Eco friendly skating rink to open at William’s Den

Posted by admin on November 21, 2017


Christmas is coming early to William’s Den, with an eco-friendly outdoor skating rink opening this Saturday 25th November.

The rink, which is synthetic and kinder to the environment than ice, will be open during William’s Den opening hours until Saturday 24th December and skating-only prices start from £4 per person for Friends of the Den. £7 for non-Friends of the Den.

It will be surrounded by dozens of real Christmas trees festooned with dancing lights, creating a festive family attraction to enjoy during the day or after dark.

William’s Den co-founder Tor Carver says: “Skating is a brilliant way to get active and have fun outside in the winter months. There’ll be music to sing along to, mulled wine, hot chocolate, warm Belgian waffles and other festive treats. We’ve even got push along penguin skating aids to help the younger children join in.”

Tor’s husband and co-founder Christian Carver adds: “This rink is synthetic, so it has a much lower carbon footprint than real ice. We went for the environmentally-friendly option because it fits in with the William’s Den ethos.

“There’s nothing like the nostalgic thrill and fun of whizzing around a skating rink with your family and friends. The festive season is the perfect time to have a go. And in keeping with William’s Den’s emphasis on sustainability, our Christmas lights will partly be powered by electricity generated by solar panels.”

Skating sessions last for 30 minutes, skates are provided and visitors should arrive 15 minutes before their slot to give time to change. The rink is open every day from Saturday 25th November until Sunday 24th December, during William’s Den opening hours. We advise you to book in advance here. See also FAQs, below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to pop into our gift shop, which is packed full of traditional Christmas toys and games for the young and young at heart. More information here.

You can also combine your trip to William’s Den with buying your own real Christmas tree from local grower Bellasize Christmas Trees, who’ll be selling from our car park. Prices for the popular “non-drop” Nordmann Fir range from £30 for a 5ft tree to £55 for an 8ft, and traditional Norway Spruces are from £25 for a 5ft tree to £40 for an 8ft. For more information, click here

Skating: Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there any age limits?

The minimum age for children is 3 years old. We have penguin skating aids available on a first come, first served basis. Under 8s must be accompanied by one adult skater each on the rink at all times.

Can my children skate without me?

Under 8s must be accompanied by one adult skater per child on the rink at all times. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at William’s Den by an adult, but the adult need not be skating.

Do I need my own skates?

No, we provide skates in a range of sizes, included in the ticket price. Users are not permitted to bring their own skates.

What’s the rink made of?

The rink is synthetic but it looks like ice and is sprayed frequently to ensure it remains smooth.   

What should I wear?

It’s an outdoor rink so we recommend you wrap up warm in comfortable clothing – ideally in layers so you can remove them if necessary.

Do I need gloves?

Yes, skaters are advised to wear gloves while on the rink, to protect your skin if you fall.

Should I book in advance?

We have a capacity of 25 skaters per 30-minute session, so you should book in advance to avoid disappointment.

What about the #skateattheden competition?

Skaters who post a picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with @williamsdenplay or #skateattheden have the chance to win a £50 William's Den gift card. By entering this competition, you accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

The prize draw opens for entries on Saturday 25th November 2017. The closing date for entries is Sunday 24th December 2017 at 23:59pm. This promotion is only open to residents of Great Britain (UK Mainland and Northern Ireland) except employees of William’s Den or members, families, agents or anyone associated with this promotion. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Promoter may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and the prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification. Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties will be disqualified. No incomplete or corrupted entries will be accepted. Entries will only be accepted if they comply with all entry instructions.  To enter this promotion, entrants must post a photo and caption as per the poster entry guidelines. Entry to this competition is via social media only and no other form of entry will be accepted. There will be one winner. Multiple entries may be made. Winners must be available to collect their prize in person and may be required to take part in publicity. Entries not submitted in accordance with the entry instructions are invalid and will not be entered in the draw. The Promoters cannot be held responsible for a breakdown in communication systems or networks that may result in an entry not being registered. The winners will be picked at random from all valid entries after the closing date and will be notified via their method of entry at the beginning of January 2018.


Book your tickets here.

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