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For many people, Christmas means spending time at home with family and friends. But it’s also a time of overindulgence, so it’s good to get outdoors to blow away the cobwebs and burn off a few calories.

Here in Shakespeare’s England there are lots of fantastic places where you can do just that – whether you fancy discovering little-known facts about your local town or ambling around the grounds of a stately home.

On Christmas Day morning – as well as other key dates over the festive period – you can work up an appetite by joining in the Guided Walking Tour around Stratford. During this award-winning walk you’ll learn all about the town’s relationship with William Shakespeare, as well as being regaled with stories of fire, flood and plague, old-fashioned sayings and medieval cures.

If you’ve got visitors staying with you the week after Christmas or want a family-friendly activity, why not join in a Trivia Trail around Stratford-upon-Avon or Warwick? Teams of up to six will battle it out as they search for clues in order to answer a mix of historical and observational questions. A fun and highly sociable way to spend a couple of hours!

A different sort of trail is taking place at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-the-Marsh, with the Big Batsford Christmas Hunt. Fear not – it’s not bats you’ll be hunting, but Santa’s helpers who have gone missing and are now hiding around the 56-acre arboretum waiting to be spotted.

Many of the region’s impressive parklands and gardens will also be open during the Christmas period – providing some welcome solitude away from the hustle and bustle. However, you are advised to check opening times with individual locations before setting out to make sure you don’t have a wasted trip.

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