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Now that summer seems like a distant memory, it’s time to embrace all things warm and wintery. And, along with Halloween and Bonfire Night, that means the magic and mayhem of the approach to Christmas. And, regardless of how festive you’re feeling, we have a little something for everyone in our must-have selections for the home, the little ones and the grown ups (see pages 13–19).

In this issue, we look at some winter activities, treats and days out which would help you to create some amazing memories with your family. From make-your-own decorations to travelling the Polar Express to pantos, ice-skating to ice-cream, there’s something for everyone, close by or further afield.

Winter, with its darker nights and lack of sunshine, can lead to a drop in mood as well as a drop in temperature. Spending less time outside and fewer daytime hours can lead you to feel decidedly down in the dumps, so check out our at-a-glance guide to brightening the whole family’s mood.

Hopefully you can grab some time this issue to settle down with a cuppa and, as always, we’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for subjects and places we should be covering in future issues.

Until then, we wish you a wonderful winter and, if it’s not too early, a very merry Christmas!