It's that time of year again when Selfridges at the Trafford Centre in Manchester opens the doors of its Ice Rink so Christmas shoppers can enjoy a spot of seasonal ice skating! We were invited along to give it a try at the weekend. It is such a Christmassy thing to do and the kids were really excited about getting their skates on and having some fun on the ice. I made the executive decision not to venture out onto the ice, as I have been poorly for five weeks with a chest infection. I thought if I started coughing I would definitely end up on my backside, so I watched from the sidelines on a fur covered bench.
The all weather, covered ice rink holds up to 120 skaters and the venue is beautifully bedecked with Christmas trees and golden decorations. There is a coffee shop so spectators can enjoy a hot drink while they watch the skaters whizz across the ice. Sessions last for 45 minutes.
We paid to hire a seal that Freddy could sit on and get pushed around. He absolutely loved it and everyone took turns pushing him across the ice. The girls did end up falling over (thanks to Kizzy pulling her sister down!) but they only suffered from two wet bums and a bruised knee between them, so no major harm done.
Special guests visit the ice rink on certain weekends and Freddy was really excited to meet Paddington Bear, star of the new Paddington movie! Freddy always loves meeting characters and posed for some photographs.
Peppa Pig will be visiting next weekend for some special sessions between 9 - 11 am, where kids get to have a skate, meet Peppa and enjoy a cupcake for the inclusive price of £15.
You can find out more at www.selfridges.com/content/store/manchester-trafford about the skating sessions which are available up to January 4th.
Ticket Type Price
Peak Adult £9.50
Peak Child £7.50
Off Peak Adult £7.50
Off Peak Child £5.50
Peak Family (x4) £30.00
Off Peak Family (x4) £25.00
Peak Times: Monday - Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am - 9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Off Peak Times: Monday - Friday 12pm-3pm, Saturday 9am - 10am, Sunday all day
*Peak and Off-peak times are subject to change over the festive period beginning week commencing 22.10.14, Peak and Off-peak tickets are outlined during the booking process