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Best festive ice skating rinks in Cambs & Suffolk

Ice ice baby! Nothing like a whizz around a rink to make you feel festive (followed by a mulled wine obvs). We've rounded up the best ones for your skating pleasure.

CAMBS & SUFFOLK 

 

The North Pole Festival, Parkers Piece, Cambs, Sat 17 Nov – Sun 6 Jan

The North Pole Festivals ice rink returns to Cambs this year with its clear polygon roof proofed for English weather (hurray!) Therell also be a fairground, an alpine style lodge serving festive cocktails for spectators and an authentic German swing grill dishing out bratwursts and burgers.

Planet Ice, Peterborough (all year)

This all-year round indoor rink, Planet Ice will be hosting Sleeping Beauty on Ice on 13 Dec, should you fancy leaving the skating to the professionals (probably for the best).

 

Great Eastern Square, Felixstowe, Fri 20 – Mon 23 Dec

Not feeling festive by the week before Xmas? Give yourself a break from the shopping and head to Felixstowe’s synthetic rink by the sea from 20 -23 Dec, where there are also rides for kids and a food stalls. Just try not to break your leg otherwise Christmas Day might be a write off!

 

Pop-up ice rink, Hadleigh, Sat 7 Dec 

This ancient market town is a picturesque place to get your skate on… and their pop-up rink will be in the town’s car park for one day only – 7 Dec. It’s only a £5 for the chance to make a right fool of yourself!

 

Festive Skating Rink, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 6 – 8 December 

Aldeburgh’s ice rink is part of their Dickensian Christmas Festival, so you can strut your stuff on the rink before hitting the shops, stalls and the festive bar. It’s open to anyone 4+ and their a penguin skating aids (for the kids!), plus a snow machine and seasonal music to get you in the mood.

 

Kesgrave on Ice, Rupert Fison Square Kesgrave, 30 Nov and 1 Dec

‘Kesgrave on ice’ is returning for another year with a pop-up ice rink on 30 Nov and 1 Dec. The sessions last 30 mins (if you have the stamina after all those mince pies) and only cost £2.50pp. Spend the change at the Scout Christmas Fair and let little ones get their craft on at the free Christmas craft table!

 

LONDON 

Natural History Museum, 19 Oct – 12 Jan 

Triple salchows first, triceratopses after? Or the other way round? The Natural History Museum’s ice rink surrounds a huge Christmas tree centrepiece and there’s also an alpine style cafe/bar that overlooks the rink. New for this year, the museum has partnered with Viktor & Rolf fragrances to transform the rink (every Fri evening, 7 – 8pm, until 20 Dec) into a scented haven with the brand’s Flowerbomb perfume sprayed in the air, sparkly babbles on the tree and the ice turned pink.

There’s also the option scoff afternoon tea with the launch of Scoff & Banter’s Dine & Skate package, which includes contemporary British tea with a wintry twist in Scoff & Banter’s Tea Rooms on Oxford Circus and tickets to skate.

Core opening times 10am – 10pm, sessions are 50 minutes. Adult tickets from £12.65, children from £8.80 and families from £39.60.

 

Somerset House, London, 13 Nov – 12 Jan

For the venue’s 20th year of skating, Somerset House is again teaming up with Fortnum and Mason. Alongside a whopper of an ice rink in the fountain courtyard (you can also book in for Skate Lates and, new for 2019, a skating overnighter on 7 – 8 Dec) there’ll be a 40ft Christmas tree and the return of the Fortnum and Mason Christmas Arcade with festive pop-ups, food, drink and gifts. The Fortnum Lodge is also making a comeback with chocolate and cheese fondue (not together), Champers, black cherry bellinis, mulled wine, baked camembert, apple and cinnamon bakes and tipsy hot chocolate. All the food groups represented.

Opening times vary, 45 minute sessions. Adult tickets £11, child tickets from £8.50.

 

Tower of London, 15 Nov – 5 Jan

Set in the historical grounds, at dusk the pop-up rink is illuminated by a light display set against the castle walls. Although early morning sessions are best for the little ones with penguin skate aids available on a first come, first serve basis. There’s also an accompanying Ice Rink Café Bar, but go steady on the tipple before you skate, apparently if you knock anyone over you get sent to the Tower (*gulp*).

Core opening times 10am – 9pm, 45 minute sessions. Adult tickets £15, child tickets £10.50, family tickets £45.

 

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Fri 23 Nov – Sun 6 Jan 

Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrery offers a stunning 16th century Tutor faced as a backdrop, especially when the illuminations kick in at dusk. There’s also a rink-side café.

Core opening times 10am – 9pm, 45 minute sessions. Adult tickets £15, child tickets £10.50, family tickets £45.

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 21 Nov – 5 Jan

As if the whopper festive island in the middle of Hyde Park didn’t have enough going on already – we’re talking ice bars, workshops, rides, boozy Bavarian Village and Xmas shows – it also has the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink complete with Victorian bandstand with live music to skate around (or cling to).

Open 10am – 10pm, 50 minute skating sessions. Adult tickets from £9.50, child tickets from £7.50, family tickets from £30.

 

Tiffany & Co. Winter Wonderland, Covent Garden, 29 Nov – 26 Dec 

Tiffany & Co. are glamming up Covent Garden’s East Piazza with decor inspired by Christmas holidays in New York, the home of the iconic jewellery house. There’ll be a bespoke ice rink complete with oversized Tiffany Blue Boxes, sparkly snow and Tiffany Fragrance puffed into the air.

Pre-booked tickets are already sold out, but there will be a limited number of tickets available each day. 

 

 

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