Jodie Russell

Jodie Russell

The Royal Tunbridge Wells’ outdoor ice rink was due to reopen on Friday 20 November ‘15 – Sunday 3 January ’16, offering young and old alike a fun winter activity in the heart of the town.

But due to problems with the weather, it will now open on Saturday 21st November.


Set in the beautiful splendour of Calverley Grounds’ amphitheatre, the ice rink offers something for everyone, from general skating and mother and toddler sessions, to meeting Father Christmas himself this Christmas in his cosy, warm log cabin!


To mark the opening night of the ice rink, Silver Blades Gillingham will be showcasing a variety of their very own talent from group routines to solo figure skating performances from Jodie Russell (2015 competitor in the British solo junior ice dance championships) and Aaron Freeman ( currently training for next year’s British senior male championships).  Local samba band Bloco Fogo will also add colour and spectacle with their energetic sets of Samba drumming – something for everyone.

Silver Blades

Silver Blades

Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor David Elliott says:

‘The ice rink is the perfect destination for some winter fun. Royal Tunbridge Wells is a great place to be this Christmas.’


There are family tickets, concessions and our popular loyalty card means you can build up stamps and exchange for a free skate. Parent & Toddler sessions are every morning with two dedicated sessions for under 4s and their parents  – with main skating following every hour from 11am.

Kayla Fry

Kayla Fry

Bathed in twinkling festive lights, wooden chalets will be selling Christmas gifts and festive produce. There will be lots of mouth watering food to choose from, Basil on Ice with their specialty hot chocolate, soups and award-winning cakes and bakes.  Freshly made pizzas stone baked in a wood fired oven from Pizza Cucina and mouth watering gourmet sirloin steak burgers, pulled pork in a hickory BBQ sauce and homemade waffles from Apple & Cor!. Not forgetting the Fuggles Pop Up bar selling real ale, some Belgian classics and other seasonal drinks.


Advanced booking is recommended at peak times – Thursday and Friday evenings, school holidays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Motorised and non-motorised wheelchair users are welcome to enjoy the rink in their own wheelchair but must be accompanied by a competent skater. The cost of one hour’s skating including hire of boots will be from £7 for children and £9.50 for adults.


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The ice rink will be open until Sunday 3 January 2016. Tickets can be purchased in person at Assembly Hall Theatre Box Office, online at and by calling 01892 554645. The onsite ice rink Box Office opens on Friday 20 November.

To book your tickets in advance to see Father Christmas or for further information and reviews go to We strongly advise booking in advance to avoid any disappointment for children expecting to see Father Christmas.

The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Ice Rink is supported by Kent & Sussex Courier, Index Magazine, Heart, Dandara and AXA PPP.

Press enquiries including registering your interest for the VIP Launch on Friday 20 November or to request images contact Basia Wilson on 01892 554444 e-mail




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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 No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.