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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!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland boasts the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink in the heart of London’s Hyde Park, set under a picturesque canopy of twinkly lights and built around the iconic Victorian bandstand.
You can also visit the magical Ice Kingdom, see a Zippos circus, have a go on the fairground, shop in the Christmas market, and more. Advance booking required.
Winter Funland at Manchester's Event City includes funfair rides, traditional carousels, helter skelters, a circus show, Santa's Grotto and plenty of places to get food and drinks.and not forgetting the ever popular Dodgems.
The ice skating rink is enormous, Penguin skate aids are available for younger kids and skate instructors are around to advise.
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink once again hosts it's popular Ice Rink for 2021 in the grounds of Brighton's magnificent pavillion. Penguin Skate Aids are available for kids under 1.3m and skate hire is included.
Romantic and child-friendly, when you have finished skating you can visit the rinkside Bar & Kitchen for beautiful food and drinks whether you want a snack, lunch or dinner.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink is back after a couple of year's break in it's fabulous Canada Square Park location for 2021. Surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, Canary Wharf Ice Rink is a unique skating experience, surrounded by stunning architecture and enchanting greenery.
Skate hire is included, and early birds who arrive for the first session of the day can skate at a discounted price.
At the Natural History Museum Ice Rink you can skate in the magical setting of the Museum's east lawn. Delight in 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 accessable skate sessions throughout the season. Skate hire is included in the price and penguin skate aids can be booked, however an extra charge is made.
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Head down to Royal Pavilion, Royal Victoria Park for Bath on Ice. Non-skaters can play Glow Golf ir visit the Moguls bar which will be serving delicious food, spicy mulled wine and hot chocolate
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.
Last year's popular Skate Lates are returning this Christmas, wiith a specially curated programme of music nights throughout the season - the perfect start to your weekend.
The North Pole at Parker's Piece is a contemporary ice rink on Parker's Piece in the centre of Cambridge, with a clear polygon roof and surrounded by bars and stalls.
It has been cioonfirmed that it is returning for 2021, but details have not been released at time of writing.
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, along with fairground rides, bar and cafe, all within site of Windsor's historic castle.
While you are in Windsor you could make a day of it with these 10 Free Things To Do In Windsor - some of them are right next door to the ice rink!
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 its 975 sq m of real ice and 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece, the rink is Yorkshire's largest outdoor ice rink and there is a bar and cafe where you can warm up after you have skated.
The Eden Project's Christmas ice skating rink is the only indoor rink in Cornwall and returns to the magnificent location next to the biomes in Cornwall this year.
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, children's skating aids are available for hire, and you can book a course of skating lessons too!
Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink this year returns to Calvery Grounds next to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
Skate in an open-air real ice rink with a bar & cafe where you can warm up and refuel after a skating.
There is a programme of events at this ice rink including music, story telling and Christmas wreath-making workshops.
Reading Winter Wonderland can be found at Hills Meadow in Reading. As well as a covered ice rink you can visit the Apres Ski bar, Santa’s grotto and try a wide variety of festive food and drinks to keep you full of festive joy.
Plus there is a fairground for all the family and The Bavarian Slide - an exciting slide where you ride down in a rubber ring!
Ice Skate Birmingham is located in central Birmingham at Centenary Square. This undercover rink is next door to The Ice Lounge which offers a range of festive food and drinks to skaters and spectators.
Last updated 14th September 2021
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