Put your skates on and raise funds for charity in Hailsham

Knockhatch is opening an artificial ice rink
Knockhatch is opening an artificial ice rink

Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham will officially open its permanent synthetic ice skating rink tomorrow (Saturday).

All money raised from bookings for the day is being donated to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

The undercover rink is designed to be an alternative to real ice which offers a memorable, safe and authentic experience.

Colin Jaggers, managing director of Knockhatch, said: “We are very excited about our newest attraction here at the adventure park.

“It is sure to amuse spectators and participants alike! We have taken our time to try to choose the best artificial surface available and are using a high quality product from a UK manufacturer.”  

The park will be open from 10am to 5pm tomorrow and guests visiting the ice rink will also have access to other attractions including the farm and soft play areas.

Children can also visit Santa in his grotto for an additional charge between 11am and 5pm.

Chestnut Tree House, which is Knockhatch’s chosen charity of the year, provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people with life-shortening illnesses across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.

Mr Jaggers said: “Chestnut Tree House was the first charity we thought of when choosing our charity of the year.”

“As a childern’s charity which does vital work in the community we felt strongly that we should support them.”

A one hour ice skating session costs £12 for over 13s and £10 for under 13s, including park entrance, with discounted rates available for online bookings and members.

Places can be booked by visiting www.knockhatch.com

The services offered at Chestnut Tree House include assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, specialist short breaks, emergency care, step down from hospital and end of life care.