Southport’s Christmas Ice is now open (Dec 5 )

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Photo: Skating rink, Southport

Ice Skating on real ice on Southport’s beautiful tree-lined shopping boulevard, Lord Street. Protected from the elements by a marquee the rink is fully accessible (disabled skaters should contact Nick White in advance of booking to make necessary arrangements).

Food and drink available from Monday 7th December – Parched’ Bar and German Swing Grill.

Opening hours –

Daily                  11am – 7pm

Christmas Eve 11am – 5pm

Christmas Day  CLOSED

Adults – £8.50 (Includes Booking fee)

Children – £7.00 (Includes Booking fee)

Polar Bear Skating Aids – £3.00


Telephone booking hotline ( Monday – Friday 9am -5.30pm 0115 807 7900 (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm),

Ice Rink box office open daily from 11am.

Exclusive hire – £500 (per hour for 40 people) Phone:: Enda Rylands 07913 253872 or [email protected]

Adults 16 years +
Children aged 4 and under are not permitted to skate.
Children aged 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised on the ice (1 adult per 2 children). Children aged 9-15 must be supervised rink-side by an adult (1 adult per 6 children).

Boot Hire Included

Children’s Size 11-5 (29-38) Adults Size 6-13 (39-47)

Each session starts on the hour and lasts 45 minutes. Customers must arrive 10 minutes in advance of their session time.

Please note that published times may change.

Cash/cheque or credit cards will be accepted at the gate.

Contact for disabled skaters: Nick White 01704 538 382

Frequently asked questions

Q: Where is the ice rink?
A: The Ice Rink is located in Town Hall Gardens on Lord St, in front of the Atkinson. Use Sat Nav post code PR8 1DA

Q: When is it open?
A: The rink is open daily 11am – 8pm from 5 December – 3 January, except Christmas Eve 11am – 5pm, Christmas Day, closed. The last session starts an hour before closing.

Q: Where can I park?
A: The ice rink is a five minute walk from the nearest public car park which is on Tulketh St, PR8 1AG

Q: Where are the nearest public toilets?
A: These are provided in the nearby Atkinson building during opening hours. After this time, you can use the coin operated toilets off Eastbank Square

Q: How do we buy our tickets?
A: You can purchase your tickets over the phone by calling 0115 807 7900 (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm), online at or in person at the on-site box office. Please note the box office will be on site from December 5th.

Q: How long do the sessions last?
A: Sessions start on the hour and last 45 minutes. Please arrive promptly for your session allowing time to collect your boots.

Q: Is skate hire included in the ticket price?
A: Yes!

Q: Can I bring my own skates?
A: Yes, of course you can! Please make sure that they are in good condition, and that you have fitted them properly before skating.

Q: Should we book ahead?
A: There are only 40 skaters allowed on the ice per session, so we advise you to book ahead to avoid disappointment. You can turn up to any session without booking – if it’s full, we’ll just book you on to the next available one.

Q: Is it real ice?
A: Yes! This is a real ice rink – not artificial.

Q: What should we wear?
A: The ice rink is inside a marquee, but it will be cold, so wear suitable clothing. We suggest you wear thick socks and gloves.

Q: How big is the ice rink?
A: The ice rink measures 15m from front to back, and is 10m wide.

Q: Are children allowed on the ice rink alone?
A: No. All children aged 15 and under must be supervised at all times when at the ice rink. Children aged 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised on the ice (1 adult can supervise up to 2 children of this age). Children aged 9-15 must be supervised rink-side by an adult (1 adult can supervise up to 6 children of this age). Children aged 4 and under are not permitted on the ice rink.

Q: Are there skating aids available for hire?
A: Yes, polar bear skating aids are available to hire at the rink. They are suitable for all ages and cost £3.00 per session

Q: What happens if my boot size isn’t available?
A: Boots are available from child size 11 (29) to adult size 13 (48.5). If your boot size isn’t available for your session, we’ll book you on the next available session or refund your ticket.

Q: What if I book ahead and then can’t make the session?
A: Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable (at the discretion of management), so please be sure before you book your tickets.

Q: What if I’m late for my session?
A: All sessions start on the hour, and we advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes early to give you enough time to walk to the ice rink and collect your skates.

Q: What if I’ve lost my ticket?
A: Tickets must be kept very safe as we cannot re-issue lost tickets. Entry will not be granted to those without a valid ticket.

Q: Can I bring the dog?
A: Sorry – dogs are not allowed in to the Southport Ice Rink marquee except for assistance dogs.

Q: Is there anywhere I can get food and a drink by the ice rink?
A: There is a cafe with a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, an outdoor licenced bar and swing grill located close to the rink

Q: I am currently planning my works Christmas party. Can I book the rink for exclusive use?
A: Yes you can hire the rink for your exclusive use. The fee is £500. For more information call Enda Rylands 07913 253872 or [email protected]

Southport BID Manager, Andrew Sloman quoted:

“We are delighted to reveal that for the first time Southport will be getting an ice rink in the heart of the town centre for Christmas.

From the 5th of December until the 4th January the rink, which the BID is installing on Town Hall Gardens, will become really big festive attraction for shoppers.

ots-southport- gardensOver the last few years ice rinks have become a popular feature in many large towns and cities and always prove to be a hit. We know it’s something the people of Southport have wanted for a very long time and it’s a pleasure to make their wishes come true.

With the vibrant new Christmas lights, the big switch on event, the log cabin style markets down Chapel Street from 11th to 20th December and of course our wealth of fine independent shops and big brand stores we really are making Southport the best place to enjoy that classic Christmas experience this year”.


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