than to get wrapped up and explore Lanarkshire’s winter wonderlands?

Whether you enjoy a hike up Tinto Hill, or prefer a stroll around Calderglen Country Park, take time out of the festive hustle and bustle and enjoy one of Lanarkshire’s many walking routes. 

For detailed info about some of our favourite routes and trails, check out our dedicated blog.

Pantomime fun

Excited for pantomime season? Oh yes we are! With Christmas fast approaching, ‘tis certainly the season for a pantomime.

Get the magic carpet rolled out, because family favourite Aladdin, will be performed at Motherwell Concert Hall from mid-November until January 2019. With several showings throughout the day, the whole family can enjoy.

Aim for the second star on the right and straight on to East Kilbride Arts Centre, where Peter Pan and his gang will be on their mission to save Neverland from the grip of Captain Hook. Catch them from 28 November until 19 December, before they fly off into the night.


Pamper yourself

As we all know, the festive season doesn’t come without a touch of stress. Prepare yourself for the Christmas chaos with our pre-planned treat and pamper day.

Ease into the weekend with a refreshing stroll around Strathaven Park, where you’ll be able to take in the stunning scenery and get in touch with nature. Don’t be put off if it’s chilly, as there’s a café on site, where you can warm up with a cup of tea.

Spend the afternoon indulging at Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel, where you can pamper yourself with a treatment or two at the spa and enjoy a glass of champagne with a delicious afternoon tea. Sound good? See our full guide here.

Have a laugh! 

‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all! Combat the winter blues this month at one of the first-class comedy events taking place.

November 3rd sees the return of Stand Out Comedy to Lanark Memorial Hall, hosted by Scottish comedian and radio star Des Clarke and joined by the award winning Janey Godley, one of Scotland’s most in-demand comics. Find out more here.

Let the laughter continue at the Dead Sheep Comedy Club, which promises to be a night to remember as some of the biggest stars of the UK comedy circuit, as well as some of Scotland’s own rising stars, hit the Cumbernauld Theatre. Performance details can be found here.

Finally, don’t forget to buy your tickets to what promises to be a sell-out event on December 1, as Live at the Apollo regular Stewart Francis brings his unique brand of one-line comedy to Motherwell Concert Hall for his final ever tour. Info on tickets can be found here.


For more information on what’s going on in Lanarkshire, check out our what’s on page.