Affinity on Ice

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston set to launch free ice rink at Affinity Lancashire

This Christmas, Affinity Lancashire are set to transform the centre into an ICE-travaganza, with 6 weeks of events from 14th November – 26th December.

The centre is delighted to announce the launch of the free ice rink, to be officially opened by Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston on Thursday 14th November.

Join us between 5pm-8pm for an evening of festivity, with local choirs, festive refreshments and the chance to meet Daniel Whiston. The evening will be hosted by compare Mark Daniels, who will also be joined by the ROCK FM street team.

An exclusive competition is set to be announced on our social media with the chance to win a free ice-skating lesson with Daniel Whiston on the evening of the launch. Keep watch on Social media for further information.

The ice rink, adjacent to Next Outlet overlooking the Marina, will be open to the general public 7 days a week throughout the festive period.


To add to the festivities, Santa will officially arrive on his sleigh from the North Pole on Saturday 16th November and will be at Affinity Lancashire every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday free of charge, before returning to the North Pole on Sunday 22nd December.

To welcome Santa to Affinity Lancashire, his biggest fan, Buddy the Elf will be here!


To add to the festivities, each Saturday the centre is excited to be able to provide free entertainment for families to enjoy. Each weekend will offer different events which all contribute to the ICE-travaganza transformation across the centre. Entertainment will include Frozen 2 themed events with the famous ice princess skating on our ice rink, live ice sculpturing of Santa’s sleigh or the chance to step inside a winter wonderland with our giant snow globe.

Event dates as follows:

  • Saturday 7th December – Frozen character meet & greet.
  • Saturday 14th December – Life size winter wonderland snow globe.
  • Saturday 21st December – Live ice sculpturing of Santa’s Sleigh and Reindeer.


Please keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on event times.


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Our Ice rink and Grotto dates are as follows:

Ice Rink

14th November – 26th December


7 days a week:

Monday – Wednesday: 11-5:30pm


Thursday: 2pm – 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-5:30pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Santa’s Grotto 16th November – 22nd December

Thursday: 2pm-8pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm