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Join in the celebrations for the 10th year of winter fun at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Warm up to winter in style at one of the most beautiful and iconic settings in the Capital, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is now open throughout the festive season. If there is one place in the city to kick start your festive spirit and to start counting down to winter, here it is. The ice rink is set in the foreground of the stunning Museum and will be open to skaters through till Sunday 4th January.
Want to win the chance to go to ice skating at the Natural History Museum for free? See the bottom of the blog for more info.
Many ski area’s aren't open till mid-December, so if you are as ski crazy as us and cannot wait another few weeks to satisfy that snow urge this is one activity that will delight your winter lust. Set in a winter wonderland, surrounded by nearly 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and a huge glittering 40 ft Christmas tree, beginners and advanced skaters alike can enjoy the 1,000 square meter rink. As we can’t enjoy the slopes just yet, we have spent the build up to ski season trying and testing all the exciting winter and ski themed activities you can do in London. We were lucky enough to visit this festive haven in its first week of opening, and what a wonderful evening out we had! From exiting the underground, you are dazzled by the exquisite fairy lights and then stunned by the extraordinary architecture of the Natural History Museum before you stop and take it the atmosphere of this beautiful setting. There is something very special about being able to ice skate outside in the middle of London on a winter’s evening.
It is the perfect activity for friends and family alike, all ages were out on the ice and if there is someone in your group that isn't ice-ready, they can stand around the outside and take photos or enjoy a mulled wine from the café bar.
The marketing girls looking festive at ice skating
Here’s what we had to say on our adventure on the ice:
Chloe: "Ice skating at the Natural History museum was a magical evening out that helped throw me in to the Christmas spirit. I was mesmerised by all the lights, the decadent Christmas tree, and music. I was also impressed that the ice wasn’t too overcrowded. Followed by a mulled wine and festive nibbles at the bar, this is certainly an experience I would recommend anyone to share with your friends and family."
Laura C: "A fantastic location just outside of the Natural History Museum, the setting couldn’t have been better. The ice rink was the perfect size, and the big Christmas tree in the middle added the perfect wintery touch. I had great fun skating around (and trying not to fall over), and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely feeling festive and in the Christmas spirit now."
Iglu Ski on ice & the view of the ice rink from the balcony at the cafe bar
Where? Natural History Museum. Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube – South Kensington
When? Thursday 30 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2014. Check the website for daily session times. How? Online: http://www.nhmskating.com. In Person: at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink Box Office. Phone: 0844 847 1576 Extra sessions The Ice Rink will also be offering ‘SK8’ sessions where all can take to the ice for extended skating periods. On weekdays in November, the Ice Rink will hold special sessions for parents and toddlers, and for students who present their NUS card at the box office. Parents with pre-school children can enjoy special rate skating sessions with complimentary drinks for both adult and child in the cafe afterwards. Students will also benefit from an exclusive special rate and complimentary drink. Visit the website for more details on sessions and offers www.nhmskating.com
Celebrate the festive season at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London’s most spectacular winter attraction. Whether you’re a novice or an expert skater, it’s a wonderful day out with family, friends or someone special. This Christmas one lucky reader will win two tickets to London’s most enchanting ice rink for an unforgettable Christmas experience in the capital. To win – Head to Facebook to like and comment on the image telling us who you would take with you, or go to Twitter and retweet this tweet. Terms and Conditions: Promotion closes at 23:59 on 30 November 2014. Winners will be notified on 01 December 2014. The prize must be redeemed by 12 December 2014 and is non-transferable and has no cash alternative. There is one prize of two ice skating tickets at The Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Advance booking is essential, and prize is subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. The winner will be the first entrant selected at random after the closing date. Over-18’s only. Promoter: IMG (UK) Ltd. By Krystelle
With winter just around the corner, Aldi have launched their new collection of ski and snowboard gear. We went along to the first preview to take an exclusive glimpse of the full line. Set in the beautiful Austrian ski lodge themed restaurant, Bodo’s Schloss, we were treated to an evening of alpine entertainment.
At Iglu Ski, we feel we can cater for all needs when searching for a ski holiday, from budget hotels and self-catering apartments through to uber luxury chalets. Even though we can provide a selection of bargain ski holidays, it’s all the extras you need for your winter getaway that add up and can put people off going skiing and snowboarding.
After the success of last year’s collection, Aldi has come to the rescue once again with its Ski Specialbuys range, offering ski and snowboard wear at an affordable price. These products will be available in stores from 4th December while stocks last. Whether you’re a complete beginner, regular holiday maker, or even a pro, Aldi has everything you need to fight off the freeze. For entry level skiers, there are adult salopettes and jackets from £16.99 each. Salopettes include 3M Thinsulate wadding, 2 zipped hip pockets and an inner snow cuff with anti-slip tape. Jackets include 3M Thinsulate wadding, side ventilation, snowbelt and a built in ski pass pocket sleeve. For kids there are bundles from £14.99 that also includes socks, gloves and accessories.
For the seasoned skier, there is the Aldi Pro range that features an enhanced specification to rival big-brand names, just without the large price tag. The Pro Jackets and Salopettes range from £29.99 - £34.99 and the Pro Lite Shell Jacket and Trousers come in between £34.99 – £39.99. New for this season and hitting stores nationwide in January 2015 will be Aldi’s first ever kids snowboard range, featuring children’s clothing as well as a Snowboard Suit (£19.99), Gloves (£4.99) and Goggles (£7.99).
Other items include: Children’s ski socks - £1.99 Adult ski socks - £3.99 Hats, gloves & scarfs - £2.49-2.99 Children’s thermal set - £4.99 Ski & Snowboard Goggles - £7.99 Adult Base Layers - £8.99 each Adult Merino Wool Thermals - £15.99 each Adult Helmet - £19.99
At first glance we were really impressed with the choices and colours for each of the genders; it was more than just black for men and pink for ladies, which is often the case for budget clothing. Then we had the opportunity to try on all the range: I loved the amount of pockets and detail in the jackets and soft shells; there were lift pass pockets and even iPhone/iPod compartments in some of the coats.
Direct Marketing Executive and seasoned snowboarder, Millie, also came along for viewing and here's her thoughts on the new Aldi ski Specialbuys: “Aldi’s new range of ski wear has seriously impressed me. In previous years I’d heard good things about their thermals, but had been dubious as someone who buys things to last from season to season. Having now tried out a pair of Aldi’s Merino Wool base layers as well as their compression thermals, I can safely say I’m sold. As I’m yet to hit the slopes in them, the jury’s still out on performance. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the snug fit and quality feel of the fabric. For someone on a budget, these certainly deliver functionality without compromising on looks.
Combining great fit, quality, comfort and an affordable price tag, these could give the well-known brands a serious run for their money this season.”
This collection is perfect for families on a budget or anyone looking to give skiing or snowboarding a go for the first time this winter but is anxious about spending a heap of money on a full ski outfit.
As well as the ski clothing, we were very impressed with the winter cocktails that were being served through the night and we thought we would share with you the recipe for our new favourite drink - perfect for something different this Christmas, plus all ingredients can be purchased at Aldi!
Cranbellini: Serves 1
Ingredients 75ml Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene NV 25ml Cranberry juice 25ml sugar syrup (or boil together 25ml of water & 25g of caster sugar to make) Fresh cranberries 1 tsp Mixed spice 1 tsp Icing Sugar Method: Dip the rim of a champagne glass into cranberry juice, then into the icing sugar and then into the mixed spice Pour in the cranberry juice & sugar syrup to fill ¼ of the glass and then top up with Prosessco. Garnish with a cranberry to finish.
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After a busy winter season packed full of Olympic achievements, hard work and plenty of pow, the Team GB winter athletes certainly have a year to be proud of. But what do they get up to when the snow’s gone all slushy, the main resorts have closed and the rest of us have packed up our goggles for yet another year? We give you the lowdown…
The summer months provide a great opportunity for the Team GB athletes to get some well-earned down time, whilst still keeping active. Surfing is a great way to keep fitness levels up and also a great reason to head somewhere exotic for a sunshine fix. This summer, Billy Morgan gave surfing a try for the first time in Portugal and got so hooked, he even headed to Bali to alongside teammate James ‘Woodsy’ Woods to get in extra practice. Other surf fans from Team GB include Aimee Fuller and Jenny Jones; Jones frequently spends her time-off hitting up the Devon and Cornwall coasts.
Surfing isn’t the only board sport that many of the athletes have been participating in, with avid skaters Billy Morgan and Dom Harington planning on filling their summers with plenty of skate park sessions. Over in Belfast, Aimee Fuller has been a regular visitor at her local wakeboarding centre Cable & Wake, where she has been learning how to do her best tricks out on the water.
When not participating in their own sports, the athletes are often spotted showing support for other sporting disciplines. Both Lizzy Yarnold and Jenny Jones were in attendance at Wimbledon this year to cheer on the world’s best tennis stars. Jones also came out to show support at the Push the Prom girls skateboarding event and the Chippenham Games.
In keeping up with her new found love for wakeboarding, Aimee Fuller attended the Irish Cable & Wake contest and a Red Bull Go Karting with the stars session. Billy Morgan, a fellow Red Bull athlete met up with other Red Bull team members across various motorsport disciplines to show them his support in the Goodwill Festival of Speed.
There were still plenty of the snowsport events over the summer, with Jenny Jones attending the fundraiser for the youth charity Snow-Camp, of which she is a patron. Katie Summerhayes was a guest judge at this year’s English Slopestyle Championships, showing support to the next generation of promising winter sport athletes.
As well as supporting other sports, many of the athletes are keen to give other disciplines a try for themselves. Ben Kilner cycled from London to Paris with Oakley and Dom Harington also got involved in the cycling, with a London to Milton Keynes bike ride. In addition, Kilner jumped at the chance to participate in his second love – golf – with the Oakley King of Greens tournament (he won the final prize!).
Golf seems to have been popular this summer amongst Team GB, with Jamie Nicholls and Jenny Jones also taking a swing in the King of Greens. Over in Canada, Woodsy was invited to take part in the TJ Schiller Charity ‘Golf’ Invitational - a fun day of not-so-serious golf to raise money for a good cause – the Sarah Burke Foundation.
The summer months are the perfect time for the athletes to get to the gym to work on strength and cardio training ready for the next season. However, they’re also a time to treat niggling injuries and fit in some rehabilitation. At the beginning of the summer, Jenny Jones had surgery to fix a shoulder injury, giving her the summer to recover and get strong again for winter.
As well as taking some physical downtime, many of the athletes will be using their time off to catch up with their nearest and dearest. Jamie Nicholls has plans for holidays and family time in the Maldives and Majorca, Woodsy has been hanging out with his girlfriend in Bali and New Zealand and Dom Harington also has some holiday time set aside with his family.
Most athletes have a much shorter summer season than we’re used to and it’s not long before they head out to find more skiing and boarding opportunities, whether in the Southern hemisphere or closer to home in Europe. This year, Jenny Jones went glacier skiing in Verbier and Katie Summerhayes and Rowan Cheshire attended the British Freeski camps in Cervinia and Zermatt.
Summerhayes also jetted off to the Whistler-Blackcomb glacier in Canada along with team mate Woodsy to attend the Momentum Ski Camps – the place where Woodsy spent his summer’s training as a kid. He also travelled to New Zealand to catch some pow, as did fellow Team GB athlete Billy Morgan.
Having time off over the summer is also about catching up with personal goals and for the athletes this means getting to do the things that they are too busy to accomplish the rest of the year round. Katie Summerhayes passed her driving test this summer and Aimee Fuller passed her motorbike test (well done guys!). Aimee celebrated in style by heading off to Norway for a motorbike roadtrip / snowboarding / skating adventure.
When Team GB aren’t attending training camps or taking some much needed holidays, many of them can be spotted getting in some runs on their local ski slopes. Jamie Nicholls is a regular the Friday night freestyle sessions at the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Katie Summerhayes is a regular at Snozone, Castleford and Rowan Cheshire is often spotted at Chill Factore, Manchester.
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