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Where to Go Ice Skating 2019

8 October 2019 | Maisy Farren

Winter is finally descending on us here at Culture Calling, and we’re gearing up to get into cosy mode. Nothing says winter quite like ice skating – a chance to glide gracefully (or not so gracefully, perhaps) across the ice. Pair it with a Hot Toddy to make the perfect date or head out for Hot Chocolate to create the ideal family day out. Here are our five favourite seasonal UK ice skating rinks. 


Image credit: Manchester Ice Rink via Facebook
Manchester First Street Ice Rink
Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN 
 
Opening on 15 November, the 15 x 20m ice rink is coming to First Street for the second year. Surrounded by some of Central Manchester’s most popular nightlife spots, First Street will offer plenty of daytime and evening skating sessions, making it a popular choice for families, young students and professionals! Make a festive day out of it by visiting the Worker Bee Markets, pop up stalls offering ideal artisan gifts and local produce. Be sure to grab a mulled wine or hot toddy at Simon Wood’s, a pop-up lodge style bar, or book dinner and drinks on the terrace at INNSIDE hotel to enjoy watching people fall over on the ice! A small donation from every ticket sale goes to Global’s Make Some Noise, and you can head down for a skate right up until 6 January 2020! 
 

Image credit:  Icescape at the Tropicana via Facebook
Icescape at The Tropicana
The Tropicana, Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1BE
 
Each year, Tropicana undergoes a festive transformation in time for Christmas, creating the ultimate Winter Wonderland. This indoor attraction becomes the largest covered ice rink in the UK, welcoming as many as 500 skaters per session. You don’t have to worry about booking tickets for a rainy day, as you’re safe and sound under a fairy light clad ceiling. They offer Friday night disco sessions (over 18s only), calm sessions on Sunday mornings and dedicated parent and toddler sessions. Visit Santa’s Grotto to get a picture with the big man himself and visit the lodge bar for a winter warmer. The attraction opens on 25 October 2019 and ends on 5 January 2020. Don’t forget your hat, scarf and gloves – the rapid freeze technology in use leaves the room feeling nippy! 


Image credit: Royal Pavilion Ice Rink via Facebook 
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, BN1 1FN 
 
The brightly lit Pavilion is the most remarkable spot for ice skating this winter and located in Brighton’s bustling Laine’s it makes an excellent date night or family evening out! Back for its ninth year, the Royal Pavilion actually has two rinks on offer! Jump on the 880-square meter rink for a one-hour whizz around the ice or start out on the 130-square meter beginners’ rink. There are penguins on offer to lend a helping-fin to your little ones before taking to the big rink. This ice-skating spot prides itself in being an eco-friendly Christmas attraction; the ice here is created and maintained through 100% renewable power and the Pavilion lit up by LED lights! Head down between 22 November 2019 and 19 January 2020 for a truly chilling trip! 


Image credit: Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland via Facebook
The Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA 
 
Found on the aptly named St Nicholas Avenue, Yorkshire’s very own Winter Wonderland is a favourite for winter fun in the North of England! Located at York’s popular Designer Outlet, this one-stop Christmas spot is ideal for stocking up on Xmas pressies and getting into the festive spirit. The ice rink surrounds a stunning 30ft high Christmas tree, twinkling away in the dark evening and creating the perfect spot for snapping a festive family pic! Be sure to visit Santa before heading home, and feel free to have a go on the vintage funfair rides whilst waiting for your session on the ice! The Ice Factor opens for business on 16 November 2019 and closes on 5 January 2020. 
 

Image credit: Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink via Facebook
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU 
 
Get the feel for a Tudor Christmas this year at Hampton Court Palace, where you can skate across Henry VIII’s garden before enjoying a tour of this vast manor house. The wide expanse of ice offers plenty of space for skaters, and beginner penguins are on hand to help the young ones out. Those who don’t fancy risking it can rest at the Ice Rink Café Bar, enjoying the heated spectator area and a cosy hot drink. To enjoy a truly festive weekend, head down for the Festive Fayre (6 – 8 December). The grounds will be taken over by artisan food and drinks stalls, gift shops filled with independent wares and seasonal cookery demonstrations. The ice rink opens on 22 November 2019 and will remain open till 5 January 2020! Happy skating! 
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