Easy ideas for winter walks

You’re not alone if you find it hard to motivate yourself to get outside, even if you know it’s good for you.

We also know that spending time with each other is beneficial, helping to reduce loneliness, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing. So grab a friend, neighbour or colleague and head outdoors together for a double dose of dopamine! 

Here’s some easy ideas for getting outside in January and February.

Group of people walking in winter.
Organise a fancy dress walk in your community

It’s a fun way to get people up and out taking steps and talking together. Pick a date and plot a route, then invite your whole street, neighbourhood or project, your school families, or even work colleagues.


What can you spot from your window?

If you’re not able to get outside for any reason, don’t worry. You can still get the benefits of being outdoors, even without going for a walk. Sit next to a window (getting that daylight) and take some time to notice what you can see, what you can hear and what you can smell. 


Litter pick

A great way to bring your community together is to do a litter pick of your local area. Set a date and a time and put some posters up.


More ideas

Warm Welcome Spaces

We know the cold, dark months can be challenging in many ways, particularly so for those with worries about food and heating, and those who are lonely and isolated.

Our friends at Warm Welcome are ensuring everyone has somewhere warm and friendly to go this winter. They’ve got a map listing thousands of Warm Welcome Spaces where communities can gather for warmth, welcome and meaningful connections.

Why not explore your local Warm Welcome Space, it’s a great place to connect with your community and to make new friends, and if you have access to a local community space, why not list it on the Warm Welcome map?

Sparks of joy


ideas sown for winter warmth


actions taken to spread joy


people have joined us at a winter event

“We always look forward to our carol singing event – it gets everyone in the festive spirit and brings the whole community together. It’s a team effort, with the independent coffee shop providing free coffee and electricity for our local musician, and neighbours baking mince pies and stollen to enjoy.”

A bunch of sprouts on a table with smiley faces drawn on and an Eden Project Communities flag sticking out.

Winter warmer recipes

Spread joy and keep cosy over the colder months with our selection of winter and festive recipes.

It’s food to warm your cockles and cheer your heart!

Browse our winter recipes

An older woman gives a young girl a mince pie - they're both smiling and wrapped up warm. You can see a table full of delicious festive food.

The Big Lunch at Christmas

The Big Lunch brings millions of people together to share friendship, food and fun as the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours and communities.

This festive season, we’re encouraging everyone to gather neighbours, friends, colleagues or volunteers to celebrate our connections and keep our communities cosy. We’ve got all the resources you need to host a Big Lunch at Christmas, from invites to cracker templates and food flags.

Host a Big Lunch at Christmas

Help for Households event map

Free and affordable events

The Government’s Help for Households campaign have put together a list of free and low cost England-wide activities this winter.

Find out more

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