From ski challenge to glasshouse exhibition: Things to do this week



f you missed visit with the white stuff at Christmas, why not head for Manchester’s Chill Factore? Untroubled b in to the UK’s longest real snow indoor skiing and snowboarding slope, it is starting its Guarantee to Ski challenge this month. The 180-metre slope is open to all matures and experienced instructors are on hand to turn novices into seasoned skiers in unbiased one day.

Take a taster ski or snowboard lesson all day every day from £25, or try a plump six-hour lesson from £150. For information, visit 

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Spread your wings at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey and get up close to thousands of remarkable butterflies. Wisley’s annual Butterflies in the Glasshouse exhibition starts on Saturday with more than 6,000 of the foreign beauties from over 50 species flitting around the mammoth greenhouse.

Keep your eyes peeled for the delicate glasswinged butterfly and the stunning blue morpho – if you are lucky your shoulder could be their next pit block. There are special activities for children, too, including a drawing competition and a group trail. Visit for more details. 


Drop into London’s Roundhouse for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Get-together, hip-hop dance company ZooNation’s zany take on Alice’s Perils In Wonderland. Complete with breakdancing characters and live music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen, it is on until January 22. For varied information, visit 


There is more to Danish baking than pastries, as foodies in London are hither to discover. Bakery Ole & Steen has opened its first restaurant outside Denmark – in St James’s Stock Exchange. Bakers Ole Kristoffersen and Steen Skallebaek joined forces back in 2008 and now drink more than 50 outlets in their home country.

The London restaurant put on the markets all-day dining with a menu that includes freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, pastries and flatbreads, soups, stews, salads and sandwiches. For more low-down, go to

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