SKATERS are back on the ice in Bognor Regis for Christmas.
The town’s seasonal rink has returned for the second winter – and it’s bigger and better this time to ensure more fun for those who get their skates on.
The Ice Skating on the Prom festive wonderland opened on the Place St Maur yesterday and will continue to delight visitors of all ages into next year.
Kara Cole, who is operating the rink with her husband, James, said: “We’ve already had a lot of interest in the rink returning to Bognor Regis. People have been booking tickets.
“We are hopeful we will get more than the some 10,000 people who enjoyed themselves here last year.
“There was such a lovely atmosphere which the skaters created and everybody supported us. They seemed quite overwhelmed we would come to Bognor Regis and so we wanted to come back.”
This year’s rink is a third bigger than last year at 20m x 30m, compared to 20m x 20m, and can accommodate some 150 skaters at the same time on its thousands of litres of frozen water.
The marquee in which it is housed has similarly expanded in size from four bays to six bays.
Kara said: “We had everything last year to be this big but the seafront mounds were in the way. Arun District Council removed the mounds and so we were able to have the larger rink and it makes for a nicer events area.”
Plenty of other entertainment is being provided around the ice rink for those who don’t want to swap their shoes for skates. Santa’s grotto, children’s rides, Christmas market huts, a life-size snow globe, a German-style swing grill and a bar are among the attractions.
Paul Wells, chairman of the Bognor Regis Business Improvement District (BID), welcomed the return of the rink.
“It is fantastic to have a bigger and better rink here this year. It is a really good attraction to have in Bognor Regis for our Christmas 2018 season. The BID board are pleased to be working with James and Kara Cole and, hopefully, the rink will increase footfall in the town centre.
“We have far more restaurants than we did last year and, with the activities we have planned as well, we hope people will stay with us all day rather than just visiting for one reason,” he said.
The rink is open daily from 10am-9pm, except Christmas Day, until January 6. Tickets, from £6.50 each, can be bought online or on the gate.