Published: 09:49, 27 November 2019
| Updated: 11:33, 27 November 2019
Want to feel fully festive with a day on the ice? We've found some ice rinks an hour from Kent for a special day out this season.
TOWER OF LONDON ICE RINK
The open air rink features a larger ice rink to give skaters more room to soak up the spectacular views of the iconic fortress in the capital.
After a glide on the ice visitors can relax in the Ice Rink Café and Bar provided by Miss Polly’s, and enjoy grab-and-go snacks, indulgent treats and hot drinks. On Friday and Saturday evenings, skaters and spectators will be able to enjoy cocktails from an expert mixologist of the Four Seasons Hotel.
This year, for families visiting, the number of penguin skate aids, available to pre-book online, has been doubled, and there are also party packages for groups celebrating a special occasion, which come with a skating session, food and drink, as well as a VIP area. Adults looking to upgrade their visit can also book a Prosecco and Skate package. The venue will also be holding special offers including 25 per cent off on admission for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day for those who wear a Christmas sweater on Friday, December 13.
Open daily until Sunday, January 5 (except Christmas Day), tickets cost from £15, £10.50 for children between three and 12 while penguin skate aids can be hired at £5 each.
For more information and to book, visit toweroflondinicerink.co.uk.
ICE SKATING, SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
The rink at Somerset House, Embankment Pier, is celebrating its 20th year of transforming the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court into a winter ice skating oasis.
With a 40ft Christmas tree, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason has something for everybody, with skating lessons, late-night DJs series Skate Lates, and the first ever Skate all-nighter on Saturday, December 7.
The rink is open until Sunday, January 12. Book tickets at somersethouse.org.uk
ROYAL PAVILION ICE RINK, BRIGHTON
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink aims to be greener this year as the ice is powered by wind and solar energy.
Running until Sunday, January 19, the romantic - or child-friendly, depending on who you take with you - site has a rinkside restaurant.
Two tickets cost £28, while a family ticket is £39. Under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult and children under eight need to have an adult with them on the ice. Under fives can skate for free during all off-peak sessions, as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Book at royalpavilionicerink.co.uk
HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND
Winter Wonderland has the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, set around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand under a canopy of sparkling lights.
Open from 10am to 10pm daily, the wonderland is open until Sunday, January 5.
Ideal for all ages and abilities, there will be live music from the bandstand, or, if you'd rather let others take a spin on the ice, enjoy a hot chocolate or festive drink from the spectator’s platform.
Tickets are from £9.50 for off peak and for children £7,50, and for peak tickets it costs £15.50 and £10.50 for children.
Book at hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
* The popular Ice Rink Canary Wharf is taking a break this year.
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