This month the Tunbridge Wells ice rink opens its gates for the third year running, offering a traditional festive experience for skaters of all ages and abilities.
More than 50,000 people have visited the rink since it opened in 2011, so it’s time to get your skates on and book your slot on the ice.
Even if Jack Frost doesn’t work his magic on Tunbridge Wells and allow people to do their Christmas shopping amid snow-laden streets this year, there will still be a magical experience on offer at the rink, provided by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Those who don’t fancy skating will have plenty to entertain them, as the rink is surrounded by authentic wooden chalets selling local produce and traditional festive fare to warm the cockles.
With capacity for 200 skaters at a time, the 600-square metre rink has the potential to accommodate all those who would like to have a go, though early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult, but even the youngest skater can find their feet by hiring a seal skating aid. Wheelchairs are also welcome with advance booking and there will always be marshals on hand to offer advice during every session.
The rink will be open from Friday November 22 to Sunday January 5 (closed Christmas Day). Tickets cost £6 for children and £8 for adults, including boot hire, for a session of about 45 minutes. Make sure you secure your festive experience by booking early at www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com