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This December, I decided to get my I, Tonya on and go ice skating. And what a wonderful way to start the countdown to Christmas!
Are you struggling to feel festive? Then ice skating is sure to get you in the Christmassy mood. Yes, it’s incredibly scary and there’s the thought of cutting your fingers off at every second, but it’s such good fun!
Earlier this year, I, Tonya – a film starring Margot Robbie about the life of Tonya Harding, the American figure skater – was released. It soon became my favourite film, and I promised myself that this winter I’d go.
In Manchester, we’re lucky enough to have two skating rinks. There’s one in Cathedral Gardens next to the massive winter wonderland, or on First Street.
We tried the one closest to the city centre, next to the markets in Cathedral Gardens. It was £11 for one adult and that’s for 45 minutes of skating – which as a bad skater like me, is plenty!
It’s done in hour time slots, so if you’re thinking about going be sure to buy your tickets closest to the hour to avoid waiting a long while for the next slot.
GET YOUR SKATES ON:
Our time slot had arrived and I gave my shoes to a very snappy and stressed man – don’t know how he’s going to cope closer to Christmas! I got given blue skates which you just clipped on. And then… it was time to skate. Although, I had to work out how to walk to the ice in the skates first.
And then, one by one, we carefully slid holding so close to the rail onto the ice.
I’m not going to lie, then I started to panic. I couldn’t do it! Why on earth did I just pay £11 to be absolutely scared of falling over! I did about two laps clinging to the edge, watching kids scoot past me like it was nothing. You can check out me attempting to skate on my instagram haha – https://www.instagram.com/thestokerstory/
On the third time round, I started to feel more confident. It’s all where you place your feet (dunno why I’m talking like I’m a pro) and I finally was getting the hang of it. There were also Christmas songs being played and it was a lovely atmosphere as everyone was having fun. It also wasn’t that cold, which was a bonus.
I managed to do one whole circle without touching the sides… yes! I, Tonya had taught me something. But, by this point there was only five minutes left. It was time to put my shoes back on.
I couldn’t recommend going ice skating with your loved ones enough. I’m going to make it my new yearly tradition! Its such a fun and festive thing to do because it’s so funny, and great way to spend time with your family – especially away from the busy markets!
Planning on going? Do you have any festive themed events or traditions you do every year? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear them.