With Christmas come and passed once again we’re into that period of leisure between Christmas and New Year — so how do you plan on spending the first of those days? Boxing Day is always a busy day on the calendar, with events taking place up and down the country, and the vast majority of those events being in the great outdoors. In Britain we have a great tradition of getting out into the brisk December air on the day after Christmas day, and this year promises to be no different. So we thought we’d wish you a good day whatever you’re up to today, and offer a few suggestions of our own. Shooting There has long been a tradition of holding Boxing Day shoots in Britain, and none is more famous than the Royal shoot held at Sandringham in Norfolk. The Royal Estate hosts its annual Boxing Day shoot and picnic at Wood Farm in Wolferton, which sits on the estate’s 20,000-acres. Usually organised by the Duke of Edinburgh an invitation to shoot their on Boxing Day is a real honour. If you fancy bagging a brace or two, then why not use the BASC website to find a local shoot? Hunting Another British institution is the Boxing Day Hunt. Hunt followers and hunters up and down the country gather on Boxing Day, with more than 250 separate hunts riding out on the same day each year. It’s estimated that as many as a quarter of a million people turn out each year, either to follow the hunt or take part. Recent changes to the laws on hunting seem to have had little effect on the enthusiasm for the support, with hunts now either practicing drag hunting or hunting foxes within the Bloodsports Act’s guidelines. Witnessing a hunt is a real experience and we’d certainly urge everyone to try and do it at least once. If you fancy doing so today then why not look up your nearest hunt here. Rugby Up and down the country rugby clubs will be opening their doors today as they take on their local rivals, or host inter club games for the entertainment of members. At professional level games on Boxing Day aren’t a permanent or regular feature, but lower down the ladder they still are. For example, two clubs from rural North Devon meet every year on Boxing Day, in a hugely popular fixture. Sides from the neighbouring towns of Barnstaple and Bideford take it in turns to host each other in alternate years, with the clash representing their only meeting of the year. With the sides in different divisions they haven’t met in a league fixture in this millennium and bragging rights are fiercely contested, although Bideford haven't held them since 1995. The fixture is hugely popular, with Barnstaple’s average crowd of 500 usually swelled to more than 2,000 for the Boxing Day game, and Bideford’s more modest ground usually hosting around 1,500 people on the day of the biggest game of the year. This isn’t a curiously North Devon phenomenon though, so if you fancy watching rugby on Boxing Day why not see what your local club has planned? If you head to the RFU website you can find a directory of clubs, locate your nearest and see what it has planned. If you’re planning on doing any of those three things today then you’ll be needing to wrap up warm! While it won’t arrive in time for today why not try a Barbour microfiber quilted coat or our Gortex lined waterproof cashmere cap?