Yesterday, I went into Birmingham City Centre to enjoy a lap or two on Birmingham’s only outdoor ice rink, Winter Skate. I wrapped up warm and met my Sister, my Brother-in-law and my Nephew to exchange our shoes for some rather fetching ice skates and enjoy some quality family time on the ice.
Winter Skate, set up in Centenary Square and overlooked by the big wheel, is a large outdoor ice rink decorated with pretty twinkly lights with Christmas music being played out over the tannoy. The ice rink is open until 5th January 2014 between 10am and 10pm.
In my opinion, ticket prices aren’t cheap but you do get hire of the ice skates and an hour on the ice which was more than enough for me. I’ve forgotten how to skate. I felt like Bambi on ice and luckily I didn’t over as I spent most of the time holding onto the wooden railing. There are penguin skating aids available to hire for young children but these are available on a first come first served basis.
My nephew loved his time on the ice and would have loved a lot longer to practice his moves. My Sister and I were useless but my brother-in-law enjoyed skating round us trying to make us fall over. It was busy, so expect the ice to be busy with lots of abilities of skates but it was a lovely experience and we really enjoyed our time there.
For those who aren’t skating, there’s a viewing platform to the side of the rink or the Ice Cafe has plenty of seating and full length glass so you can watch the action on the ice. Little Mr and Hubby enjoyed the view of our not-so Torvill and Dean skating styles from the Ice Cafe and we joined them after our skating session and warmed up with a hot drink and a yummy cookie.
If you’re thinking of going to Winter Skate during a weekday evening, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the Ice Bar offers including Free Wednesdays (free glass of mulled cider if you skate between 7-9pm) and Festive Fridays (any 4 drinks for £10 if bought between 7-9pm)
You can buy tickets online or at the box office outside the rink.
Disclaimer: We were given a family ticket and a complimentary drink to enjoy a session at Winter Skate but all words and images are my own and this forms an honest and unbiased review.