On thin ice

On thin ice

’Tis the season to don your ice skates


Brighton Royal Pavilion

Set in the grounds of the former Royal Pleasure Palace, the Royal Pavilion’s 880 square metre rink is the first sustainable rink in the UK, using a green energy tariff to freeze the ice to power the attraction. Punters can refuel with gourmet burgers and mulled cider made with local Sea Cider winter spice.



Skate at Somerset House

Skate until late as rink-side DJs turn Somerset House into an open-air club.  Partygoers can practice their synchronised skating to a programme of dance anthems, hip-hop and disco funk, kicking off with Purple Rave, a party dedicated entirely to the music of Prince. Rave masters Ministry of Sound will also be taking over the decks, with club classics aplenty.



The Eden Project

Cornwall’s top eco attraction provides a stunning venue for visitors to avoid the cold and skate undercover. This year The Eden Project has teamed up with the renowned Cornish theatre company, WildWorks, to produce a stunning winter wonderland with a magical lantern-lit forest.



Princes Street Gardens

History buffs can soak up the surroundings on piste at the Princes Street Gardens ice rink. Nestled under the imposing Big Wheel and with breathtaking views of Edinburgh castle, there’s a funfair on hand to entertain should skaters run out of steam.



Bristol Millennium Square

Swing by Bristol Harbourside for the Millenium Square ice rink next to the planetarium. Visitors can also get in some last minute Christmas shopping at the Harbourside Christmas market, with Bristol artists selling ethically and sustainably sourced goodies. There’ll be yuletide spirit a-plenty with mulled wine to sip, blankets to nestle under and fire pits to huddle around while the live music plays.


  • Words: Rebecca Parker