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The best ice rinks in Kent and beyond

Ice ice baby! Nothing like a whizz around a rink to make you feel festive (followed by a mulled wine obvs). We've rounded up the best ones for your skating pleasure.

Tis the season… to make a prat of yourself by doing an impression of Jayne Torvill and promptly falling over. Here’s where’s best to bruise your coccyx and embarrass your children this festive season.

Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink, Calverley Grounds, Fri 16 Nov – 2 Jan 2019

Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells will once again be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, pictured above. I fully intend to visit (I’ll be the one not in control of my limbs, like Bambi, only less graceful). There’s Father Christmas on site to visit, Live Music Nights or adult-only Date & Skate sessions. If all else fails you can enjoy the good selection of food and drink on offer in the spectator’s area.

Adult tickets £14.50 and child tickets are £9.75

Magic Ice Rink, Bewl Water, Sat 1 – Mon 24 Dec

Families can enjoy festive fun with the cheeky elves and spend quality time with Father Christmas in his cosy grotto. The magic doesn’t stop there, all the family can skate on the ‘Magic Ice’ rink. The children can make the most of the fairground rides, with unlimited turns and everyone can enjoy warming up by toasting marshmallows and making s’mores at the fire pit. With our Magic Wishing Tree, Christmas themed crafts, soft play, secret woodland wonderland, and many more photo opportunities this really is the perfect festive experience to create magical memories with your family. Adult tickets £8, child tickets £5.

Bluewater Ice Rink, Thurs 15 Nov – 6 Jan 2019

This year the ice rink will be located in a brand new setting beside the lake outside the West Village with hot drinks and refreshments available from an alpine cabin and a giant, sparkly Christmas tree at the centre.

Adult tickets £11, children & junior tickets £9-10.

Festive Roller Rink, Dreamland, Margate, selected dates between Sat 1 Dec – Mon 24 Dec 2019

Ice too cold for you? There’s more than just brilliant retro rides and amusements at Dreamland. Step back in time and strap on your skates in their Festive Roller Rink. Resident Frosted FM DJ will spin the Christmas classics and spread the festive cheer between 12 – 4pm. And when you’ve thrown a few funky, retro shapes and bopped until you’ve dropped why not pop into the Roller Diner, for refuelling?

 £4 per person, including skate hire (members skate free).

Eastwell Manor Ice Rink, Eastwell, 23 Nov – 2 Jan 2019

Whether it’s an afternoon out with the family, or a romantic date with someone special, Eastwell Manor skating rink is perfect for some traditional festive fun. Get in the spirit of Christmas with mulled wine and mince pies, plus the chance to do some shopping from a Christmas boutique. Get your skates on down to Eastwell Manor this Christmas, just remember to wrap up warm!

Adult tickets £14.50, child tickets £9.50

White Cliffs ICE-travaganza, Dover, Sun 2 Dec – 1 Jan 2019

For the third year in a row, the Old Marine Station will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink, traditional Christmas market and Santa’s grotto. The tickets for the ice rink are on a first come first served basis! Better be quick!

Planet Ice, Gillingham, Weds 21 Dec – 1 Jan 2019

Book tickets now for your family or friends and get into the seasonal spirit. Learn how to skate at Planet Ice’s camps designed for beginners or chill on the side with Papa Johns offering a quality range of pizzas for you to enjoy and keep you fuelled whilst skating.

Tickets starting from £5.


Royal Pavilion, Brighton, 3 Nov – 13 Jan 2019

The colourfully lit onion domes of Brighton Pavilion back the city’s seasonal ice rink. The large covered cafe/bar terrace opens 9.30 am till late with mulled wine and full meals including an after-school children’s menu and stone-baked pizzas. There’s no charge for spectating from here if you just want the atmosphere. Kids can get their balance on a separate rink with a penguin skating aid – first come first served but you’re expected to share.

Family tickets £39, 2 adults tickets £28.

Worthing Ice Rink , Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 17 Nov – 24 Feb 2019

Worthing’s Steyne Gardens pop-up is back, much earlier than last year and fully covered in a giant marque so you can skate whatever the weather. Regular sessions are for over-fours, while toddlers can get on the ice too in special weekday sessions 12:30 – 3pm helped by penguins for balance. Their café offers hot drinks and snacks so skaters and non-skaters alike can enjoy the atmosphere in the giant marquee.

Adult and child tickets from £7.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 22 Nov – 6 Jan 2019

Even bigger than ever before! This yuletide utopia will be home to a host of glittering new attractions including Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman™ Experience, Peter Pan On Ice, a new “Secret Forest” theme for The Magical Ice Kingdom, a new VR roller coaster, a Parade of Light and nightly shows at the brand new Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. Not forgetting! The returning favourites including Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, the spectacular Big Wheel and the UK’s biggest open-air Ice Rink.

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, 23 Nov – 6 Jan 2019

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere of Hampton Court Palace as the stunning ice rink returns for another year. Located in front of the palace AKA Henry VIII’s old gaff, the open-air ice rink epitomises the very best in festive fun. Suitable for novices and expert or even if you just want to sit in the cafe! Expect pies, run punches and fizz or even make a day of it in the palace itself.

Adult tickets £14.50, child tickets from £10.50.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, 14 Nov – 13 Jan 2019

Skate at Somerset House is tying-up with Fortnum & Mason again, London’s most beautiful ice rink. skate Lates features an extra special series of music nights throughout the season with music takeovers from the 90s and Noughties hip-hop and an R&B night. Après-skate, treat yourself at Fortnum’s Alpine-themed Lodge where you can share cheese or chocolate fondues with friends or the family.

Adult tickets £11, child tickets £8.50

National History Museum, London, 25 Oct – 20 Jan 2019

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Whether or not you can skate like Torvill and Dean or Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must-have! Or relax in the Cafe Bar and have a bird’s-eye view of the rink. 

Adult tickets from £12.65, child tickets from £8.80

Have I missed one? If there’s a good Christmas rink in or close to Kent that’s not on the list let me know.

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