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Bournemouth to receive Christmas ice rink
BOURNEMOUTH will be getting an outdoor ice rink this Christmas, it has been confirmed.
Set in the Lower Central Gardens, the temporary open-air real ice rink will be surrounded by decorations and Christmas lights for all to enjoy, from December 4 through to January 6.
It has been commissioned by the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, and but will be operated by BH Live, the leisure and cultural trust behind entertainment venues such as the BIC and Bournemouth Pavilion.
They have also financially backed the rink, along with Bournemouth Council, and it is hoped that it will be just one part of a campaign to promote the shops, bars and restaurants, which the area has to offer.
Tony Brown, Town Centre BID chairman, said: “There’s nowhere else quite like Bournemouth, with its incredible mix of things to do, places to eat and of course, shop. Add a fantastic Christmas ice rink and who would want to go anywhere else?”
Andy Duck, vice chairman of the Town Centre BID, also says that it is fantastic news for the town.
He said: “We will have two this year, with the one indoors at the BIC as well.
He added: “It will be fantastic if the weather is nice and it will be a great way of enjoying the area.
“It is great for the BID, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the Council, BH Live and the Lower Central Gardens Trust.
“It is more for our immediate catchment area, such as Southbourne and Winton, to not only come and enjoy themselves on the ice rink, but also support our local businesses, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.”
It will accommodate around 100 skaters at a time, and will not only feature family-friendly sessions throughout the day, but also aims to appeal to night-owls and nightclub-revellers, with special late night time slots.
The Town Centre BID, which is paid for by a levy on businesses, aims to promote and represent the area, to both the people who live in the area and visitors from across the country.