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Cheltenham Christmas ice rink cancelled for 2022

Cheltenham - No ice rink for Christmas 2022 due to financial pressures


·       No ice rink for Christmas 2022 due to financial pressures

·       Council reaffirms commitment to ice rink in 2023

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Cheltenham Borough Council has today regrettably announced that the town will not be hosting a Christmas ice rink in 2022.

Significant steps have been taken to run an ice rink this year despite the challenges, however increased event costs due to inflation and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 has led to the reduction in event suppliers.

Tracey Birkinshaw, director of community and economic development, said: “We have faced many different pressures this year and regrettably it has become clear that this year’s ice rink has become undeliverable.

“Some of the issues we’ve experienced were around procurement for a company to supply the ice rink; we carried out two rounds due to a limited response the first time. The respondent submitted a second response at approximately double the budget set out, making that option uneconomic. It also became clear that the ice rink was being sourced internationally via a third party, without certainty of deliverability.

“This, along with environmental concerns relating to the source of the ice rink we were offered, and combined with concerns in the local community, has led the council to take the difficult decision not to proceed with the event this year.

“We are committed to bringing back an ice rink for 2023 and are pleased that there are over 50 other festive events happening in the town for our residents and visitors.

“There will be Christmas markets on the Promenade, the annual panto at the Everyman Theatre, festive events at Pittville Pump Room and the Garden Bar by the town Hall, as well as a brand new Nutcracker Christmas trail around town.

“There are lots of reasons to choose Cheltenham this Christmas and we’re looking forward to welcoming our residents and visitors to join in with our festivities and support our local businesses.”


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