Birmingham Winter Skate 2013

I was strolling past the Winter Skate ice rink at Centenary Square on my way to the Birmingham Library and couldn’t help taking the camera out and photographing some of the skating antics by grown ups and kids alike.

Mimicking the EyeSkate in the shadow of the London Eye, Birmingham Winter Skate  is similarly positioned beside the Big Wheel. It looks very pretty and festive at night, lit by coloured projectors and thousands of shimmering fairy lights suspended in garlands and hanging on adjacent trees.

It is certainly a must-do in this festive season, a date for active couples, a fun experience for teenagers and families with kids. Children taking their first steps on the ice can use plastic Penguin helpers. More experts skaters have enough space for faster action. However, those who are not brave enough to hit the ice (like me!) can watch safely from the viewing platform and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

You can find more photos of Birmingham Winter Skate in my Flickr gallery.

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

The Big Wheel overlooking the Winter Skate outdoor ice rink at Centenary Square

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

Ideal place for active dates

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

Ice skating is a fun activity for both grown ups and children

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

Children taking their first steps on the ice can use plastic Penguin helpers

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

The ice rink looks very festive, illuminated by coloured projectors and fairy lights

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

There's plenty of space for novices and experts

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

Popular with kids

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

... and teenagers!

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

Those not brave enough can watch the action from the viewing platform

Birmingham Winter Skate 2013 ice rink

I love thousands of shimmering lights in garlands and on adjacent trees which adds to the festive atmosphere