The North Pole Cambridge is back for a winter of alpine fun. We find out what’s in store this year
When the city’s outdoor ice rink and alpine-themed attraction pops up on Parker’s Piece, it’s a sure sign Christmas is on the way. Opening on 16 November for a seven-week stint and no longer exposed to the elements, the new-look North Pole Cambridge features an all-weather, undercover rink, so you can glide around come rain or shine (but still see the stars through the transparent roof). Younger visitors can pick up a penguin to help them scoot about and avid skaters can book a season pass to get in maximum practise: you’ll be channelling your inner Torvill or Dean in no time!
Once you’ve had your fun on the rink, head to the Alpine Cabin to warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate, or grab a bratwurst sausage from the authentic German swing grill. There will also be gourmet burgers, crepes and vegetarian options available.
Want to make a festive day of it? Check out the funfair, which features dodgems, waltzers, a fun house, giant slide and more. There’s also a host of other stalls and attractions.
For those charged with planning a Christmas get-together or office party, The North Pole Cambridge is available for private hire, with packages available that include drinks, DJs, canapes and, of course, the whole rink to yourselves.
This ice-cool attraction is open every day from 16 November until 5 January, except for Christmas Day. Tickets are £10.50 for kids, and £12.50 for adults and teens. Opening times vary.