Natural History Museum ice rink returns

Natural History Museum ice rink returns

The Natural History Museum in London is to once again open an ice rink on its lawns for the festive season.

The Kensington museum first opened its doors to the public in 1881, and its dramatic German Romanesque architecture makes an impressive backdrop for skaters. Every Christmas since 2005 a rink has been opened in the grounds, and this year the museum hopes the experience will be better than ever.

Included in the festive line-up is also a children’s rink, a traditional fairground carousel, and the scene will be set off by 76,000 twinkling fairy lights dotted around the grounds to get everyone in the festive mood.

Also likely to help with the good cheer is the rink’s very own Cafe Bar, which is planning Christmas cocktails, mulled wine and music. The bar, which has a balcony overlooking the skaters, is also a great place for spectators who’d rather not pull on a pair of skates for the occasion.

For a more traditional Natural History Museum experience there is always the museum to visit, which includes dinosaur skeletons, the high-tech Darwin Centre, a volcano exhibit and ecology zone.

Tickets for the rink go on sale this Friday 24 September, and it will be open from 10am to 10pm between 5 November 2010 and 9 January 2011. For more information see .

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