Saffron Walden's ice rink gets off to a smooth start

PUBLISHED: 17:24 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:28 04 December 2017

Great fun was had on the ski lift photo booth - which never actually left the ground but was great for photographs. Picture: Saffron Photo

Great fun was had on the ski lift photo booth - which never actually left the ground but was great for photographs. Picture: Saffron Photo

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The ice-rink on Saffron Walden Common got off to a smooth start when it opened on Saturday, December 2 with families enjoying the skating, the falling over and the warming up again with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

The Quinn family with Issy Shatford (in white top) toasting marshmallows inside the tipi. Picture: Saffron PhotoThe Quinn family with Issy Shatford (in white top) toasting marshmallows inside the tipi. Picture: Saffron Photo

The rink is made of plastic and therefore will not melt if the weather warms up and is not so cold when your skates end up over your head rather than beneath your feet.

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

Highly popular was a special ski lift photo booth, allowing families to take their photographs against an alpine backdrop without ever leaving the ground.

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

Inside a series of tipis, was a marshmallow toasting station, a bar, German sausages and drinks of hot chocolate on sale.

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

The rink will be open this weekend, December 9-10 and again on December 16-17.

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

It has been set up by two businessmen in the town, Jason Coles head of 3D Events and Robert Casson of the Cambridge Tipi Company. Prices are £8 adults and £7 children up to 16 and £6 for ages four to seven, including skate hire.

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

Snow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron PhotoSnow stoppers: scenes from the ice. Pictures: Saffron Photo

Children enjoying the artifical ice-rink on Saffron Walden CommonChildren enjoying the artifical ice-rink on Saffron Walden Common

Children enjoying the artifical ice-rink on Saffron Walden CommonChildren enjoying the artifical ice-rink on Saffron Walden Common

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