Bury St Edmunds ice rink offers cheaper tickets and longer skating sessions during three-day extension

Skaters enjoy the ice rink in the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds

Skaters enjoy the ice rink in the arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds

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Skaters have been given an additional three days to enjoy Bury St Edmunds’ first ever real ice rink.

The town centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Ourburystedmunds, which operates the attraction, has decided to keep the rink open with reduced prices and longer skating sessions for the final days.

Six-year-old Poppy Howes enjoys the ice rink at the arc in Bury

Six-year-old Poppy Howes enjoys the ice rink at the arc in Bury

The rink has been hailed a huge success and, despite an unseasonably warm December, has remained open for all but a handful of the planned sessions, welcoming thousands of skaters of all ages.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said: “I have been speaking to the providers of our ice rink, Cousins Entertainment, who have a large number of rinks across the UK to dismantle. By mutual agreement the process won’t begin in Bury St Edmunds until Wednesday evening so I wanted to make the most of this additional time.

“The team from Cousins Entertainment have worked really hard to keep our ice rink open and despite many others across the south of England having to close for a number of sessions or even permanently, we have only lost seven sessions to the weather, which is less than four hours in total.”

From today until Wednesday the rink will open at 11am, closing at 6pm tonight, 8pm tomorrow and 5pm on Wednesday.

Tickets will only be available from the rink-side box office and will cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged 12 or under. Skating time will be extended to 45 minutes.

Mr Cordell added: “These extra three days and reduced prices are a thank you from the BID to all who have used the ice rink over the last four weeks. We wanted to be able to give everyone a last chance to skate.

“There will also be an opportunity for BID businesses and rink sponsors to hire the ice for an exclusive evening session on Tuesday if they so wish.

“The facility has been a huge success and the best of the weather looks to be earlier rather than later in the week so I hope we’ll see several hundred more people on the ice between now and when it closes on Wednesday.”