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Get Your Skates On: Top 10 outdoor ice skating rinks near you

By Dela Gonon
Posted 14 November 2019
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Winter is the perfect season to get your skates on and go ice skating near you! Whether you’re a pro skater in the making, or slightly more tentative on the ice, ice skating is the perfect winter activity for the whole family to enjoy! With skate aids, special family sessions and cafes right next door to help you warm up again, it’s a Christmas day out you won’t want to miss this year.

With outdoor rinks popping up across the UK for winter and Christmas, get ready to glide, slip and slide across the ice with our guide to the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the UK for 2019.

Young sisters with long blond hair ice skating outdoors

  1. Natural History Museum, London, Greater London 

    19th October 2019 - 12th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Hey Londoners! Skate beneath frosted trees and fairy lights at the Natural History Museum, where the most popular outdoor ice rink near you returns for 2019. With a stunning Christmas tree forming the centrepiece of the rink, and a cafe with a birds eye view of the action, this is one of our favourite outdoor ice rinks in London. Plus, with penguin skate aids for kids, special weekday parent and toddler sessions, plus a family ticket price too, it’s great fun for the whole family.  Plus, after your session you can also pay a visit to the Best FREE day out in London - the museum itself!

  2. Royal Pavilion, Brighton, East Sussex

    2nd November 2019 - 19th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Dubbed the most beautiful rink in the South East, Brighton’s
    Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is certainly a spectacular sight. With bob skates for younger visitors, penguin skate aids and a special Club Rinkidinks session with free entry for under 5s, this rink is jam-packed full of reasons why families should visit this winter. Plus, with a delicious menu in the rinkside bar and menu, why not hang around for a bite to eat after your skate session too?

  3. Tower of London, London, Greater London

    16th November 2019 - 5th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Heading back to the capital, skate on London’s most dramatic outdoor ice rink at the
    Tower of London! The famous castle gets a festive makeover, with a 1040m2 rink not just set with the tower backdrop, but actually within the castle walls itself! Early morning and afternoon sessions are perfect for younger families and novice skaters, whilst evening skates after dark are great for those a little more confident on the ice. With even more penguin themed skate aids, and family tickets too, it’s a great winter day out for all ages.

    Little girl helping her younger brother skate

  4. Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Yorkshire

    14th November 2019 - 6th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Alongside the magical twinkling lights and Enchanted Forest, don’t miss the 630 square meter outdoor ice rink at Stockeld Park this winter! Plus, it’s covered too - so you’ll be able to skate whatever the weather! Free of charge skate aids are perfect for little skaters finding their feet, whilst more confident skaters can enjoy whizzing around the rink at this local favourite. Look out for skate and ski combo tickets too for even more family fun.

  5. Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire

    21st November 2019 - 5th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Hampshire highlight,
    Winchester Cathedral, has managed to combine all the magic of a great outdoor rink near you, with a rain-proof guarantee, so it can be enjoyed whatever the weather! With a transparent roof and open sides, this rink lies within the wider Christmas market, with a Christmas tree taking centre stage. Sessions last an hour, and parent and toddler sessions take place every weekday at 10am until 19th December.

  6. Ice Skate Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands

    7th November 2019 - 12th January 2020

    If you’re in the West Midlands, make sure you pay a visit to Ice Skate Birmingham - it’s the largest outdoor ice rink in the whole region! This year, they too have weatherproofed the festivities, with a roof ensure no rain can spoil the fun. Penguin skate aids are available to hire, and early morning sessions are perfect for families. By the way, if your kids would love to come close to some real penguins, take them to see the adorable Gentoo penguins at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham.

  7. Ice Village, Manchester, Greater Manchester

    8th November 2019 - 5th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Ice Village is coming back to Manchester! There you'll find a wonderful ice skating ring covered with a polygon roof, which means you can still skate under the stars, no matter the weather. While you're there ice skating, make sure you pop by the Ice Cavern - an ice adventure for the whole family, featuring an ice slide. 

    Happy little girl at an outdoor ice rink

  8. Glasgow Ice Rink, Glasgow, Glasgow and Strathclyde

    9th November - 23rd December 2019

    For those of you who live near Glasgow, you'll find the best place to go ice skating near you is at Glasgow's Christmas Market. Surrounded by Christmas stalls, delicious festive goodies and jolly Christmas tunes, ice skating will make the perfect family activity during the winter holidays. If there's only one thing we could change about this event is that we'd like it to run even longer!  

  9. Bath on Ice, Bath, Somerset and Bristol

    15th November 2019 - 5th January 2020, excluding Christmas Day

    Bath on Ice returns to Royal Victoria Park for its biggest year ever - meaning even more space to show off your skating moves! A massive 39% bigger, the giant outdoor ice rink includes a whole hour of skating time, with skate aids available for younger visitors. Plus, you can even buy a season pass allowing you to skate as often and whenever you life - you’ll be the next Torvill and Dean in no time!

  10. Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Gwent

    6th December 2019 - 6th January 2020

    If you're looking to go ice skating near you in Caerphilly, then you'll be thrilled to learn that the Caerphilly Castle Ice Rink is making a grand return this year! Open for a whole month, the outdoor ice rink will also have a pop-up cafe where you can grab a much-needed winter treat. Enjoying a good ice skating session to the backdrop of Wales' largest castle just sounds fabulous, doesn't it? Oh, and visits from Father Christmas are in the plan too! 

    A boy skating on a real outdoor ice rink

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