The Norwich Ice Rink is taking shape and you can get your tickets online

The marquee is installed in Castle Gardens for the instillation of the ice rink in the run up the Ch

The marquee is installed in Castle Gardens for the instillation of the ice rink in the run up the Christmas. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The magical wonderland which will be created in the shadow of Norwich's most historic buildings is now a step closer.

The marquee is installed in Castle Gardens for the instillation of the ice rink in the run up the Ch

The marquee is installed in Castle Gardens for the instillation of the ice rink in the run up the Christmas.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News will be bringing an icy paradise to the Castle Mall Gardens later this month.

And now, after the phone lines were hot for the much-anticipated event and tickets are on sale online, the first step in constructing the real ice rink is in motion.

Set in the Castle Mall Gardens every day except Christmas Day from December 6 to January 2, the winter spectacular promises to be the perfect backdrop for romantic days or a fun night out.

Archant's ice rink organiser, Maryrisa Chappell, said: 'We have been overwhelmed by the reaction to the EDP and Norwich Evening News' ice rink.

Fun on the ice rink in the Castle Mall gardens, next to Norwich Castle. Picture: Denise Bradley

Fun on the ice rink in the Castle Mall gardens, next to Norwich Castle. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

'The phone lines have been really busy and some people might be concerned that they missed the opportunity to get tickets.

'But please do go online now and book your tickets that way. We are really excited to welcome you all to this exciting venture.

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'Tickets are needed to skate, but spectators and those who want to soak up the festive atmosphere in the Castle Mall Gardens are invited to do so for free.'

Sponsored by Norwich International Airport, the site will also host much-loved festive figures including Father Christmas, a giant bouncy snowman, special visits from fantasy characters, adorable reindeer, face painting and a selection of hot local food to enjoy.

For money off your ice skate, see today's paper.

How to get your tickets

Tickets for the ice rink are now online.

Norwich Ice Rink will be open every day except Christmas Day from December 6 to January 2 in Castle Mall Gardens.

The rink will have a capacity of 70 people for one-hour sessions and is sponsored by Norwich International Airport. It will be open from 10am to 9pm to anyone 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.

Online booking is available at www.icerinknorwich.co.uk. Tickets are no longer available at the EDP and Evening News' headquarters or over the phone.