Where to get your skates on this year

Round up of your near­est ice rinks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CHRIST­MAS is of­fi­cially on the way and what bet­ter to do dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son than to wrap up in your favourite wool­lies, get your skates on and spend an hour try­ing not to fall over on an ice rink?

There are loads of ice skat­ing venues around west Lon­don to visit, from iconic lo­ca­tions to rinks in­side win­ter won­der­land venues, so there is no ex­cuse to not try the ac­tiv­ity this win­ter.

So pick one of these great venues and en­joy a good skat­ing ses­sion.

You can al­ways warm up after­wards with a de­li­cious hot choco­late!

WEM­B­LEY PARK En­joy spec­tac­u­lar ice skat­ing next to the iconic Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and Lon­don De­signer Out­let.

Open to ev­ery­one from be­gin­ners to ex­perts, this sparkling ice rink is per­fect for any­one in the Wem­b­ley area to try. When: Fri­day Novem­ber 18 to Mon­day Jan­uary 2, 2017 Where: Wem­b­ley Park, Wem­b­ley Park Boule­vard, Wem­b­ley HA9 0QL Cost: Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £9.50 for con­ces­sions, £7.50 for chil­dren aged 3-12 years

THE NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY MU­SEUM Set against the stun­ning back­drop of the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, this ice rink is sur­rounded by gor­geous trees and twin­kling fairy lights.

Why not visit the mu­seum, en­joy an ice skat­ing ses­sion, then warm up with a de­li­cious hot choco­late? When: Un­til Sun­day Jan­uary 8, 2017 Where: The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, Cromwell Road, South Kens­ing­ton SW7 5BD Cost: Tickets cost from £12.65 for adults, from £8.80 for chil­dren

SOM­ER­SET HOUSE En­joy a win­ter’s day out skat­ing in Som­er­set House’s court­yard, be­fore head­ing to a fun ‘aprèsskate’ at their Fort­num’s Lodge or Skate Lounge com­plete with de­li­cious food and drink. When: Thurs­day Novem­ber 17 to Sun­day Jan­uary 15 Where: Som­er­set House, The Strand, West­min­ster WC2R 1LA Cost: Tickets cost from £7.50

HAMP­TON COURT PALACE Held in the grounds of the his­toric Hamp­ton Court Palace, this ice rink is a must visit for his­tory lovers.

Why not see if you can spot a spooky ghost while you’re skat­ing around? When: Fri­day Novem­ber 25 to Sun­day Jan­uary 8 Where: Hamp­ton Court Palace, Mole­sey, East Mole­sey KT8 9AU Cost: Early bird tickets cost from £12.15 for adults

WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND HYDE PARK Win­ter Won­der­land Hyde Park will host an ice rink as part of its fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties – why not go skat­ing, then en­joy a big wheel, tasty food, a win­ter grotto or a fun show? When: Fri­day Novem­ber 18 to Mon­day Jan­uary 2, 2017 Where: Win­ter Won­der­land, Hyde Park, Lon­don W2 2UH Cost: Tickets cost from £14.50 for adults, from £13.50 for con­ces­sions and from £9.50 for chil­dren

WEST­FIELD LON­DON Head to this in­door ice rink in West­field Shop­ping Cen­tre and en­joy twin­kling Christ­mas lights, live mu­sic and DJs as you skate. When: Thurs­day Novem­ber 24 to Sun­day Jan­uary 8 2017 Where: West­field Lon­don, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF Cost: From £10.50 for adults

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