Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit with the kiddies to an ice rink, showing the world you still have your Jayne Torvill moves. Ahem. And if that doesn’t quite materialise, there’s always the trusty penguins to scoot around on. Or the bar for a mulled wine or three. This year Windsor On Ice returns to Alexandra Gardens from 17 November 2018 – 6 January 2019. And we’re very excited to see it back again.
The main ice rink is undercover meaning rain needn’t stop play, and even has some amazing Strictly-esque mirror balls hanging over head. The smaller rink is open air for the full on festive experience and they’re interlinked so you can use both rinks while you’re there. For the Bambi’s amongst us who don’t fancy chancing their luck on the ice, there’s the Ice Bar and Grill serving festive food like bratwurst and hot & cold drinks. There’s also a fair around the rink with dodgems, Flying Dumbos and the Polar Express, to name a few. And the icing on top, you can expect great live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. To find out more about Windsor on Ice, click here.
Catch Santa at Windsor On Ice this Christmas! Santa will be taking a break from his North Pole duties from 1.00 – 6.00pm on the following dates: Weekends from 8 & 9 December, 15 & 16 December and then from the 22 – 24 December. Awesomely you don’t need to book tickets to see Santa, he’ll be strolling around saying hi to the kiddies and if you’ve been really good this year you may even get a photo on his chair with your little ones. In return a donation to their local charity, Swan support, is much appreciated. Charity collection boxes can be found around the ice rink.
Tiny Tuesday sessions will run on 20 & 27 November, 4, 11 & 18 December 2018, and 1 January 2019. These slots are for young skaters to have a dedicated session just for them. The Tiny Tuesday session runs at 10.00am & 11.00am and offer a very calm atmosphere, with no fast skaters, and a relaxed, fun environment. A maximum of 30 little skaters are allowed on the ice during this time to keep the experience enjoyable. Penguin and snowman skater aids will be put on the main rink for use free of charge during Tiny Tuesday sessions. One child per paying adult goes completely free of charge. To book for Tiny Tuesdays, click here.
Getting there – If you don’t know Windsor too well, Alexandra Gardens is right in the town centre, a couple of minutes walk from Windsor Castle. There’s plenty of parking nearby including; King Edward Court Car Park, River Street Car Park (behind Browns) or the Alma Road Car Park, are some of the more convenient. Both Windsor & Eton Central and Windsor Riverside train stations are a few minutes on foot if you want to leave the car and make the most of the bar!
You can get tickets to Windsor On Ice online now, click here for more information on opening times and to book.
**The ice rink will be closed on Christmas Day**
Address: Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HY
Fancy a nibble?
The shops and restaurants of Windsor are a stones throw from the skating action. As you’d expect there are loads of child friendly places to grab a bite for hungry little tummies, and with something for all wallets and tastes. Here are some of our tried and tested favourites all just a short stroll from Windsor On Ice:
Flaming Cow – We love this independent restaurant which specialises in burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. There’s a great kiddies menu, all kids meals are £6. Mummies and daddies – try the Frickles… oh my! It’s awesome and compact, so book before you go.
Wagamamas – My little ones love anything involving chopsticks and noodles, and Wagas is always a big hit. Think soups, noodles and rice dishes for under £5 for a child’s meal. Bargain!
Yo! Sushi – We’re all big fans of sushi and Japanese dining. If you have kiddies with adventurous taste buds have a look at Yo! Sushi. What’s more they’ll love the novelty of the conveyor belt service.
Zizzi – Our favourite Italian eatery in Windsor, Zizzi has Lego décor inside reflecting the local kids top destination! Their Bambini Menu is fantastic value offering 3 courses and a Chocacino for £6.75.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Burgers, burgers, burgers. And good ones at that. For the kiddies they can chose a burger, side and a drink for £6.95, all enjoyed in a chilled out, child friendly environment.
Bel & the Dragon Windsor – This is a fantastic restaurant nestled in the shadows of Windsor Castle and close to the River Thames. There’s a delicious children’s menu with healthy, freshly made choices like homemade fish fingers, fish of the day, pea and sweetcorn risotto and homemade chicken nuggets. You can also request a scribble table where children can use chalk on the table top to create a masterpiece, and other children’s activities can be provided for during the meal.
We hope you found this post useful. For other ideas on what’s on this Christmas for families in Berkshire, click here.