It's the 6th year running that we welcome the Ice Rink to the Museum's lawns. Since launching in 2005, it has become a much-loved part of London's winter scene and a magical event that attracts many visitors, old and young, from near, far and wide. It opens to the public on Bonfire Night.
The flaptastic news this year is the arrival of 50 penguins who join us as skating aids (shown above). Of course, these aren't real penguins, but stabilisers for kids on the ice and available for up to 8 years (£4 to hire). No excuses this year then, kids. For adults there are friendly and unflappable ice marshals.
Once again this year, the vintage carousel beams out to all children 'hop on a horse for a fun ride'. (Select the images to enlarge them.)
Later tonight I hope to be enjoying mulled wine (supposedly the best there is) at the launch preview in the Café Bar overlooking the winter wonderland. The Great British Barbershop Boys will be there to serenade guests and maybe my colleagues and I will even attempt a tentative skate on that virginal ice! Along with rumoured celebs like comic Bobby Davro and TV presenter Miquita Oliver..?
Get skating or spectating out there when it opens, we love seeing you practising your synchronised moves on our way in and out of work. And remember if you're a student, take advantage of the Special ticket price + free drink offer on Mondays and Tuesday until 7 December 2010.