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Bookings open for Bury’s first real ice-skating rink...

Groups and organisations who want to make the most of Bury St Edmunds’ first ever real ice rink are invited to get their skates on. Bookings have just opened at Our Bury St Edmunds for exclusive party sessions.

The ice rink will open in the arc Shopping Centre on December 5 and will then be available every day, except Christmas Day until January 3. During the first two weeks it will be possible to hire the rink for sessions of 45 or 90 minutes as well as two hours for party bookings.

Plans to bring the ice rink to town have been underway at Our Bury St Edmunds, which runs the Business Improvement District (BID), for several months and last week planning permission for the seasonal attraction was approved.

One of the first to make a party booking was arc Centre Manager and BID Director Colin Roberts. He said: “We are delighted to be hosting this real ice rink in Charter Square and I have already booked a session of exclusive use for arc businesses firstly as they work so hard over Christmas they deserve a bit of fun and also so that they have first-hand experience of it to encourage their customers to skate too. I’m really looking forward to it and think it will be a lot of fun.”

Organisers of the ice rink hope that as well as the general sessions, which are expected to attract hundreds of visitors, it will appeal to those holding Christmas parties in the town who want to work up an appetite for their meal with a skating session before heading on to their celebration. Exclusive party bookings are available on weekdays and evenings, during the first two weeks of opening.

BID Director Wil Bryant who has been leading the project said: “A huge amount of work and preparation has already gone on behind the scenes to bring a real ice rink to Bury St Edmunds and the BID will continue to work hard to make this one of our biggest successes so far. I’d urge any club, school or business who wants to book a session of exclusive use for their members, staff or customers to get in touch as soon as they can because I anticipate those limited slots will fill up fast.”

Bookings for the public sessions will open in mid-October. To make a group or party booking for exclusive use of the ice rink contact Jackie Regan in the Ourburystedmunds office on 01284 766258 or by email to


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