What better entertainment for a cold winter’s day then to wrap up warm and head to one of England’s pop-up ice rinks. Have a laugh as you remember you’ve never been able to skate, or impress a loved-one with your Torville and Dean moves. Sip hot chocolate beneath the fairy lights and generally get your skates on and have fun.
Best Night-Time Experience | You’ve got until January 4 to enjoy a whirl around the Manchester Ice Rink and then relax over a three-course feast at The Lawn Club or a two-course option at the rink itself. This rink also has a great light show and is one of the best around if you want a date night set to music.
Best All-Round Entertainment | Head to Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland for skating, a massive fair and its very own Alpine Village. You’ll find live music, DJs and events every evening until January 5.
Best-Looking Rink | You’ll find it hard to beat the National History Museum’s pop-up rink if you want a stunning venue in which to skate. Marvel at the 80ft tree and 80,000 twinkling lights – if you can manage to stay on your feet long enough to appreciate them, of course.
Best for Shopping | Spend some time at the Birmingham Ice Rink and then head off to the nearby Frankfurt Christmas Market to pick up some great last-minute gifts or simply to relax with a bite to eat.
Best for Skating | The rink at Cambridge’s North Pole Christmas Festival is a massive 600 square metres, making it ideal for some serious Robin Coussins action.