I was really lucky to be offered some tickets to Winter Wonderland
in Hyde Park, courtesy of Costa Bingo. I love winter time and I adore visiting London, so I was really excited to visit Winter Wonderland! I took my niece on Friday 21st December during the day, which was good because it meant it wasn’t too busy as the kids hadn’t yet broken up for school! We chose to go ice skating on the Ice Age 4 ice rink inside Winter Wonderland.
The beautiful ice rink is set around a Victorian bandstand which actually did have a band playing when we were there, which was a really nice touch. The ice rink was illuminated with over 100,000 pea-lights which made it a magical setting for ice skating. I had only ice skated once before in my life when I was very small, and my niece had never been, so we didn’t make a great ice skating team! But we queued up and got our ice skates on and took to the ice!
I don’t remember ice being so slippery! My poor niece was a bit frightened of falling over, and I wasn’t very confident on the ice haha. But after a bit of practice I managed to do a bit of moving without holding onto the sides! I soon encouraged my niece to hold onto my hand and we did actually manage to skate around the rink with only very minor falling overs. Some people are so amazing at ice skating, they zoom round so quickly, especially some of the really young kids! But people also managed to fall flat on their arses many times, but they had ice marshalls on hand to pick you up which was nice! We skated for an hour until our boots got too painful and we were too hot and exhausted. We weren’t allowed to take any photos when we were on the rink, but here are some I took as a spectator. It was a beautiful day and we were really lucky with the weather as it was ovely and sunny with blue skies! I’m sure it looks beautiful at night too.
There was lots of other things to do at Winter Wonderland too, including a circus, a big wheel, an ice kingdom, fair ground rides, and of course Santa was there too! There was also a big Christmas market with over 150 wooden chalets selling unique handmade crafts, traditional gifts, toys and Christmas decorations. There was plenty of places to grab some food from too, the German sausages smelt especially delicious! It was really easy to find Winter Wonderland, we got off the tube at Marble Arch, walked up to Hyde Park and then you can’t really miss it! You can see the big wheel from across the whole park.
After Winter Wonderland we headed for some lunch on Oxford Street, and then got the tube to Covent garden to take a look at the indoor ‘Apple Market’ arcade. It was all so beautifully lit up and decorated! Covent Garden is one of my favourite places. I look my niece to one of my most loved stores, Sass and Belle, which is in Covent Garden and she bought a really cute wooden heart with owls on it with her £3 pocket money 🙂
Have you been to Winter Wonderland this year or previously?