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London’s Most Spectacular Winter Attraction

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink

It's Time To Get Your Skates On. London's Natural History Museum is set to open the Capital's most spectacular winter attraction this year - a stunning outdoor Ice Rink and traditional Victorian Christmas Fair.

The new Ice Rink sponsored by Panasonic, will be open from 16th November 2005 to 22nd January 2006 and tickets will go on sale to the public from 13th September 2005. It will be the most impressive outdoor rink in London, spanning 1000m2 with an accompanying junior rink in front of the grand
setting of the city's most famous and popular visitor attraction.

Overlooking the Ice Rink will be a dramatic two-tier viewing area with a café bar providing visitors with the best view of the rink. The café bar will serve a delicious winter menu and give spectators and nonskaters a chance to unwind with mulled wine in the fully licensed bar, whilst the action takes place on
the rink.

Alongside the rink will be a traditional Victorian Christmas fair providing Christmas shoppers with twenty-eight chalets of gifts, handmade crafts and decorations. As the winter evenings close in, the Ice Rink will be transformed into a magical setting with 76,000 Christmas lights in the surrounding trees illuminating the rink making the most of this impressive venue.

Construction of the site will take two weeks. The Ice rink will require 150,000 litres of water to create 13,000m3 of ice. It will also use a groundbreaking water-cooled system, which will take heat that is generated in ice chillers to heat the cafe bar and skate hire building. This is the first time this has ever
been used on a portable ice rink. To maintain the rink, 5m3 of snow will be collected every day from the surface of the ice, which will be melted in a specially designed pit using recycled energy from the ice chillers.

Panasonic will be the main sponsors for the Ice Rink, with EDF as associate sponsors. The Evening Standard and Heart 106.2 are media sponsors of the ice rink.

The Ice Rink will be the newest addition to the Natural History Museum, which won the Gold Award

For further press information please contact Anna Lusser at The Outside Organisation on Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7436 3633 or email: anna.lusser@outside-org.co.uk

Winner Tourist Attraction of the Year and attracts more than three million visitors a year. IMG, the organisers of the Ice Rink and Christmas fair in conjunction with the Natural History Museum have already had huge interest from event organisers and will make the rink and the café bar available to hire on an exclusive basis for parties and events throughout the opening seasons. It promises to provide everyone from families to couples, school groups, tourists and Londoners with the ultimate winter experience combining the stunning setting of the Natural History Museum gardens with an Ice Rink, Christmas fair and café bar.

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Listing's Information
Tickets go on sale on 13th September 2005
Ice Rink Location
Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Nearest tube: South Kensington (District & Circle Line)
Buses: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1
Opening Dates
16th November to 22nd January. Only closed on 25th December
Times
16th November and 30th December 10am to 10pm
2nd - 22nd January 11am to 10pm
24th and 31st December 10am to 8.45pm
26 December and 1 January 12.15pm to 8.45pm
Booking
Online Booking: www.nhmskating.com/www.ticketmaster.co.uk
In Person: 13th September - 15th November from inside the museum at ticket desk
16th November - 22nd January from the Ice Rink box office
Phone: 0870 060 1780
Ticket prices
Children £7 for all sessions (12 & under)
Adults £10 for 10 am to 5.15pm sessions
Adults £11 for 6.30pm to 9pm sessions
Families £28 (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) for all sessions
Concessions (UB40, Student cardholders and Senior Citizens)
£9 for 10 am to 5.15pm sessions
Concessions (UB40, Student cardholders and Senior Citizens)
£10 for 6.30pm to 9pm sessions
**All of the above prices are subject to booking fees and a fixed transaction charge
Schools £6.50 per student, bookings have to be for at least 10 students, no booking fees and teachers
go free
Phone: 08701 069 746

Christmas Fair
Opening Dates:
16th November to 8th January 2006
Closed on: 29th November, 25th & 26th December
Opening Times:
11am - 6pm - Sundays
11am - 7pm - Mondays - Wednesdays
11am - 9pm - Thursdays - Saturdays

Notes for editors

  • Other highlights at the Natural History Museum this winter include two major exhibitions, Diamonds and Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005.
  • For the first time ever, the Museum will open late on Friday evenings from 28 October 2005 to 24 February 2006 to allow more visitors to see these exhibitions.
  • Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science
    research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries.
  • The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This has been greatly enhanced by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative, which offers visitors unique access behind the scenes of the Museum.
    Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.
    For further information please telephone +44 (0)20 7942 5654 or email press@nhm.ac.uk