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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Stuck with nothing to do after Christmas Day? Then read Stephen Pullinger’s trusty guide
1. Join the crowds who go seal pup watching at Horsey. Car park at Horsey Gap off the coastal road between Winterton and Sea Palling gives easy access. Nature’s very own free, open-air zoo makes for some inspiring sights of little and large.
2. Go for a stroll on the prom (Gorleston, Yarmouth, Cromer?) and let the bracing sea air clear your head from yesterday’s over-indulgence. If you have little ones, they can bring their new bikes with them.
3. Forget computer games and get the board games out for some afternoon entertainment. There is nothing like a game of Scrabble or Monopoly to bring the family together. Or my colleague’s suggestion, Cluedo: “Murder is better than buying houses.”
4. Head for the sales and spend your Christmas money on bargains that should be aplenty in the current economic climate - and maybe take back all those unwanted presents.
5. Have an outing to the local bottle bank and make room in your home by getting rid of that festive clutter of bottles reminding you just how much you have drunk over the holiday period.
6. If you missed out on the Christmas Day dip in Lowestoft, find one on Boxing Day. (Try Gorleston at 10am). It’ll certainly give you a festive glow and keep the conversation going when the strain of talking to long-lost relatives is beginning to tell.
7. If you are a man, plug in the ear phones (or retire to a quiet room or the garden shed) and listen to the Boxing Day sport while the children watch Happy Feet.
8. Spice up the holiday period by settling down and watching The Spice Girls’ Story: Viva Forever! on ITV. Bring back all those memories of the late 1990s.
9. Meet up with old friends in the pub and show off all your Christmas presents. It’s a good way to support your hard-pressed locals as well.
10. Find something new to do with the turkey leftovers - turkey tetrazzini (an American pasta dish), coronation turkey, turkey and cranberry pie etc etc.