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Temporary Ice Rink is Heading to Colchester to Boost Christmas Shopping

A TEMPORARY ice rink will be set up in Colchester’s Castle Park for shoppers and visitors to enjoy this Christmas.

Events management company Snake in the Grass has announced it will be bringing the attraction to the town for the first time.

The rink will be set up on the lawn of Holly Trees Museum, just inside the park’s main gates, where it will stay for a week as part of a more extensive Winter Festival.

The company also plans to set up chalets selling hot drinks, food and mulled wine, as well as stalls for local crafts people and artists.

Don Quinn, director of Snake in the Grass, explained: “We want this to be a real reason for people to come to Colchester and see what Britain’s oldest town has to offer.”

The company has been working with Colchester Council, Paul Brantham, of Lion Walk Shopping Centre, and Steve Green, of Palladian Press, to get the scheme off the ground.

Mr Quinn said: “Our next plan is to try to persuade the local railway to reduce parking costs at the station car park and run a ‘Santa Express’, from North Station to St Botolphs.

“Children would love that and it would be very popular.”

The week-long event will be timed to coincide with a big street fair and the Christmas lights switch-on.

He added: “We want to make Colchester the place that people come to for their Christmas shopping and lots of people have said they would like to have an ice rink.”

Customers will pay to hire skates and head on to the ice rink as a package deal.

He said: “We don’t know how much we will be charging yet, but we want to make it affordable.

“It is not our intention to make a massive profit out of the rink, but to bring people into the town.”

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Created: 11th May 2009 9:27am
Last Updated: 11th May 2009 9:27am
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