With Christmas fast approaching, Britain’s glittering winter ice rinks are popping up in cities and at attractions up and down the country. Don your skating boots, grab a mulled wine and try out one of our top picks for the 2019 festivities.
Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle’s popular ice rink is back for the festive season at Life Science Centre. The ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It’s the perfect wintery destination for all ages. Make a day of it and combine your ice skating session with a visit to the science centre – discounted Super Saver tickets are available, and don’t forget to visit Santa’s Grotto!
Open from 9 November-23 February 2020. Tickets are £10 for adults, £7.50 for children and £3 for ages 4 and under.
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Liverpool Ice Festival
Set against the backdrop of the city’s waterfront, the Liverpool Ice Festival is a must for adrenaline junkies. The huge covered ice rink is a great place to start soaking up the atmosphere, before continuing to the UK’s largest ice slide featuring three super speedy 30m runs around six metres above the park! There is also an Ice Jet ride with sound and light show, plenty of rides for visitors, young and old, and a traditional Christmas market.
Open from 13 November 2019-5 January 2020. Tickets from £12 per person.
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Cardiff Winter Wonderland
This year featuring a brand new Alpine Ice Trail, the ice rink at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is set in front of the City Hall and can accommodate 300 skaters at any one time. The new ice trail is an open air skating experience running for 250 metres, and the only one of its kind in the UK. The event will be focused around a Christmas tree decorated by a local primary school, and will also feature an accessible Big Wheel and double-storey “Sur La Piste” bar.
Open from 8 November 2019-5 January 2020. Tickets from £11 per person.
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Eden Project, Cornwall
Better known for its tropical biomes, each winter the Eden Project becomes a glittering winter wonderland thanks to its ice rink, housed under the stage canopy in front of the domes. The only place in Cornwall to skate indoors, the ice rink offers ice skating lessons, special sessions for children and toddlers, and is also wheelchair friendly. There’s also a cosy seating area in which to snuggle up with a hot chocolate or a burger.
Open from now until 23 February 2020. Tickets from £7 per person, plus entry to the Eden Project from £26.
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Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
Historic Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry VIII, is another magical destination to step out on the ice. Located to the front of the Thames-side Tudor palace, the rink offers skaters great views, festive music and an array of seasonal treats whilst they relax post-skate. Both day and evening-time sessions are available, and can be accompanied by a trip to the palace.
Open from 22 November 2019-5 January 2020. Tickets from £15 per person.
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Aberdeen Christmas Village
Aberdeen’s Christmas Village is back for another year, with its open air ice rink forming the centrepiece. Skaters can enjoy festive fun against the striking backdrop of Marischal College, before exploring the rides and attractions, festival food and drink, and the Christmas market set within the college quad.
Open from 21 November-31 December 2019. Tickets from £4 per person.
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Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
For a picture perfect backdrop to your Christmas skating trip, look no further than Warwick Castle. Brand new for Christmas 2019, skaters can practise their moves in front of the iconic East Front of what is arguably the UK’s most spectacular castle. With warming festive drinks and snacks to feast on, the Castle is also opening specially for late night skating experiences on selected dates. And the magic doesn’t stop there. Other treats at Warwick Castle’s Christmas extravaganza include storytelling, breakfasts and even sleepovers with Santa, Christmas feasts in the Great Hall, carols at the Castle and winter bird of prey displays.
Open 23 November 2019-5 January 2020. Tickets from £13 per person.
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Somerset House Ice Rink, London
Eternally elegant, Somerset House provides one of the most grown-up ice-skating experiences available in the capital, along with its popular late-night DJs series Skate Lates. Stop by the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for seasonal shopping, enjoy gourmet dining in Fortnum’s Lodge, or soak up the rink atmosphere with a Baileys Hot Chocolate in hand at the Skate Lounge, home to the Baileys Treat Bar.
Open from 13 November-12 January 2020. Tickets from £11 per person.
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