Sunday, 16 December 2012

Let's Skate: Hitting the Ice in Manchester this Christmas

Ice skating. Has there ever been a leisure activity so frivolous? Perhaps not. Perhaps so, either way, I'm on board. Now... where to hit the ice?

Manchester is a bit of a Christmas paradise at this time of year, with the Manchester Christmas Markets throughout the city centre, the Santa's Grotto at Manchester Arndale and the general fabulous merriment that is ever-present throughout the post-code. Now, ice rinks are also plentiful with two fabulous places you can get your ice fix.

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Selfridges Manchester Trafford Ice Rink.

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Even McFly love it!

Oft has it been said that there is no place like a Department store at Christmas and Selfridges Manchester Trafford knows this better than most. So, whilst festivities carry on in abundance inside, outside the merriment spills onto the B5211! At the rear of the store (opposite ASDA) Selfridges have erected their version of the Rockefeller centre ice rink, complete with faux Scandinavian lodge and Michael BublĂ© speakers.  

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Adam and I took to the rink. He was Torvill AND Dean, I was Bambi on Ice.

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The Ice Rink is open 12pm – 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturday and 10am – 6pm Sunday from Thursday 1 November until Sunday 6 January.

Book online here

Hardman Square, Spinningfields Ice Rink.

The other place to channel your inner penguin this Christmas is Spinningfields in Manchester, where a glitzy Christmassy village has been set up on Harman Square. The ice rink sits alongside an under-cover Christmas market and Helter Skelter (obviously) and is just a hop skip and a tumble from the exclusive pop-up bar, The Ski Club.

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The Ice Rink is open 10am - 7:30pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am - 8:30pm Thursday to Saturday and is closed Sundays from 22nd November until 6th January.  

Book online here 

Now, what to wear? Happy Skating!
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