Aylsham churchyard location for ice skating rink

Skating fans will have the chance to take to the 'ice' in Aylsham as part of the festive celebrations.

Aylsham's Christmas events will be launched in a flurry of activity in the Market Place to coincide with the town's lights switch-on.

The ice rink will be part of the attractions at Aylsham Frost Fayre being staged by Aylsham Business and Enterprise Forum (Abef). The Market Place will be closed to traffic for festive stalls and events and the ice rink will be in the churchyard.

The event from November 29 to December 1 is running alongside the Christmas lights switch on, which is on November 30, and will include shopping until 8pm on that night.

It also fits in with the larger of two regular farmers markets, with the event open daily from 9.30am-5.30pm. The ice rink, which will be a synthetic version, will open on November 29 and be in the town for three days.

The rink, which is 12m x 12m, can take 40 skaters at a time and the cost will be �5 for a 40-minute slot with tots free on the Thursday and Friday until 3pm along with a fee-paying adult. A family ticket will also be available for �18.50 (two adults/two children).

Abef chairman Deborah Blake said: 'We're hoping the Frost Fayre, along with the ice rink, will bring in the crowds. It's the first time the town has seen an ice rink in the centre and we hope young and old will all be able to come and have a go and get in the Christmas spirit.'

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