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Nice ice, baby: Metro gets its skates on to pick out the best ice rinks around the country

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

George IV’s Brighton ‘pleasure palace’ makes for an otherworldly skating setting. The open-air rink (above) is solar and wind-powered, with cockle-warming food and drink available nearby. Until Jan 19, 2020, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, royalpavilionicerink.co.uk

Eden Project

Cornwall’s only indoor rink is wheelchair-friendly and geared for family fun with penguin and snowman skating aids to help kids balance, parent and toddler ice-play sessions, relaxed family slots and skating lessons. Until February 23, 2020, Eden Project, Cornwall, edenproject.com

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

The open-air ice rink in the garden of Henry VIII’s Tudor palace, complete with its towers and turrets, has a fairytale atmosphere and hosts a Festive Fayre on December 6 with a Christmas market and entertainment all weekend long. Until Jan 5, 2020, Hampton Court Palace, hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Winchester Cathedral

The covered rink at Winchester’s magnificent gothic cathedral is surrounded by a Christmas market, so you can kill two seasonal birds with one stone. Until Jan 5, 2020, Winchester Cathedral, winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Skate at Somerset House

The glitzy courtyard ice rink has a roller-disco feel in the evenings with Skate Lates, where DJs include resident artist Nabihah Iqbal, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, DJ Yoda, Manara and Hannah Faith, plus an all-night session on Dec 7, until 8am. In the day, it’s family friendly, with sessions for kids. Until Jan 12, 2020, Somerset House, London, somersethouse.org.uk

Bath On Ice

Situated in Royal Victoria Park — just below Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent — Bath On Ice offers open-air ice-skating sessions for all, yummy food and drink and glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Yes, really. Until Jan 5, 2020, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, bathonice.com

Ice Skate Birmingham

Birmingham’s revamped Centenary Square is the location for the covered rink offering dazzling light shows overhead. There’s plenty of entertainment to make an evening, afternoon or morning of it with a 40m big wheel, City Flyer Ride, Ice Lounge and Christmas market. Until Jan 12, 2020, Centenary Square, Birmingham, iceskatebirmingham.co.uk

Cardiff Alpine Ice Trail

For the first time, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland features a 250m open-air ice trail, one of the largest in Europe, beating a path through the lawns of the grand City Hall. If you prefer your ice skating/stumbling to be circular, there’s a conventional rink, too. Until Jan 5, 2020, City Hall Lawns, Cardiff, cardiffswinterwonderland.com

Canterbury On Ice

Canterbury’s medieval walls frame the olde worlde city’s first festive pop-up ice rink, with Roman cemetery Dane John Mound offering scenic views of the roofed, open-sided rink. Especially suited to little ones. Until Jan 1, 2020, Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, canterburyonice.co.uk

Skate Manchester

The Cathedral Gardens are home to Skate Manchester, a covered, clear-roofed ice rink with lovely lights. Part of Ice Village, it has Christmas markets, fantasy ice sculptures and an ice bar to enjoy. Until Janusary 5, 2020, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, skatemanchester.com