Five things to do on Boxing Day

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AFTER the busy build-up and celebrations, Boxing Day can come as something of an anticlimax – and leave us feeling at a loose end.

Here are five things to do to beat the post-Christmas blues and save you from going stir crazy:

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

1) Stretch your legs with a festive walk.

Getting out in the fresh air is the perfect way to help burn off the turkey and mince pies, as well as recovering from stressful shopping trips and claustrophobic family gatherings.

There’s a selection of ideas for walks in and around Hartlepool with free downloadable maps here, or pick your own route. If you fancy going further afield, Roseberry Topping, the North Yorkshire Moors, Northumberland and North Yorkshire coasts and the Roman Wall are popular spots for Boxing Day outings.

2) Hit the sales.

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If you’re not spent up or sick at the sight of shops, Boxing Day is a great time to pick up a bargain as the post-Christmas sales being.

Middleton Grange, the Metrocentre, Eldon Square in Newcastle and a range of other stores across the North East will be opening their doors for dedicated shopaholics.

3) Brave the Boxing Day Dip.

Hundreds of brave soles will be sloshing about in the icy-cold North Sea as the annual Boxing Day Dip aims to raise thousands for charity.

It’s not to late to register here, or those wishing to remain warm and dry can offer their support from the beach. It begins at 11.30am at Seaton Carew.

4) Head to the flicks.

The festive season is one of the best times to visit the cinema, with schedules bristling with blockbusters.

The concluding instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, a remake of Annie and Ridley Scott’s latest outing Exodus: Gods and Kings are among those tipped to pull in the biggest crowds.

5) Go to a pantomime.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a reason this is one of Britain’s longest-running Christmas traditions.

A few rounds of “oh, yes it is – oh, no it isn’t” will almost certainly beat off the winter blues.

Billingham’s Forum Theatre is putting on Aladdin this year starring Jake Canuso from Benidorm, but most towns and cities in the North East have at least one production to choose from.