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Which Ice Rinks To Visit This Christmas Around The UK

Matt Crisp December 7, 2017

If you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment at the moment, you’re certainly spoiled for choice. One of the best parts about the Christmas season is that there’s always so much to see and do – if you’re bored, you’re not doing it right! Here are a couple of the best ice rinks that have sprung up in towns and cities this year… so get your skates on, why don’t you?

Canary Wharf

There are plenty of different rinks to find in the capital this year, but Canary Wharf is up there with the best. It will be in situ for 16 weeks and is open every day so you’ve got plenty of time for some family fun. There’s a rink-side bar to enjoy as well, and lots of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you well entertained.

St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh

This circular ice rink lets you skate your way around the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square. You need to book online and skate hire is included in the price of the tickets. Wheelchair users are welcome on the rink as well.

Manchester ice rink

The rink is open until December 23rd so there’s lots of time to have some fun. Make your way to First Street by Deansgate Locks to find it – the perfect place for the rink since there’s also lots of theatres, cinemas and art galleries nearby.

Tower of London

What better backdrop for a bit of skating could you ask for than the Tower of London? There are early morning sessions on the ice available if you’re up in time, although it might be more fun at night when the lights are all twinkling around you.

Ice Skate Birmingham

This rink can fit 300 people on it at any one time so you won’t miss out if you decide this is the rink for you. Head to Eastside Green near Millennium Point – and don’t worry about getting caught in an ice storm… this year the organisers have put a roof over the rink for the first time so you can skate no matter what the weather is doing.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is always worth a visit but no more so at this time of year, since you can now skate in the only indoor rink in the county. It’s open until February 18th, with public skate sessions lasting 40 minutes. There are penguins for hire as well to help younger skaters get their confidence up on the ice. You can even book yourself some skating lessons as well if you’re not confident in your own abilities, either!

Skate at Somerset House

New for this year are Skate Lates, a programme of music nights at the rink sure to get you pumped up for the weekend. Lots of guests will be taking centre stage, including Peckham radio station Balamii and Supa Dupa Fly. Check back for more details to be announced.

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