Firstsite, the back of the Minories Folly and the mosaic benches in the snow


Following the success of its first ever outdoor skating rink last year, Art Fund Museum of the Year, Firstsite, is bringing back an even bigger and better version for this Christmas!

Covering a whopping 200 square metres, the new rink features a specially designed surface used by professional skating athletes, which will allow you to glide around like a true star of Dancing on Ice.

Opening on 9 December and running through to New Year’s Eve (31 December)*, each skating session lasts for 45 fun-filled minutes and is priced from just £13 for adults and £6.50 for children under 14-years old. Skates are available as part of the ticket price but if you prefer to bring your own, then that’s absolutely fine.

The rink is situated close to Firstsite’s newly-refurbished café, which also has a balcony from which to enjoy a warming drink, delicious snack and watch the skating. It’s also the ideal vantage point for those essential photos for your social posts!

Make sure you sign up to Firstsite’s free newsletter, to be among the first to hear when tickets are available to book –

As a registered charity, all profits from the skating tickets, and café and shop purchases will go towards helping Firstsite continue their work creating free exhibitions and events, and family activities, such as their award-winning Holiday Fun programme, which gives children and their families from north Essex, a free day out, full of art, sport and a nutritious meal.

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Adults from £13 and children under 14 years £6.50

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Firstsite Festive Fun: Ice-Skating

Type:Christmas - Family

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Tel: 01206 713700

Opening Times

Season (9 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Ice skating is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day