Mold’s first outdoor ice rink has opened as part of an exciting line-up of Christmas entertainment at Theatr Clwyd.
The rink opened with an official launch ceremony featuring performances by the Flintshire Youth Jazz Band and figure skaters from the Deeside-based GB Ice Skating Youth Development Squad.
The attraction, which is open to children aged four and above, will be open until Monday, January 2. There are penguin skate aids and ice bananas to help beginners.
There will also be a children’s funfair and cabins selling mulled wine, mince pies and food from local artisan producers.
Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s artistic director, said: “When I arrived at Theatr Clwyd, I was told that one of the young people from our weekly workshops, when asked what the new artistic director should do, said ‘build an ice rink’.
“I loved the wild ambition of the idea but more than that, I loved the notion that it could bring people up the hill to our building who might otherwise think the theatre isn’t for them.
“We’re not just a place that makes plays, we’re a space to eat and drink, to meet friends, to spend time with family surrounded by colourful and engaging art and artists.
“Thanks to support from Welsh Government, the ice rink has become a reality and we’re hoping it will encourage visitors from near and far to come and hang out on this beautiful Welsh hilltop, to visit our warm and welcoming building.”
Taking place alongside the ice rink is The Nutcracker – a new interactive play for children aged 11 and under and their families, which combines storytelling, puzzles and music. A free skate on the ice, is included with show tickets.
Christmas entertainment at Theatr Clwyd also includes Aladdin – The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto and The Tommy Cooper Show.
The ice rink, which brings to an end the Welsh Government’s themed Year of Adventure 2016, has been made possible by a partnership involving the Welsh Government, Flintshire County Council and Theatr Clwyd in partnership with the local tourist industry in North East Wales.
All Christmas events can be booked online . Ice skating sessions cost £5-8 for 45 minutes, including skate hire.
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