Alexandra Palace is hosting a spectacular gala launch event on the 21stJanuary for the reopening its newly refurbished Ice Rink, with local skating clubs joining Dancing On Ice’s Susie and Andrei Lipanov on the ice for spectators, before the rink reopens for a public skate.
21st January 2011 – Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7.00pm and public skating starts at 8.00pm
Price: £5.00, including the show, skating and skate hire.
Booking line: 0208 3654386
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Alexandra Palace’s Ice Rink has long been viewed as London’s Ice Rink, and home to the region’s ice skating communities. The rink has recently undergone a £2.3million refurbishment, enabling it now to be used for competitive standard ice skating. The opening weekend is focussed on showcasing the region’s skating talent, including a performance by the rink’s celebrated skating club the Palace Foundations.
The show will also feature a performance of synchronised skating; a new and fast growing sport in the UK, from recent champions Team Aura. The Haringey Ice Hockey Junior Team will take to the ice to demonstrate the skills that they practice weekly at the rink.
The grand finale will be skated by the Palace Foundations, a team formed by the rink’s inhouse coach Becky Smith in September comprising members from Alexandra Palace’s skating club, whose recent performances include the opening of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
At 8.00pm visitors can put on a pair of skates and try the new ice for themselves at the first public skating session. The rink will then be open for public skating throughout the weekend.
Rebecca Kane, Managing Director of Alexandra Palace Trading Limited said:
“We are delighted that after 9 months and much anticipation, we are reopening the ice rink, which we know has been missed by our skaters. We look forward to seeing you all for the opening weekend, when you can pull on a pair of skates and try out the new ice. The £2.3 million investment means that our championship skaters can now compete on an international level.”