Visitors to Cornwall can enter the festive spirit by donning a pair of ice skates and taking to Truro’s first outdoor skating rink located behind its majestic cathedral, with profits helping transform a closed church school into an important cultural centre for the county.
The rink, installed by famous Olympic gold medallist skater Robin Cousins’ own company, measures 25 x 23 metres and is tucked into a peaceful, winter-scene setting overlooked by the cathedral restaurant; a great place to dine and watch skaters exhibit their skills – as well as fall over – or perhaps indulge in one of their speciality Cornish cream teas.
Open daily (except for Christmas day) from 10am to 8.30pm until January 6th, a skating session is £7 for adults and £5 for children aged between four and 16 years, but booking is recommended as it can get very busy.
If ice skating in Truro is something of a surprise this year, visitors may find a few more in the cathedral if they have not passed through its portals before. This unique building can be described as ‘a Tudor church within a Victorian cathedral’ as the aisle of the original parish church of St Mary’s was retained in the structure.
The Cathedral’s great claim to fame, however, is possessing the world’s largest stained glass window series telling the story of the Gospel and narrative history of the Church of England, with the three round rose windows of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost noted to be particularly impressive in both size and colour.
Another quirky fact is that if you stand inside at either end and look down the length of the building, you’ll see it bends… The building was constructed deliberately ‘out of true’ to avoid the cost of purchasing a further block of land to its south.
Truro Cathedral is a journey time of approximately 40 minutes from CLC Hustyns. For more information and booking to use the ice rink visit www.iceskatetruro.co.uk or Tel: 01872 262 466 and for more details of its fascinating cathedral visit www.trurocathedral.org.uk
Picture Credit: B Tal