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Icescape @ The Tropicana get a BBC Radio Bristol Interview!

Icescape are excited to host an exciting winter wonderland-esque event this winter. Located in Weston-super-Mare, at the iconic Tropicana location which has sadly gone unused for many years. It will be back to its best, brilliantly decorated, and will contain many festively entertaining activities for all of the family to enjoy. The Operations Manager, Jamie Dann spoke on behalf of the company for the BBC Radio Bristol Interview on Monday morning. He discussed when tickets will go on sale and what will be available at the event. In case you missed it, check the clip at the end of this article as we've managed to get the whole interview with Emma Britton! Icescape @ The Tropicana opens on the 3rd November and will close on the 7th January. Tickets go on sale very soon. For all of the latest information on Icescape @ The Tropicana, visit www.icescape-tropicana.co.uk, and our Facebook and Twitter.

What's on?

Ice Rink

Proud to be the largest under cover winter ice rink in the UK. This ice rink will be able to have  up to 500 people skating on the ice at any time! The covered rink means that everyone will be able to enjoy the real ice no matter what the weather is like.

Santa's Grotto & Igloo Bar

The spectacular Santa’s grotto is hidden within a North Pole themed igloo and children will get the chance to meet the man himself and take away a quality, individually wrapped gift. For the rest, there will be plenty of ice tables in the artic bar to rest your drink upon and pull up a bar stool! There are plenty of other attractions too, from a giant snow slide which will be located at the back of the location, to a Christmas Carousel AND rollercoaster, Icescape @ The Tropicana should keep you entertained for a while. Icescape @ The Tropicana has great links to the M5 and offers free parking for on-line bookings in a designated seafront car park. The train station only a 10-minute walk away and trains to Bristol Temple Meads run every half an hour ... it's a Winter event not to be missed

Listen to the BBC Radio Bristol interview with Jamie below:

Icescape @ The Tropicana Coming Soon!

Icescape are excited to announce the opening of a brand new festive destination at Weston-super-Mare this winter, called Icescape @ The Tropicana! Icescape HQ have been hard at work planning the magical takeover of the Tropicana for the past few weeks, and it's safe to say - it's going to look spectacular. Icescape @ The Tropicana

The Biggest Covered Winter Ice Rink in the UK

Boasting the largest winter covered REAL ice rink in the country, there's plenty of space for you and your friends to enjoy a skate session, and no matter what the weather is like, you will be covered by a massive marquee (courtesty of our sister company, Danco plc) which will be beautifully decorated with festive lights. The cover will ensure you stay dry, and the ice stays crisp.

Visit the Igloo Bar 

Complimenting the rink, Icescape are excited to show off our IceDome, which will host an Igloo Bar with Ice tables for you to enjoy a beverage whilst looking out at all of our giant Christmas decorations covering the area.

Meet Santa Claus in the Christmas Grotto 

A magical Santa's grotto will also be close by, where children of all ages can visit Santa Claus himself, (and his helpers of course!).  Santa will give out great presents to all the children who visit him. To top it all off, there will be a carousel close-by  which will only add to the festive atmosphere at Icescape @ The Tropicana. There will be plenty to do, and plenty to see, so make sure you keep a look out for our announcement on tickets, and make sure to come down and see this magical event unfold!

Icescape @ The Tropicana coming soon

Visit our stand-alone website for this event: www.icescape-tropicana.co.uk Keep up to date with the latest Icescape @ The Tropicana news on Facebook and Twitter. View our exciting teaser trailer for the upcoming event here:  

A Spring clean at Icescape HQ

Icescape Yard 2 As Spring is now firmly bedding in and we leave thoughts of Christmas and ice safely behind us, the team at Icescape aren't taking a quick break quite yet!

Fleet Expansion

With more artic trailers, re-surfacers and vehicles than ever before (and all in a sensible bright white), it's a tough task to keep them all sparkling. With the addition of our new re-surfacing machines before the last season, we help to ensure the ice rink surface is kept clean and smooth. These vehicles lay down a layer of clean water, which will freeze to form a smooth ice surface, in order to give skaters a great experience.

Sharpen Up

Another off-season job is to sharpen and maintain the thousands of pairs of ice-skates in our expansive warehouses. With the purchase last Autumn of a Blackstone Sports - Technology (Flat Bottom V®) patented skate sharpening system, we are able to provide our customers with skates that allow for superior endurance, enhanced agility and better control over the ice.

Washing Winter away

A less glamorous, but still necessary task involves blast washing thousands of square metres of rubber matting. This is used at our ice rink installations to allow skaters to walk to the rink from the skate exchange area, and back, safely and without damaging the blades. Busy, busy, busy! Our Icescape hospitality event is just round the corner so stay tuned for more updates on our recent antics!

See the gallery pictures below for evidence of our team in action ...

Icescape insight – Bath on Ice!

Bath on Ice Drone View

The Coolest Ice Rink in Bath…

Most would agree that Royal Victoria Park is one of the most beautiful venues in Bath, and we are proud to say that’s where our next featured ice rink is currently located! The rink looks fantastic, with a picturesque view of the iconic Bath stone buildings against the fresh winter sky. As you can see from our images in the gallery below, we took some spectacular shots thanks to the Danco drone! Bath on Ice Drone View The rink is over 400 sqm in size, and as you can see by the pictures, that’s more than enough space to slide round in style. We provided some additional penguin skate aids for our client to supplement their own stock too, always there to lend a helping ... wing! Bath on Ice Drone View

Icescape Gets the Job Done!

The installation took a couple of weeks in total, due to the build site being so tight and with very restricted access, everything had to be lifted in over a fence with a rotating telehandler! When you walk through the front entrance, underneath the well lit Chinese hats (all structures provided by Danco of course!), you are welcomed in to a cosy, warm atmosphere. Comfy furniture, with wooden log decals placed along the walls to imitate a real alpine ski lodge makes the entire place really look the part. Don't believe us? Head down there yourself! Once you literally 'get your skates on', the sessions run in 45 minute periods, giving everyone plenty of time to throw some shapes on the ice. Safety precautions are recommended.

Re-fuel in style

After that, you can refuel in their fullylicensed bar which sells anything from lemonade to champagne! They also have freshly made Pizza cooked in a wood fire oven, and snacks for you to enjoy before and/or after you skate. Bath on Ice is open from the 18th Novemboi-4ber 2016 until the 3rd January 2017 (Every day except Christmas Day), so head on down! Our Danco drone promotional video is worth a look too (click the image) ....   

It’s always Winter somewhere …

London-Eye The title of the blog isn't meant to fill you with sad thoughts about cold temperatures and blustery winds, but with positive ones about toasted marshmallows, colourful leg warmers and an open fire! Not to mention the 'Frozen' fancy dress that isn't ever allowed to be put away, whatever the weather!

Spring clean before Winter

We certainly aren't wishing away the summer months, but as the team at Icescape Ltd clean, repair and label all of the elements that go in to our real ice rinks, ready for the Winter season - we can't help but look ahead and get excited about this year's festive fun.

Warehouse working

FullSizeRender (2)                 FullSizeRender (3)                  FullSizeRender We'll forgive you for not being able to imagine these stacks of equipment turning in to frost covered real ice rinks, waiting for eager families to don their skates and scarves before stepping confidently on to the ice! (Then grabbing a well earned hot chocolate afterwards to calm the nerves!) But it just goes to show that work never stops at Icescape and our rinks are kept in fantastic condition year round! See you in that Winter coat soon ...

Festive skating fun at Frostival

Frostival 1 For just over 7 weeks, the Frostival experience at The London Eye is open to everyone seeking some icy excitement, including celebrities such as Ella Eyre, Alexandra Burke and the majority of the Made in Chelsea cast! The team at Icescape put a lot of hard work in to installing the real ice rink and our friends at Danco Plc provided six 6m temporary structures with custom made brown roofs to house the reception desks and boot hire. They also installed clear panel solid walls across some of the marquee frontages to ensure a warm and snug interior for the skaters. The timber fascias and branded gables were then manufactured specifically for Frostival and built around Danco's marquees to give the appearance of Alpine ski chalets, let's hope for some actual snow to really set the scene! Skaters of all ages and abilities will be welcome to glide, slide or perhaps just cling on to the side. It all takes place in the open air as The London Eye turns majestically above it, with the bright lights of the South Bank and the giant Christmas tree twinkling all around. A very festive experience awaits and there is more information on The London Eye website. Frostival 2  Frostival 4  Frostival 3