Christmas 2014: Britain's best outdoor ice rinks

Add some sparkle to winter with these festive days out

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Nothing says Christmas quite like a bruised bum and aching limbs, which is why pop up ice rinks have fast become one of the most popular ways to see in the festive season.

With their twinkling lights, bustling Christmas markets, and tasty food and drink stalls, outdoor ice rinks are now synonymous with the season of goodwill.

Unfortunately, most of us will spend our designated hour on the ice clinging to the rink’s railings, eyeing up cosy-looking mulled wine stands, and gazing lustfully at the experienced skaters. More Bambi on Ice than Dancing on Ice. But none of that can detract from the feeling of utter euphoria that comes after an unimpeded lap. Success at last!

To celebrate the onset of winter, we’ve rounded up some of the UK’s best outdoor ice rinks to visit between now and February. So wrap up warm, strap on some extra padding, and enjoy.