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Peterborough will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas, with an ice rink taking centre stage in Cathedral Square, and people are being urged to get their skates on and book their place for this fantastic festive experience.


The temporary, covered rink will be open from 10 am to 9 pm, from Sunday 18 November to Sunday 17 February, seven-days-a-week. Each session is an hour long with the first session starting at 10 am and a 15-minute break in between each session before the next starts. In total, there will be nine sessions each day with the last session starting at 8 pm.

“The ice rink will provide the perfect centre piece for our Christmas celebrations,” said Annette Joyce, city centre director at Peterborough City Council. “People will be able to ice skate in the historic surroundings of Peterborough’s Cathedral, then enjoy a hot chocolate and a mince pie with family, friends and colleagues, before sampling the city’s wide range of shops or buzzing night life. I hope everybody will take the opportunity to book their place and don their skates for what will be a memorable Christmas on ice.”

Skaters are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes before their allotted time to allow for skate fitting. Minimum skate size will be a children’s size eight and the maximum will be an adult’s size 13. People can bring their own skates but the rink operator reserves the right not to allow a person to use their own skates if they are not deemed suitable. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ice skating tickets will cost £7 each and include skate hire; family tickets (two adults and two children) are available for £25. Bookings will be taken at the rink and tickets can be booked in advance from Britaly Travel, in Peterborough, by calling (01733) 313939 or email [email protected].

There are a wide range of attractions planned for the run-up to Christmas, including a special series of Christmas farmers’ markets following the success of those held during the summer months. They will take place in Cathedral Square on Thursday 8 November, and then when the ice rink arrives outside the Town Hall on Bridge Street on Thursday 22 November, Thursday 13 December and Thursday 20 December.

However, there will be a break with tradition as the Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Saturday 17 November. In previous years, the switch-on has taken place on a Thursday night but a weekend event will benefit parents and city workers, who previously have rushed home from work or the school run to make it back into the city centre. Further details will be revealed in the coming days but it promises to be a fantastic occasion.

Shoppers can also use the free, Christmas park and ride service, which operates every 12 minutes between 8 am and 6 pm, on Saturdays up until 29 December. To further ease city centre congestion, a Sunday park and ride service will begin on 25 November and operate until Sunday 23 December. All the services will feature low-floor vehicles allowing easy access for wheelchairs and buggies.

Cavalier Travel are running buses every 12 minutes from the Pearl car park at Lynch Wood to Queensgate. The first bus leaves Lynch Wood at 8.05 am and the last bus from Queensgate will be at 6.12 pm.

There is also a service to Queensgate from outside Perkins car park on Oxney Road, operated by R. Kime & Co. The first bus from Perkins will be at 8 am, with the last bus leaving Queensgate at 6.13 pm. This service will also drop off and pick up passengers at Midgate to make it easy to get to the city market and Cathedral Square. Security will be provided at both car parks.

November 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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