Nothing says winter better than gliding around the ice while wrapped up in gloves and a scarf. Here’s where you’ll be able to go ice skating in Hertfordshire over the Christmas period.
Hertfordshire Ice Rinks 2018/19
Skate Van Hage 2018 at Great Amwell
Open from Thursday 15th November 2018 to Monday 7th January 2019
Pepper Hill, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP
Experience the magic of ice skating at Van Hage’s undercover ice rink as it enters its 11th year. The fully heated marquee includes a viewing platform for spectators, comfortable seating and a café that is open daily. There are different skating sessions on offer including 6Skate, Parent & Toddler, and Special Needs. A full range of figure skates included in the price of admission and a limited number of skating aids are also available to hire (advanced booking recommended).
Cost: Adults and children from £6, family tickets from £24, skate aids £5 or £7.
Ice Skating at Lee Valley White Water Centre
Open from Saturday 1 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019 – selected dates (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
Get in the festive spirit as you glide around this all-weather ice rink. When you’ve finished skating you can browse the Christmas market or warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate. Sessions are 45 minutes long. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the ice.
Cost: from £5 per person, £20 or £30 per family ticket. Skate aids are free of charge but subject to availability
Watford’s Big Skate
Open from Saturday 24 November 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019 (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)
The Parade (by the pond), Watford, WD17 1NA
Watford’s outdoor ice rink returns to The Parade with a host of twinkling Christmas trees and fairy lights. There is a viewing area and bar, serving festive food and drinks for all ages. Minimum age for skating is 4 years. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Skate aids available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked.
Cost: Adults £8.50, Child (age 4 to 16) £6.50, Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £25. Skate aids available for £3. Skates available to hire from children’s size 8 (EU25) right up to adults size 15 (EU52).
Ice Skating at Willow Activity Farm’s Santa Spectacular
Open from Wednesday 21 November to Monday 24 December 2018
Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
This Christmas Willow’s will be incorporating a synthetic ice rink into its festive celebrations. Ski boots to fit all sizes will be available to borrow. In addition to the ice rink, Willows will be putting on plenty of indoor activities, Woodland Fairy show, gingerbread decorating and the Create-a-Cuddle workshops and, of course, Santa’s Grotto.
Cost: Tickets for the Santa Spectacular from £14 for adults, from £30 for children, and from £19.50 for under 2s.
Planet Ice, Hemel Hempstead
Open seven days a week, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Jarman Square, Jarmans Park, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 4JS
Planet Ice offers indoor public skating, weekly disco sessions with live DJ, skating with Santa, parent & toddler sessions, courses, training, shows and events. There is free car parking on site and a café serving meals and snacks.
Cost: Prices from £7.80 to £9.30 with skating hire, family ticket from £24.90 with skate hire (plus admin fee of £2.20 fee for non-Ice Card holders). Spectators £2.00 (under 21s must pay full admission fee). Skate aid hire for £5.
Ice Skating at Alexandra Palace
Open Monday-Friday 11.30am-1.30, 2.00pm-4.30pm and 8.30pm-11.00pm on weekends (see website for up-to-date opening dates)
North London, N22 7AY
Located just south of Hertfordshire, Alexandra Palace is an iconic ice skating rink that is open all year round. The ice rink is very busy at weekends and holiday times during winter months, so online booking and early arrival is advised. The Ice Cafe is open Monday – Friday 10am- 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am – 10pm.
Cost: Prices from £5.50 for under 5s and £9.00 for adults during term time weekdays. Spectators £1.50. Skate aid hire for £5 for 1 hour.