I’ve been meaning to take H ice skating again for so long. We went to an outdoor rink in a local park a few years back and it was a total disaster because not only could H not skate, but I couldn’t really either on their horrible plastic ice rink. When Webbs of Wychbold invited us along to try out their outdoor ice rink, I was a bit worried that perhaps I’d lost the knack of skating and it wasn’t just the fault of the nasty plastic. It was quite a relief when we got on the ice to find that all those teenage Saturday mornings skating round and round our local rink hadn’t been wasted. I could ice skate and quite well. Result!
I knew before we went that H would struggle to keep his balance. Balance is not one of H’s strong points and we have been struggling a bit with roller skating. Luckily Webbs have 2 frames available for trainee skaters. One is like a zimmerframe which helps you keep your balance on the ice. H found this a bit of a struggle, so we swapped ours for a banana. This meant that Mummy had to do most of the world, but H still got to go on the ice and get some of the sensations of skating as his skates were still on the rink surface.
What I really liked about the Webbs’ rink is that it is:
- Real ice
- It’s outdoors, but there is a clear roof. You get the feel of being outside without the downsides of the weather.
- Skatehire included in the price.
- Skateaids available for learners.
- The sessions are about the right length: 45 minutes. Long enough to have a good go, without being too long and getting bored or tired.
- There’s plenty of other things to do and see at Webbs so you can make a longer trip of your ice skating session. There is a playground and a garden, plus the most enormous garden centre with pets, fish, toys, food hall, cafe, Hobbycraft and more.
Another plus point for me was the cafe next door to the rink. I was quite warm after the skating session because I’d been doing all the skating, but you soon cool down once you stop. It was lovely to pop next door to the cafe for an apres-skate hot chocolate and muffin session. We really loved the gloved hands on the hot chocolate paper cups too. I think we’ll be back.