New roof will 'weather-proof' Christmas ice rink

Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has revealed plans to put a cover on its annual Christmas ice rink.

Seeing the choristers skate across the ice has become an annual winter feature. However in recent years both hot and wet weather have led to things not going to plan. The transparent roof will be there in time for this year's Christmas market and ice rink opening on 18th November.

The roof will cover the rink and extend over the walkways enabling us to offer skaters and spectators a rain-free session. We've gone for a clear roof so the rink's unique location is celebrated by the stunning Cathedral backdrop. The sides of the rink will remain fully open so the festive sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Market that surround the rink can be enjoyed by everyone.

The new roof will give people, particularly schools, groups and families, the confidence to book in advance. To support this we have created a range of pre-bookable food and drink packages to complete the skating experience."

– Phillip Holroyd Smith, Event organiser