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Visiting an ice skating rink is fast becoming part of the Christmas festivities - the popularity of Christmas skating just seems to keep growing every year.
You can skate next to some of the UK's most historic buildings and glide by an iconic landmark, salchow in a shopping centre or even pivot by a Pavillion.
Here are the best places around the UK where you can go to skate this Christmas - so wrap up warm and get your skates on!
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink once again hosts it's popular Ice Rink in the grounds of possibly Brighton's magnificent pavillion. Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly… all topped off with beautiful food in the rinkside bar and restaurant.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink Surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, a visit to Canary Wharf Ice Rink offers a unique skating experience. You can also glide gracefully through the serene skate path which is back by popular demand. The path leads you on a new route this year underneath the park's enchanting canopy of trees.
At the Natural History Museum Ice Rink you can skate in the magical setting of the Museum's east lawn. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows in the air.
They also run dedicated wheelchair skate sessions throughout the season. Book Now
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink this year runs from at the foot of the Cathedral in the historic Inner Close. You can even dodge the rain as the clear roof and open-air sides continues to offer great views of the Cathedral and the unique experience of ice skating in this incredible setting.
Somerset House Ice Rink lets you skate beneath the stars as Somerset House ice rink celebrates its 11th birthday. Choose from open sessions, kids specials, club nights or learn the basics at Skate School. Or shop at Fortum's Arcade then eat at Fortnum's Lodge.
New for 2017 are Skate Lates, a specially curated programme of music nights throughout the season - the perfect start to your weekend. Book Now
The North Pole at Parker's Piece is a contemporary open air ice rink on Parker's Piece in the centre of Cambridge. Glide in style around the glistening 600m open-air ice rink and enjoy a fun array of traditional & exhilarating rides and interactive side stalls. After you’ve taken to the ice, sit back and delight in the stunning views from the 32 metres high Big Wheel.
York Ice Rink - The Ice Factor returns this year to York Designer Outlet. The ice rink is just the centre piece of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland surrounded by a festive market and traditional fair rides. With a 30ft high Christmas tree at it's centre, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas.
The hugely popular Windsor Ice Rink returns to the historic Alexandra Gardens next to the river Thames this year. A host of family festive attractions including the UK's biggest Dodgems. With a large main covered rink and a smaller open air rink there is something for skaters of all levels of experience.
The Eden Project's Christmas Skating rink returns to the magnificent location next to the biomes in Cornwall. There are a range of sessions for different standards of skater including parent and toddlers, junior sessions and school groups, so start badgering the head teacher now!
They also allow wheelchair users on the ice, and you can book a skating lesson too!
Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink is an open-air real ice rink which is surrounded by authentic Christmas Chalets selling everything from candles to scarves, confectionary to hampers with face painters to artists, all the exhibitors are local independent businesses. So you can get your Christmas shoppping done while the kids skate!
Last updated 2nd October 2017
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