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The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink starts to take shape this week. Eagle eyed locals will have spotted the closure of the East lawn of the Royal Pavilion Garden since Friday [13 October] when construction of the temporary winter rink began.

This will be the eighth year of the South East’s most beautiful outdoor ice rink, which opens its doors from November 4 2017 to January 14 2018.

This year, creators of the rink are making it a ‘greener’ place to skate by using a bespoke rink plant floor which maximises energy efficiency in creating the ice and 100% hydro and wind derived mains power throughout.

Said Shella Parkin, CEO of Laine Ltd, creator of the rink, “We are really excited to be back for our eighth year and we’re working hard to get everything just right, especially when it comes to making sure we are as environmentally conscious as possible. We will be building the rink floor, restaurant and bar structures from Monday [16 October] and laying the first layer of ice around a week later – from when it should start to be recognisable as the ice rink people know and love! We can’t wait to welcome everyone to what has become one of Brighton’s best loved Christmas traditions!”

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Build in 2015

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is located within Brighton’s bustling North Laine district, perfect for Christmas shopping, and beautifully lit at night for a truly magical Christmas skate right in front of the former royal pleasure palace. The 880-square metre main rink offers plenty of space for more confident skaters and the unusual, separate 130-square metre beginners’ rink with penguin skate aids provides a safe area for younger skaters to build their confidence.

For those looking to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s no charge for spectating from the cosy rink-side Bar & Kitchen or on its 40-metre terrace next to the ice. With plenty of space for larger gatherings, the 130 seater restaurant offers sumptuous snacks, hearty meals, including stone baked pizzas – new this year – a fantastic after school menu for kids and a great bar selection including local ale and a new range of craft beers, 14 different gins, and mulled wine or cider.

Conveniently situated just 50 minutes from Victoria by train, all of Brighton’s gorgeous independent shops are on its doorstep so visitors can get a little Christmas shopping in too.

Tickets cost from £10 for full price tickets (aged 12 and over), £7 for juniors (under 12) and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 9.15pm daily. Club Rinkidinks (daily, second session of the day, 11.15am to 12.15pm excluding Dec 21st 2017 – Jan 1st 2018) offers children under five the chance to skate for free when accompanied on the ice by an adult paying full price. There are also great new multiticket offers for those who want to skate regularly (check website for details) and concessions for students. The box office is open from 9.30am to 9.45am, but it is advisable to book tickets in advance.

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