Eastbourne may be basking in a heatwave, but plans have this week been announced to bring back an ice rink to the town centre as part of this years packed Christmas events activities.

Organisers have confirmed that the real ice rink, which will cover 240 square meters will have a capacity of 80 people and include children rides, a Christmas market showcasing local stalls, local window dressing competitions and live entertainment.

The rink will be complimented by some additional festive illuminations in the town centre that will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welcome Back Fund.

The event is organised by Your Eastbourne BID and Visit Eastbourne.

Stephen Holt, Chief Executive of Your Eastbourne BID said “Over the years, businesses and residents have been asking when Eastbourne will have its own ice rink over Christmas, and so we couldn’t wait to make the announcement. The rink will be open throughout December with fantastic decorations, music and entertainment. We are just finalising full details with landowners about the location and will keep everyone informed as soon as details are confirmed.”

Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture added “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Your Eastbourne BID to bring more festive cheer to our wonderful town than ever before. This Christmas will really be something to remember, and people will very shortly be able to purchase their tickets from Visit Eastbourne.com – so keep checking our website for details.”