Icescape in Weston-Super-Mare Review 2018
Living in Weston-Super-Mare I was keen to visit the UK’s largest covered winter ice rink Icescape@Tropicana. We were very kindly given tickets for an Ice skating session and tokens to use either for the fairground rides on site or to use them on the snow slide.
The ice-skating rink is situated on the seafront and has pretty blue and white lights which look quite magical. All around the site are Winter characters. There are penguins, elves which all add to the Winter theme.
I looked on-line. Tickets are priced at £9.50 (peak time) £7.00 (off-peak) per adult (aged 13 or over) £7.50 (peak time) £6.00 (off-peak) for aged 13 and under. Peak times are weekends and the week leading up to Christmas.
I did notice that if you pay online that it allows you to park outside the venue for 3 hours (subject to availability) which I thought was a bonus, as parking on the seafront can be expensive. There are family tickets available.
Our session was booked at 5 pm and we arrived bang on time. I do not recommend arriving for the time the session is booked. I do recommend a good 15-30 minutes before.
When we arrived I put our belongings in the locker. Lockers on site are £1.00. We then walked to the skate collection as I handed over my ticket, I realised I left my socks in the locker. The lovely lady that was sorting our skates gave me a pound coin so that I could get my socks out. Just remember that each time you open the locker your £1.00 goes. The lockers on site are similar to ones we have come across at swimming pools.
I spent quite a while putting skates on. The size I normally have was really small for my feet, so I opted for a size up. I was faffing about for ages with my skates. My daughter’s skates just slid on her feet quite nicely.
Okay, it’s fair to say I am rubbish at skating, the entire time on the rink I spent it holding on to side with my daughter laughing at my inability to skate. I need more lessons! It’s odd as when I was youngster I was able to skate and whizz around. I was hoping that my brain and body would work together so I could glide but it seems holding on to the side was as good as I was going to get.
It looks so lovely inside. There was also a really nice atmosphere. Each person seemed to be having a great time.
Personally, I really like the blue snowflakes and lights. This is a nice touch!
The ice-rink after the session ended.
We decided to use our tokens on the snow slide. We both thought this would be fun. Each token is £2.50. You can get 5 tokens for £10.00.
We thought this was really enjoyable and amusing. You basically sit in a rubber dingy and come down the slide at speed. My Daughter and I even went down at the same time, following their instructions and we both laughed so much.
Picture of Natalia and I coming down the slide together. The staff were quite fun at the Snow slide and they didn’t object to holding the camera for a photo.
Whilst on site we thought we would look around the Lodge Bar. The Lodge Bar has a ski lodge feel with its wooden decor, animal statues, and faux animal fur throws. To sit in this area by the fireplace it feels so cosy and romantic. Perfect for a date night.
Food is available from Bare Grills. I spoke to the lady working at Bare Grills and apparently a customer favourite is “dirty fries” I I actually didn’t know that this is fries with melted cheese.
Icescape at the Tropicana has it’s very own Santa’s Grotto. This opens on the 24th of November until the 24th of December.
I’ve attached the link here to book your tickets online.
Have you visited Weston-Super-Mare recently? How are your ice-skating skills?
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DISCLOSURE – The tickets were given to me to enjoy the venue. All words written above are my own thoughts.