REVIEW: Cool Coast Ice Rink

Salisbury Journal: The Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, Councillor Rod Cooper and Mrs Elaine Cooper are joined by Jack Frost at the official opening of the Cool Coast Ice Rink at the BIC The Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, Councillor Rod Cooper and Mrs Elaine Cooper are joined by Jack Frost at the official opening of the Cool Coast Ice Rink at the BIC

BOURNEMOUTH’S indoor winter ice rink is open, providing a fantastic seasonal activity.

I miss the Westover Road rink terribly, having spent every Saturday morning there as a child, and it’s wonderful to have a little taste of those days back again with the temporary rink at the BIC.

I even, dare I say it, vaguely managed to recover some of my ability to skate in the short time we were on the ice, which is more than I managed to do on the awful plastic rinks I’ve tried.

The Cool Coast Ice Rink in the complex’s Purbeck Hall includes a ‘snow’ machine, which entranced the two fiveyear- olds we took along, and a small children’s area and is larger than the rink in the Lower Gardens.

It holds a maximum of 250 people at a time and will remain until February 23.

This is the sixth year the BIC has hosted a rink, which also includes skating penguins to help youngsters keep their balance.

Tickets to skate are £7.50, including the skate hire.

Standard sessions are 90 minutes, running between 4pm and 8.45pm in term time and 11am and 8.45pm in the school holidays, with a later added session on Saturdays.

Family tickets and group concessions are also available and the minimum age to skate is four.

Miranda Robertson

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