London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Hampton court ice skating has been one of our favourites for London winter fun with the kids – atmospheric, royal and so much fun! Wrap up warm this winter for festive memorable family events, London with toddlers in winter is a blast! And ice skating with toddlers and kids is feasible, bring the add ons and the penguins!
Last couple of years our boys were 5 and respectively 2.5 years old, so one has a couple of skating seasons under his belt and comfortable manoeuvring and whizzing around by himself with a penguin; the little one, just about his second time iceskating with add ons.
Why do we say our favourite? I’ve been iceskating since a toddler, so it brings sweet memories of happy crowds and winter.
But iceskating at the former residence of Henry the VIII, with the gorgeous illuminated Tudor facade, brings the winter fun to royal magic as one speeds in the open air icerink overlooking the changing lights of the palace.
What would Henry the VIII make of the red lights and colourful shades projected in the evening of Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink? The 5 years old asked. He would probably have skated on the frozen Thames by the Palace with the unnerving risk of breaking through the ice. And maybe loved the festive colourful display and risk free Hampton Court ice skating currently?
Such speculations go best over a hot chocolate with marshmallows on top and mulled wine for parents – Hampton Court ice skating experience nails the regular winter treats at the Cafe! Henry VIII iceskating abilities?
A magical place to #iceskate in London: #HamptonCourtPalace @PalaceIceRink someone is keen to get those last gorgeous shots and reluctant to leave the #icerink ❤️ #HCPIceRink pic.twitter.com/cSiHw7ZYtm
— Zen Babytravel (@ZenBabytravel) November 27, 2018
History testifies about Hampton Court Palce being one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII; about King Henry VIII six wives and his gout. But little about his iceskating skills!
With 500 years of history to discover at the palace, why not arrive in the morning and explore all that the Court has to offer, from the gorgeous state apartments to 65 acres of formal gardens and its world-famous maze? We raved about it extensively in here, don’t let the cold weather put you off or enjoy just Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink! The palace has an array of events, including a festive fayre!
For more winter family fun and London with toddlers in winter, check our article on Christmas in London with kids or more royal iceskating at Queens House in Greenwich. For more ice skating open all year around, head to our dedicated post on funky Queens Skate Bowl Dine and stunning Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Both of them are totally feasible for ice skating with toddlers, penguins and seals are there to help!
PS: Many thanks to Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink for the invite! As usual, pics, little clips, impressions and cheeky kids entirely ours.