Ice Rink Bid for Portsmouth Guildhall Square

Guildhall Square could be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas if new plans get the go ahead.

Detailed plans have been revealed for a new ice skating rink to fill the square and bring some festive cheer to the city centre.

This Event Co Ltd have applied to the city council for planning permission to install the large rink throughout the Christmas period – from 18th November until 2nd January.

The rink would be surrounded by Christmas trees with a festive wooden lodge also planned to double up as a cafe/bar next to the Civic Offices. If approved, the rink would be put in place every Christmas in the square up until 2023.

The company behind the plans have previously had success with ice rinks in Bournemouth and Bath.

If the plans are given council backing, the rink would measure 772 yards. Skating sessions would be in one-hour slots with opening hours between 10.30am until 11pm every day.