Once upon a time, a Londoner went to Winter Wonderland, and it was freezing out and the drinks were expensive and the queues were long and that Londoner vowed they would never go to Winter Wonderland again, deeming it a tourist attraction. Then, the following year, the Londoner’s relatives/friends from out of town were visiting London again, and the Londoner found themselves grinding their teeth in the cold, smiling for selfies while shivering uncontrollably. How best to have fun next year at Winter Wonderland? Take lessons from Mark Wood, an arctic explorer, of course.
‘Cover ground. Movement is a way of keeping warm. Focus your mind somewhere else to distract yourself from the cold. I may be in a freezer, but my mind can drift to warm beaches and palm trees. You can keep your heart rate down by relaxing, and it’s a great way to conserve energy: embrace the cold and enjoy the moment – think: snow!’
Mark is the Chair of the Explorers Club, GB and Ireland Chapter
Fancy braving it and getting festive? Here’s our guide to Winter Wonderland.