Get Your Skates On!!07 November 2006
The best places to go ice skating this winter
Each Christmas, open-air ice rinks launch across the country offering visitors the chance to don their skates and enjoy a spin on the ice in the crisp winter air. The thrill of skating outdoors, in wonderful surroundings on a magnificent real-ice rink is guaranteed to enthrall. Why not make a short break of it and stay overnight in a nearby hotel? From the new rink at Bluewater shopping Centre to Edinburgh or over the water in Dublin – there is something for all the family!
London – London’s original and most beautiful open-air ice rink returns to Somerset House between 22 November and 28 January. During the daytime skate in the spectacular setting of the 18th century courtyard then, as darkness falls, the rink is transformed with flaming torches and architectural lighting! Stay overnight at the four star Hotel Russell which costs £69.50 per person, per night on a b/b basis. Valid at weekends and based on two share. To book tickets for the ice rink visit www.somersethouseicerink.org.uk
York – The Ice Factor, York’s open air ice rink, will be returning to York from 18 November – 7 January, following a hugely successful first season. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Clifford’s Tower in the centre of York, The Ice Factor is a unique Christmas attraction for young and old alike. It encompasses a picturesque 600 square metre ice rink centred round the illuminated oak tree in the Eye of York, with a viewing area as well as a rink side bar and café. Stay overnight at the three star Ramada Encore hotel which costs £47 per person, per night on a b/b basis. Valid any day of the week and based on two share. To book tickets for the ice rink visit www.ticketweb.co.uk
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent – Fancy a day shopping and skating? New for 2006, the hugely popular Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent will have its very own outdoor ice rink for all the family this festive season from now until 23 January. The award winning, ice creation team behind ITV’s Dancing on Ice, have transformed the Water Circus into a stunning ice rink experience. Stay overnight at the four star Bexley Heath Marriott Hotel which costs just £42.50 per person, per night on a b/b basis. Valid at weekends and based on two share. To book tickets for the ice rink visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Dublin – Skate on the 1,300 square metre ice rink – one of Europe’s largest outdoor ice rinks which will be located at the Royal Dublin Society from 17 November to 14 January. The rink is fully covered and viewing terraces overlook the rink for those who prefer to relax over a glass of mulled wine. NEW for 2006 is a beginner’s rink, a designated slow zone, for those trying the ice for the first time. Stay overnight at the three star Blooms Hotel which costs just £59 per person, per night on a b/b basis. Valid Friday and Saturday nights, two share. To book tickets for the ice rink visit www.7upchristmasonice.ie
For more information or to book call Superbreak on 0871 222 3055 or visit www.superbreak.com