Icescape organisers hope to return to Weston-super-Mare following ‘great success’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 09 January 2018

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Icescape organisers hope to return to Weston’s Tropicana next winter after tens of thousands of people donned their skates and took to the ice.

Ella George Cook from the CBBC documentary series Ice Stars took to the ice for a performance and then enjoyed a skating session with her family afterwards. Picture: Eleanor Young Ella George Cook from the CBBC documentary series Ice Stars took to the ice for a performance and then enjoyed a skating session with her family afterwards. Picture: Eleanor Young

The winter wonderland opened at the seaside venue in November and became a must-visit festive attraction for visitors and local people.

The UK’s largest indoor ice rink closed on Sunday after a ‘very successful’ season, but not before more than 120,000 people had passed through its doors.

Operations manager Jamie Dann said: “The season has been a great success; especially given it is the first year we have been at Weston.

“The response from the public has been excellent. We have had people travelling from all over the South West to come and visit our event.

A family enjoying the festivities. Picture: Eleanor Young A family enjoying the festivities. Picture: Eleanor Young

“We have also had lots of positive comments from local people and businesses who seem very happy to see the Tropicana and the seafront being utilised during the winter months.”

Mr Dann told the Mercury the busiest times at the venue were weekends and school holidays, saying it was ‘lovely’ to see so many families enjoying the festive period.

Icescape also offered free skating sessions to local schools in the opening two weeks, attracting more than 3,000 school children.

Visitors were able to enjoy a 45-minute skating session on the UK’s largest rink, which was decked out in fabulous Christmas lights and filled with music.

The family-friendly event saw people of all ages take to the ice. Picture: Eleanor Young The family-friendly event saw people of all ages take to the ice. Picture: Eleanor Young

But the fun did not stop there – people were also able to enjoy some a cold drink in the Igloo Bar, pay a visit to Santa Claus and ride down the snow slide.

Mr Dann told the Mercury Icescape hopes to return next year and will be in discussions with North Somerset Council, which owns the Tropicana, in the coming months.

Felicity Baker, executive member whose portfolio includes leisure and tourism, said: “This has been a fantastic success drawing tens of thousands of people to the town. Pending any tendering process, I would love Icescape to come back.”

The park was due to be open every day except for Christmas Day across the two months, but had to close for two days after the arrival of Storm Eleanor last week.

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The park was closed due to strong 70mph winds and health and safety reasons.

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