Park to open artificial ice rink to aid hospice

Knockhatch is opening an artificial ice rink SUS-141215-164723001
Knockhatch is opening an artificial ice rink SUS-141215-164723001

An East Sussex adventure park is preparing to open a new permanent ice-skating rink just in time for Christmas.

Knockhatch, situated just off the A22 between Polegate and Hailsham, will open the doors to its new attraction tomorrow (Saturday, December 20) and has pledged all the money raised from bookings that day to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

The undercover artificial ice rink is designed to be an alternative to real ice that offers a memorable, safe and authentic experience.

Colin Jaggers, managing director of Knockhatch, said, “We are very excited about our newest attraction here at Knockhatch Adventure Park - it is sure to amuse spectators and participants alike.

“We have taken our time to try and choose the best artificial surface available and are using a high quality product from a UK manufacturer.”

The park will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and guests visiting the ice rink will also have access to other attractions including the farm and soft play areas. Children can also visit Santa in his grotto for an additional charge between 11am and 5pm.

The permanent synthetic ice-skating rink will cost £12 for a one-hour ice-skating session for over 13s and £10 for under 13s, which includes park entrance. Discounted rates are available for online bookings and members.

Chestnut Tree House, which is Knockhatch’s chosen charity of the year, provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses across East Sussex.

Colin added, “Chestnut Tree House was the first charity we thought of when choosing our charity of the year.

“As a children’s charity who do vital work in the local community we felt strongly that we should support them and are keen to raise as much for them as possible.”