Ice-Skating as a family is a magical way to spend time this Christmas. Having taken 4 non-skating children, and an out of practice adult, with me previously I knew that this could end in tears. Luckily though we went to Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, who really pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable occasion.
The Staff at Webbs of Wychbold
First of all I think customer service is a really important factor and I am pleased to say that the staff at Webbs of Wychbold could not be faulted. Both on and off the ice they were, friendly, alert, and attentive. I was really impressed with how quickly the staff on the ice came over to anyone who had fallen/was in distress. Everything and everyone was really organised at the 45 minutes on the ice just flew by. They were quick and efficient at dealing with my family (getting skates/giving back shoes/sorting out valuables etc).The staff are a real credit to the company and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.
The Ice-Skating Rink at Webbs of Wychbold
The open-air ice-rink is made with real ice. Covered with a glass roof to make ice-skating practical no matter what the weather, without losing that outdoor feel. There are plenty of twinkling lights attached to the roof and the surrounding areas which really adds to the experience. I liked how the ice-skating rink was inclusive for everyone: There are skate aid frames and push alongs for the under 8s to hire (£4.50 each), and the ice-skating rink is accessible to wheelchair users.
Availability of Ice-Skating Rink at Webbs of Wychbold
It is open daily until Sunday 4th January 2015 (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day), including some evening sessions. Saturdays it is open until 5pm. Each session is 45 minutes long and the ticket price includes skate hire. There is discount for groups of 20 or more off 10% in an off-peak session. Those ages 15 and over require an adult ticket. Bob skates are available to hire for free for toddlers, and there are special parent and toddler sessions.
Also available at Webbs of Wychbold
As well as an amazing shop, there is a café (right next to the ice-skating rink so you can warm up straight away. You can pre-ordered hot chocolate and muffin for £3 each), children’s fair rides, Santa’s grotto, children’s riverside ramble, meet the reindeer and write a letter to Father Christmas.
Our Verdict of Webbs of Wychbold
Amazing we cannot wait to go again. The ice-skating had a real family feel to it. At no point was I worried about someone knocking into my children, or not having enough room. Again I cannot praise the staff enough. Most definitely recommend a visit.
Best of all they gave us a 50% off our next tickets too! The special offer is available on skating sessions from Monday 24th November until Friday 19th December 11am-4pm – skate for just £3 per ticket! Book in-store or online at www.webbs.co.uk
You know sometimes I take my childhood for granted but more and more I am realising how lucky I have been. The first time was when I discovered that my husband had NEVER been canoeing. This time it is ice-skating. I used to go regularly, and as a teen I was allowed on my own to the disco nights. I even had my own second-hand pair of skates. If I am honest I spent most of my time off the ice, either trying to get into the bar or dancing on the benches! But my son looked at me with so much admiration and said, “Mom, how did you get so good at skating?” And it makes me determined to make sure they go more often.
We received a free ice-skating session, hot chocolates and muffins in return for an honest review.