A temporary Christmas skating rink in Burnham-On-Sea is set to open to the public this Saturday (December 5th).

The rink will be from Saturday December 5th at mid-day through to January 2nd in Burnham’s Lynton Road car park.

A marquee has been erected, as pictured, to house the synthetic plastic rink, which will be able to take up to 25 skaters at a time and will be lit to allow evening skating sessions.

It will be open for seven hours a day and skating will cost £4. Opening times will be Mondays to Thursdays 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturdays 10am-7pm and Sundays 10am-6pm. A session from 10am-noon will run each Sunday for under 10s.

Kathy Jones, Chairman of Burnham Events Social Team, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “BEST are delighted to be opening the rink this Saturday – the rink was installed on Wednesday and training will be going ahead for the team over the next couple of days leading up to the opening.”

“We would to thank everyone involved again for their help and I would like to thank the BEST team for all their hard work.”

The rink is made of artificial or synthetic ice which the manufacturers Ice Magic say is like real ice except it doesn’t melt and in all aspects has the same properties of ice albeit with a lubricant that is used to keep the surface slippery.

Ordinary skates can be used and the surface allows for all the potential stops, turns, twirls and other gymnastics associated with the sport.

The organisers from BEST secured £16,000 of grant funding for the rink from the Town Council in the autumn to enable the skating rink to go ahead, as we reported here.

Sedgemoor District Council has also given its backing by waiving the rental fees for the group to use part of Lynton Road Car Park for the time that the rink is operational.