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Get your skates on this Christmas and visit one of three ice rinks in Hampshire. Here is our guide to the best festive real ice rinks popping up in Hampshire for Christmas 2018. The ice rinks will be back in the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth 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 spetacular 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. this year they will be adding a Christmas tree to the centre of the rink and offering a silent disco ice skating session.  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 17 November 2018 to Sunday 2 January 2019. 

Find out more about the Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink 

Ice Skating in Southampton

Throughout the 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 10th November 2018 until 6th January 2019. 

Find out more about ice skating in Southampton

Ice Skating in Portsmouth 

Don your skates and take to the ice on Portsmouth's festive 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 17th November 2018 until the 6th January 2019. See website for times and prices. 

Find out more about the Portsmouth Ice Rink

Glice Skating at Four Seasons Hampshire

Skating rink at Four Seasons Hampshire

Skate in luxury in the grounds of Four Seasons Hampshire, Dogmersfield in the north of the county.  The synthetic skating rink is new for 2019. Open to guests and non-staying guests of the hotel.  Perfect for a Christmas or New Year break as the rink is open till the end of February 2019. Why not make the festive season extra special by spoiling yourself with a spa break or dining at The Wild Carrot restaurant.

Find out more about skating at Four Seasons Hampshire

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Southampton Ice Rink at Westquay
Southampton Ice Rink

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

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, 612sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square - big enough for 204 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 Cathedral'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 and will be back for another year.



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