The Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink was officially opened yesterday (Thursday 1st December) with the magic from the nearby Market Hall’s Winter Wonderland, produced by Furthest From the Sea, adding extra festive flavour to the evening.

The provision of the ice rink has been made possible due to a unique sponsorship agreement between the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), Derby-based national training and apprenticeship provider 3aaa, Derby LIVE, and ice rink providers Showplace.

The Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink will welcome skaters every day (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until Wednesday January 4th. Sessions last 50 minutes and, although tickets can be bought on the day, organisers are recommending that they are pre-bought to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Christmas Ice Rink website where there is also a full list of opening times, peak and off-peak prices, and additional information available.

Concessions are available for students, under 16’s and over 60’s whilst family and group packages are also available. Access to the ice rink is also available for young children and wheelchair users.

The Winter Wonderland will feature in the Market Hall throughout December with a programme of traditional Christmas-themed activities, local music, variety and dance performances and interactive workshops for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be a Santa’s Grotto on key days as well as a roaming pantomime and ‘elfie selfie’ trail whilst Market Hall traders will also be joined by local handcraft makers offering a wide range of unusual gifts.

The Winter Wonderland is produced by Derby arts organisation Furthest From the Sea in association with the Market Hall traders, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), Derby LIVE and Foulds Music in Iron Gate.