01 We are delighted to announce that the open air ice rink is returning for its third successive year. Situated within the natural amphitheatre of Calverley Grounds, the ice rink is a popular and established Christmas attraction.
It will be open seven days a week from Friday 22 Nov – Sunday 5 Jan 2014 and promises you an experience to remember. There will be added attractions alongside the rink of traditional style wooden chalets housing local independent businesses selling a wide range of quality gifts, just perfect for Christmas.

More than 29,000 people took to the ice last Christmas and the organisers Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, say that in excess of 55,000 people have visited it since it first opened – with interest growing each subsequent year.

Councillor Jane March, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Tourism, Leisure and Economic Development says:
“We are keen to enhance our local economy and see the rink as a way of doing this during the Christmas period. Calverley Grounds is a beautiful, natural setting and we are delighted to offer this exciting winter activity for everyone to enjoy – our very own real ice rink”.

The 600 square metre ice rink has capacity for 200 skaters at a time. There are dedicated parent and toddler sessions, children can use seal skating aids, which are available to hire but on a first come first served basis and are great for helping children skate with more confidence. Children under the age of 12 years will need to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years. 02Wheelchairs are welcome on the ice but must be pre-booked in advance as space is limited. Marshals are on hand to offer tips and advice during every session.

Skaters and spectators will be able to enjoy the delights of authentic wooden chalets, selling local and seasonal produce, traditional Christmas food and much more.

The ice rink will be open for public skating daily from Friday 22 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 2014 (closed Christmas Day). The cost for skating including boot hire is from £6 for children and £8 for adults subject to session dates and times, expect to have about 45 minutes on the ice. Early booking is advisable, especially during the festive season when tickets sell out fast. Tickets go on sale Monday 30 September and can be booked online at www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com or from the Assembly Hall Theatre Box Office in person or by calling 01892 554645. Group and wheel chair bookings can be made by calling 01892 554173. Once the ice rink is open tickets can be purchased from the onsite Box Office. The on site Box Office will be open from 18 November.
Family tickets, school and groups rates (15+) are available. Go! Card holders will enjoy concessionary rates. You’ll even earn a loyalty stamp every time you skate!

Calverley Grounds,
Royal Tunbridge Wells,
National Rail: Tunbridge Wells
Box Office 01892 554645 www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Ice Rink project is supported by AXA PPP healthcare, the Kent & Sussex Courier and Heart.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.