Guildhall Square is to be transformed into an ice-skating rink this holiday season. The rink will be positioned directly in front of the Big Screen Portsmouth where it will be surrounded by Christmas trees, with a wooden alpine themed chalet bar and cafe in front of the Civic Offices.
The 646sq m rink will be operational between 18 November 2017 - 2 January 2018 with 215 people taking to the ice in sessions lasting around an hour. The rink will open daily, with the exception of Christmas Day, from 10:30am and will close at 11pm where prices of the sessions will include skates.
Taken from the Portsmouth News article, a spokesman for THIS Events Co Ltd said: ‘We are delighted to have received planning permission for the proposed winter ice rink in Guildhall Square. We’re confident that our rink will prove to be a successful and highly-popular addition to Portsmouth’s winter scene and we cannot wait to get started. We thank the council for their vote of confidence in granting us planning approval, and we thank the many businesses and groups around the Guildhall Square area for their support.’
Councillor Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, said: ‘It will make the square look beautiful through the end of the year and it really is a win-win situation for the council and residents. Hopefully, it will bring more people into the city centre and Commercial Road giving it a bit of a lift.’