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 Saturday 26th November until Monday 2nd January offering both covered and open air skating. Each skating lesson lasts 45 minutes. There are a limited supply of penguin and snowman skate aids which cost £5 per session, available on a first come first serve basis.
Cost: Adults £12.50, kids under 15 years £10.50, family of 4 £42
Address: Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HY
Website: Windsor On Ice
ICE RINK AT WEMBLEY PARK
Enjoy spectacular ice skating next to iconic Wembley Stadium. The outdoor sparkling ice rink is open to everyone, from beginners to experts.
Cost: Adults from £12.50, children from £7.50, families from £35
Address: Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL
Website: Ice Skate London Design Outlet
PLANET ICE, MILTON KEYNES
An indoor ice rink that you can drop into as a family.
Cost: From £8, family of 4 £36
Address: 1 South Row, Eldergate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1DL
Website: Planet Ice
WATFORD’S BIG SKATE
From 26th November to 15th 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
Opens 24th November to 8th January. They recommend that tickets are pre-booked online to ensure you get your preferred session but tickets are available for walk up at the box office on the day.
Cost: Adults from £10.50, children (4-12 years) from £8.50, families from £31.50
Address: Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London, SW12 7GF
Website: Skate in Style
By day, skate in the stunning courtyard or skate after dark at the exclusive Club Nights with music from top international DJs. Relax après-skate at Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge and shop at the pop up Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade. Sounds like bliss!
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 pop up bar where everything is made of ice.
Cost: Adults from £13.50, children from £9.50, families from £38
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
The open air ice rink at Winter Wonderland provides the perfect place for some winter skating! Open from 18th November to 2nd December
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 27th October to 8th 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. There are a limited supply of penguin skate aids, which cost £5, available on a first-come first served basis from the skate hire counter.
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