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Skates on! 8 best ice rinks near you

We're heading into the season of slip-sliding, wall-grabbing, and pirouetting. Skate queen or just here for the mulled wine, check out these festive ice rinks - all within an hour of Glos & Worcs!

Super near

Open Air Ice Rink, Gloucester, 24 Nov – 3 Jan

This popular ice rink returns to Orchard Square in Gloucester Quays for 2021 promising to put some proper festive cheer into the heart of the city. There’s a great alfresco bar with twinkly fairy lights for that all important hot choc after your skate (or stronger!) and it’s set against the backdrop of the historic docks, tickets will be on sale very soon so keep your eyes peeled and your skates primed.

Christmas Ice Rink, Cheltenham, 18 Nov – 2 Jan


An ice-skating wonderland is coming to the heart of Regency Cheltenham – whoop! The pop up rink will be located in Imperial Gardens, against the pretty backdrop of the Queen’s Hotel. It will also have an all-weather roof and 20 funky penguin skate aids available to hire (£5). Each skate session lasts 45 minutes with family tickets available for £32.

Winter Glow, Malvern, Worcs, 12 Nov – 9 Jan

Whizz around on one of the region’s largest covered real ice rinks. Take a break from the light trail and big wheel and glide around on a 45 minute skate session. Visit on certain dates (see website for details) for live music, a DJ and family friendly Ice Princess Parties. Once you’re done stagger into the Ice Café for a warming lunch or cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 12 Nov – Mon 3 Jan

A thousand square metres of smooth ice in the lush surroundings of Bath’s Royal Victoria Park in the centre of the city. Nosh on wood-fired pizzas, gourmet hot dogs, loaded fries and churros, washed down with hot choc and mulled wine in the Moguls Alpine Bar. Play a game of a glow-in-the-dark golf by fairylight at Glow Golf next door.

A bit further afield

Coventry Glides, Coventry Cathedral Ruins, 26 Nov – 9 Jan

Coventry is the UK city of culture for 2021, so where better to plonk an ice rink than within the historic cathedral ruins? Slots sold like hot mince pies last year so book tickets pronto if you fancy channelling your inner Torvil and Dean. 

Winter Wonderland, Hills Meadow Reading, 13 Nov – 3 Jan

It’s back! After a mini break, Reading’s Winter Wonderland will be popping up in Hills Meadow Car Park. Expect more festive fun than a Mariah Carey video. There’s an ice rink, fun fair, Aprés bar, Santa’s grotto, German sausage and lots and lots of mulled wine. It’s free to enter, but you can buy tickets now for Santa’s Grotto, Ice Skating and an unlimited ride pass.

Digbeth Ice Rink, Birmingham, until Jan

Pull on your skates for an hour of gliding along the ice (or clinging onto the sides trying not to fall over) in Birmingham. There’ll be Christmas tunes blasting and once you’ve finished there’s cocktails and street food available (maybe don’t reach for the cocktails beforehand…)

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, 27 Nov – 3 Jan

Skating around with gorgeous Warwick Castle lit up behind you? Dreamy. There’ll be Christmas hits playing, aids if you aren’t too hot on your skates (hands up!) and more importantly mulled wine and snack stalls. 

And skating in the city!

Natural History Museum, London, until 16 Jan

If you’re in the big smoke, the ice rink at the Natural History Museum is already open for Christmassy business — and it’s the final ever one! After sixteen years of ice, the Natural History Museum will be converting its garden into a haven for wildlife instead from next year. Noble stuff. Better book fast while you can!

Skylight Ice Rink, London, 5 Nov – 16 Jan

Ice skating on the ground is so basic — we’re all about that rooftop skating, baby! And it’ll have to be this one, because Skylight’s ice rink is the only rooftop rink in Europe. Throw in some heated après-skate bars, cosy igloos, and plenty of (post-skate!) cocktails, and you’ve got a winner of an evening. Ice skating can only be booked on the day.

Somerset House, London, 17 Nov – 16 Jan

There are ice rinks without swanky Moet & Chandon partnerships, and then there are ice rinks with. Head along to some festive fun at the neoclassical Somerset House, this year featuring plenty of bubbles along with the ice.

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Hyde Park, 19 Nov – 3 Jan

Get your skate on at the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, built around the iconic Victorian bandstand and open until 10pm daily — did someone say romantic evening skate? All welcome, including wheelchairs. From £10.50 for an adult and £7.50 for a child.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, Richmond, 13 Nov – 9 Jan

Frolic in Henry VIII’s front yard in this large outdoor rink. Frankly, a bit of historic splendour is what’s been missing in our previous skate trips! There are plenty of festive refreshments also available. Pre-booking essential.

Alexandra Palace, London, year-round

A mainstay for icy fun, the rink at Alexandra Palace caters for all abilities, from toddling toddlers to acrobatic athletes. Things get especially fun at Christmas, with mulled wine and mince pies aplenty. You can even book into a Christmas “Club de Fromage” disco, and dance and skate the night away to cheesy festive tunes. Are you in or are you in?

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