Christmas 2021 will see several ice-skating rinks coming to the Coast this winter. But, of course, we know that it’s a sport where some people are naturals, and some end up black and blue with bruises.
So whatever your skill level, just read our top ice-skating tips below and let’s all pretend we’re the next Torvill and Dean and take to the local ice rink to waltz into winter!
- Dress for success
Ice skating can soon make you hot and bothered, so it’s important to wrap up with layers that can be put on and off. You want clothes you can move in and don’t mind getting wet.
- Socks and Gloves
Bring some nice thick socks with you; these will help prevent blisters. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves to help protect your hands and keep you nice and warm.
- Find the right skates
Your skates should feel supportive but also comfortable. You don’t want them too tight, or your toes will start to hurt! Take time to try on different pairs until you find the perfect one.
- Chill and Relax!
Take your time when getting onto the ice and finding your feet. There’s no need to rush; just stick to the edges until you feel ready to go for it.
- Don’t look down
It’s super tempting to watch your feet when skating, but this can throw you off balance. Try keeping your torso upright and look straight ahead.
- Bend your knees
To help keep the perfect position on the ice, keep a nice little bend in your knees
- Falling isn’t failing
It is totally normal to fall over a few times when skating; even the pros do it. It’s essential to keep your body relaxed and tuck your arms in when falling. Then, get up, dust yourself off, put a smile on your face and keep trying!
Want to put your new ice skating tips to the test? This year for the first time, the seaside town will be installing a full-size covered real ice rink, right in the centre of Whitby!
Whitby Winter Festival is a brand-new family-focused festival from 26 November 2021 to 30 March 2022. The festival’s centrepiece is a full-sized (10m x 14m) real ice-skating rink! The real ice rink will be under the cover of a marquee on Endeavour Wharf in the centre of Whitby for around 6 weeks over the festive period.
With a capacity of 50 skaters, it will be the place to get your Christmas fun fix this winter season.