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Fantastically Festive Ice Rinks!

Written by Lottie


There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm, throwing on a pair of skates and hitting the ice to get you into the festive spirit! This year, I’ve pulled together some amazing rinks across the UK that sure won’t disappoint! 

sunbullet Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

14th November – 8th January 2017

One of London’s most spectacular winter attractions and a lovely place to spend some time with the family outdoors under twinkling Christmas lights and festive frosted trees. There is a large main rink for everyone and a smaller family space for beginners and little ones. Non-skaters are welcome as there is a bar and there are also dedicated wheelchair sessions on offer. Find out more.

sunbullet Derby Christmas Ice Rink, Derbyshire, Cathedral Quarter

1st December – 4th January 2017

Come along (adorned in your best Christmas jumper) with friends and family for a festive ice skate at Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. Find out more.

sunbullet Bournemouth Outdoor Ice Rink, Dorset

16th November – 3rd January

Set in the beautiful Bournemouth Gardens there’s a delightful ice rink that all the family can enjoy. There are even super cute skate-penguins available for the under 10’s to help with balance! Find out more.

sunbullet Bath on Ice, Bath

18th November – 3rd January

Come along with family and friends for a super festive ice skate, set in the beautiful Bath. There’s also glow in the dark mini golf and yummy food and drink on site too! Find out more.

sunbullet Millennium Square Ice Rink, Bristol

5th November – 3rd January

This ice rink is located on Bristol’s Harbourside which means you can combine a fun skate under a giant bauble with a visit to At-Bristol, a great family day out in itself! Find out more.

sunbullet Royal Pavillion’s Ice Rink, Brighton

5th November – 15th January

In front of the iconic Royal Pavilion there’s an enchanting family-friendly ice rink. The children can skate around with the help of a penguin skate aid and for the smaller kids there are also dual blade (‘bob skates’). Find out more.

sunbullet Tower of London Ice Rink, London

16th November – 3rd January

This ice rink has an absolutely magnificent historical back drop that is the Tower of London! Suitable for all abilities, there are even sessions for wheelchair users. Find out more.

sunbullet Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink, Edinburgh

18th November – 7th January 2017

Get your skates on and make your way around this glittering ice rink that’s located by the Big Wheel and has the dramatic Edinburgh skyline as a backdrop. Find out more.

sunbullet Eden Project Ice Rink, Cornwall

15th October – 19th February 2017

This ice rink is a winter wonderland that’s suitable for all of the family with penguin aid available to hire for the kids. This covered ice rink is great no matter the weather and there’s a range of Christmas activities to be found all around the Eden Project. Find out more.

sunbullet Hampton Court Palace, London

25th November – 8th January 2017

The family can have lots of fun on this ice rink that’s overlooked by Henry VIII’s sixteenth-century former home. There’s ice guides for the less confident skaters and kids can get ice skating lessons. Find out more.

sunbullet Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York

19th November – 2nd January 2017

‘The Ice Factor’ is the largest outdoor ice rink and forms the heart of the Yorkshire Winter Wonderland. In the centre of the rink there’s a giant illuminated Christmas tree and the rink is surrounded by an enchanted forest. Afterwards you can explore the rest of the Winter Wonderland where you can meet Santa, go for a shop or grab a warming bite to eat. Find out more.

sunbullet Winter Wonderland in Cardiff, County Hall

10th November – 3rd January 2017

In the centre of Cardiff you will find this large outdoor ice rink that’s part of the Winter Wonderland. Suitable for beginners and seasoned experts all the family will be able to join in the fun. You will also find a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto and alpine style food and drinks. Find out more.

sunbullet Ice Skating at Trentham, Staffordshire

9th December – 8th January

The family will have lots of fun on this under cover ice rink! There are aids to help the kids and less experienced skaters so don’t worry if you’re not a Torvill or Dean! Find out more.

sunbullet Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

18th November – 2nd January 2017

Get into the Festive spirit and pay a visit to the open-air ice rink at Winchester Cathedral which is suitable for all ages and abilities. Find out more.

sunbullet Ice Rink at Castle Mall Gardens, Norwich

16th December – 8th January 2017

If the kids are running riot after Christmas, why not bring them to Norwich for a festive skate to use up some of that excess energy! There is also a giant snowman bouncy castle! Perfect! Find out more.

sunbullet Ice Skating at Centre for Life, Newcastle

12th November – 26th February 2017

The only outdoor ice rink in Newcastle can be found in Times Square where there’s fun for all the family. You can also visit the Life Science Centre for a great day out. Find out more.

sunbullet Ice Skate Birmingham

19th November – 8th January

Located in Centenary Square you will find this magical ice skating rink. There are aids to help the smaller kids, and opportunities for disabled visitors so all the family can join in and have fun. Afterwards you can visit The Ice Café for a warming drink. Find out more.

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