Get Your Skates On: Top 10 outdoor ice skating rinks near you
Winter is the perfect season to get your skates on and discover an outdoor ice skating rink 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 2018.
- Natural History Museum, London
Skate beneath frosted trees and fairy lights at the Natural History Museum, where the popular outdoor ice rink returns for 2018. 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!
Dates: 25th October 2018 - 20th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Royal Pavilion, Brighton
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?
Dates: 3rd November 2018 - 13th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Tower of London, London
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.
Dates: 23rd November 2018 - 6th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Stockeld Park, Yorkshire
Alongside the magical twinkling lights and Enchanted Forest, don’t miss the 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.
Dates: October 2018 - 8th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire
Hampshire highlight, Winchester Cathedral, has managed to combine all the magic of an outdoor rink, 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 20th December.
Dates: 17th November 2018 - 2nd January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Ice Skate Birmingham, Birmingham
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, courtesy of the adorable Gentoo penguins at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, are available to hire, and early morning sessions are perfect for families.
Dates: 17th November 2018 - 6th January 2019
- Winter Funland, Manchester
Head to Event City at Manchester’s Trafford Centre for the ultimate Winter Funland, complete with an outdoor ice rink that’s brand new for 2018! Ice skating is included in your main event ticket price, alongside loads of other shows and activities, making it a fantastic festive day out with something for the whole family to love! Numbers are limited on the rink, so arrive early if you want to skate.
Dates: 7th December 2018 - 1st January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- St Andrew Square Ice Rink, Edinburgh
For something a little bit different this year, don’t miss the fab elliptical ice rink in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square. Instead of the usual rectangular rinks, this rounded, doughnut shaped version takes you all the way round the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, where you can head afterwards to warm back up (there’s more than just cider available!). With views of Edinburgh Castle in the distance and lots more festive cheer to explore, it’s great festive fun for the whole family.
Dates: 16th November 2018 - 5th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Bath on Ice, Bath
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!
Dates: 16th November 2018 - 6th January 2019, excluding Christmas Day
- Aberystwyth Winterland, Aberystwyth
Skate by the sea right by Aberystwyth Castle this Christmas, with the brand new outdoor ice rink and Winterland! Taking place for the very first time, this real ice rink sits in a purpose built marquee, so there’s no need to worry about the weather. There’s small fairground rides and food and craft fairs taking place too on selected dates too.
Dates: 8th December 2018 - 2nd January 2019, excluding Christmas Day