Shella Parkin, MD of Laine Ltd, who creates the ice rink every year, said: “This is a really special year for us – a fifth birthday! Who would have thought five years ago that the rink could have taken such a special place in the hearts of people in Brighton and Hove – but it has and we look forward to welcoming our lovely customers back again for this winter season.”
Ticket prices remain the same as last year and offer great value, whilst a stunning rinkside ‘Bar & Kitchen’ will offer heart warming drinks, snacks and meals to visitors to the rink complex, which is open to skaters and non skaters alike.
To mark the occasion today, the ice rink team launched a woolly hat knitting competition for all those craft lovers out there to create the perfect hats for the ice marshalls to wear on the ice this winter.
Guest judge and knitting expert is Peter Allison, famed in the North Laine for his amazing knitting creations, including a complete replica of the Royal Pavilion palace, displayed in his shop windows at Temptation café and Whirlygig toy shop.
He will assist the ice marshalls in choosing the best hats, which will be modeled on ice before being auctioned to raise funds for the ice rink’s charity this year – …Rockinghorse??
Anyone with an interest is encouraged to design and knit or crochet a stunning woolly hat, adult size, and submit a photograph of it to facebook.com/pavilionicerink by 17th October. Finalists will be invited to a special awards party and there are great prizes to be won, including a free skate pass, dinner for two at the Bar & Kitchen?? and family tickets to skate.
With the former Royal pleasure palace as backdrop, huge rinkside bar and restaurant and 40m terrace, the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is beautifully lit at night and is a great choice for those wanting to skate in a beautiful setting and sit down to eat rinkside apres ice.
The 800 square metre rink has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area, penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult. There’s no charge for spectating for those who prefer to sit and soak up the atmosphere in the stunning rinkside Bar & Kitchen, offering mouth-watering patisserie and festive toffee apples for a Christmas treat, a quick drink after work with the best view in the City or a full three-course meal with family and friends.
Ice skating tickets cost from £10 for adults (aged 12 and over) and £7 for juniors (children under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 10.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (10am – 11am daily) offers children under 5 the chance to skate for free when accompanied onto the ice by an adult paying full price. There are also season tickets for those who want to learn to skate (check website for details) and great concessions for students. Box office is open from 9.30am to 9.45pm, but it is advisable to book tickets in advance.
Buy your tickets now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/royal-pavilion-ice-rink or call 0844 8472352 or for group bookings of ten or more call 0844 8471512.
Find out more at www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk