Imagine it’s a cold crisp winter’s day with a flurry of snow on the ground and you are torn between the exhilarating sting of the cold air and the warm cackle of a roaring fire. Find out why the pretty town of Ampthill is perfect for a winter visit…
Photography & Art
Grab your woollies, your camera or your paintbrush and head out into the rolling hills of Ampthill, a photographer and artist’s dream. The picturesque scenery is constantly changing from dawn to dusk and low sun creates stunning shades of whites, blues and purples reflecting off the land.
Pop into Kelchner Brewery (previously Ampthill Brewhouse). Open days are very rare so if you want to stock up for Christmas, the brewery is only open to the public on Saturday 14 December. Pre-booked tours are also available. Fancy an evening tipple; why not try ‘After Dark’? Sitting down to watch the game, grab a bottle of ‘Hat-Trick’. Cheers!
For a break from the cold, warm up with a drink or bite to eat at The White Hart. A cosy pub, food is available from breakfast to dinner. There wood-fired pizzas are a popular choice!
Although this attraction sounds warm and welcoming, you’ll need to wrap up for this experience too. Houghton House is the remains of a 17th century mansion house with breath-taking views of the local countryside. Take a walk around the impressive grounds and learn more about its history. Free admission, open every day 10am until 6pm.
You wouldn’t think that such a haven could be found just an hour away from London, but Centre Parcs, Woburn Forest has it all. If you fancy a winter break, there are so many activities to do. The park offers a subtropical swimming paradise and Aqua Sana Spa, perfect to avoid those winter chills or raise your body temperature at the adrenaline filled ‘Drop’; a tower with varying heights of up to 10 metres to free-fall. The woodland based holiday destination is just a 10-minute drive from Ampthill.
Take a simple stroll
If you’ve never been to Ampthill before, you’re in for a treat. The streets of Ampthill are home to cute thatched quintessentially English cottages – they really are visions out of a story book. The town is also home to a brewery museum, cafes, pubs, boutique shops, restaurants and stationers. So wrap up and get exploring!