17 November 2017 to 2 January 2018
Set in picturesque Royal Victoria Park, Bath’s popular rink has been expanded by 50 per cent this year to meet demand. Visitors can also enjoy glow in the dark mini golf and a cafe with mulled wine, hot chocolate, soft drinks and more.
Tickets start at £7.75 and can be booked online or in person at the rink.
Royal Victoria Park
Bath BA1 2NR
18 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018
The ice rink at the Living Museum of the North is suitably themed, decorated in a traditional Edwardian style with festoon lighting and fairground organ music too.
Tickets are £4 for children and £5 for adults for at least a 20 minute session. Special offers are also available. Buy your tickets on site on the day from the fairground ticket booth.
County Durham DH9 0RG
Skating in Cardiff is overlooked by the spectacular City Hall. Image: Getty
9 November 2017 to 7 January 2018
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, set in the heart of the Welsh capital, includes an undercover ice rink, authentic bierkeller, alpine village and funfair.
This year relaxed accessibility sessions are available, during which music will be played at low level, lighting will be static, and the capacity of the rink will be reduced.
Ticket prices vary depending on day and time.
Book online or call 0333 666 3366.
City Hall Lawns
Gorsedd Gardens Road
Cardiff CF10 3ND
EDEN PROJECT, CORNWALL
Now to February 2018
Add a festive flavour to your visit to this famously exotic botanical attraction. Skating tickets cost £7 for adults and £6 for children. Family and group tickets are available and there are also parent and toddler ice-play sessions and special sessions on Sundays for 6 to 12 year olds with races and games.
You will need a valid admission ticket to the Eden Project to book your skating ticket, which can be purchased on site at the Visitor Centre.
The Eden Project,
Cornwall PL24 2SG
Ice skating is just one of the many festive attractions in Edinburgh this winter
17 November 2017 to 6 January 2018
Get your skates on and glide all the way round the Melville Monument on this circular ice rink in St Andrew Square. It’s just part of Edinburgh’s spectacular Christmas celebrations, which include a traditional funfair, market, ice sculpture trail, Santa’s grotto and more.
Tickets are from £5 and can be booked online. The rink is wheelchair accessible.
St Andrew Square
Choristers take to the ice, overlooked by the Tudor splendor of Hampton Court Palace. Image: Getty
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
24 November 2017 to 7 January 2018
Skate back in time in the grounds of Henry VIII’s former residence, on the banks of the Thames. This year there is a bigger rink, and plenty of food and drink options for all the family. Tickets start at £10 for children and can be booked online.
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU
HESTERCOMBE GARDENS, SOMERSET
2 December 2017 to 7 January 2018
Hestercombe is best known as the setting for three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. This Christmas there will be an undercover skate rink, with rinkside refreshments available and lots of other Christmas activities.
Skaters are eligible for half price admission to Hestercombe and tickets start at £6.50 for children. Book online or call 01823 413923.
Somerset TA2 8LG
Skating at the Natural History museum is nothing short of fully festive! Image: Getty
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON
Now to 7 January 2018
Dippy may have moved on, but the popular ice rink is back at the museum for another season, overlooked by the spectacular Victorian Gothic building that houses more than 80 million specimens from the natural world. Tickets start at £8.80 and can be booked online.
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Skating at Somerset House includes late night sessions this winter. Image: Getty
SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
15 November 2017 to 14 January 2018
Skating at Somerset House is a must-do if you’re in London this Christmas. New for 2017 are Skate Lates, a curated programme of music nights throughout the season. Tickets are from £7.50 and can be booked online.
The Edmond J Safra Fountain Court
London WC2R 1LA
RIVERHILL HIMALAYAN GARDENS, KENT
1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018
The Himalayan gardens are usually closed in the winter so grab your chance for a festive visit. There is an Alpine Cafe serving drinks, light lunches and cakes, plus an Alpine Bar open on selected evenings for ‘Skating under the stars’ sessions.
Tickets start at £10 for children and discounted family tickets are available.
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON
4 November 2017 to 14 January 2018
Overlooked by the impressive Royal Pavilion, this year’s ice rink has a separate beginner’s area, so if you’re wobbly on your skates, this may be the venue for you! There is a rinkside bar and kitchen, with mulled wine, hot chocolate and more. Tickets start at £7 for kids and can be booked in person, or in advance here.
4/5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton BN1 1EE
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL, WINCHESTER
20 November 2017 to 7 January 2018
With a clear roof and open sides, Winchester Cathedral’s ice rink allows a flavour of the outdoors, while cunningly avoiding the worst of the British weather. The site has great views of the iconic cathedral and après-skating treats like mulled wine, hot chocolate and ginger shortbread can be booked in advance.
Tickets start at £6.95 for children and there are parent and toddler sessions available for £11.50. For group bookings call 01962 857275.
9 The Close
Most of these ice rinks are closed on Christmas Day and availability and prices can vary – check the websites for details.