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Fantastically Festive Ice Rinks!

Written by Lottie

Let’s wrap up warm and hit the ice,
At these fantastically festive rinks that are really very nice!
From Tower of London, Hyde Park and Bournemouth too,
And so many more fab ice rinks handpicked for you!

Tower of London Ice Rink, London

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Bring all the family for a festive skate this Christmas in front of a historical backdrop that is the magnificent Tower of London. After your skate session, you can also enjoy a visit to the bar and cafe for some tasty food brought to you this year by The Pie Man of Chelsea Green. Wheelchair users are welcome except during the last session of the day. Find out more here.

Ice Skating, Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

Until Sunday 24th Feb 2019

This attraction is a must on your Christmas-things-to-do list! Grab some friends or family, wrap up warm and head for a great ice skating session. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day for a great time this festive season! Find out more.

Skate Bournemouth, Bournemouth Gardens, Dorset

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Enjoy some family time at Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens outdoor ice rink. This year the rink is bigger than ever before and there’s a new skate path too! So you can glide your way through a winter paradise of alpine fauna and festive lighting. If skating isn’t your thing then head to the warm Alpine bar retreat, where they serve mulled wine and steamy hot chocolates while you stay in an armchair! Find out more.

Skate at Somerset House, London

Until Sunday 13th Jan 2019

This festive season, head to this beautiful ice rink in front of the majestic Somerset House. Skate in the splendour of the house’s courtyard and by night, skate to the best sounds in town at their music nights. Visit the Fortnum and Mason Christmas Arcade, the essential festive shopping destination! Find out more.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Until Sunday 20th Jan 2019

This is one of London’s most spectacular winter attractions. The Natural History Museum is transformed with an outdoor rink set underneath twinkling Christmas lights and festive frosted trees. There is a large main rink for everyone, as well as a smaller family space for beginners and little ones. Non-skaters are welcome as there is a cafe bar serving a range of refreshments. There are also dedicated wheelchair sessions on offer too. Find out more.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park to get you into the Christmas spirit! This free-to-enter event hosts plenty of Christmas-themed activities, including Zeppo’s Christmas Circus, the Magical Ice Kingdom, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. There is also the UK’s largest ice rink which just got bigger! With real snow, thousands of twinkling lights and so much more, everyone will leave feeling very festive whatever their age! Find out more.

Bath on Ice, Bath

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

This year Bath on Ice returns for the festive season. Enjoy a wonderful time with family or friends ice skating out on a real ice rink! For the less experienced, you can also book a penguin or seal skate aid. For further fun, or if skating isn’t for you, why not try the glow-in-the-dark mini golf?! Find out more.

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Cardiff

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

The City Hall lawns will be turned into a real ice rink this winter to get you feeling festive! Come rain or shine, this beautiful undercover rink is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! Find out more.

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink, Winchester

Until Wednesday 2nd Jan 2019

Get the family together, dress up warm and get out on the ice! This open-air real ice rink set in front of the majestic Winchester Cathedral, at the heart of the famous Christmas market can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. New for this year, there will be a Christmas tree in the centre of the rink! Find out more.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, London

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Enjoy one of the best most scenic settings and be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere this Christmas! Head down to Hampton Court Palace for a glide around the real ice rink, which will be lit up with hundreds of coloured lights, all set against the magnificent backdrop this Tudor palace has to offer. Skate aids are available to hire between 11:00-19:00 each day for the less experienced. Find out more.

Ice Skating at Eden Project, Bodmin, Cornwall

Until Sunday 24th Feb 2019

Wrap up warm and get that festive feeling at the Eden Project’s Indoor ice skating arena this winter. This is a suitable outing for the whole family no matter your abilities. If you’re feeling a little wobbly on the ice you can get a penguin skate aid for just £4. New this year, you can attend a family fun session on Sunday mornings where there will be extra room on the ice! Find out more.

Cathedral Quarter Ice Rink, Derby

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

This Christmas from Friday 30th November there will be a magical ice rink in Derby’s Market Place! This is a fantastic way for friends and family to get together to celebrate the festive season and enjoy a lovely day out! Find out more.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton

Until Sunday 13th Jan 2019

Take to the ice this festive season in front of the Royal Pavilion. Everyone is welcome, whatever their ability and there are penguin aids for the less experienced skaters. Relax in the rinkside bar afterwards. Find out more.

East Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink, Edinburgh

Until Saturday 5th Jan 2019

Get your skates on, wrap up warm and head down to this ice rink situated under the Big Wheel and the Scott Monument! Even younger family members can whizz around the rink with the help of a skating aid so no one misses out! There is also an elliptical ice rick in St Andrew Square during the Christmas and Hogmanay season. Find out more.

Bristol Ice Rink at Millennium Square, Bristol

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

All the family can take to the ice this Christmas for some festive fun under the giant bauble! There are special morning sessions for those under 8 years old, and skating aids for the less experienced family members. Head to the Apres Bar afterwards and cosy up under a blanket while enjoying a hot chocolate…yum! Find out more.

JW3 Ice Rink, London

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Wrap up warm and come along and enjoy a family skate! This rink is complete with glimmering lights, music, and an electric atmosphere. It is also open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day! Find out more.

Manchester Ice Rink, Manchester

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Visit this real ice rink in its new home in First Street to get you in that festive mood! The first three sessions each day are family focused and you can find skating penguins on the ice to offer assistance. Find out more.

Outdoor Ice Rink and Wheel in Birmingham

Until Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Voted one of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the UK, where better to enjoy this winter sport? There is a roof over the rink so nothing can spoil your fun, not even the weather! Afterwards, take a ride on Birmingham’s big Wheel for amazing sights of the city. Find out more.

Know any more fantastically festive ice rinks that we’ve missed? We’d really love to know! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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