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Frosts Ice Skating

Frosts Ice SkatingI haven’t ice skated in about 25 years! So, when we were asked if Destination Milton Keynes wanted to try out the festive ice skating rink at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands, to say we were a little apprehensive would be an understatement.

We were two adults and a seven year old, and we went during the school Christmas holidays, so a good test to see what it would be like when busy. The rink was a lot bigger than I expected, it’s real ice, none of those inter-locking plastic panel things, it’s cold and you get wet when you fall over!

We were booked on to the 11am time slot, each slot lasts 45 minutes and there is then a 15 minute changeover and some time for the guys to clear the ice and mend any divets. You check in and get your skates which are included in the price. Nice, easy system, tell them your shoe size and hand over your shoes in exchange for a pair of skates. Our seven year old hadn’t skated before so they advised on having two bladed, over skates which fit over their existing shoes. These made him stable and gave him confidence, but if you think you might need these make sure the child is wearing good, sturdy shoes like trainers or boots.

After lacing up the skates we headed to the ice, you can purchase ‘skating aids’ in the form of a orange seal or a blue penguin. Basically, upright plastic animals that children (or adults) can hold on to and skate around with – children can also sit on the seals and be pushed around. These are on a strictly first come, first served basis and cost £4 each for the session. If you think you’ll need these, get there early, they all went in our session. We purchased a seal and both child and adults were very grateful for it!

The session started bang on time and we were let loose on the ice, it’s a pretty big rink and it’s fully covered with an enclosed canopy, so it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t very good. There is also a very sturdy fence around the outside to grab hold of, should you need it.

Our session was fully booked and it was understandably busy but you never felt it was too busy…plenty of space to skate around in and lots of people were helping each other either with skating tips or just to get up after the inevitable falls.

It definitely had a very Christmassy vibe, there is festive music playing with Christmas trees and lighting surround the rink. There is also a pretty big undercover café right next to it, great to grab a snack or a hot chocolate afterwards (it is pretty exhausting). And how did we get on skating? Well, let’s just say we were a work in progress, but we had loads of fun and was a really enjoyable start to the Christmas holidays!

The ice rink is at Frosts until Sunday 7th January and is even open on New Year’s Day (pre-booking advised).

For more information or to book: https://www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/events