A pop-up Christmas ice skating rink near you

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Along with Christmas markets the biggest growth in Christmas entertainment over the last ten years or so has been the rise of pop-up ice skating rinks. From courtyards in stately buildings (like Somerset House in London) to racecourses, (Chester) attractions (Eden Project in Cornwall) and shopping malls, there are a huge number from which to choose.

Here are just a few. We’ll start with those around our countries and then the London ones at the end of the list as they are a bit more difficult to alphabetise within London.

Aberdeen, Castlegate, 3-22 December,

Bargoed, St Gwladys’ car park 10-14 Decemberhttp://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/christmas/sites/your.caerphilly.gov.uk.christmas/files/JPEG%20Ice%20Rink%20Leaflet.jpg

Bath, “Bath on Ice”  at the Royal Victoria Park, 21 Nov – 4 Jan http://www.bathonice.com/

Beamish – the Living Museum of the North http://www.beamish.org.uk/outdoor-ice-skating/

Birmingham, Centenary Square, 15 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 http://www.iceskatebirmingham.co.uk/index.php

Bournemouth, Bournemouth Gardens, 28 Nov – 4 January 2015 http://www.makeitbournemouth.co.uk/outdoor-ice-rink/

Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre, 13 Dec – 22 Feb 2015 http://www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/cool-coast-ice-rink-2014/

Brighton, Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Royal Pavilion Gardens, 8 Nov – 18 Jan 2015 http://www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk

Bristol, At-Bristol Ice Rink, Millennium Square, 8 Nov – 6 Jan 2015 http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/icerink.html

Bristol, The Mall, Cribb’s Causeway, 13 Nov – 11 Jan 2015, http://www.mallcribbs.com/wwl14.php

Bristol, Clifton On Ice. 2 – 16 Clifton Down Road, 27 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 http://www.cliftononice.com/

Cambridge, Parker’s Piece, 21 Nov – 5 Jan, http://www.cornex.co.uk/ice-rink-returns-parkers-piece-winter

Cardiff, City Hall Lawn, Civic Centre, 13 Nov – 5 Jan 2015, http://www.cardiffwinterwonderland.com/ice-rink/

Chester, Chester Racecourse, see website for dates, http://www.winterwonderlandchester.co.uk/

Cornwall, The Eden Project, 18 Oct – 22 Feb 2015, http://www.edenproject.com/visit-us/whats-on/kids-and-families/ice-skating

Derby, Market Place, City Centre, 28 Nov – 5 Jan 2015, http://www.derbyicerink.co.uk/

Dorchester, Brewery Square, 22 Nov – 3 Jan 2015, http://skatinginthesquare.co.uk/home.aspx

Edinburgh, St Andrew Square Ice Rink at the Melville Monument, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/ice-rink1

Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/ice-rink

Glasgow, George Square, 27 Nov – 31 Dec, http://www.glasgowloveschristmas.com/glasgow-on-ice/skating/Pages/default.aspx

Greenhithe, Kent, Skating at Bluewater Shopping Centre, 27 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://bluewaterwinterwonderland.co.uk/

Hastings, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, 29 Nov – 5 Jan 2015, http://www.iceskatingtickets.co.uk/hastingsicerink

Lacock, Wiltshire, Christmas Ice Rink at the Whitehall Garden Centre, 6 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 http://www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk/icerink.php

Lincoln, City Square, 29 Nov – 31 Dec, http://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lincoln-ice-rink-2014

Liverpool, Chavasse Park. Includes the UK’s only real ice slide! 7 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.liverpool-one.com/icefestival

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire, 14 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.longleat.co.uk/christmas/ice-skating

Manchester, Selfridges, Trafford, 13 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.selfridges.com/content/article/christmas-ice-rink-selfridges-trafford

Manchester, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, 6 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.spinningfieldsonline.com/events/manchestericerink

Milton Keynes, Frosts Garden Centre at Woburn Sands, 29 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/Centres/Woburn_Sands/Milton-Keynes-Ice-Skating

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ryecroft, 16 Nov – 6 Jan 2015, http://www.visitnewcastleunderlyme.co.uk/event/winter-wonderland-ice-rink

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Times Square, 8 Nov – 22 Feb 2015, http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/skating-at-life#.VGnQrsmGYsc

Newport,  Celtic Manor Resort, 27 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.celtic-manor.com/christmas-kingdom-ice-skating

Nottingham, Old Market Square, 20 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk/ice-skating/skating.html

Northampton, Beckworth Emporium, 15 Nov – 6 Jan 2015, http://www.beckworthemporium.com/

Plymouth, The Piazza, 18 Oct – 1 March 2015, http://www.iceangelevents.co.uk/winter-wonderland/

Plymouth, Boringdon Hall Hotel, 7 Nov – 11 Jan 2015, http://www.boringdonhall.co.uk/house-of-christmas/ice-rink-plymouth

Preston, Winter Wonderland at the Flag Market, 13 Dec – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.preston.gov.uk/events/details/3189/

Reading, Forbury Gardens,  9 Dec – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.reading.gov.uk/pressreleases/2014/oct/ice-rink-brings-super-cool-christmas-reading/?acc.contrast=1&acc.size=0

Reigate, Surrey, Priory Park, 4 Dec – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.reigateonice.co.uk/index.php

Salford, The Piazza. Media City UK, 27 Oct – 24 December, http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/theicerink

Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, Yorkshire, see website for dates, http://www.thechristmasadventure.com/ice-skating-rink.asp

Stoke-on Trent, Trentham Shopping Village, 28 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.trentham.co.uk/shopping-and-eating/ice-skating-info

Swansea, Museum Park, 14 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.swanseachristmas.com/waterfront-winterland/

Tunbridge Wells, Calverley Grounds, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.visitkent.co.uk/events/170590/

Winchester, Ice rink in the Cathedral Close, 20 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/christmas/ice-rink/

Windsor, Windsor on Ice,  Alexandra Gardens, 29 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.windsoronice.com/

Worthing, Steyne Gardens, 28 Nov – 1 March 2015, http://www.worthingicerink.com/

York, Skating at the York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford, 22 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, http://www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com/skate/

In and around London

Natural History Museum 30 Oct 2014 – 4 Jan 2015 London SW7 5BD, http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/index.html

Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, 1 Nov 2014 – 28 Feb 2015, London E14 5AH, http://icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk/

Somerset House, 11 Nov 2014 – 11 Jan 2015, London WC2R 1LA, http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink

Victoria Park, 2 Dec – 31 Dec, London E9 7DD, http://winterville.co.uk/attractions/ice-rink/

London Eye, 15 Non – 4 Jan 2015, London SE1 7PB, http://www.londoneye.com/

Hampton Court Palace, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, Surrey KT8 9AU, http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WhatsOn/hamptoncourtpalaceicerink

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, London W2 2UH, http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Twickenham, Ice skating at Strawberry Hill House, 6 Dec – 25 Jan 2015, http://www.richmondrink.com/index.html

Wembley Park at the London Designer Outlet,  14 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, London HA9 0PA http://iceskatingatwembleypark.co.uk/

Westfield London, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, London W12 7GF, http://uk.westfield.com/london/news-and-events/ice-rink/ticket-prices-skating-times

Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square, London, 17 Nov – 26 Feb 2015, London EC2A 2BQ, http://www.broadgate.co.uk/ice

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, 21 Nov – 4 Jan 2015, London SE11 5HL, http://www.iceskatevauxhall.co.uk/

JW3 on Ice, Jewish Community Centre, 341 – 351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET, 7 Dec – 11 Jan 2015 https://www.jw3.org.uk/jw3-ice-2014

 

Thanks to all those who sent details of local ice-skating rinks over the Christmas period after our appeal in the weekly e-letter. If there are are more, we’ll add them to this list.

By the way you will notice that a major city is missing – Leeds. This is because their ice-skating doesn’t start until after Christmas. It will be in Millennium Square Leeds and runs from January 24th until February 23rd. And the Belfast Winter Wonderland is not running this year.

 

 

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