Ice skating at Christmas is a postcard image. Wrapping up warm, gliding to Xmas tunes, the thought alone gives us festive feelings – which is why we’re so happy that the UK’s “largest undercover winter ice rink” returns today (November 7) near Bristol. Icescape Tropicana is back after four years.
This major Christmas attraction in Weston-super-Mare last took place in 2019, attracting around 120,000 people. Unfortunately, its return was delayed thanks to COVID-19 and last year’s high energy costs. But Icescape is pulling out all the stops to ensure the wait has been worth it.
At the grand reopening (today at 6 p.m.), professional skaters from Team GB will perform a special routine on the ice rink. Then until January 7, up to 400 skaters every day will get the chance to skate the day away. Skate sessions are 45 minutes long, with tickets starting at £11.50 for adults – but you can enjoy a skate half-price with a friend on 2-4-1 Tuesdays.
“Icescape is a major attraction,” said Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council executive member for placemaking, speaking to Somerset Live. “It returning this winter is positive news for the town, North Somerset and our local economy. This is the cherry on top of a busy summer in Weston-super-Mare.”
The ice rink isn’t the only attraction heading to the former lido/current event space, Tropicana. Not only is Icescape home to a range of festive food and drink – like Yorkshire pudding wraps, mulled wine and hot chocolate – but there are also a few rides for little ones to enjoy. Including a Christmas roller coaster, bumper cars and bungee trampolines.
For a Christmassy ice skating experience like no other, make the trip to the seaside this festive season. Sessions are available to book every hour from 10am to 8pm. To learn more about Icescape Tropicana and to book a session head here.