BET­TER GET YOUR SKATES ON

Ice is nice around the coun­try – so glide on over to your near­est rink, says MAR­JORIE YUE

Carmarthen Journal - - Get Away -

1 YORK Un­til Jan­uary 6, from £10.95 adults, £9.95 chil­dren CROWNED Britain’s Most Fes­tive City in a 2017 on­line poll, York will be pulling out all the stops.

York­shire’s Win­ter Won­der­land will once more be host­ing the North of Eng­land’s largest ice rink, The Ice Fac­tor, at the York De­signer Out­let.

Sur­rounded by an il­lu­mi­nated for­est and log cab­ins, the cen­tre­piece will be a gi­ant Christ­mas tree.

For Frozen fans there’s a treat on Fe­bru­ary 2 when the York Ice Trail re­turns with over 50 ice-sculp­tures. See vis­i­ty­ork.org for de­tails.

■ york­shireswin­ter­won­der­land.com

2CANARY WHARF, LON­DON Un­til Fe­bru­ary 16, from £9.95 per per­son THE glit­ter­ing lights of soar­ing sky­scrapers com­bine with the twin­kling il­lu­mi­na­tions around the 1,200sq m ice rink in Canada Square Park to cre­ate an en­chant­ing fes­tive land­scape in the heart of the cap­i­tal’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict.

Keep an eye on the new ad­di­tion to the rink, a mas­sive LED screen, where skaters can up­load pho­tos to a rolling In­sta­gram feed.

■ ca­narywharf.com

3EDEN PROJECT CORN­WALL Un­til Fe­bru­ary 24, from £7 adults, £6 chil­dren

THE fa­mous biomes will wel­come skaters to the stun­ning ice rink be­neath the Stage canopy.

The county’s only in­door ice rink of­fers a range of ses­sions to cater for all lev­els, in­clud­ing par­ent and tod­dler ice-play (£5 per child), chilly ju­niors games (£6 per child) and the new Fam­ily Fun ses­sions with skat­ing aids (£6pp).

Ad­mis­sion to Eden from £25 adults, £12.60 chil­dren, un­der-fives free.

■ eden­pro­ject.com

4WINTER WON­DER­LAND, HYDE

PARK Un­til Jan­uary 6, from £9.50 adults, £7.50 chil­dren

LON­DON’S iconic royal park will play host to the UK’s big­gest out­door ice rink – 1,765 sq m – so there’s more space to try out Danc­ing on Ice moves to live mu­sic from the Vic­to­rian band-stand.

New at­trac­tions in­clude ice – sculpt­ing work­shops and the Se­cret For­est in the Mag­i­cal Ice King­dom. ■ hy­de­park­win­ter­won­der­land.com

5CARDIFF

Un­til Jan­uary 6, from £8.50 adults, £7 chil­dren BRING­ING an après ski vibe to Cardiff’s Ad­mi­ral Ice Rink on the City Hall lawn will be the new Sur la Piste bar. Decked out as a French Alps ski lodge, it’s the place to catch

your breath af­ter a turn on the rink be­neath the clear roof, look­ing out over the city’s Win­ter Won­der­land. ■ cardiff­swin­ter­won­der­land.com

6EDINBURGH

Un­til Jan­uary 5, from £5 per per­son

GET your Christ­mas groove on as the beau­ti­ful el­lip­ti­cal ice rink re­turns to St An­drew Square for the fes­tive sea­son. Af­ter tak­ing a twirl or two around the tow­er­ing Melville Mon­u­ment re­ward your­self with some rink­side re­fresh­ment at the Reko­rderlig Cider Lodge.

■ ed­in­burgh­schrist­mas.com 7BRIGHTON

Un­til Jan­uary 13, from £10 adults, £7 chil­dren

THE stun­ning Royal Pav­il­ion, the for­mer sea­side plea­sure palace of King Ge­orge IV, is guar­an­teed to get you into a re­gal spin.

Younger skaters can build up their con­fi­dence us­ing pen­guin skate aids in the safe en­vi­rons of the sep­a­rate be­gin­ners’ rink.

It’s set right in the heart of Brighton’s cool North Laine dis­trict, mean­ing you can in­dulge in some re­tail ther­apy, shop­ping for Christ­mas gifts.

Take the weight off your feet and soak up the fes­tive at­mos­phere in cosy rink­side Bar & Kitchen or watch the ice ac­tion from its 40m ter­race.

■ roy­al­pavil­ion­icerink.co.uk

8 LIVER­POOL Un­til Jan­uary 6, from £12 adults, £10 chil­dren

HEAD to the city’s iconic Pier Head and skate un­der a clear canopy with the stun­ning Three Graces as a back­drop. There’s also the UK’s largest ice slide and an Ice Jet ride as well as a Christ­mas mar­ket at the Liver­pool Christ­mas Ice Fes­ti­val.

■ ice­fes­ti­val­liv­er­pool.co.uk 9SOMERSET HOUSE, THE STRAND, LON­DON Un­til Jan­uary 13, from £11 adults, £8.50 chil­dren

SOM­ER­SET House is the cap­i­tal’s coolest rink. Ab­so­lute be­gin­ners can learn the art of blade bal­anc­ing at Skate School.

Shop for posh prezzies at Fort­num

& Ma­son’s Christ­mas Ar­cade or in­dulge in a glass of bub­bly at Fort­num’s Lodge in the West Wing. At the pop­u­lar r Skate Lates evenings there’s e’s a chance to dance ance as DJs spin the decks.

■ som­er­set­house.org.uk/skate

1010MANCHESTER Un­til Jan­uary 5, from £11 adults, £9 chil­dren

GLIDE over to the city’s Cathe­dral Gar­dens, trans­formed into Ice Vil­lage, home to an ice rink, ice bar and cool games. Tak­ing cen­tre stage is the Ice Cav­ern, with 100 stun­ning ice sculp­tures from top artists. ■ icevil­lage.co.uk

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