As Christmas hurtles towards us and the weather turns colder, the enterprising people at the National Trust are hosting nationwide events to cater for both eventualities. In Cumbria there's a wildlife workshop where participants can make their own birdboxes and feeding tables - wardens will be on hand to help (St Catherine's Base, Windermere, 11 Dec, 2-5pm).
At Dunham Massey Hall in Cheshire, meanwhile, there is a chance to experience old seasonal traditions and make your own Christmas pudding and pomander (0161-928 4351, 13 and 14 Dec, 1.45-3.30pm). Booking is advised for both events.
For further details call 0171-222 9251 (Mon-Fri) or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk