For a festive treat, taking a spin on an outdoor ice rink is a magical experience for the whole family. Gone are the days when outdoor skating was something you only looked at longingly on US films; now skating rinks pop up every winter across the UK offering thrills for everyone - and occasional comedy spills too. As a parent, it’s a joy to see your children learning to skate, cheeks flushed with exertion and pride as they leave the grab rail behind and gather confidence and pick up speed with every circuit of the rink.
If you can, book a late afternoon trip so your kids can enjoy the experience of skating as night falls, surrounded by magical, twinkling fairy lights. Don’t forget to wrap up warmly with winter gloves and thick socks. Afterwards, reward yourselves with hot chocolates and mince pies, while you relive your best moments on ice.