The ice rink is named in the memory of the world famous Richmond Ice Rink (not far from the site of the temporary ice rink) which closed in 1992.
The old rink attracted many famous figure skating stars including Olympic Gold Medal winning duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Both have been long time supporters of the ice rink and were responsible for hand delivering a 48,000 strong petition to Downing Street, to try to prevent its closure.
On hearing about the temporary ice rink in Twickenham, Chris said he was:
“heartened to hear that skating is returning to the area having been missed for so many years”
“it will be a great event for the local community”
Twickenham Alive has been working on the ice rink project for two years and local businesses are sponsoring the temporary ice rink (see Partners page on the website).
In addition to the core skating sessions available at the Richmond Rink, visitors will be treated to a number of extra special events and activities. These include Shetland pony rides, Santa’s grotto, festive snacks, skating performances and much more.
Prior booking is recommended and tickets can be purchased from the Richmond Rink website. There is a 15% discount for early booking which lasts until the end of October. And throughout November in the lead up to opening a further 10% reduction will be available. Corporate and group bookings are available: info@RichmondRink.com
Richmond Ice Rink, in East Twickenham, was known all over the world and was extremely popular, at one point being the largest skating rink in the world. This winter, the intention is to provide a small temporary ice rink on Twickenham Riverside in the stunning grounds of the 17th century York House. The rink will operate for six weeks between 30th November 2013 and 12th January 2014.
The rink will be located on the tennis courts in the grounds of Grade II listed York House, headquarters of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The ice rink will be 300m² with a maximum capacity of 100 skaters per 45 minute session; there will be 10 sessions a day between 10:00 and 19:45 seven days a week, except for Christmas Day.
The rink uses the latest technology and the aluminium based rinks are up to 40 percent more economical in terms of energy consumption than traditional ice rinks that use either rubber or polyethylene.
We also have a number of figure skaters lined up for an opening ceremony, a star wars on ice performance and as a fitting touch to the old rink we have also got the old manager of the Richmond ice rink (gary stefan who was also a professional ice hockey player for the Richmond Flyers) to agree to manage and run the winter rink.
Twickenham Alive is a social enterprise operating primarily in Twickenham, but also within Richmond Borough as a whole. Twickenham Alive creates and organises community, entertainment and sporting events.
Twickenham Alive is independent, but works closely with the RFU, the Twickenham Town Business Association and Richmond Council. Twickenham Alive was founded in 2011.