We're well in to the New YearChristmas may be over, and 2016 has come and gone. But all isn’t doom and gloom! We had a fantastic season with our many temporary real ice rinks around the UK, and we’re still excited to show them all off!
Twirling and Curling on Ice!Located in Beckworth Emporium, our ice rink sits at close to 700sqm, plenty of space for you to skate with style, (or grab on to the safety barriers!). If that isn’t enough, we also built two curling lanes for up to 8 people per lane to practice their skills. Judging by the above clip, take care when curling! At Icescape we are able to provide a fully bespoke package for our clients’ every need.
Under Cover? No Bother!The rink itself is built inside a glass house nursery meaning that no matter what the weather is like, it won’t stop you from skating on a perfect ice surface. We pride ourselves on offering the highest standard in skating experiences. To add to the experience, lighting and music within the rink added to the already very festive atmosphere. Alongside a bar and a café, with purpose built toilet facilities and VIP areas, the entire emporium was a perfect destination to enjoy the festive season as there was plenty to do.
Custom built for safe customersAs you can see in the gallery below, hundreds of fairy lights hung from the ceiling and the ‘Ice Café and ‘Blizzard Bar’ were next to the rink for you to enjoy a large selection of refreshments to refuel or prepare you for your skating session! Due to the design of the nursery, we had to create custom cushioning pads to fit around each of the poles in the ice rink to make the skating experience extra safe for everyone! Please view our selection of images below to see the rink in action ...
At over 600 sqm, our temporary ice rink build at Bournemouth Lower gardens could house up to 200 people at one time! A significant amount, and we are very proud to have been a part of such a great turnout. The ice rink itself is situated in Bournemouth Lower Gardens, a beautiful location all year round, and even more-so during the festive season because of the atmospheric lighting. Due to this, it is a perfect location to add an ice rink because of the number of customers passing by, meaning the rink was consistently enjoyed by many!
A listed destinationThe grade II listed gardens are famous in Bournemouth, and having an Ice Rink placed here meant that we were a part of the must-visit destination in the town centre. Festive treats were on sale at the concession stands placed around the perimeter of the rink. A selection of food and beverage, from beers and mulled wines to luxury hot chocolates were all available around the rustic Alpine chalets for customers to enjoy! Warming up and refueling in the 'Apres Skate' bar before or after each session on the ice, helped everyone get into the spirit during the Christmas period.
Apres 'Skate' AwardsBournemouth Gardens received ‘The Bournemouth Tourism 2016 Award-Winning “Best Night Out” Après-Skate chalet’, and it’s no surprise when you take a look at the gallery! We provided skating aids for the younger, and less confident on the ice to enjoy themselves. We’re sure you’ll agree that the rink looks brilliant from the pictures. We’re proud to provide a high standard product to our clients, with the option of a fully bespoke rental package to suit your requirements. Browse our website for products we offer, and more examples of our builds!
Our rink at the Port of Dover is in full swing! Located at the Cruise Terminal 1 building, formerly the Dover Marine Station at Western Docks, this is the first Christmas event ever at this location, and we are delighted to be the contracted supplier of the rink there! At 30m long, the rink is a perfect size for people to skate around with their friends and family, and you may be able to spot and reserve a few of our famous 'Bobby the Seal' skating aids when you get there!
A Rustic, Cosy ChristmasThe perimeter of our ice rink is sealed off with a wooden barrier, which by combining with the tasteful decoration around the terminal, Port of Dover have created a cosy atmosphere. You'll also notice in the images in the gallery that the Christmas lights have been placed all the way around the rink, illuminating the night and making it feel even more festive! We have some fantastic pictures showing off the rink. We think you’ll agree that the place is looking very magical, and a great location to go skating on the run up to the big day! Christmas day that is ... not a wedding day!
Markets, Music, and more ...There’s an English themed Christmas Market open on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. It will be open throughout the week just before Christmas, where you can enjoy music and decorations with unique gifts and Christmas themed family activities and workshops. so head on down and enjoy the festivities, as there's plenty to do! Our ice rink at The Port of Dover opened on Monday 7th of November, and will run all the way through until Monday 2nd January 2017, meaning there’s still plenty of time to get your skates on!
Under cover festivities!Bolton town centre has officially been transformed into a Winter Festival destination, and with the help of Icescape, people can soak up the atmosphere with a bit of skating! The Bolton Ice rink is now open and ready for business, their first ever covered ice rink sits at over 400 sqm in size, which is a great amount of space for anyone to slide (or glide) around on. From a seasoned expert to a novice, the rink is for all people of all ages making it a fantastic facility for everyone.
Penguin's playgroundThis year they even have Penguin Club, a parent and child ice skating session which offers the perfect introduction to ice skating! With clear roofs and solid sides court-ice-y (sorry!) of Danco, you can skate no matter what the weather is like: rain, snow, or sleet, you can keep those skates on your feet! The ice will always be crisp, and in perfect condition for you to enjoy.
Skating in a Winter WonderlandHow many more sleeps? ... the countdown to Christmas is on... what better way to make the time slide by than to hit the ice with your friends / family? As one of the largest providers of real ice rink hire in the UK, Icescape pride themselves on supplying high quality, bespoke ice rinks using specialist equipment which guarantees the highest standard in skating experiences. Bolton Ice rink is open from 1st December until 8th January. Book tickets here
Would you like ice with that?
As our rinks are now all fully installed and skaters from all over the country are flocking to the ice to don their skates, we will be posting a feature on each of our clients over the coming weeks.First up is the very impressive Bluewater Ice Rink in Kent, we are proud to say that it’s officially open for business!
Woolly hats for WinterThe winter season is most definitely upon us, meaning family festivities and general excitement for Christmas are well under way. Think woolly hats, leg warmers and a warming cup of mulled wine … Our generous 595 sqm rink at Bluewater is covered with 25m wide transparent roof panels, provided by the team at Danco Plc meaning customers can skate the day away whatever the weather! Well recommended in the good old UK climate.
Alpine RefreshmentsThe rink itself is located lakeside, outside the West Village and our new alpine cabins have been assembled for the traders to refreshments, including freshly made waffles, a great way to refuel after a while on the ice!
All that twinkles …Alongside the Christmas snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and the elegant icicle lights covering the perimeter of the 1000 sqm plus temporary structure, it all ties together to create a wonderfully festive atmosphere. The rink itself is 45m in length on a weighted suspended floor system as you can see by the images, it looks fantastic! Plenty of room to get up some speed.
Professional ice installersWe provided screening to hide the chilling equipment, and bespoke ramping systems to allow safe and easy customer access to the rink. Our specialist equipment ensures we remain at the highest standard in skating experiences at any location. We pride ourselves on giving all customers who visit our rinks the best experience possible, and Bluewater is no exception. Bluewater Ice Rink is open from Thursday 17th November until Monday 2nd January. Don’t forget a trip to Santa’s Grotto!
On a clear and frosty morning, as the last few white Icescape lorries park up to unload all the equipment necessary for installing our real ice skating rinks, a flash back to the last few months of imaginative skating styles, ice and impressive Winter Wonderlands! Firstly, Happy New year form all at Icescape! A tad delayed, granted, but we have been busy travelling the country to dismantle over 20 ice rinks. Not to forget the multiple marquees, with the help of Danco Plc. Our Icescape skating rinks were in some eye catching locations (pun intended). You would have seen us at The London Eye, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Longleat House, Weymouth, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Frosts Garden Centres and Reading to name just a few. Please see our gallery below for some pictures of the 2015/16 Winter season, if you are thinking of adding an ice rink to your Winter Wonderland or Christmas event later this year then get in touch early! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote, our real ice technology is in high demand ...
Looking for a challenging and interesting job in the events industry?
The team at Icescape are currently looking to recruit an *Operations Manager* to work from our Bristol Office. The main responsibilities will include overseeing the management of our ice rinks and current customer account management. Please note that experience in managing staff in the event industry and driving an exceptional level of customer service are a must.
In case you hadn’t noticed as you wander around sunny Bristol, or watch the news, there has been an increase in the animal population of Bristol recently! From 6th July to 31st August, 70 b-ewe-tiful giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures, created by artists, designers and celebrities, have been positioned in iconic locations and green spaces across Bristol for the public to enjoy. Shaun in the City have orchestrated this family friendly initiative and the all the information, including where to find them, is on their website. As a West Country based business, the team at Icescape recognised the importance of supporting the local community & charity by sponsoring our yellow, crystal encrusted Shaun. Bee-dazzled, as she is affectionately known, is located near the food court in The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and has already attracted a flurry of fans taking photos of her sparkly face! The flocks of Shauns will go to auction later in the year, with funds raised from the 70 Bristol sculptures going to The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity and funds raised from the 50 London sculptures benefitting Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, supporting children in hospitals across the UK. What a worthwhile cause and something we are incredibly proud to be part of. Anyway, enough bleating on (pun intended), please share your pictures of bee-dazzled on our twitter page @icescapeltd so we can see her making friends and most importantly, enjoy the last few weeks of the trail …