Ice rinks for Christmas

30 October 2017

There's nothing like taking to a ice rink over the Christmas period. And it's even better with a glass of mulled wine.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

(17 November 2017 - 1 January 2018)

A glorious large rink, beneath a canopy of glittering fairy lights spanning out from the park's Victorian bandstand, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland ice rink is a romantic experience. Close by, a thrillseeker's paradise of fairground rides competes with a circus, an ice ballet and Santaland for your attention. A Christmas market and lots of food and drink outlets complete the experience.

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Dover's Christmas Ice Rink

(25 November 2017 - 1 January 2017)

Dover's cruise terminal at the Western Docks of the Kentish port will once again be transformed into a Christmas Market and ice rink.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

(24 November 2017 – 7 January 2018)

Skate against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace.  Located in front of this Historic Royal Palace, the stunning ice rink is open daily from 11am until 10pm. Afterwards, perhaps warm up again at the Dip-Dunk Lodge with a fondue or a hot chocolate. Adult tickets are priced £14, with children under 12 at £10.

The Royal Pavilion is a magical place to ice skate this year©Visit England/Hugo Philpott

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

(4 November 2017 – 14 January 2018)

Following the huge success of previous years, the winter ice rink returns to the iconic setting of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion this Christmas. This beautiful rink accommodates up to 250 skaters per session, with penguin stabilisers for younger skaters and a  learners’ area for the unsure-footed. 

Whether you’re a skater or not, everyone is welcome to enjoy delicious food and drink by day or night at the stunning Rinkside Bar & Kitchen, which offers warming snacks, delicious lunches and dinners. Tickets start from £13.50 for  adults and £9 for children. 

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Bath on Ice 

(17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018)

One of England’s UNESCO World Heritage Cities, Bath has something extra to tempt visitors this Christmas; a magnificent outdoor ice rink, which this year is 50% bigger.

Set in central Bath in Royal Victoria Park, nearby the stunning backdrop of the Georgian Royal Crescent and within walking distance of the city’s Christmas markets, Bath on Ice is a truly magical experience.  Adults skate for £10.50, while children's tickets are £9.50. 

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Somerset House Ice Rink

(15 November 20167 - 14 January 2018)

The stunning neoclassical buildings of Somerset House provide a dramatic backdrop to what must be one of the coolest, no pun intended, ice rinks in London. Partnered by Fortnum & Mason, you can simply skate or, if you are so inclined, there are club nights with music from top international DJs on offer too. Ticket prices for general skating sessions start from £7.50 and carry a per-ticket booking fee, plus a one-off transaction charge.

The Ice Factor, York 

(18 November 2017 - 7 January 2018)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, the three-time-award-winning event, returns to York Designer Outlet this winter, along with the north of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, The Ice Factor. 

Along with a giant Christmas tree it also has its Alpine-themed café, this year with a new heated outdoor terrace. Following a spin across the rink, visitors can enjoy vintage fair rides, a magical Grotto and live entertainment. Tickets cost £10.95 for adults and £9.95 for children, plus booking fee of £0.45 + 2.5% per ticket.

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The Tower of London Christmas Ice Rink

Tower of London  

(17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018)

Located in the moat and set against the magnificent fortress battlements, the Tower of London ice rink has surely one of the most stunning central London settings and is ideal for lunchtime skating, after-work gatherings, romantic dates and weekend afternoons out. 

Beautifully illuminated after dark, it makes a spectacular night time destination. 

Beside the ice rink, the Ice Bar & Cafe provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. Prices start from £14.50 for adults and from £10.50 for children aged 3-12, £12.50 for children aged 13 - 15. 

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

(26 October 2017 – 7 January 2018)

The venerable museum in London’s South Kensington plays host to what must be the ultimate grandchild’s day out – go inside and see the dinosaurs, come outside for a skating session beneath trees spangled with Christmas lights and finish off with a hot chocolate. Bliss. Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80.

Ice Skate Birmingham

(16 November 2017 – 7 January 2018)

Situated in Centenary Square, close to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, this year the ice rink will have a roof. After taking their turn on the ice, Winter Skate visitors can warm their fingers and toes in the Ice Café, which will serve everything from indulgent hot chocolate to spiced mulled wine. Tickets cost £9.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Please note: web addresses and prices were correct at the time of publication in October 2017. It is best to check on an organisation's own website before setting off for your skating session. 

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