Nothing says winter better than gliding round the ice while wrapped up in gloves and a scarf. Here’s where you’ll be able to go ice skating in Essex over the Christmas period.

Essex Ice Skating 2017

Wintasia in Saffron Walden
The Common, Ashdon Rd, Saffron Walden CB10 1JH
Open from Saturday 2 December until Friday 22 December 2017, 12pm- 8pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and 12pm- 6pm Thursday to Sunday
Alongside the rink there will also be a large tent selling refreshments, such as hot chocolate, German Bratwurst, and toasted marshmallows. An Alpine-themed licensed bar will open at night.
Cost: £8 adults, £7 children up to 16 and £6 for children aged four to seven. Prices are for a 40 minutes skate session with 5 minute changeover, including skate hire. Skate assist available (pre-book only).

Ice Rink at intu Lakeside
West Thurrock Way, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZP
Open from Saturday 11 November 2017 until Monday 1 January 2018
Grab your skates, grab your mates and wrap up warm as this magical ice rink opens its doors for another year.
Cost: Prices start at £8 for children aged 4+ and £10 for adults. Group discounts available. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an over 16. Each skate session last 40 minutes and tickets can be booked in advance.

Ice Skating at Basildon Christmas Celebrations
Basildon Town Centre
Open from Saturday 18 November until Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December 2017, 10am – 4pm (operating times may vary).
Fantastic family event. Ice-skating penguin aids will be available for young children to use as support.
Cost: Ice-skating sessions are FREE and last 20 minutes, ice-skates are provided.

Ice Skating at Bond Street, Chelmsford
Chelmsford, CM1 1GD
Open from Thursday 14th December until Sunday 7th January 2018
A festive outdoor ice staking experience is coming to Chelmsford this winter in The Bowl events space on Bond Street.
Cost: Tickets are £7 per adult for a 30 minute session, with concessions for children and group bookings.

Ice Skating at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
Victoria Road Chelmsford Essex CM1 1FG
Open all year-round
Public indoor ice skating sessions held every day. Penguin ice skating aids can be hired to help children to skate independently. Lessons available.
Cost: Prices from £5.60 from non-Leisure Plus card holders. Skate hire £2.40.

DX Ice Slider in Colchester
Colchester Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, C01 1TG.
Open from Saturday 2nd December until Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Not quite an ice rink, but still icy fun! The DX Ice Slider is a 35m long ride, with 5 lanes of fun. 4 lanes are for your plastic sled and the other is for the slightly more adventurous rider with a big tube (for bigger kids and adults only). All children under the age of 5 years old should be accompanied by a full paying adult whilst going down the ride. Riders need to be at least 60cm / 2’7ft high.
Cost: Peak Tickets £10 online or £12.50 at the gate. Off Peak Tickets £8 online or £10.50 at the gate.