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The Best Ice Rinks in the UK

Date: 10th December 2019
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes

Nothing says winter joy quite like falling on your face on an ice rink, so create your festive cheer and find the nearest one to you from our list below!

With 19 holiday destinations Darwin Escapes has the perfect winter break for you, where you can kick back and get into the festive spirit in your own time and style. And if your style is ice skating, this post is for you…

Read our list below of all the best ice rinks in the UK, whether permanent or temporary rinks for the Christmas season, we have them in our list!

Windermere Ice Rink

Where: Windermere, Cumbria / Nearest Accommodation: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat
The newest ice rink in the area, this synthetic ice rink will close up on 15th December. Located at the bottom of the high street in Windermere this is already a hugely popular attraction and all sessions must be pre-booked online as spaces are limited!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Photos taken at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, in 2011.

Where: Hyde Park, London / Nearest Accommodation: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat
Located in the south end of the popular Hyde Park, you’ll enter a completely transformed Winter Wonderland with over 100 market stalls and Father Christmas to visit! The ice rink is set around the Victorian Bandstand and is the beautiful centrepiece of it all, with a festive soundtrack and thousands to lights to top it off!

Deeside Ice Rink

Where: Deeside, North Wales / Nearest Accommodation: Talacre Beach Resort
Deeside offers an all year round ice rink for the whole family to enjoy! Deeside has an Olympic sized ice rink and it’s a national centre for ice sports in Wales, but don’t let that intimidate you as they offer a huge range of ice sports, including ice hockey, curling and ice skating. They also have a weekly family disco to enjoy!

The Eden Project Rink

Eden Project at Night in Winter

Where: The Eden Project, Cornwall / Nearest Accommodation: Sandymouth Holiday Resort
Visit the iconic dome structures for a spectacular ice rink this Christmas. Start your ice skating journey by going down a tree-lined tunnel to the ice rink, surrounded by lanterns and twinkling lights you’ll love skating here!

Cribbs Causeway

Where: Cribbs Causeway, Bristol / Nearest Accommodation: Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa
Head to Bristol for the largest open-air ice skating rink in the South West at 1000 square metres! Enjoy all the ice skating there is to be had here, then visit the Winter Wonderland area with a Christmas train ride and Santa’s Ice Castle.


Where: Wester-super-Mare, Somerset / Nearest Accommodation: Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa
Visit Weston-super-Mare for a truly enormous rink, with space for up to 500 people per session! Don’t worry about the weather as there is a glorious large marquee covered in fairy lights to add to your festive feels. Icescape also boasts a great ice slide for the adventurous, and an Artic themed bar with frozen ice tables, they have a fabulous magical carousel, festive food stalls and a Santa’s Grotto.

Bath on Ice

Where: Bath, Somerset / Nearest Accommodation: Bath Mill Lodge Retreat
Bath on Ice has been a popular winter attraction for 5 years! This year the rink is bigger than ever, being able to fit up to 250 people a session. There is also a brand new themed Moguls Alpine Bar and Pizzeria, as well as a glow in the dark mini golf course!

Hestercombe Rink

Where: Taunton, Devon / Nearest Accommodation: Hawkchurch Resort & Spa
Head to the magical winter marquee for a completely decked out ice rink with disco lights and a beautiful starry sky.

Have you booked your winter getaway yet?

There has never been a better time to book your winter holiday away with Darwin Escapes. We have 19 holiday destinations to choose from, ranging from a festive family treat to a romantic winter break, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday for you.

Photo Credits: Garry Knight, Zero1752, Mattbuck

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