Skates on! The best ice rinks in Northants and beyond
We're heading into the season of slip-sliding, wall-grabbing, and pirouetting. Skate queen or just here for the mulled wine, check out these festive ice rinks near you
Ice Trak, Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 25 Nov – 3 Jan
Silverstone Circuit‘s spectacular Lap of Lights event returns this year with an illuminated Ice Trak (we’re talking 400,000 individual fire lights and 440 laser beams powerful enough to hit the moon – wowzer!) in the iconic pit lane along with an alpine lodge style food hub for an après-skate warm-up.
Earl Spencer (Diana’s little brother) has been known to visit the ice-rink at Whilton Locks with some of his brood and, rumour has it, his triple axel is something to behold. Whilst you’re here you can also tuck in to a festive, Frozen themed afternoon tea and visit Santa’s Grotto. Fancy giving it a whirl? Book early as this one is super popular.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, 27 Nov – 3 Jan
Skating around with gorgeous Warwick Castle lit up behind you? Dreamy. There’ll be Christmas hits playing, aids if you aren’t too hot on your skates (hands up!) and more importantly mulled wine and snack stalls.
Coventry Glides, Coventry Cathedral Ruins, 26 Nov – 9 Jan
Coventry is the UK city of culture for 2021, so where better to plonk an ice rink than within the historic cathedral ruins? Slots sold like hot mince pies last year so book tickets pronto if you fancy channelling your inner Torvil and Dean.
Chiltern View Ice Rink, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, 25 Nov – 10 Jan
Fancy performing your triple axel (or, erm, flailing around on the ice) to disco beats? Every Friday at this brand new pop-up, covered rink at Chiltern View Nursery is disco night with a resident DJ from 6pm. There are also live music events on select dates and, for the kids, free skate aids. Tickets are from £7.50 for kids, £10 for adults – and if you fancy joining in with your feet firmly on dry ground spectator tickets are from £7.50.
Leicester Ice Rink, 2 Nov – 3 Jan 2022
Perfect your pirouette over in Leicester’s indoor pop-up ice rink from 2 Dec- 3 Jan ’22. The theme this year is ‘Festive Adventure’ so you’ll be able to enjoy everything from a Christmas disco to a Selfie Station plus crêpes, waffles, German sausages and glühwein! Special preview offer is £5 from 2-3 Dec.
Digbeth Ice Rink, Birmingham, until Jan
Pull on your skates for an hour of gliding along the ice (or clinging onto the sides trying not to fall over) in Birmingham. There’ll be Christmas tunes blasting and once you’ve finished there’s cocktails and street food available (maybe don’t reach for the cocktails beforehand…)
CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY
Natural History Museum, London, until 16 Jan
If you’re in the big smoke, the ice rink at the Natural History Museum is already open for Christmassy business — and it’s the final ever one! After sixteen years of ice, the Natural History Museum will be converting its garden into a haven for wildlife instead from next year. Noble stuff. Better book fast while you can!
Skylight Ice Rink, London, 5 Nov – 16 Jan
Ice skating on the ground is so basic — we’re all about that rooftop skating, baby! And it’ll have to be this one, because Skylight’s ice rink is the only rooftop rink in Europe. Throw in some heated après-skate bars, cosy igloos, and plenty of (post-skate!) cocktails, and you’ve got a winner of an evening. Ice skating can only be booked on the day.
Somerset House, London, 17 Nov – 16 Jan
There are ice rinks without swanky Moet & Chandon partnerships, and then there are ice rinks with. Head along to some festive fun at the neoclassical Somerset House, this year featuring plenty of bubbles along with the ice.
Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Hyde Park, 19 Nov – 3 Jan
Get your skate on at the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, built around the iconic Victorian bandstand and open until 10pm daily — did someone say romantic evening skate? All welcome, including wheelchairs. From £10.50 for an adult and £7.50 for a child.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, Richmond, 13 Nov – 9 Jan
Frolic in Henry VIII’s front yard in this large outdoor rink. Frankly, a bit of historic splendour is what’s been missing in our previous skate trips! There are plenty of festive refreshments also available. Pre-booking essential.
Alexandra Palace, London, year-round
A mainstay for icy fun, the rink at Alexandra Palace caters for all abilities, from toddling toddlers to acrobatic athletes. Things get especially fun at Christmas, with mulled wine and mince pies aplenty. You can even book into a Christmas “Club de Fromage” disco, and dance and skate the night away to cheesy festive tunes. Are you in or are you in?