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First look inside this year's North Pole event in Cambridge. Picture: David Johnson Photographic (42351185)
First look inside this year's North Pole event in Cambridge. Picture: David Johnson Photographic (42351185)

Skaters have been promised gold standard health and safety measures when the North Pole ice rink returns to Parker’s Piece this winter.

The family-focussed attraction has also announced new features, including a Ferris wheel offering views of Cambridge, a three-lane 30m ice slide and an even larger ice rink.

Rob Derry, managing director of events at Arena, the North Pole attraction operator, said: “We’re really excited to be back with the North Pole event this winter, with a fantastic festive line up that will make for a wonderful family treat at the end of what has been a really extraordinary year.

“The safety of our guests is always paramount, so we’ve taken a host of measures to make the festival Covid-19 secure, and the increased rink size and staggered start times mean skaters will have a better experience than ever.

“The new Ferris wheel and ice slide are sure to be a big hit too.”

The attractions, the organisers said, comply with the gold standard for temporary ice rinks - rules created by a consortium of industry experts which incorporate measures that are in line with, or exceed, government guidelines.

The gold standards include:

  • Robust cleaning and sanitisation
  • Temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless interaction where possible
  • Taking all reasonable steps to maintain social distancing
  • Covid risk assessments

The safety measures will also see staggered start times so less people will be on the ice at any one time. And, while the ice rink will be larger, the number of skaters allowed on during a session has not increased to provide greater social distancing.

The North Pole, which opens daily from November 14 until January 3, will also include a funfair, alpine cabin bar, stalls and refreshments, including mulled wine and German bratwurst sausages.

For more information and to book tickets, visit thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk .

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