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Best Ice skating rinks!

Nothing like a whizz around a rink to make you feel festive (followed by a mulled wine obvs). But where to go?

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.

SKATE, Calverley Grounds, Fri 15 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 2020

It always heralds in the start of the festive season – when Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells is once again transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. 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 – even Bavarian Curling! If all else fails you can enjoy the good selection of food and drink on offer in the spectator’s area. Adult tickets £12.50 and child tickets are £8.

One of the exciting additions this year is a SECOND rink. This will be a very special Tiny Tots Rink dedicated to two to four-year-olds and will be open all day from 10am with the last session at 5pm.


Bluewater Ice Rink, Fri 15 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 2020

This year the ice rink will be located in a brand new setting beside the lake outside The Village with hot drinks and refreshments available from an alpine cabin and a giant, sparkly Christmas tree at the centre. Adult tickets from £11 and children & junior tickets from £9-10.

Canterbury On Ice, Dane John Gardens, 29 Nov – 1 Jan 2020

Canterbury’s spectacular Christmas ice rink in the Dane John Gardens will open for spins, twists and turns this November. Among their many projects, iSkate provides the rink for the ITV show Dancing on Ice. Canterbury on Ice will run every day (except Christmas Day) until Wednesday 1 January 2020. Opening times vary, but will be from 10am to 9pm on weekends and during the school holidays. The maximum capacity is 140 skaters per session. Adult tickets £12.50 and child tickets are £9. Get your tickets now: 

Eastwell Manor Ice Rink, Eastwell, 29 Nov – 2 Jan 2020

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 and child tickets £9.50.

Festive Roller Rink, Dreamland, Margate, selected dates Dec

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).

Planet Ice, Gillingham, Open Now

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 from £7.60. 


Royal Pavilion, Brighton, 2 Nov – 19 Jan 2020

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.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, 13 Nov – 12 Jan 2020

London’s most beautiful ice rink returns, transforming the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court into a winter oasis, and ushering in the festive season with a 40ft Christmas tree. Enjoy skating lessons, late night DJ series Skate Lates or if you’re feeling brave try their first-ever Skate all-nighter on Sat 7 Dec. Après-skate, stop by the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for shopping, enjoy gourmet dining in Fortnum’s Lodge or soak up the atmosphere with a Baileys Hot Chocolate at the Skate Lounge. Adult tickets £11, child tickets £8.50.

National History Museum, London, 19 Nov – 12 Jan 2020

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.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, 21 Nov – 5 Jan 2020

The UK’s largest outdoor ice rink! Grab your skates and set around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand under a canopy of sparkling lights and live music from the bandstand. Or if skating’s not your thing, enjoy a hot chocolate or festive drink from the spectator’s platform.

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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1 comment on “Best Ice skating rinks!”

  • Nicola Leone November 28, 2019

    Hello, as a family we have been to a few Christmas ice rinks, but this Christmas we will be going to the Dane John rink as my nice is at Canterbury University, we will be picking her up on Saturday 7th December to have a family day out at the ice rink followed by a lovely lunch and some shopping.


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