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26 Free Things To Do During Winter

Ok, first off let’s get this awkwardness out of the way, I am SO sorry for the delay in getting this post up. My week has been a mess and it’s only Tuesday. So here I am, cap in hand, a day late and a dollar short (as some would say).

On Saturday morning I posted a little thing on Instagram stories about how much I have been struggling with “NO BUY JUNE” because I cannot live a life without takeaways and brunch dates. Honestly, it’s been a massive challenge and it’s really demanded a bit of reflection. Why on earth am I eating out so much?! This madness has to end. So with that in mind, I thought I would put together a little list of fun things to do which are free.

I have often been downright evangelical about how much I love winter. There is just something about taking a brisk walk with an icy wind blowing in your face that I adore. You may not know this about me, but I lived in Norway for a few years and I moved there in the winter. Leaving Cape Town in summer and landing in Norway to -15 degrees was a shock to my system, but if there is one thing I took away from my time in the great white north it’s that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. While compiling this list, I kept the cold temperatures in mind and picked only the most exciting winter activities I could think of.

So bundle up, pack a sack and let’s get to this list:

  1. Go for an outdoor picnic. This picture above was taken in the springtime in Oslo. The snow had just thawed and I embraced all that park life had to offer. It was about 12 degrees when this was taken.
  2. Head over to your local market to do your produce shopping – hey it’s groceries! – and browse a bit.
  3. Volunteer to help out at a homeless shelter with your partner or as a group of friends.
  4. Make a flask of hot choc and go for an early morning hike.
  5. Invite some friends over for movie night.
  6. Head out to an art opening – there are free wine guys!
  7. Host a crafternoon – an afternoon of crafts. One of my favourite adult crafts is making wrapping paper with potato stamps and butchers paper.
  8. Invite some friends over for a pickling and preserve party – spoiler alert: you’ll be making pickles and preserves and drinking LOTS of wine.
  9. Take a day trip to a nearby town, walk about and have a picnic lunch.
  10. Do a group workout. This could mean joining a free class if you’re already a gym member or even doing it at home with a YouTube video and a bunch of friends.
  11. Game night! Whether it’s Cards Against Humanity or 30 Seconds, game night is always a BIG WIN.
  12. A wardrobe swap. Why not host a clothing swap with a few friends. It’s a great way to get rid of the things you no longer wear and get some new goodies without spending a cent.
  13. Head over to your local library and browse the shelves, maybe try a genre you’ve never read before.
  14. Bake a batch of biscuits and drop them off at an old age home.
  15. Throw an indoor dance party with your kids – this is a HUGE favourite in our house.
  16. Work on creating a photo album with your partner or friends. This is something I’ve just started for my kids. I realise that living in such a digital world means that there are so many moments we capture that it’s almost overwhelming. So I am starting a little photo diary for my girls.
  17. Invite some family over for a pot luck dinner.
  18. Go for a walk on the beach. Winter beaches are a thing of beauty, take my word for it.
  19. Have a PJ party. We’re doing this in August. Inviting all the friends over for an afternoon of hot choc, movies and PJs.
  20. Get your ass organised. Spring cleaning is not just for spring (note to self).
  21. Go on a pine cone collecting spree and save them somewhere safe for Christmas crafts and décor.
  22. Throw a Christmas planning lunch. If your family is anything like mine, Christmas is a huge deal. From compiling the gift lists to arranging the menu. I always find it really helpful to meet up with my mom, aunts and sisters to get this planning out of the way early in the year.
  23. Do a winter photo shoot. This doesn’t have to be professional. If your phone has a great camera, and you have a friend with a good eye, that should do the trick.
  24. Start a book club with your nearest and dearest.
  25. Take a trip to the mountains to see the snow – if you’re in Cape Town there are some great spots near Ceres which get snow every year.
  26. Make a pot of mulled wine, set some cheese on the table and relax with a good book.

I always find it so difficult to find the motivation to leave the house during winter. In my heart, I just want to veg on the couch in my fluffiest socks with a glass of red and a good book. I hope that this little list can inspire me and you to get out there and enjoy some of that crisp fresh air during these colder months.



  1. Ashnee says

    Love these ideas… will definitely be trying out a few… photo album..

    Thank you!

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