Have an ice day

Looking to visit some amazing parts of the country, and keep a little active over the festive season too?

Check out these truly magical ice experiences – if you’ve never glided across a rink before, now there’s really no excuse…

The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival 
Based at the Pier Head, snuggled beneath the wondrous and legendary Three Graces, this festival is truly sensational. You’ve got until 7th January to visit and pick from a menu of exciting icy activities. You can hire some skates and take to the rink, grab a tipple (and admire the ice sculptures) in the ice bar or head to the cosy Après Lodge, if it’s warming beverages you’re thirsty for. Then there’s the ice slide… it’s gone super-size this year and the little ones will absolutely love it. Street food and festive market stalls are plentiful, and other attractions (stay the weekend to try and fit it all in!) include a 30m Ferris Wheel, Santa’s grotto, children’s rides (there’s a mini rollercoaster) and, of course, just around the corner, the must-visit Beatles’ Story museum 

Greenwich Winter Time Festival 
Greenwich is a gorgeous part of the UK and, at Christmas, it looks and feels even more special than ever. This festival has so much to offer; we’re particularly impressed by the Father Christmas Launch Pad (guaranteed to be talked about by the little ones for months, even years, to come) – a theatrical spectacular that finds Father Christmas flying his sleigh over the sumptuous Old Royal Naval College grounds! There’s an amazing ice rink too – where you can watch world-class skaters glide and freestyle and, later, you too can give this captivating sport a go. You want more? There’s plenty… including special screenings of The Snowman, which includes a live score. There’s also food, shopping and music of every genre for visitors of all ages to enjoy. 

Yorkshire Winter Wonderland 
This award-winning northern show-stopper runs until 7th January and boasts the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. The rink measures an incredible 975 square metres and is perfect for skating alongside loved ones beneath a 30ft Christmas tree and the stars. This year, the event (recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience) offers a new alpine skate hire chalet (complete with rinkside views) and a Polar Express-themed grotto for the children. There too are vintage funfair rides and, if you fancy tackling that Christmas list, you’re right in the middle of the York Designer Outlet – a shopaholic’s paradise, dotted with plenty of delicious eateries at which to dine.