Crowds Turn Out for Opening Weekend as Ice Central Returns to Barry
The crowds turned out in force over the weekend as Ice central returned to Barry with a bang.
Following its hugely successful nine-day introduction last year, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has bought an ice rink back to a section of Central Park, this time for an extended period.
The undercover rink opened at 5.30pm on Saturday following the Christmas Lights switch-on at King Square, with Mayor
Janice Charles and Deputy Mayor Leighton Rowlands among the first to get their skates on.
They were joined by hundreds of others during the first two days of Ice Central’s new five-week stint as this Christmas it will remain open until January 1 (excluding Christmas Day).
There are three food outlets at the venue selling a selection of seasonal treats and a number of rides to enjoy.
Skating sessions will last 40 minutes and run from 10.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday and until 8.30pm Thursday to Sunday.
Tickets are priced at £7.50 for those aged 16 and over, £5 for under-16s and £15 for a family of four.
Expert rink installers 11th Hour Events, who also stage the likes of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland and Christmas Kingdom at the Celtic Manor, are again responsible for delivering the Council’s premier festive event.
“After it proved so popular last Christmas, when I heard Ice Central was returning to Barry I had to be one of the first to get out there and enjoy the fun.”
“As a Council, I’m thrilled we are able to bring this event back for an even longer period this time around. The rink not only offers children, adults and families the opportunity to sample a little festive magic in the heart of Barry, it also brings large numbers of visitors to the town, which can only benefit local businesses.” - Cllr Leighton Rowlands.