Get your skates on and have fun at one of the many ice rinks that pop up over Christmas. Here’s our guide to the best places to skate locally and beyond
WINDSOR ON ICE
Opens on 18th November until 7th January offering both covered and open air skating. Each skating lesson lasts 45 minutes. There is an under cover viewing area, festive food court and some attractions to relax and stay warm while watching the fun on the ice.
Cost: Adults £12.50, kids under 15 years £10.50
Address: Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HY
Website: Windsor On Ice
PLANET ICE, MILTON KEYNES
An indoor ice rink that you can drop into as a family. Plus you can skate with Santa on 24th December, followed by a family skate disco until 6pm.
Cost: From £8, family of 4 £36
Address: 1 South Row, Eldergate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1DL
Website: Planet Ice
WATFORD’S BIG SKATE
From 25th November to 14th January an out door ice rink run by Watford Council.
Cost: Adults from £8.50, children (under 16 years) from £6.50, families from £25
Address: The Parade Watford, WD18 0JX
Website: Big Skate
By day, skate in the stunning courtyard or skate after dark at the new Skate Lates, bringing a specially curated programme of music to the rink. Relax après-skate at Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge and shop at the pop up Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.
Cost: See website for ticket prices
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Website: Somerset House
TOWER OF LONDON ICE RINK
Skate in the moat of one of London’s most iconic landmarks and visit the rink side cafe and bar for food and refreshments from The Pie Man of Chelsea Green.
Cost: Adults from £14.50, children from £10.50, families from £42
Address: London, EC3N 4AB
Website: Tower of London Ice Rink
Get your skates on and take a twirl outside Henry VIII’s old stomping ground. Morning sessions tend to be quieter and therefore ideal for younger children and families.
Cost: See website for ticket prices.
Address: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Website: Hampton Court
HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND
Home to the largest open air ice rink in the UK. The ice rink at Winter Wonderland provides the perfect place for some winter skating!
Cost: Adults from £9.50, child from £7.50, families from £30
Address: Hyde Park, London, W2
Website: Winter Wonderland
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK
Open from 26th October to 7th January, 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, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.
Cost: Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60
Address: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Website: Natural History Museum Ice Rink