Now I have to be honest, I’m not the best ice skater in the world, but there’s one festive event that makes me wish I was one of those lucky people who could flounce their way across a rink like they’re channelling Torvil and Dean – skating at the Eden Project.
No matter how many times you’ve visited the famous biomes before, you’ll step inside and feel like you’re in a snow globe…fairy lights twinkle, snowflakes dance on the walls and skaters show off their skills on the enormous rink in the centre. Don’t worry if you’re in my camp when it comes to skill, there’s plenty of space to skate (or not) at your own pace, and the penguin skating aids mean little ones can find their feet with a little more confidence.
The festive fun doesn’t stop at the edge of the ice rink though…far from it, the skating’s part of the Eden Winter festival, and you’ll find Santa and five of his reindeer (well they can’t all relax in Cornwall so close to Christmas…) waiting to say hello to younger visitors. It’s an idea to book your meet and greet with the man in red in advance, and make sure you arrive an hour or so before your actual timed slot to give you time to wander the festive trail in your own time.
If you visit on a weekend during December you’ll be able to experience festive theatre the Eden way (included in your admission price) in the Rainforest Biome. If ever a setting was perfect for a quirky yet completely stunning Christmas performance then it’s the famous biome, and it’s transformed into a twinkling ball of festive wonder ready for each live performance in celebration of the festive season…enjoy!
Every skate session starts on the hour and lasts for 40 minutes, and the rink’s open from now until Sunday 28th February so you’ve still got plenty of time to get your skates on.