Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Skating my way into Christmas at the Celtic Manor

"Nowhere does Christmas like Celtic Manor"

Last Friday night I embarked on my first Christmas activity of the year, an evening attending the opening night of 'The Great Skate' at the Celtic Manor Resort. 

The first thing I did on arriving on the winding walkway up to the entrance of the resort, was take in the beautifully lit Christmas trees guiding you along the path to the grand entrance. It was the perfect way to enhance your excitement and anticipation as you walked across to The Great Skate, as you get to take in and see many festive lights along the way. 

The area in which the ice skating rink is located has a bar where you can purchase festive themed drinks and tasty delights.  You can sit around and enjoy the festive atmosphere and Christmas music before embarking on your glide across the rink. As many of you know, I can't resist a bit of a chocolate, so I decided to pick up what may possibly be the most festive looking chococlate lolly to date, along with a chocolate orange hot chocolate.

As this was the opening evening to which I was kindly invited to along to, there were two entertainers who got the whole room singing (and myself dancing), both on and off the ice. There were some good old classics being sung, with, of course, lots of Christmas favourites, as well as songs from my youth, which were my personal favourites! 

When it came to going on the actual ice, I was slightly apprehensive as it had been years since I have given ice skating a go, and even then I was pretty petrified of it. However, I was determind to overcome this fear and take to the ice, and I'm honestly so happy that I did. What I didn't expect was for the ice to feel more like a 'permanent' ice rink, if you have ever been to a temporary rink you will know exactly what I mean by this. Permanent ice rinks are more solid, a lot less slippery and you feel much more sturdy on your feet.

Within minutes I was already feeling more confident, smiling, and even singing.  Before I knew it I was going into the middle of the ice trying to dance and spin in circles, feeling like I was a contestant from dancing on ice!



I've always been a huge fan of visiting Winter Wonderlands, Christmas Markets and Fayres, but have avoided ice rinks! This year I'm so glad I overcame my fears and tried something new by ice skating.  The festive spirit is finally in the air and I already can't wait to go back and give it another go.

If you would like to go along to The Great Skate, the ice rink will be open until Sunday 6 January.

Have you recently been ice skating or overcome a fear that you never thought you would overcome? What are you looking forward to most in the weeks running up to Christmas, is there something in particular that makes you feel festive at this time of year? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

With love, Alys

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*I was invited to The Great Skate by the Celtic Manor and gifted my tickets for this event.
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28 comments

  1. Ahh it looks like you had the best time my darling & this has made me feel so festive!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. Thanks Amie, I did have a really lovely time, it was the best way to start getting into the festive spirit (:

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  2. I only live a 2 minute drive from the Celtic Manor and I'd love to go up there for Winter Wonderland but I can't ice skate to save my life! xx

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. No way, I had no idea we lived so close to each other! - this would be the perfect opportunity for you to face your fears just like I did (:

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  3. It looks like you had such a good time and that chocolate lolly looks right up my street, don't even start me on the chocolate orange drink! It looks like great fun and this post has got me so ready for Christmas!

    Soph x
    - http://www.sophie-elise.co.uk

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    1. I'm so pleased its got you feeling in the festive spirit! - Thanks for reading Soph (:

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  4. Oh man I haven't been ice skating in years! It kind of terrifies me now as I'm quite fragile due to illness so I get petrified of falling over, haha! It is bloody good fun though and I'd love to go again someday :)
    Alice Xx

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    1. That was the same way I felt before going again! I hope you overcome your fear when you get back on the ice just like I did (:

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  5. You look like you had a great time! ☺️

    Jenny • ‬

    ‪www.sparkleandstyleblogger.wordpress.com

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  6. Oh this sounds like just the most perfect day, and the photos are gorgeous! I'm so happy you started to like skating - I adore it, there's nothing like whizzing along so smoothly! I love a Christmas market too, so this was basically my perfect day haha!

    Happy Christmas!

    - Claire (Nerdslikeme.co.uk)

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    1. Thank you that means so much! - it really does feel like Christmas when there are ice skating rinks popping up!

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  7. Wow, I adore the look of this! It's great, just look how magical it looks. I adore visiting anything Christmas related this time of year, anything from Christmas Markets to Winter Wonderlands. This is just perfect! I adore your photos.

    Gemma | www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you Gemma, it really did feel magical whilst there (:

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  8. Sounds and looks fantastic! Skating with hot chocolate is one of my favourite festivities. Celtic Manor is someone I'd love to stay. X

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    1. I would love to hear all about it if you do visit the Celtic Manor!

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  9. Ohh, it looks so nice and as I see you had such a lovely time. I have never been to ice skating. It never appealed to me, probably bc I'm scared of falling.

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    1. Sorry to hear that, it's not for everyone. It's still a great place to go for a drink and some food though if you're ever in the area (:

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  10. I haven't been ice skating in years (and I was never that great at it) but this sounds like such a fun event, perfect winter evening x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I hadn't either until I went along this time! Thanks for reading Sophie (:

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  11. I haven't been ice skating in YEARS! Maybe about 15 years at least haha. I'd love to go again!
    Your evening out sounds like so much fun, and the perfect way to kick off the year's festivities! xx Naomi

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    1. 15 years is a long time! - it really was the perfect way to kick start the festive season (:

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  12. I have avoided the ice rinks too. Till now, that is! ;)
    But reading this, I would love to do a 'dancing in the ice' no myself.

    Aditi | www.aditispen.com

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  13. Sounds and looks like a really fun place to visit! :)

    Sarah x || http://boxnip.co.uk

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  14. I had no idea that different ice rinks were different! I've only been to one permanent one and I couldn't leave the sides haha xx

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

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    1. I hadn't realised when I was younger as I always went to a permanent ice rink and it was so easy to skate on. Then I remember being on holiday and going to one there for a few weeks and it was awful, I only went round once and got off!

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