HAVING AN ICE TIME IN THE CITY
It’s here. The thing we’ve all been waiting for (or is that just me?). An ice rink has come to Portsmouth. Last week, crowds – including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth – were wowed by a team of figure skaters who officially launched Ice SKATE Portsmouth.
It’s really brought Guildhall Square to life this winter – from the neon ‘Ice Skate’ lettering above the pristine white ice to fairy-lit trees and the alpine-themed Moguls Bar atop the Civic Office steps.
The rink is a lot bigger than you’d expect and features none of that plastic ice rubbish. This is the real deal and it’s open every day until 2 January – except for Christmas Day. Skate hire is included and sessions last one hour on the ice. And as scenery goes, even Winchester’s Cathedral has met its match with the majestic Portsmouth Guildhall and imposing statues of Queen Victoria and Dickens.
It doesn’t even matter if ice skating’s not your scene. Hang out in Moguls Bar beneath a faux fur throw, enjoying the roaring fire and chatty bar staff – they might even persuade you that Mulled Jӓger Cider is a ‘thing’. Luxury hot chocolates and mulled drinks are in abundance, as are heated outdoor areas, meaning there’s no need to freeze off your proverbials if you’d like to take in the stunning views. DJs also feature at the weekends.
And what’s more, those lovely peeps at Feed Hot Dog Co. are serving up tasty snacks which you can enjoy, safe in the knowledge that you’re helping give life-saving food to a child in need. I can highly recommend the gravy-y-cheesy fries and festively-named dogs.
Like all good things, this winter wonderland will come to an end – so snap up a session while you can (you’ve got 6 weeks to become a Dancing on Ice champion…) www.iceskateportsmouth.co.uk