Last week we were offered complimentary family tickets to go ice skating at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre. We’ve thought about taking the boys skating before now but hadn’t gotten around to it and I wondered if it would be worth it if they didn’t like it.
Well, we all LOVED it!!!
I knew the rink was covered but I wasn’t expecting it to be completely inside which was great especially since it was pretty nippy outside. The Christmas, skating-themed decorations and the happy, friendly staff added to the welcoming festive atmosphere and we were all excited to get onto the ice.
Adults wear full sized skate boots which reminded me of inline skates I had as a youngster and the little ones have double-bladed skates which they wear over their own shoes.
You can also hire a bright orange seal for children which were invaluable for us. Spud was confident enough to use the seal to help him balance on the ice but Pooh Bear just wanted to sit on it and be pushed around. I’ve not seen aids like this before where the child can actually sit on them and it meant that we could all skate together even though Pooh Bear wasn’t keen on the idea of having a go at standing.
There was plenty of space to skate at speed if you wanted to and if you’re not so confident, the seals help your balance too but are a bit low to use for too long as they’re designed to help children and we’re all tall.
What made it even more fun was that The Snowman and The Snow Dog were on the ice! Spud bought his Snow Dog with him knowing they would be there and loved having his photo taken with them. They are having lots of different characters each weekend for you to meet. Next Sunday (21st) Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at the two early morning skates, 9-10 and 10-11am.
I thought I’d have a little play and try and make Spud into an illustration but I’m not sure it worked…
We had a really fun time. We were all feeling christmassy. The slight chill in the air and the wind through our hair left us all feeling invigorated and excited.
We had planned to have a hot chocolate at the rink but Spud needed the loo and unfortunately as it was Sunday, Selfridges wasn’t open yet. Scatty Dad took him whilst we handed our skates back and I have no idea why it took them so long but in the end we decided to meet them at the Christmas Market for food instead.
(Pooh Bear was in a funny mood where he’d pull a cheeky smile before I took a photo but as soon as I pressed the button, he’d pull a grumpy face then run and give me a hug hence the trying-to-escape-pose with his Aunty here)
We’ll definitely be making time next year or perhaps again this year for a Christmas skate, the rink is open every day until 4th January (except Christmas Day). If you want to find out more about the rink at #SelfridgesTrafford then please visit the website for more details.
****Disclosure**** We were offered complimentary for a family skate but were not asked to write a review in return. We did however have such a lovely time that we wanted to share it with you. As always, this review has been written expressing our honest thoughts and opinions.