A Free Ice-Skating Rink is Coming to Kenilworth this December

From the 1st December, until the 3rd December, Kenilworth are hosting a free ice-skating rink, as well as a whole host of other festive activities throughout the weekend.

The rink will be set up in Talisman Square in Kenilworth, and is 12 meters by 12 meters wide. This means the ice-rink will hold 50 people at a time. This rink will be free to use to the public. The rink will open on Friday 1st December, when the first event takes place, and will stay open until the final events that take place on Sunday 3rd December. This comes after Birmingham decided to not include the ice skating rink in their Christmas market this year, due to a lack of space to put it. Kenilworth have taken this opportunity to include it in their festive events.

This is just one of the wonderful festive activities Kenilworth is hosting this year. On the Friday 1st of December, the Kenilworth High Street Christmas Event takes place, starting at 5pm. Here, people will be able to enjoy festive food and drink stalls, medieval performances, meet Father Christmas, and take part in traditional Christmas activities and entertainment. The Kenilworth Christmas lights on High Road are turned on at 6:30pm. The event as a whole will conclude at 8pm.

On Saturday 2nd December, comes the highly anticipated Christmas market. This will be held in Talisman Square, and will be filled with stands selling local products, such as handmade and craft gifts. This will be open on Saturday only, and will be open from 9am until 3pm.

This wonderful festive weekend ends on Sunday 3rd December, when the main Christmas lights are turned on in Warwick. This will begin at 5:30pm, when the £60,000 worth of lights will bring the festive cheer for the rest of the month.

This fun-packed festive weekend is a change from previous years, where events such as these would be spread out across separate weekends. Richard Hales has taken over as Head of the Christmas Lights Committee in Kenilworth this year, and wanted this year’s Christmas display to show “the best of Kenilworth”.

“The idea behind [the changes] was to make it a little bit more compact” said Hales. “The Friday night is more for the older individuals in the old town, then [we tried to] make Saturday and Sunday more children friendly”.

“We don’t want to be a Leamington; we don’t want to be a Coventry” Hales explained. “we had to be a little bit quirky in terms of what we do”

Hales said they have “got the local charity radio coming down, got the secondary schools involved, a lot of the primary schools, got community choirs coming down”. He has made these Christmas events focused on bringing the community together this Christmas, saying he tried to “include different community groups throughout the town”.

The Ice Skating Rink and the other fantastic events are being sponsored by The Orange Partnership, a specialist chartered accountancy based in Kenilworth. They have never sponsored community events such as this before, but Kate Walker from The Orange Partnership said they were keen to sponsor this year.

“We thought it sounded like a really nice idea, because it was something that was gong to be for the whole community” said Walker. “There’s not many things that are free really, and we thought it was a really nice, Christmassy, community driven initiative. We just wanted to support it.”

If you are heading down for these events, you will be able to park in any of the district-council owned car parks for free on Saturday and Sunday.


Kim Delaney


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