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Get your skates on this Christmas and visit one of three ice rinks in Hampshire. For the first time the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth will be hosting ice rinks throughout the Christmas period and the iconic Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink, which is surrounded by the world famous Christmas Market will be back for another year. Ice skating in Hampshire is the perfect winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Read on to find out more about ice skating in Hampshire.

Ice Skating in Winchester

This iconic ice rink is set within the beautiful surrounds of the historic Winchester Cathedral Close and is always a favourite for people visiting Winchester at Christmas. Winchester Cathedral hosts the ice rink in the middle of their world famous Christmas Market. In 2016 the rink received a clear roof, so that skaters can experience the rink whatever the weather. Once you have been ice skating make sure you take a walk around the Christmas Market and see the fantastic stalls selling hand picked quality products that cannot be brought on the high street. And of course you will not go hungry as there is plenty of chalets selling festive food and drink favourites.

The Winchester Ice Rink is open from Monday 20 November 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018. 

Find out more about the Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink 

Ice Skating in Southampton

This year during the festive season Westquay in Southampton will be hosting an ice rink in their fabulous Esplanade, right next to the Medieval Walls and Westquay South. As well as the real ice rink there will be Moguls Alpine bar serving warming hot chocolate and mulled wine, the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. After your ice skating session make sure you pop into Westquay to finish your Christmas shopping or enjoy a bite to eat a number of fantastic eateries. 

The Skate Southampton Ice Rink will be open from 11th November 2017 until 2nd January 2018. 

Find out more about ice skating in Southampton

Ice Skating in Portsmouth 

Don your skates and take to the ice at the brand new Portsmouth Ice Rink. This festive rink is situated outside the vibrant Portsmouth Guildhall for the whole of the festive season. This real ice rink can host up to 215 skaters, so make sure you bring the whole family. There are a number of food wagons around the rink selling fabulous festive fare. Adjoining the rink is a alpine chalet serving as a café in the day time and then a bar during the night. After your skating session head to Gunwharf Quays and finishes your Christmas shopping or enjoy a bite to eat and a festive drink at one of their many restaurants and bars. 

The Skate Portsmouth Ice Rink is open from the 18th November 2017 until the 2nd January 2018. See website for times and prices. 

Find out more about the Portsmouth Ice Rink

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Southampton Ice Rink at Westquay
Southampton Ice Rink at Westquay

Whether you're a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of Southampton's real ice rink. The rink is held within the Esplanade, next to the Medieval Walls and Westquay South, which has been magically brought to life for the Christmas season.

Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square
Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square

Get your skates on and go ice skating in Portsmouth this festive season, as Portsmouth's Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Ice Skate Portsmouth will see a real, 646sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square - big enough for 215 skaters per session. There will also be an adjoining alpine chalet, which will serve as a cafe by day and a bar at night.

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink
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Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

Winchester's much-loved Ice Rink received a brand new makeover in 2016 to celebrate its 10th anniversary the most striking of which was the addition of a clear roof, guaranteeing skaters a rain-free experience whatever the weather! The clear roof and open-air sides continues to offer great views of the Cathedral and the unique experience of ice skating in this incredible setting.



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