Get your skates on in Suffolk and Essex this Christmas - your guide to festive ice rinks

Get your skates on this winter - open air ice rinks are coming to Suffolk and Essex

Get your skates on this winter - open air ice rinks are coming to Suffolk and Essex - Credit: Getty Images

What better way to get ready for the festive season than taking your family ice skating? And this year you can choose bewteen Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds or Colchester.

Ice skating is free in Felixstowe

Ice skating is free in Felixstowe - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Wrap up for the cold weather, enjoy a session on the ice, then warm up with a hot chocolate afterwards.

There will be several temporary ice rinks set up in Suffolk and Essex towns this winter. And here we bring you details:


Head to Great Eastern Square from Saturday, December 19 to Wednesday, December 23 for free ice skating.

The rink, sponsored by the East of England Co-op and several district councillors, will be open from 12noon to 8pm or between 10am and 6pm on the Sunday.

On the Saturday, the mayor will officially open the rink at 12noon, with music from the Felixstowe Salvation Army Band.

As well as the skating, there will also be rides for smaller children and a stall selling hot food and drink.

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Bury St Edmunds

Ice skating will be available in Charter Square this winter.

The rink will be open every day from Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, January 3, except Christmas Day.

Tickets for 45-minute sessions are now available to book online, costing £8.50 for adults, £5.50 for children aged 12 and under or £22.50 for a family ticket, including skate hire.

Book your place online or at the Apex.

The rink can also be hired out to groups for exclusive use. For prices and availability, email or call 01284 766258.


Pay a visit to Castle Park and you will discover a winter wonderland and ice rink.

The winter wonderland will be open every day from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, January 3, between 10am and 10pm, or 9pm on Sundays, except Christmas Day.

As well as the skating, you can enjoy a fairground, listen to local choirs singing carols and look for crafts and produce from local suppliers at the winter market.

Children can also meet Santa every Saturday and Sunday and for the week leading up to Christmas.

Ice skating costs £11.50 for adults, £10.50 for pensioners or students, £8.50 for anyone who has a disability or for children aged five to 16, £4 for toddlers or £32 for a family ticket.

Book onlineGet an early dose of Christmas merriment and visit one of the many Christmas light switch on events taking place around the region, details here