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A slide around the best pop-up ice rinks in Wilts, Glos and beyond. It's gonna be a great Christmas!

We’re talking proper ice here, not the synthetic stuff, in our guide to the best pop-up ice rinks in Somerset and beyond. So dust off those tan tights and start lacing up those boots …


Whitehall Ice Skating, Lacock, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

Whitehall’s coolest attraction for the whole family…with an Ice Rink Cafe for afters and plenty of penguins and banana skate aids to turn you into the ultimate Torvill or Dean.


Gloucester Quay, Gloucester, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

A traditional Christmas at Gloucester Quays full of festive fun, a Victorian Christmas Market and Santa and his magical friends in Claus’ Christmas Cabin. The ice rink is fab – the only open-air ice rink in Gloucester.


Millennium Square, Bristol, until Sat 6 Jan 2019

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Photo Daniel Watkiss

This ice rink comes with its own fairground – including helter skelter,  SkyView big wheel (fab views over the city) and kids’ rides – as well as a disco on ice, Apres Ski bar, Christmas market and free seasonal film screenings of Love Actually, Elf, Gremlins, Polar Express and Home Alone.


Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, until Sun 6 Jan 2019

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Outdoor ice skating – and glow in the dark mini golf – in the centre of Bath. Take the weight off your skates in the Moguls Alpine bar and cafe and have a hot choc, hot cider or mulled wine or scoff pizzas and fries (not chips, you notice).


Winter Wonderland, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol until Sun 6 Jan 2019

Leave the kids on the ice – or Enchanted Ice Castle, vintage fairground stalls, a train inside the Mall – while you get down to the serious business of trawling around all those shops.


Cardiff Winter Wonderland, Cardiff,  until Sun 6 Jan 2019

Scoot around on an ice rink under a huge clear roof, then refuel on gluhwein, wurst and pancakes.  Leave it a few minutes…then head for all the fun of the fair.


Eden Project Ice Rink, Bodelva, Cornwall, until Sun 24 Feb 2019

Massive biomes housing a rainforest, stunning plants and a large indoor ice rink – all nestled in a huge Cornish crater.


Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, London, until Sun 13 Jan 2019

Photo James Bryant

Skate at Somerset House is tying-up with Fortnum & Mason again with a Christmas shopping arcade and foodie treats in an Alpine-themed lodge where you can share cheese or chocolate fondues. Skate with Snoopy, Skate Lates music nights and New Year with legendary LGBTQ+ collective Sink the Pink.


National History Museum, London, until Sun 20 Jan 2019

Combine a visit to the dinos or the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition with a turn on the ice at this Kensington rink.


Hampton Court Palace, Moseley, Surrey, until Sun 6 Jan 2019

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‘Skate back in time’ they say and you’ve a seriously stunning backdrop for your double two loop at Henry VIII’s old gaff in Surrey, floodlit with colours for the evening. The cafe serves up pies, rum punches and fizz. Make a day of it in the palace itself.

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