5 Best Family-Friendly Ice Rinks To Visit This Winter (2019)


We’ve rounded up 5 brilliant family-friendly ice rinks to visit this winter.

1) Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

When: 19 October 2019 – 12 January 2020

How much: adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60

Natural History Museum Ice Rink is the perfect place to spend a family day out. Set just next to the wonderful National History Museum, this ice rink is one of the most magical places to visit this winter. Ask for penguin skate aids or children’s bob skates (twin bladed skates that fit over a child’s shoes) and enjoy London’s most enchanting ice rink.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

2) Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton

When: 2 November 2019 – 19 January 2020

How much: adults £14, children £9.50

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is located next to the gorgeous pavilion built for King George IV. It is perfect for young skaters and their families. There is a dedicated beginners’ rink for smaller or less experienced skaters. Penguin skate aids are available for little skaters 1.2m tall or less. There is also a rinkside bar and a restaurant if your family gets hungry after having fun on the ice.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

3) Eden Project Ice Skating Rink, Bodelva, Cornwall

When: 12 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

How much: adults £7, children £6, family ticket £24

Combine a family ice skating session with a visit to this must-visit Cornwall attraction. Eden Project Ice Skating Rink is Cornwall’s only indoor ice rink and is perfect for your little skaters. There are also parent and toddler ice-play sessions for children aged between 18 months and 5 years with lots of toys to play with. Looking for some family fun? Try family fun sessions on Sunday mornings. Wrap up warm and enjoy the ice!

boys wearing Muddy Puddles ski jackets

4) Waterfront Wonderland, Swansea, Wales

When: 15 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

How much: adults £11, children £9

Located right next to the National Waterfront Museum, the ice rink is ideal for younger children and beginners. Penguin skating aids don’t need to be pre-booked and are available on a first come first served basis. Get your skates on and enjoy that wonderful festive feeling.

girl wearing muddy puddles bobble hat

5) Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire

When: 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

How much: adult £11, children from £6.95

Head to Winchester to enjoy rain-free skating at the heart of Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market. There’s a roof above the ice rink so you won’t be surprised by a sudden downpour. Skate penguins and polar bears for young skaters are available for hire on a first come first served basis. There are also brilliant “parent and toddler only” available until 19th December.

Our tip: if you and your children are still a little wobbly, leave the centre of the ice to the more experienced skaters and enjoy the beginner’s area. There’s lots of laughs to be had, have a lovely family skating adventure!

family-friendly ice rinks

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