Record Numbers at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland


Record numbers of skaters took to the ice at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland this season, as the doors closed after eight weeks of activity which saw more than 60,000 people take to the ice - with the attraction's new roof proving a big hit in its first year. 

The focal point of Cardiff's festivities became 'Winter Wundercoverland' for the first time with the installation of a new clear span roof over the Admiral Ice Rink that kept skaters dry, but allowed sparkling views of City Hall and the night sky. 

Norman George Sayers, operator of Cardiff's Winter Wonderland said: "The response to the new covered ice rink has been phenomenal, with more skaters taking to the ice in Cardiff than ever before, and an improved experience for all visitors for Winter Wonderland. We didn't lose one session to the weather, so the roof will be a fixed feature for future years, adding to the festive atmosphere for our many thousands of visitors."

The rink opened on November 10 with a visit form the cast of BBC's Casualty, and the site has been busy ever since, with over a quarter of a million people enjoying the Giant Wheel and other fairground rides, food and drink on offer in the authentic Alpine Village and the cosy, atmospheric Bier Keller, plus the city's traditional New Year's Eve celebrations. 

New features this year included special wheelchair accessible sessions, which were introduced by ice rink operator 11th hour in response to demand from wheelchair users for a more thrilling experience on the ice, and this will also become an annual feature from now on. 

John Davies of 11th Hour stated: "We shall be ensuring that for next year that there will be more relaxes access sessions available, enabling more wheelchair users and those requiring additional support to experience the thrill, excitement and enjoyment of outdoor recreational skating in Cardiff."