Bath ice rink will be back, and better than before, promise organisers
The organisers of the first temporary ice rink in Bath for eight years have pledged that they will return next winter.
The Bath on Ice rink at Royal Victoria Park has just completed its first Christmas and New Year season.
Organisers using the tennis courts at the park say it proved to be a huge success and a highly popular winter attraction, despite a rainy start.
They won planning permission last year for two winters at the spot, and say they will be back again later this year with bigger and better facilities.
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Director Simon Smith said: "It has been a huge challenge to provide a real ice rink in Bath and we have worked very hard to ensure that it operated well in its first year.
"However there are lessons to be learnt and with all the positive feedback we have received we shall endeavour to develop the facilities we provide. I am looking forward to planning ahead this year in order to provide a better attraction next Christmas."
People of all ages took to the ice, from toddlers to grandparents. Organisers said a number of seasoned and experienced skaters also used the ice throughout the six weeks of its operation.
The attraction attracted national publicity via the marketing body Visit England.
Mr Smith has already set dates for next winter.
It will reopen on November 22 and run until January 5, with more details at www.bathonice.com.
The tennis centre had originally wanted to get permission for five years.
There had been objections because of fears of noise disturbance from music from the site, parking issues and increased traffic.
The last time there had been a temporary rink in the city was in 2004, when one operated in Queen Square. Plans for attractions at the Holburne Museum and North Parade Road fell by the wayside in the intervening years.