The Norwich ice rink is on its way - time to get your skates on

The Norwich Ice Rink taking shape, with the three mile network of cooling pipes being connected. Pho

The Norwich Ice Rink taking shape, with the three mile network of cooling pipes being connected. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

With just four days to go, work is underway to transform Castle Mall Gardens into a winter wonderland.

The Norwich Ice Rink taking shape, with the three mile network of cooling pipes being connected. Pho

The Norwich Ice Rink taking shape, with the three mile network of cooling pipes being connected. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News' magical ice rink is the key attraction and surrounded by a snowman bouncy castle and seasonal stalls, it is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas celebrations in the majestic setting.

Piping has already been laid under twinkling lights and teams are preparing for families lacing up their skates this weekend.

Opening its doors on Sunday, Disney characters and even Santa Claus himself will be on hand to fill visitors with Christmas spirit.

Nigel Pickover, editor of the EDP and the Norwich Evening News, said: 'This is the first time our newspapers have launched our very own ice rink, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to glide around in the shadow of the castle.

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The rink will offer homage to 70 people per one-hour session and is sponsored by Norwich International Airport. It will be open every day except Christmas Day from Sunday until Saturday, January 2 in the gardens.

General manager of Norwich airport, Richard Pace, said: 'Norwich International Airport is delighted to be able to support the EDP and the Norwich Evening

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News' ice rink in the Castle Mall gardens.

'It's a great opportunity for a great day out in Norwich and we would urge people to get their tickets booked as soon as they can.'

So it is time to get your skates on as tickets are available online from www.icerinknorwich.co.uk.

Open from 10am until 9pm, Archant's ice rink welcomes people over four years old.

Adult tickets cost £10, children aged four to 16 get in for £7, a family ticket for two adults and two children is £28, concessions are £8 and the snowman bouncy castle is £2.50.

Tickets are no longer available at the EDP and Evening News' headquarters or over the phone.