Go ice skating at Brighton's Royal Pavilion ice rink this winter
You may think that Brighton is one of those places that only sees tourists during the hot, steamy months of summer. However, Brighton also provides a great reason to warrant a day trip during the winter months as well.
The iconic Royal Pavilion Gardens has been confirmed as the venue for a great winter ice skating experience after closing a new, six year deal with the council’s planning committee earlier this month on 11th October 2017. This year will in fact be the eighth successive year that the venue has hosted a rink and the new deal guarantees that it will be open on the eastern lawns of the Pavilion right up to 2023.
Dates - When will the Brighton ice rink open?
Brighton's ice rink will be open throughout the festive season. In fact, you can start sharpening your blades now (you can hire skates there if you don't have your own) as it's due to open soon on November 4th 2017, and it'll stay open right up until January 14th 2018. This provides ample opportunity for a great Christmas skating experience for families looking for something to do during the holiday season.
The Royal Pavilion skating rink will open at 10am and close at 10.15pm. Up to 315 people will be allowed on the ice at any one time and there will also be a café that opens at around the same time as the ice rink but is licenced to stay open later until half past midnight, giving you ample time to go and grab something nice and hot after the rink has closed for the night.
Prices and booking - how much will it cost?
You can of course turn up on the day and hope that there's space on the ice available, or you can cement your date by booking in advance. Depending on when you want to visit, if you're over 12, a ticket will cost from £10, and £7 for kids under 12. This will enable you to skate for one hour from 10am to 9.15pm daily. There are also various concessions for toddlers under 5, students, and those who want to book multiple skating sessions as well. If you want to know exactly what you'll pay on your chosen date, please visit the ice rink's bookings page.
What can I expect when I get there?
Aside from the restaurant/cafe, there will be one main rink measuring 40 metres x 20 metres. If you're inexperienced and don't feel confident enough to totter around with the more experienced skaters, there will also be a beginner's rink to bring you up to speed. When you're done skating, you can grab a bite to eat and drink in the restaurant/café.
Find out more
If you'd like to find out more details, head on over to the official Royal Pavilion Ice Rink website for more info, where you can also see a video of what to expect when you arrive at this stunning Brighton venue.