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Try somewhere new this Christmas - interesting attractions and places to visit

In the run up to Christmas, we thought it might be useful to round up a few places you might not already have tried to give you some new ideas for places to visit during the holidays. We've tried to look beyond the usual so we hope you'll find something that sounds interesting to you.

Firstly, we found out about Ripley's Believe It Or Not (pictured above) - known as the place where Truth really is stranger than fiction!  Located just off Piccadilly Circus, it’s a family attraction that’s open all year round and is apparently like nothing else you’ve ever seen. It houses hundreds of exhibits that will leave you open-mouthed and speechless. Among the top draws at Ripleys London are a four-metre long matchstick model of the world-famous Tower Bridge. There’s also a life-size, awe-inspiring model of the world’s tallest man. And exhibition even features an upside-down tea party, for anyone wanting to know how Australians might take a cuppa. Strewth! All in all, Ripley’s London is a great day family day out mixing education and entertainment that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone with a curious mind and sense of fun. If you are interested in this, you can use this voucher from Smartsave. Simply print the Ripleys believe it or not voucher code at the top of the page and present it at the till for 20% off the ticket price (valid for up to six people with each voucher code)! Alternately, you can display the voucher code using your mobile, if you have internet access.

Looking for something different to entertain the kids during the Christmas holidays? Or just simply love festive films? Pop Up Screens could have the answer as it transforms into The Cinema In The Snow. The schedule will include: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf and Gremlins and more. There will be up to 3 screenings per day – 1pm, 5pm and 7.45pm - making it perfect for not only meeting up with friends but as an activity for a kids day out. Doors will open 1 hour before the screening making sure people get the chance to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the festive treats on offer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.popupscreens.co.uk at £10 for the under 10’s and £14 for adults. They is also a 10% discount on bookings of 10 or more and 20% for parties of 20 plus. Brick Lane.

Sir John Soane's Museum is the former house and museum of the famous architect John Soane. Worth a visit any time, over Christmas they have some great events for children.

Charles Dickens Museum has just reopened after an extensive refurbishment and has some really great events on over Christmas. It's even open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day when visitors to our beautifully restored Museum are invited to take a step back in time and celebrate a Very Dickensian Christmas. All visitors will enjoy mulled wine mixed to a special Dickensian recipe, traditional mince pies and other special festive treats. On 29th December there is a free afternoon event for older children.

Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell is a great place to visit anytime of year and not too far from North London. There are loads of hands on things for kids to try and a good balance of indoor and outdoor things if the weather is really bad. Over Christmas holidays they have a Fire and Light Show - including fantastic demonstrations to fire your imagination. Find out what a candle needs to keep burning, which creatures create their own light as well as the chance to marvel at the tornado of fire. Experiments not to be done at home!

For children with an interest in science and medicine you could try either the Wellcome Collection or the Hunterian Museum.

The newly refurbished and reopened Forty Hall in Enfield (pictured at the top of this post)  is open over the Christmas period including Boxing Day and New Years Day. Work Off The Christmas Indulgence with a walk around The Parkland, visit the hall, do the children's trail of the hall, see the decorated tree in the courtyard and enjoy a hot drink and festive treat in the courtyard cafe.

Got any more ideas? Let us know and have a great holiday. 

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