This winter something special is coming to Lancaster. The historic garden of Dalton Square will be transformed into an Ice Rink as Lancaster on Ice comes to town. Enjoy 6 weeks of entertainment, skating, food, drink and much more under the watchful gaze of Queen Victoria. We hope you’ll join us.
The Borough in Lancaster has announced that in the next week a planning application will be submitted to Lancaster City Council for the provision of an ice rink on Dalton Square from November 22nd2018 until January 5th2019.
Hannah & Martin Horner, owners of The Borough have often imagined using the space on Dalton Square for events and an Ice Rink in particular. Following a chance conversation late last year with events consultant Chris Selkirk of Sustainable Festivals the idea started to become a reality.
Plans have now been drawn for the ambitious project which will also include using the space in between Dalton Square and Sulyard Street for food, drink and retail provisions as well as a reception/changing area for skaters.
“We’ve often looked out from The Drawing Room in The Borough and imagined an ice rink during the winter time. When I met Chris to discuss other projects I mentioned the ice rink by chance and he told me he’d made plans for similar projects previously. The idea then started to move very quickly from that point,” said Martin.
The ice rink will be open to the general public throughout the festive period. There are plans to work closely with all local primary schools as well, to give as many children as possible the chance to experience the rink. “Although the project is commercially led we are hoping to deliver a heavily subsidised young people programme to make the rink as accessible as possible,” Martin added.
Businesses in the area are also invited to get involved in the project. “There are significant opportunities for promotion,” Hannah commented. “Over 750,000 cars will pass Dalton Square during the festive period with footfall from the car parks on Bulk Street somewhere in the region of 100,000. There’ll be approximately 30,000 skaters so there are lots of promotional opportunities.”
It is thought that the Ice Rink will help Lancaster attract a significant number of tourists and shoppers from across North Lancs, South Lakes and beyond. “Following on from the recent success of Lancaster Pride in Dalton Square we hope this will help to further demonstrate the wonderful potential Lancaster has for large-scale events,” Hannah concluded.