Going ice-skating for the first time at Windsor on Ice

It’s been a long time since I last went ice-skating. The last time I went was shortly after hubby and I got engaged. His proposal had been somewhat spontaneous and spur-of-the moment so it was a few weeks after our engagement that I was given my engagement ring. It was the run-up to Christmas, and we were at an outdoor rink with some friends. Hubby thought it would be romantic to surprise me with the ring by going down on one knee on the ice to present it to me.

Unfortunately, hubby’s ice-skating skills are not all that good. Predictably, he ended up falling on his bottom and was helped up by a couple of ice marshals. I had no idea what he had been trying to do – I just thought he’d slipped over. It was a lovely surprise a few minutes later when I suddenly spotted him standing at the side of the rink holding the ring out as I skated towards him. Happy memories.

 

Jessica with a penguin skate aid -

 

Fast-forward nine years and we were taking our girls ice-skating for the very first time at Windsor on Ice. The rink had opened early this year, on 18 November. We were due to go back into hospital for Jessica’s surgery the following Monday and I thought it would be a fun thing to do on for our last pre-hospital weekend (although as it turned out, Jessica’s surgery ended up being cancelled again).

 

Jessica and Sophie with their penguin skate aids

 

The girls were very excited about the prospect of going ice skating. “I’m very good at ice skating!” Jessica told me in the car. I did try to warn her that ice skating in reality was somewhat harder than it looked. I don’t think she believed me. She soon realised that I’d been right once she got on the ice though!

 

Sophie and Jessica with their penguin skate aids and hubby

 

We rented a penguin skate aid each for the girls to help them stay upright. I don’t think they would have coped very well at all without these. It took them a while to understand that trying to walk on the ice was not the best plan. What worked best in the end was trying to get them to keep their feet still while hubby and I pushed them around the ice.

 

Hubby skating with Sophie pushing a penguin skate aid in front of him

 

We only managed a few trips around the rink before the girls decided that they’d had enough. They were happy to watch for a few moments though while hubby and I took it in turns to skate by ourselves.

 

Me skating at Windsor on Ice

 

Afterwards, we stopped for some bratwurst and coffee before heading out to the funfair. The girls were keen to go on a few rides despite the cold and rain. The rides cost between 2 and 4 tokens per person, and the tokens were £1 each. There were wristbands available for £15 which allowed unlimited rides during certain time periods. We were coming up to the end of the time period for the wristband and so decided to just limit the girls to ten tokens each. This allowed them to go on four different rides together.

 

Jessica in a green Lego plane at the funfair at Windsor on Ice

 

We did need to get a couple of extra tokens for the flying elephant ride as Sophie was too small to ride without an adult. We were the only people on the ride though and the lady running it kept it going quite a long time for us. It was quite nice to get a little more time on the ride. Jessica was beginning to worry that the lady was never going to let us down by the time the ride started to end though!

 

Jessica and Sophie on a car ride

 

The ice-skating might have been a bit shorter-lived than we’d hoped and the weather wasn’t the best, but it was lovely just to have a fun afternoon together as a family. It was also lovely to reminisce with hubby over that wonderful memory of the last time we’d been ice skating together.

 

Visiting Windsor on Ice – what you need to know:

Opening hours:

Windsor on Ice is open from 18th November 2017 – 7th January 2018.

Monday – Friday: 12.15am – 9pm (attractions open 1pm – 9pm)

Weekends and school holidays: 10am – 9pm (attractions open 12pm – 9pm)

Ticket prices:

Adults – £12.50

Children (under 15) – £10.50

Family ticket (1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children) – £42

Skate aid hire – £5

 

Getting there:

The ice rink is at Alexandra Gardens. There is a pay and display/pay by mobile car park nearby.

 

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20 Comments

  1. November 25, 2017 / 12:18 am

    We’ve never heard of Windsor on Ice and it looks like a fab event! Glad you all had fun on the Ice 🙂 It’s lovely that you have fond memories of your engagement x #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you, it is such a lovely memory to look back on 🙂

  2. November 25, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I haven’t been skating in years – pretty much since I did my back in. I’m too scared in case I fall over and hurt it again… if only they did giant penguins 🙂

    It looks like you had an excellent time – plus having the funfair next door is a smart move 🙂

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:13 am

      oops, and #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Giant penguins would be such a good idea – I know lots of adults who would like them! 🙂

  3. November 25, 2017 / 9:11 am

    It’s great that you managed to encourage the girls to try ice skating, especially as it has meaning for your family. It’s a shame they didn’t want to stay on the ice for very long but I’m sure as they get older they’ll grow to love whizzing around the ice. It’s great you had enough time to enjoy a couple of the rides too, the girls look like they’re really enjoying their afternoon!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks Fiona, at least they gave it a try and we had a fun afternoon anyway 🙂

  4. November 25, 2017 / 9:14 am

    i love having a go on the ice as long as its not too busy!

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      It is better when it isn’t too busy – thankfully we picked a reasonably quiet slot! 🙂

  5. November 25, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Mine love ice skating, but they too don’t stay long at it! It looks like a very festive affair though 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      It was quite festive – we enjoyed it even if the girls weren’t quite so keen! 🙂

  6. November 25, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I love your ice-skating engagement ring story!! Awesome. I still haven’t taken my girls ice skating…I suspect we’d last about the same amount of time as you guys. All the best for Jessica’s op!! Xxx #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth – it was a lovely memory to look back on 🙂

  7. November 26, 2017 / 7:54 am

    This sounds like such a fun day!
    I’m terrible at ice skating and usually leave that down to my husband to do with the kids! #countrykids

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      I’m not brilliant, but I can usually get around the rink a few times without falling over which is enough! 🙂

  8. November 27, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Oh wow Ice skating is always so much fun and I love taking my eldest each year, actually this year will also be a first for my youngest.

    Just popping over from CountryKids

    Laura x

    • Louise
      Author
      November 29, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Hope that your youngest has fun when you go ice skating 🙂

  9. This looks like such a fun day! Loved the story of your engagement on ice lol! We also took the kids ice-skating for the first time a couple of years ago and despite the huge crowds on the rink, we really enjoyed it. Well, my two older ones liked it, especially my daughter who seems to be a natural, so did I and my husband. The two little ones could not even be tempted anywhere near the ice!
    #CountryKids

    • Louise
      Author
      December 1, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the ice skating even if the little ones weren’t so keen

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