Ice skating UK 2015: The coolest rinks around
There's nothing more festive than getting wrapped up in your woollies and donning a pair of ice skates come this time of year. And where better to do it than right here in the UK, where some of the most impressive outdoor rinks in the world are set up every winter. Take Somerset House, for example, where people from London and beyond flock every Christmas to skate in style. And then there are the German markets that pop up across the country, whose ice rinks bring with them a true taste of Bavarian culture. Read on for Millennium & Copthorne's top picks of where to get your skate on this Christmas.
Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton
Now until 17th January 2016
9:45AM - 9:45PM
If you're the kind of person that doesn't like to do things by halves when it comes to Christmas, the ice rink at Brighton's Royal Pavilion may just quench your thirst for all things bright and sparkling. The sizeable rink is set outside the gorgeous and historic structure of the pavilion, and there's a lovely rink-side bar and restaurant too so you can make an evening of it.
Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink, Edinburgh
Now until 4th January 2016
10am - 4pm, 5pm - 9:30pm
When it comes to ice skating, Edinburgh goes all out. Overlooked by the impressive Big Wheel and lit up like, well, Christmas, Princes Street Gardens is home to another epic rink not to be missed this winter. Nestled beneath Edinburgh's glittering skyline, it's the perfect place to spin a few twirls and get into the holiday spirit.
Ice Skate Birmingham, Birmingham
Now until 10th January 2016
10:00am - 10:00pm
Just around the corner from the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market, Ice Skate Birmingham is huge. With over 600 square metres of ice to glide around, you'll have free reign to practice your best moves. And the uber cool Ice Lounge right next to the rink means you can stop for refreshments along the way. Of course, you won't want to miss out on the Frankfurt Christmas Market while you're in this neck of the woods - better book into a Birmingham hotel to take full advantage of the flowing beer and entertainment.
Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London
Now until 10th January 2016
8:45am - 10:30pm
The beautiful Somerset House courtyard provides a positively regal setting for those that like to skate in style. Free of gimmicks and oozing with class, it's somewhere to embrace the luxurious side of Christmas. Plus they have a skate school for those that are feeling a little bit like Bambi on ice, so even the most tentative of skaters can get involved.
Bath Christmas Market, Bath
26th November 2015 - 13th December 2015
Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am - 8:30pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Set in the atmospheric surroundings of Royal Victoria Park, Bath's outdoor ice rink forms part of their annual Christmas market. It lights up beautifully at night, and even runs special themed nights such as Dates on Ice! On top of all that, there's a great pizza chalet and lounge bar for refuelling.
Centre for life, Newcastle
Now until 21st February 2016
Monday - Wednesday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 8.00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 6.00pm
Newcastle's state of the art science village goes one step further than other museums with its very own ice rink every winter. Set in the lovely Times Square right in the city centre, it's the perfect place to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city whilst taking your skates for a spin.
With the above locations to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying the full ice skating experience this year. Now all that's left to do is to wrap up warm and start practicing your best moves. Dancing On Ice - eat your heart out.