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Winter Skate: Outdoor Ice Rink

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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I used to love ice skating when I was little. My sisters and I had lesson from age twelve, and I used to be pretty good, but I'm a little out of practice these days. I am over the moon, however, at the chance of being able to dust off my old skates, put my woollies on, and get back on the ice because the infamous Outdoor Ice Rink is back in Centenery square.

Ice rink

It is at the end of Broad Street, (or the start, depending on how you see it), directly opposite the Hyatt hotel, and right outside the ICC.

I've been to this particular outdoor ice rink when it first came to the city centre, and it was a funny few hours of skating, slipping, trying to gracefully stand, and giggling with my sisters. There's been a change however; instead of the rather medium-sized rink I remember, an Olympic-sized outdoor ice rink is opening.

If you do happen to be a little scared on the ice there are stewards, who spot someone falling within seconds, and immediately come and help you up.

Not everyone is a pro, so you might just be one of the many who are clinging to the edge for dear life, but if not, feel free to show off a little because it is oh so fun, and so easy to glide around when there's room.

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The steward's encourage anti-clockwise skating, and I advise sticking to the rules because the last time I went, a fellow skater tried to skate in the opposite direction and immediately got asked to leave the rink. It's not worth the hassle when you've paid 7.00, plus it spoils the fun for everyone else.

All ages are welcome, but parents are advised to go on the ice with children under the age of nine, for safety reasons.

Skate hire is included in the price, and the (7 for children, 9 for adults), cost allows for 45 minutes on the ice for both adults and children.

If you prefer to spectate, there's a cafe and viewing terrace, which is free of charge - perfect for watching the kids, who'd rather you were inside anyway.
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Why? To enjoy some icy fun
When: 10am - 10pm
Where: Centenery Square
Cost: 7-9.00
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