Ice Rink opens at London's Natural History Museum

04 November 2011

Get your skates on and head down to the beautiful setting of London's Natural History Museum Ice Rink, which is open from today.

The sweet shop at the Natural History Museum's Ice Rink

Treat yourself at the sweet shop at the Museum's Ice Rink © Matt Prosser

Pupils from Cyril Jackson primary school joined The Snowman, who is on a break from his show at Sadler's Wells, as the first lucky skaters to test the ice on one of London’s most spectacular skating attractions.

The 950-square-metre ice rink, is set on the Museum's east lawn, a setting made even more magical with its fairground carousel, 76,000 fairy lights, sweet shop and the cosy Café Bar.

Star preview event

A special ice rink preview event was attended last night by Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies MBE, Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott, Antony Costa from the boyband Blue, and the TV series The Only Way Is Essex's Lydia Rose Bright, amongst others.

Help for children and beginners

Friendly ice marshals are skating around to help beginners and the cute penguin stabilisers give young skaters a helping hand. There is also a separate 100-square-metre rink for children.

Penguin stabilisers help young skaters at the Natural History Museum ice rink

Penguin stabilisers help young skaters on the Natural History Museum's magical ice rink

Soak up the atmosphere

If you don't fancy a skate, then you can always just take in the atmosphere with a hot chocolate, mulled wine and festive food from the Café Bar, with its balcony overlooking the rink.

There is live music at an Acoustic night on 10 November and special offers for students. 

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open until 8 January 2012 and tickets prices start from £8. 

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