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Inspirational Ideas in Swale For Winter

British Summer Time affords us the opportunity of looking back longingly on those long hazy days of summer, but it is just a fleeting moment in time. As the summer memories fade along with the autumn colours our attention reluctantly turns to darker mornings and evenings with the crisper, fresher notes of winter stirring our nostalgic feelings. But it’s not all bad news…steaming mugs of hot chocolate, piquant spices spiralling from mulled cider and wine cups and seasonal foods to tempt the finest of palettes. Or a short nap in front of a log fire?

Or why not pull your slow cooker from the back of the cupboard dust off your favourite cookery book or open up your tablet and pull up that ‘go to’ recipe. No ingredients to hand then not to worry with so many street markets and specialist markets coming up there is no need to panic! Don’t wait for the weekend use one of the mid week markets to stock up on store cupboard favourites so don your winter coats, hat, scarf and gloves and go shopping in Swale to buy your local produce to make that enviable casserole or roast followed by a traditional winter fruit laden pudding washed down with a local beer or wine?

Fireworks sparkle and light up the skies during November to be followed by illuminating events with lanterns and light switch on's in all three market towns. Check our regularly updated Swale event listings, for details of all events including the Christmas themed events and shopping experiences starting in Sittingbourne on the 16th, Faversham on the 23rd and on the Isle of Sheppey in Sheerness on the 30th. Followed by the special Christmas Markets and fairs that get you in the festive spirit and provide local Kentish produce and those special gifts - and many reasons to take another look and shop local this year.

Family get togethers take some planning with new ideas and experiences to keep young and old entertained then join in with one of the many carol concerts or workshops or a trip on a Santa Special on Sittingbourne's Steam Railway or Faversham Miniature Railway at Brogdale Farm. Celebrate Christmas in style and stay at a hotel or treat the family to a special meal at one of the many restaurants. 

Then when the turkey’s gone cold, the tree and decorations are packed away it’s time to turn your attention to less stressful pursuits and to lose yourself in your own deep thoughts. Don’t let a little bit of wind or rain spoil your New Year Resolution – pull on extra clothing and dig out the wellies and take a stand against the sedentary life! No need to rush to sign up to a gym - everything you need to make a new start and create a new you is there and it’s all free!

Short, brisk walks or long, leisure rambles in and around our towns and villages bring new destinations in view as our countryside and coastline shouts out. Go it alone and soak up the atmosphere or better still do it together and share those precious moments of togetherness by getting 'Healthy and Active in Swale'

'Experience the Great Outdoors' including coastal and country parks in Swale along with award winning coastline (the longest in Kent). You can stay at Elmley Nature Reserve , explore ancient woodland at; The Blean, Victory Woods, Perry Woods, Cromers Wood and Queendown Warren. 

Don’t forget too that some of the best wildlife, sunrises and sunsets are here on your doorstep in accessible locations. Make this year a year of change and challenge – leave the car at home! Experience those wide-open skies and outstanding landscapes on foot or by bike and check out our cycling and walking webpage.

Just remember don’t wish the winter away – make the most of everything the season has to offer – spring is just around the corner but that’s a different story!