Style & Stuff Editorial
The glide of your Life
I’ve got a checklist of stuff that I need to do in December that can roughly be divided into pleasurable pursuits and chores. Among the chores are sourcing a present for an impossible-to-buy-for brother-in-law (just what do you get someone who has literally no interests outside of horseracing? A horse?) and avoiding all eye contact the day after the office Christmas party. But the pleasurable pursuits far outweigh the chores and my annual trip to the ice-rink outside The Centre for Life is definitely one of them. Because over the past few years I’ve went from British Arse Skating Champion – three years running – to someone who actually knows she looks like she knows what she’s doing. Where once I resembled Bambi on a surfboard, now I’m a serene swan (if serene swans wore leg warmers – which they should).
The rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and you don’t need to book to have a one-hour session (unless you’re in a party of 10 or more or you want to come on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve when it tends to get busy). And you can make a full day of it by visiting the science centre (separate prices apply) to experience the incredible 4D Motion Ride, the planetarium, live theatre shows and a whole range of exciting hands-on zones.
And elsewhere in Times Square you’ll find a Christmas Village complete with a Bavarian beer hall, full-sized carousel and more. Ice ice, baby!
Skating at Life, until 24 February, Times Square, Newcastle. Opening times (until 23 December) Monday-Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm (check their website for times after this date). Adult £10, concessions (OAP, student or unwaged) £9, child (5-17) £7.50, child (aged 4 and under) £3, family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £27. life.org.uk/skating