What could be a better cure for January blues than a lap or two round an ice rink?

Today we present four picturesque outdoor ice rinks in Britain.

1. Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

Open: 22 November 2011 – 6 January 2012

The stunning, Gothic Winchester Cathedral becomes a festive hot spot over the holiday season. The ice rink takes over the cathedral’s inner close, creating an atmosphere that blasts joy around like a happy snow cannon.  Experience an exhilarating skate under the stars with friends and family.

2. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Open: 1 December 2012- 13 January 2013

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is one of London’s most dramatic Ice Rinks on banks of the River Thames. The real-ice rink is set against the stunning backdrop of Henry VIII’s historic Tudor palace. Glide around the ice in royal style within the setting of the magnificent Palace. Enjoy the winter sun as it glistens on the ice, and after dark, skate under the stars. The Palace will be illuminated after the sun goes down, providing a magical fairytale scene to delight young and old!

3. Eden Project Ice Rink

Open: 20 October 2012 – 3 March 2013

The ice-skating rink at The Eden Project is a spectacular place, and skating in the newly designed rink is what a romantic winter should be. Amidst the biomes and down deep in Eden’s heart the ice skating rink is a frosty wonderland of delicious fun.

4. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton

Open: 10 November 2012 – 20 January 2013

It’s that time of year again, when the Christmas Ice Rink returns to Brighton’s majestic Royal Pavilion. At over 800 square metres and with space for 250 skaters per session, the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is a great festive activity.

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