The Royal Pavilion Ice-Rink in Brighton, East Sussex, now in its ninth year, is opening on Saturday once more for the festive season, until January 13th. 100 local people were chosen to be the first on the ice at a special preview event this evening, Thursday

A Green Christmas at Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

The south east’s most beautiful Christmas attraction, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, returns for its 10th year, powered exclusively by wind and solar energy.

“We’re passionate about skaters being able to bring in the festive season with us without it costing the environment. That’s why this year we have gone the extra mile to ensure that we minimise our impact, using clean energy to power our rink, supporting Sussex Wildlife Trust to plant thousands of trees, and delivering the highest possible performance in terms of energy efficiency and minimising carbon emissions,” said Shella Parkin, MD of Laine Ltd, creator of the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink.

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is located within Brighton’s bustling North Laine district, perfect for Christmas shopping, and beautifully lit with hundreds of energy efficient LED lights for a truly magical Christmas skate. The main rink offers plenty of space for more confident skaters and the separate beginners’ rink with penguin skate aids provides a safe area for younger skaters to build their confidence.

For those looking to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s no charge for spectating from the cosy rink-side Bar & Kitchen or from its 40-metre terrace next to the ice. With plenty of space for larger gatherings, the 130 seater restaurant offers a great selection of bar snacks including irresistible ‘Dirty Fries’, tempting small plates to nibble over a drink, hearty burgers, pizzas, cassoulet and a huge range of vegetarian and vegan options. A great bar offering includes local ale and a range of craft beers together with mulled and ginger wine.

Conveniently situated just 50 minutes from Victoria by train, all of Brighton’s gorgeous independent shops are on its doorstep so visitors can get a little Christmas shopping in too.

Tickets cost from £10 for full price tickets (aged 12 and over), £7 for juniors (under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 9.15pm daily. Children under five can skate for free in all off -peak sessions when accompanied on the ice by an adult paying full price. There are also great multiticket offers for those who want to skate regularly (check website for details) and concessions for students. The box office is open from 9.30am to 9.45am, but it is advisable to book tickets in advance.

Find out more at www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk.