Seasonal rink for Basildon

Basildon Council has organised a festive ice rink in Town Square, Basildon, this year from 18 November until Christmas Eve. The rink forms part of a number of Christmas attractions in the town.

Normal opening hours are from 10am to 4pm. Ice-skating sessions are free and last for 20 minutes – ice-skates are provided. Ice-skating penguin aids will be available for young children to use as support.



Hull scheme may not include new ice rink

Hull Daily Mail reports that plans to include a new ice rink in a city centre development at Albion Square, Hull, are not guaranteed. If a new ice rink goes ahead it will replace the ageing Hull Arena at Kingston Park. Concerns have been raised about the suitability of the city centre site for an ice rink.


UK seasonal ice rinks 2017 to 2018

Our list of seasonal ice rinks for winter 2017 to 2018 has been updated. There are several new rinks this season, notably in Portsmouth and Southampton. London’s Winterville returns after a year’s absence and has moved from Victoria Park to Clapham Common.

Some venues still have to confirm whether an ice rink will return this season, and our list will be updated when details become available.

Ice rinks 2017–18:

UK ice shows 2017 to 2018

Our guides to touring and seasonal ice shows at rinks across the UK have been updated for the 2017–18 season. Details of a few local ice shows still have to be confirmed. We are slowly updating the seasonal rinks guide, but pressure of real work is getting in the way (we’re not dead, just over-stretched).

This year local shows are largely themed on Around the World in 80 Days as that’s the show at Planet Ice and Silver Blades rinks. Independent Oxford, however, plans to take you Around the World in just 80 minutes.

Seasonal (local) ice shows:

Touring professional shows:

Six-year plan for Portsmouth seasonal rink

The News reports on a plan to bring a seasonal ice rink to Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square every winter until January 2024.

Construction of the rink and winter wonderland this year is expected to start in early November.  The rink should open on 18 November 2017 and will run until 2 January 2018.
Portsmouth has had a chequered history of seasonal ice rinks, with a plastic rink at Gunwharf Quays running irregularly for a number of years.



Aberdeen ice rink reopens after facelift

Evening Express reports that Linx Ice Arena, Aberdeen, has reopened after receiving a £100,000 facelift. The rink was shut for a short period over the summer.


Work set to start on Cambridge rink

Cambridge News reports that work is expected to start imminently on the new ice rink off Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

The 56 by 26 metre ice rink and 1,000-seat arena is due to open in summer 2018.