Get Your Skates On & Enjoy December In Plymouth
Winter is a time to wrap up warm, embrace the cold weather and make the most of the most magical time of the year. That being said, why not head to Plymouth and enjoy a classic wintertime activity – Ice Skating?
Put on your gloves, bring extra socks and head to the Plymouth Ice Rink at the Piazza Armada Way, less than an hour from Galmpton, for a real old-fashioned, traditional Christmas experience. If you don’t have any ice skates, no worries – they are provided on the day as part of the price of admission, with sizes available all the way up to an adult size 14! If you do have your own skates and safety equipment, then of course you can bring those along and use those instead.
During December, sessions in the week run from 12pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 9pm and Sundays from 10am to 7pm. The rink is open every day until the 31st January except Christmas Day when staff will be having their Turkey dinners! Special times are in operation over the holidays, with the last skate on Christmas Eve being at 5pm, and Boxing Day and New Year’s Day being at 8pm.
You can buy tickets at the venue on the day, or in advance online. Up until the 21st December, weekdays are ‘off-peak’ and weekends are ‘peak’ times, but from the 21st December to the 1st January, peak time prices will apply at all times.
- Adults: £10.00
- Children (12 years and under): £9.00
- Family (up to 3 people): £25.00
- Family (up to 4 people): £34.00
- Adults: £9.00
- Children (12 years and under): £8.00
- Family (up to 3 people): £22.00
- Family (up to 4 people): £29.00
From Monday to Thursday, Students can skate for £8.00 with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the venue or in advance online, and all children must be accompanied by an adult (who doesn’t have to skate – just be there). If you are not skating then admission to the rink is free.
If it’s your first time skating, or you would like some tips, there is a special trained team on hand to guide and supervise, and the rink is suitable for children aged 3 and up. If you fancy a hot drink or a bite to eat during your visit, Plymouth Ice Rink is surrounded by a huge choice of restaurants and cafés. The Ice Rink is the ideal solution for group bookings for a seasonal night out, whether it’s for a sports club, social club, a staff party, or a team-building event. With a minimum of 20 people, discounted rates and guaranteed advanced bookings are available. A 50% deposit is required and full payment must be made 14 days before arrival.
Beyond the Ice Rink, Plymouth is a busy town during the Christmas season. The City Centre is transformed into a glittering Winter Wonderland with gold and white Christmas lights and snowfall effects. To explore the city, why not take part in the Nutcracker Trail competition? Pick up a trail booklet from the Plymouth CityBus shop on Royal Parade (or wherever you see a Nutcracker) and find them dotted around 20 secret locations across the city. Find them all and you could be in with a chance of winning one of 12 iPad Mini’s!
Don’t have the time to hunt them all down? There are plenty of other ways to embrace the festivities. Visit Santa’s Grotto at Drake Circus, or the Christmas Grotto at RumpusCosy, Derry’s Cross where you can see the Frightfully Charming Deer and Fluffy Snow Creature show with music, dancing, large scale puppets, a tin treasure hunt and deep snow. Have your photo taken in the giant snow globe, see the Cinderella Panto at the Theatre Royal or visit the New Christmas Craft and Food Market filled with vintage Christmas gifts and local food produce. As a special treat, Plymouth’s Ocean Studios offers The Christmas Show, the exhibition of work by specially selected artists, which runs from 12pm to 5pm Wednesdays to Saturdays until the 23rd December within the city’s Royal William Yard. There is even late night shopping every night until Christmas.
With so much to do, Plymouth really is a great day out for all the family.
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