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Get your skates on, ice rink season is here!  Nothing says winter wonderland like gliding across a sparkling ice skating rink with friends. From frozen pop-ups to permanent ice-covered surfaces, Hampshire has a great selection of places to lace up those skates and take to the ice.

Portsmouth on Ice by Vernon Nash

Portsmouth on Ice

25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Returning this November, the ice-popular Portsmouth on Ice will once again transform the city’s Guildhall Square into a winter wonderland.

This firm festive favourite is a great place for a family slide outside, with push-along penguins to help the little ones find their skating feet.

Find out more about Portsmouth on Ice

Westquay on Ice

Westquay on Ice, Southampton

10 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Westquay on Ice in Southampton returns from November for its annual outdoor skating experience beneath the backdrop of the city’s medieval walls.

The rink has 900 sqm of real ice to twirl around on, and for the perfect post-skate refreshments winter cocktails and mulled wine is served up in the neighbouring après bar.

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Planet Ice, Basingstoke

Open daily

A permanent fixture in the ice skating calendar, enjoy indoor ice skating all year around at Planet Ice at Basingstoke Leisure Park. As well as daily public skating sessions, there are regular Ice skating lessons to help add a few pirouettes to your skating skills, and the rink is home to the ice hockey team the Basingstoke Bisons.

As well as ice skating, Basingstoke Leisure Park is home to iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Basingstoke Aquadrome, Odeon cinema, Hollywood Bowl, Basingstoke Golf Centre, and Milestones Museum, Hampshire’s museum of living history.

Find out more about Basingstoke Leisure Park  

Planet Ice, Gosport

Open daily

Planet Ice has a second ice rink in Hampshire with its spacious indoor rink in Gosport. Much like its north Hampshire counterpart, Planet Ice in Gosport offers daily public skating, ice skating lessons, ice discos, birthday parties, and special events throughout the year.


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For other festive events and activities in Hampshire see our ultimate guide to Christmas events in Hampshire.