Friday, December 27, 2013 - 14:00


Toddler and Parent play on the Eden Project ice rink is proving so popular, the number of sessions has been doubled

The fun, skate-free sessions allow children aged between 18 months and five years take to the ice with a range of toys, trucks and sledges.

Sessions take place on Sunday and Tuesday mornings, and cost £3 with one free adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the 40 - minute session.

Mike Olivant, Eden’s Site Manager, said: “The little ones seem to take to the ice like a duck to a frozen pond. We’ve had these sessions for a while, but this year they’ve really taken off as more and more children enjoy exploring the ice.”

For older children aged six to 12, there are Chilly Juniors sessions, where they can build up their confidence on the ice with a range of games and races.

Novices need not be afraid, as there are skating lessons with expert instructors and rookie sessions for beginners, as well as penguin skating aids for children.

General skate sessions cost £6 and last 40 minutes, while other prices vary. For more information on times and availability, go to:

Ice skating is just one of the many activities that people can take part in during the lead-up to the New Year. Eden’s festive activities will still be in full swing, with spectacular lantern parades on the evenings of December 27, 28, 29 and 30.  People can make their own lanterns in the day-time workshops and then join in with the evening procession around Eden’s gardens, all finished with a stunning fire finale.

Visitors can also take time out for craft activities in the Eden Bakery, see the inspiring Beacons of Hope exhibition, which runs throughout the site, and even have a ride in the Love Boat Rickshaw to the Rainforest Biome’s Oceanic Islands, where they can float a message of love on the pool.

For more information on these activities and more, go to: