The best places to ice skate in and around Cambridgeshire this winter

Christmas is just around the corner and an activity still popular across the county this time of year is good old fashioned ice skating.

Wrapping up in the warmth and skating around an ice rink symbolizes for many the beginning of winter and the end of the year celebrations, with the pleasure of not falling or sliding on the ice.

For many, last year we missed the opportunity to participate in traditions we look forward to, but this year they are making a comeback with many places offering the chance to replay on the ice.

Read more: Christmas News in Cambridgeshire

If you’re looking for a place to try your hand at skating with family or friends, or you’re a frequent skater, we’ve rounded up all of the Christmas rinks near Cambridgeshire that are open this year.

The North Pole, Cambridge

The closest, and within easy reach for many, is the North Pole attraction ice rink in Cambridge.

Skating tickets are now available to book online from November 19 to January 3.

Prices start from £ 11.50 to £ 14.00 for children under 10, £ 11.50 to £ 14.00 for 10-12 years old, and an adult or teenage ticket starts to go from £ 13.50 to £ 15.50.

Family tickets are also available from £ 41.00 to £ 46.00 which includes one adult and three children (under 13) or two adults and two children (under 13).

Besides ice skating, you can also find other exciting attractions at the North Pole in Cambridge, including an ice bar, party rides, food stalls and a three-lane slide, the longest in the UK.

The North Pole will return to Cambridge this winter with ice skating and other party activities available, including ice sliding

Cambridge ice rink

It might not be a party rink, but this indoor rink in Cambridge is available year round to enjoy the ice.

The ice skating club offers various sessions including ice training, learning to skate and public skating available at different time slots.

Tickets for public skating for an adult cost £ 9.50, £ 7.50 for a child, and those under five can skate for free.

Cambridge Ice Arena public skating sessions
Public skating sessions are available at the Cambridge Ice Arena

Ice Planet, Peterborough

Another ice rink available year round and in Cambridgeshire is Planet Ice in Peterborough.

The indoor rink offers skating nights, skating lessons, hockey lessons, group sessions, show skating sessions as well as public skating for all ages.

Prices for public skating sessions start from £ 3.00 for children under four and £ 9.85 for children and adults. You can also buy family tickets from £ 9.30 per person.

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Letchworth Outdoor Pool, Hertfordshire

From swimming in the outdoor pool in the summer to ice skating in their state-of-the-art ice rink in the winter, this is an option for those who wish to drive outside the county for a change of scenery.

Letchworth’s outdoor swimming pool transforms into an ice rink accessible to all, of all ages and abilities, this winter.

Located on the terrace, the ice rink is available for online reservation from November 20 to January 2.

Adult tickets cost £ 12.00 and junior tickets £ 8.00. It is also possible to buy a family ticket for one adult and two children for £ 20, or a family ticket for two adults and two children for £ 32.00.

Ice rink at the Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum in London Philip Toscano / PA Wire
Ice skating outside the Natural History Museum in London

If you’re looking for a party rink a little further afield or planning to head to London for a party day, the Natural History Museum’s rink has been open since October 22.

By booking online through January 16, you can ice skate around the Christmas tree in the middle of the ice rink outside London’s beautiful Natural History Museum.

Bring in a real party spirit, tickets start from £ 12.65 for adults or £ 8.80 for children 12 and under. Family tickets are also available for purchase starting at £ 9.90 each.

London is easily accessible from a variety of stations across Cambridgeshire, so why not take it on a trip and head to Winter Wonderland while you’re in London, the perfect party day in the city.

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