Somerset ice skating
A double two loop of this year's best pop-up ice rinks in Somerset and beyond
We’re talking proper ice here, not the synthetic stuff, in our guide to the best pop-up ice rinks in Somerset and beyond. So dust off those tan tights and start lacing up your skates …
ICE SKATING IN SOMERSET, BATH AND BRISTOL
We the Curious Ice Rink, Millennium Square, Bristol, Sat Nov 18– Tues 16 Jan
Skating every day with disco sessions in the evenings and special morning sessions for under the 8s, or glide around with a movie (Frozen Singalong, Happy Feet, etc) on the Big Screen in the background. As well as the rink, there’s an Après Bar, Skyview wheel and a bunch of Millenium Square Winter Fair chalet stalls. Sessions are a bit cheaper if you book online.
Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 17 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Outdoor ice skating – and glow in the dark mini golf – in the centre of Bath. Take the weight off your skates in the Moguls Alpine bar and cafe and have a hot choc or scoff pizzas and fries (not chips, you notice).
Icescape@The Tropicana, Weston super Mare, Fri 3 Nov–Sun 7 Jan
Slip slide your way over to what they say is the largest covered Winter ice rink in the country (up to 500 skaters at one time). As well as the slippery stuff there’s a giant snow slide, a couple of fair ground rides and, oooh, an Igloo Bar.
Winterwonderland, Cribbs Causeway, Thurs 16 Nov– Sun 7 Jan
Another biggie, at over 1,000 sq m the South West’s largest outdoor rink, plus Enchanted Castle, stalls, a train inside the Mall – and of course, all those shops.
OTHER ICE SKATING RINKS
Cardiff Winter Wonderland, Cardiff, Thurs 9 Nov–Sun 7 Jan
Scoot around on an ice rink under a huge clear roof, then refuel on gluhwein, wurst and pancakes. Leave it a few minutes…then head for all the fun of the fair.
Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, Nov 15 – 14 Jan
Skate at Somerset House is tying-up with Fortnum & Mason again to give us a Christmas shopping arcade and foodie treats in an Alpine-themed lodge where you can share cheese or chocolate fondues. Skate Lates music nights include takeovers from the 90s and Noughties hip hop and R&B night Supa Dupa Fly. There’s a skate school for children – and adults.
National History Museum, London, 26 Oct – 7 Jan
Combine a visit to the dinos or the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on till 28 May) with a turn on the ice at this Kensington rink.
Hampton Court Palace, Moseley, Surrey 24 Nov – 7 Jan
‘Skate back in time’ they say and you’ve a seriously stunning backdrop for your triple salchow at Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrey, floodlit with colours for the evening. The cafe serves up pies, rum punches and fizz. Make a day of it in the palace itself.