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Ice skating at Hampton Court Palace this Christmas given the green light despite COVID-19 Posted On 20 November 2020

As far as outdoor skating rinks go, Hampton Court Palace boasts one of Surrey’s biggest and finest, and despite a slippery pandemic still gliding along, the widely celebrated festive pastime will still be going ahead this Christmas.


Though it was originally intended to start on November 20th, COVID-related difficulties forced the event to be put on hold until a decision could be finalized, and it’s now scheduled to launch on December 5th.


Tickets are now on sale now for this iconic open-air ice rink, and providing the COVID regulations will prove favourable, the event will slide straight through the New Year to January 17th.


The festive and magical event will feature an even larger rink this year. Not only will this help skaters socially distance, but it will also help the skaters be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere by absorbing the spectacular views of the enchanting riverside palace and former home of King Henry VIII.


This year, new COVID-related measures have been introduced, including stricter hygiene standards with enhanced cleaning regimes with handwashing sanitation facilities available, along with staggered skate sessions to ensure fewer people on the ice at any one time.


Managing director of events at Arena, the ice rink management company, Rob Derry, said: “The safety of our guests is always paramount, so we’ve taken a host of measures to make the ice rink COVID-19 secure, all comply with the gold standard for COVID-secure temporary ice rink attractions, which has been created by a consortium of industry experts and incorporates measures that are in line with, or exceed, government guidelines.”


Hampton Court Palace ice rink tickets and opening times:

  • Open daily from December 5, 2020, to January 17, 2021 (closed Christmas Day)
  • 10am to 9pm (last skate 8 pm)
  • Skate sessions last 45 minutes
  • Adult £16 and child (3-12 years) £11.50 (includes skate hire)
  • Skate aid £5 each
  • Buy tickets online and in advance here: https://hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk/


Address: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Cort Way, East Molesey, KT8 9AU

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