Our guide to all the festive ice rinks in Bournemouth and the rest of Dorset this Christmas!
If you’re looking for a fun, Christmassy experience – or simply a way to keep active this winter – why not head to your nearest ice rink?
Ice skating is a festive, romantic experience that’s perfect for this time of year. Especially when combined with a trip to one of our local Christmas markets!
Sadly, there are no ice rinks in Bournemouth or Dorset all year round. The closest are in Gosport, Bristol, or Basingstoke. But there are always several temporary ones dotted around the country during the festive season.
Below, you’ll find the full list of all pop-up ice skating rinks in Bournemouth and beyond this season.
Ice Rinks in Bournemouth
2023 Dates: 16 November – 3 January 2024
Where: Lower Gardens, Westover Road Bournemouth, BH2 5AH
Price: Adults £14.50, see website for all prices
The fantastic outdoor ice rink is coming back to the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth this year, tying in with the magical Christmas Tree Wonderland. Skate on real ice between Christmas trees under a web of fairy lights for a truly festive experience.
Moguls Alpine Bar is also making a welcome return, so you can warm up after skating with a festive mulled wine, luxury hot chocolate, or some award-winning street food.
Cool Coast Ice Rink (Indoors)
2023 Dates: 9 December – 18 February 2024
Where: Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Exeter Road, BH2 5BH
Price: Adults £12, see website for all prices
Cool Coast Ice Rink is the largest indoor ice skating rink on the South Coast, located seasonally in Bournemouth International Centre. This hugely popular seasonal ice rink is a great way to get active during the winter months – no matter what the Great British weather is like!
Ice Rinks in the Rest of Dorset
Skating in the Square, Dorchester
2023 Dates: 25 November – 1 Januuary 2024
Where: Brewery Square, Dorchester DT1 1GH
Brewery Square in Dorchester Dorset becomes a true winter wonderland at Christmas. And at its centre, an eco-friendly, synthetic ice skating rink awaits to add a sparkle to your festive season.
A family-friendly attraction for skaters of all ages and abilities, Dorchester’s annual ice rink is an enchanting experience complete with festive music and welcoming staff.
Clark’s Village Ice Rink, Street
2023 Dates: 9 November – 7 January 2024
Where: Clarks Village, Street, BA16 0BB
Price: From £12.50 adults (off-peak). See website for all prices.
For those in the north of Dorset, it might be easier to head over to Somerset to visit the ice rink at Clarks Village outlet shopping centre in Street. And you can get some Christmas shopping done at the same time!
Completely undercover and featuring real ice, this enchanting ice rink is a stunning winter wonderland – tying in with the magical Clarks Village Festive Market (24 November – Christmas Eve).
All-Year Ice Rinks near Bournemouth and Dorset
- Planet Ice, Gosport (1 hour drive from Bournemouth)
- Planet Ice, Basingstoke (1 hour drive from Bournemouth)
- Link Centre, Swindon (1hr 45 minutes drive from Bournemouth)
- Planet Ice, Bristol (2hrs 15 minutes from Bournemouth)
Ice Rinks Map
Do you know of any other festive ice rinks in Bournemouth or the rest of Dorset this Christmas? Scroll down to let us know in the comments!