Royal Pavilion Ice Rink 2015

The ground outside the Royal Pavilion is being prepared for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink again and we are exited to publish all the details you need to know. Yes the 2015 Christmas lights in Brighton still not being switched on and we have another reminder of Christmas being behind the corner. This time behind the corner of the Royal Pavilion.

We all know every year is Brighton’s Ice Rink in the Top 5 Ice Rinks in the whole UK and it will open the gates for its sixth year on November 7 2015 to January 17 2016 on the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern lawns in Brighton. It is the UK’s first sustainable rink, using a green energy tariff to freeze the ice and power up the attraction.

Set against the backdrop of the former Royal pleasure palace, it has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area with penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult, offering seasonal fun and a unique festive experience.

In December, Father Christmas will on site on specific dates (check the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink’s Facebook & Twitter for latest updates about this).

And for adults, book a babysitter and enjoy some of their different themed nights such as Comedy evening, and live music events.

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Rink, with the ornate Regency pleasure palace as its backdrop, is open every day, and is a great way to round off a day of Christmas shopping. This year, the rink side Bar & Kitchen is serving up warming soups, mulled wine and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.

Opening Times & Sessions

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open 7th November 2015 – 17th January, 2016. Sessions must be booked through the on-site ticket office or via Ticketmaster and are one hour long.
Bar and restaurant open 9.30am – late. Box office open 9.45am – 9.45pm.

Sessions:

10:00 – 11:00
11:15 – 12:15
12:30 – 13:30
13:45 – 14:45
15:00 – 16:00
16:15 – 17:15
17:30 – 18:30
18:45 – 19:45
20:00 – 21:00
21:15 – 22:15

Peak sessions: All weekend sessions – all day All week days from 5.30pm – 10.15pm All day during Christmas period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc)

Off-peak sessions:Week days (7/11/15 – 11/12/15 inc, and 4/1/16 – 17/1/16 inc) 10am – 5.15pm.Last off-peak session on a weekday is 4.15pm – 5.15pm.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought on the door for skating sessions on the day or in advance. There’s no entry charge to spectate or visit the bar and restaurant. Skaters should aim to arrive 20 mins before their chosen session, especially if you have children. If you are late, you will be allowed on the ice but you may not have your full hour of skating. The largest skate boot is shoe size UK15 / European 49. The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is outdoor and skating continues whatever the weather so please dress appropriately.

Long coats, skirts and scarves should not be worn for visitor’s own safety. Please bear in mind, tickets are non refundable – if it’s raining, you will get wet! Once a ticket has been sold, the quota for that session is reduced – refunds will not be payable if visitors decide to cut short their session.

Children and families are given a warm welcome at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. The smallest skate boot size available for children is 25 (age approx 3-4 years old), however a limited number of dual blades (‘bob skates’) are available for younger skaters. These are issued on a first come, first served basis. Parents must judge whether their children can skate safely.

  • Full price tickets (aged 12 and over) £13 peak session / £10 off-peak session.
  • Children (under 12) £8.50 peak session / £7 off-peak session.
  • Family £36 (2 full price tickets, 2 children or 1 full price ticket, 3 children)
  • School tickets £4 per head (students and teachers, not parents, off-peak only)
  • Students and Members of the Royal Pavilion £10 per peak session/£7 per off-peak session (Please note: We offer a student discount to customers in full time further or higher education if they hold a valid student photo ID card, and a discount to holders of a current Royal Pavilion membership card. This must be shown at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Box Office on the day of skating, or customers will be charged the full ticket price.)
  • Groups 10% off group bookings (10 people or more, only available on full price and children’s tickets)
  • Season tickets Unlimited skating (subject to availability) Mon – Fri excluding Christmas Period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc) Full price ticket £99, Juniors £69.
Please note: Booking of specific sessions in advance must be done via TM Groups Department or on-site Box Office. To skate, customers must show paper copy of their season ticket (or email confirmation) plus ID at on-site Box Office. Season tickets may not be used in combination with any other discount or concession. Club Rinkidinks Every day 10am to 11am – Children under 5 years of age skate for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price for their session.
Terms and conditions apply: Only 1 child under 5 may skate for free per paying adult. Tickets for any additional children will be charged at the standard rate for that session.
Skaters bringing own skates eligible for 50% off, from box office only, available on presentation of skates.
Website: www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk
Phone: 0844 847 2352 (Calls cost 5p per minute. Network charges may vary)
I remember the time we went last year. Skating was great fun and the Pavilion is an amazing venue to skate in front of – particularly when it’s dark outside! You can just feel the Christmas in the air. The stewards are really helpful too, especially if you fall over as much as I did. Definitely looking forward to fall over few times again this year.

Free parking in Brighton

So you are on your way to Brighton and looking for some free parking on the Brighton seafront? Guess what? It’s possible!

Where to park for free on the seafront

As I said, it is possible and I’ll show you the secret places you want to know about. First and the biggest FREE Car Park is on the Brighton Marina as I mentioned earlier in this post alongside with a cheap car parks in Brighton. It’s actually two separated car parks.

  • Yes the biggest free car park on the seafront is the Multi Storey Car Park on Brighton Marina. Offer over 1500 spaces you can park for free up to 4 hour. There is also high restriction up to 1.95m (6 feet 5 inches). And the postode to get you there: BN2 5WA (if you don’t know where Brighton Marina is). There is always lots of space even on Saturday or Sunday and I don’t think it was ever completely full.
  • The second one on Brighton Marina is the carpark next to Asda Superstore. This one is without high restrictions but the free parking is one hour shorter (up to 3 hours). Don’t try to stretch it! There is cameras checking your time right on the entrance/exit.

I know, Brighton Marina isn’t right next to Brighton centre but once you park there, hop along the coast on the cheap but fun Volks Railway. If you have kids with you they’ll gonna love it! Be careful because you’ll be passing the Peter Pan’s Playground and the Crazy Golf and you may never make it to the Brighton, especially with very young kids 🙂

  • One more place to park near the seafront for free is in Hove. West Hove actually. Once you are driving along the seafront (Kingsway) you’ll see the Lagoon on the left (right on the traffic lights) and three more roads on your right and you are free to park on the roads around as long as you need. You are looking for: Roman Road, Brittany Road, Derek Avenue… Postcodes: BN3 4LD, BN3 4PF, BN3 4PG

This one is much further from Brighton Centre but you have nice stroll the seafront with many shops and restaurants on the way.

More free on street parking in Brighton

  •  If you don’t mind to be parking a bit further from the seafront but close to the Brighton town centre, your answer is Hanover. There is so many streets and all with our favourite kind of parking. The FREE one 🙂 It’s about 15 minutes walking distance to the City Centre and 20 minutes to the Brighton beach. Not bad, considering you don’t have to pay for the parking. It always take couple of minutes looking for an empty space but it’s possible. I’m always going to Elm Grove, postcode BN2 3ES and pick randomly any street on my left or even right. One more postcode BN2 3LJ is for Hartington Road which is just couple more minutes further with less traffic and usually more empty spaces for parking, especially Sundays. I’m usually not willing to park right on Elm Grove or on Hartington Road as both is full of traffic and you can spend much more time looking for a nice free spot compare to the side streets. If 15/20 minutes walk isn’t the best option, you can always use one of many buses taking you straight to the Brighton city centre. From Elm Grove alone there is at least 5 different buses (21, 22, 23, 74, 94) that will end up next to Churchill Square or on the Queens Road (the one going from the train station to the seafront). Or you can walk down the Elm Grove to Lewes Road and you’ll have more buses (23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 48, 49, 78, 74), going down to the city centre every couple of minutes.
  • If you are planning to stay in Hove, instead of Brighton (yes, another secret, seafront in Hove is quieter much more nicer than the one in Brighton) you have two or three spots you can park for free. The first one is Sackville Trading Estate (postal code: BN3 7AN) where is free parking without any time or high restrictions.
  • The second one would be on street parking just few yards from the Sackville Estate: Orchard Road, Orchard Gardens and Orchard Avenue with postcode BN3 7BG.
  • And the last one in Hove from me is Amherst Crescent and the streets next to it. The poscode is BN3 7ER.

There is much more places to park for free and usually the further from the seafront you going the more you’ll find. The main question here is: “How far is still close?” That’s the reason why I tried to show you the closest ones I know about.

Park & Ride in Brighton

There is one more (the official version) of this free Brighton  parking adventure and that’s Park & Ride. The reason I didn’t mention this one right on the beginning is, don’t expect Canterbury sort of Park & Ride. This one is not so popular because it’s just too far. Yes you’ll get free parking with no restriction in time except “No overnight parking”. There is also hight restriction of 2 meters (6 and a half feet) as in most of multi storey car parks. The worst part? It takes about 30 minutes on the bus to get down to Brighton! I know I can’t complain if there is something free but this one is just too far. Anyway, if you are planning to use this official road set your SatNav to BN1 5JD. The bus number you’re after, once you parked your car is number 27 and it will take you to the City Centre in about 30 minutes as I said before. You are after those stops:

  • Clock Tower in Queen’s Road for Churchill Square and High street shopping
  • North Street stop C for The Lanes, North Laine and Old Steine
  • Sea Life Centre for Brighton Pier and the seafront

 

That’s it. I can write about free parking in Brighton or Hove forever, the thing is, you need only one parking space and I believe you already found it anyway. Don’t forget to spend the saved money in the local shops 🙂 Simply get the snacks or frizzy drinks there and you’ll end up with helping the local businesses with money you just saved on the parking and saving again as the snacks will be probably more expensive in City Centre anyway.

Enjoy your stay in Brighton and let us know where did you park for free in Brighton in the comments. If it’s some new place I’m sure everyone will appreciate it.

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Bark in the Park – the Fun Dog Show

Sunday 15th June 2015 is the Queen’s Park Brighton fun dog show, better known as Bark in the Park. There are lots of fun classes to enter your dog.

There will be two rings running simultaneously: The Fun Ring and Pedigree Ring.

The Fun Ring Classes:

  • Best Rescue
  • Handsomest Dog – sponsored by Achey Paw Massage
  • Best Fancy Dress – – sponsored by The Camelford Arms
  • Prettiest Bitch – sponsored by MetroDeco Tea Rooms
  • Best Puppy – sponsored by Bright Paws Dog Walking
  • Best Child’s Toy Dog – sponsored by Paul Bott and Co Estate Agents
  • Dog Most Like Its Owner – sponsored by The Kemp Town Rag
  • Waggiest Tail  – Wagging Tails Home Dog Boarding
  • Best Trick – sponsored by Snaffles
  • Best Veteran – sponsored by Hot Dogs dog walking and pet sitting
  • Best Sausage Catcher – sponsored by The Camelford Arms
  • Best In Show: Fun Ring – sponsored by The Camelford Arms

The Pedigree Ring is sponsored by Coastway Veterinary Group and the classes are:

 

  • AV (any variety) Puppy
  • AV Utility
  • AV Toy Dogs
  • AV Gun Dogs
  • AV Terriers
  • AV Working Dogs/Pastoral
  • AV Hounds
  • AV Open
  • AV Veteran
  • Best In Show: Pedigree

Most importantly, entry to the event is completely free. Classes are £1.50 per entry with all profits from the day going towards improvements to the dog area in the park.

I know this video has been made for the 2013 dog show but this is a great opportunity to see it again 🙂

Do come along, and please spread the word about the show! We’d love to see you, young or old, and the weather forecast will hopefully be sunshine again so please keep your paws crossed…

Bark In The Park: Queens Park Brighton

Entrance: West Drive/ Tower Road

Registration from 10am

Competitions start 11am – Finish 1.30pm approx (please note it’s a relatively early finish, so be sure not to miss it thinking it’s on all day…)

Address: Queen’s Park, Brighton, East Sussex

Postcode: BN2 0QU

Entry: FREE

Website: www.fqpbrighton.net

So if you and your family have a dog or just fancy a fun day out then head to Queens Park. Last year there was over 450 proud competitors! There was everything that you would expect at a proper dog show – a Pedigree ring, fun ring and plenty of stalls offering everything that you could possibly think of related to dogs, including free micro-chipping sessions.