A few snaps from the Winter Wonderland that opened at Castle Park in Colchester on Thursday evening.
In short: it’s fantastic!
The ice rink in the moat of the Castle is of course going to be the main attraction. The ice appeared to be well prepared and kept during our brief visit.
Plenty of stewards were around to lend a helping hand. All abilities were out on the ice. We hear that Will Quince Mp cuts quite a sharp move out in the middle…
Elsewhere at the Colchester Winter Wonderland and there is large fair and market space that stretches around two sides of the Castle.
The winter market stocks food and drink from local suppliers. The craft stalls were definitely of the quality variety, rather than tat.
It was good to see a Col U presence there as well.
Local choirs singing Christmas Carols are promised closer to the season.
There is also what looks like an upmarket Santa’s Grotto. The main man was fully booked for Saturday – no bad thing.
Colchester Castle is the perfect backdrop for all of this festive fun. Imagine what it will look like with snow on the ground.
Entry is free for Winter Wonderland. Skating costs £11.50 for adults, £10.50 for OAP’s, £8.50 for students and 5-16 year olds, and £4 for toddlers.
Colchester Winter Wonderland is open until 3rd January.