Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet: A Mumbler review
Guest Review by Local Mumbler, Vicky
York Mumbler Vicky and her two boys went to Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at the York Designer Outlet. Find out what they thought about it in their review.
My two boys and I were lucky enough to attend the Minster FM Press Preview Night at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. This attraction as been held at the York Designer Outlet for 15 years and plays host to the largest outdoor ice rink in the North of England.
Cosy up in the Cabin with a hot chocolate
At the preview evening, we were treated to a yummy hot chocolate in the cosy alpine-themed, apres-skate café before watching the lights being turned on by local hero Elliot Bond, age eight. Then the Town Crier declared the ice rink open! After the fantastic lights were turned on there was an ice skating demonstration by two British top skating competitors. In the middle of the ice rink is an impressive 30 ft high Christmas tree.
And then it was our turn on the ice!
There is no minimum age to go on the ice rink. If you can walk, you can skate! The smallest ice skates available are toddler size 8. My boys, age 5 and 7 both had a penguin to push along in front of them and support them skating, though I realised afterwards that my 7-year-old should have had a snowman, the next size up from a penguin, based on his height. We had a lot of fun whizzing gracefully (or should I say plodding, slowly….!) around the rink.
Enjoy the funfair rides and games
Afterwards, we visited the vintage fair which is also part of the Winter Wonderland and had a go at the ‘ hook a duck’. There are also several small vintage style rides to go on.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland makes a fun day or evening out to get you into the Christmas spirit. Though when the Town Crier started his song, ’39 sleeps ‘til Christmas’ it made me feel a little stressed that I need to get my list writing and shopping underway!
Useful links & information
Tickets for a one-hour skating session at The Ice Factor are priced at £11.50 for adults and £9.95 for children and concessions.
Family packages are available for families of three (£29), four (£39) or five (£49).
Tickets for parents and toddlers under 5 are priced at £11.50 from Monday to Friday.
Booking is recommended for skating at The Ice Factor.
Tickets for skating as well as tickets for the funfair can also be purchased on site.
A visit to Santa’s Grotto is an additional £5 per child.