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NOTTINGHAM WINTER WONDERLAND

From 15 November until 31 December, Old Market Square in Nottingham City Centre has been transformed into Nottingham’s very own Winter Wonderland.

While away the hours browsing over 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift among handmade jewellery, woolly winter wear and wooden crafts, as well as sampling the delicious homemade and artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates on offer.

Kids can enjoy the traditional rides and helter-skelter or whizzing down King Street on the brand-new 30ft toboggan slide, and the whole family can show off their skating skills on the real, 750m² ice rink.

This year there are no less than four separate bars – including the brand new Altitude Bar which, with its 360 degree views, luxury faux fur throws and chic wooden decor will make you feel like a VIP while you sup your G&T.

Other perks of the all-glass chalet include cocktails served to your table and DJs spinning the best of soul and funk until midnight on selected nights. The full drinks menu with prices can be viewed here.

The bar will be perched on top of last year’s popular double-deck ski lodge-style bar, Sur La Piste – which is even bigger for 2018.

Quirky mis-matched chandeliers light-up cosy pine booths which are decorated with velvet-style cushions and cosy blankets to add an extra ‘snug factor’. Downstairs the name of the bar is spelt out in various bespoke art pieces including a sign made out of astro-turf, flowers and pom poms.

In the booths, raclette can be served hot from your table. Drinks include hot cider and mulled wine.

The raised music chalet is back again for the second year with free live entertainment planned throughout the festive period including performances from Jake Bugg touring support Georgie, Kylie impersonator Clare Brocklebank and Robbie Williams tribute act Matt Holbrook.

A ‘naughty v nice’ booth, life-size reindeer-pulled sleigh and giant snowman are among the sculptures at the new Ice Bar – where this year the theme is ‘Christmas’.

Created by Sand in your Eye – the team behind director Danny Boyle’s moving Armistice Day Pages of the Sea sand portraits – the frosty pop-up attraction has been carved out of 13 tonnes of solid ice and is designed to be the most interactive ice bar to date.

Tickets – starting at £13 for adults and £8 for children – are on sale at nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk. Standard adult entry includes one hour in the ice bar, two drinks served in glasses made from real ice plus jacket and glove hire.

The minimum age to access the ice bar is six years old. Visitors under the age of 16 are allowed, accompanied with an adult. Parental discretion is advised.

It will be open from Thursday, November 15 until New Year’s Eve with various slots available throughout the day.

Out of Old Market Square and in Long Row is the Helter Skelter Bar where you’ll not just be able to sink branded Nottingham Winter Wonderland mugs full of mulled wine and cider but also grab beautiful views of the market from the top of the ride before sliding back down to the bar. Tickets are £2 per person.

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