Building begins at innovative ice rink29 OCTOBER 2015
Construction of the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink began this week.This will be the sixth year of the South East’s most beautiful outdoor ice rink which opens its doors on 7 November until 17 January 2016.
This year, creators of the rink have invested in bespoke technology to create the ice, which will provide the highest quality skating experience and maintain optimum ice conditions. The design itself is being kept under wraps but it is safe to say that this year’s ice is set to be better than ever.
Said Shella Parkin, CEO of Laine Ltd, creator of the rink, “We are excited that the time has come to build the rink again and we look forward to seeing it take shape over the next couple of weeks. We have spent a lot of time and effort creating a bespoke system for the best possible ice this year and we are confident that skaters will feel the difference in quality.”
“We are working hard to get everything just right. We will be building the restaurant and bar structures from this week and laying the first layer of ice around 25th October – from when it should start to be recognisable as the ice rink people know and love! We can’t wait to welcome everyone to what has become one of Brighton’s best loved Christmas traditions!”
With the former Royal pleasure palace as the backdrop, this hidden gem of a rink is beautifully lit at night and is a great choice for those who want to skate in a beautiful setting as well as sit down to eat après ice. All of Brighton’s gorgeous independent shops are on its doorstep and at just 50 minutes by train from Victoria, you can get a little Christmas shopping in too.
The huge 880 square metre rink includes a beginners’ area, penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult. There’s no charge for spectating for those who prefer to sit and soak up the atmosphere. The stunning rink side Bar & Kitchen offers mouth-watering patisserie snacks; Christmas treats; a quick drink with the best view in the City and scrumptious sharing platters for families and friends to enjoy.
Ice skating tickets cost from £10 for adults (aged 12 and over), £7 for juniors (children under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 10.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (10am – 11am daily) offers children under five the chance to skate for free when accompanied on the ice by an adult paying full price. There are also season tickets for those who want to learn to skate (check website for details) and great concessions for students. The box office is open from 9.45am to 9.45pm, but it is advisable to book tickets in advance.
Buy your tickets now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/royal-pavilion-ice-rink or call 0844 8472352 or for group bookings of 10 or more call 0844 8471512.
Find out more at www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk
The Royal Pavilion is open daily and if you’re a Brighton & Hove resident admission is half price with up to four accompanying children free (£5.75 instead of £11.50). Visit www.brightonmuseums.org.uk for more information.
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