South Shield’s Ocean Beach Winter Wonderland opens

Slide into Christmas and celebrate all the fun of the festive season at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park’s Winter Wonderland.

Ocean Beach is bringing a real sense of winter wonder to South Shields, with a range of sparkling attractions – including an ice rink and fun-filled events - guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

After last year’s festivities were a little muted due to Covid restrictions Ocean Beach is going full-on to make sure this Christmas is a cracker.

At the heart of the festivities is a covered ice rink, where skaters can try out their ‘Dancing on Ice’ skills, or just have a bash at getting around on the real ice without taking a tumble.

Enjoy a magical time at the covered skate rink.

But don’t worry if you’re a skating ‘newbie’ or just finding your feet, there’ll be skating aids to help get around on the ice.

The rink will be under the cover of a decorated marquee right in the middle of the beautifully decorated Winter Wonderland, with cheerful music and lights helping to create that Christmas feeling.

Staff will be on hand to assist, and there will be adults’ and children’s skate boots for hire included in the ticket price – or just bring your own!

It is bound to be popular, so while walk-in sessions will be available, it’s best to book your one-hour sessions in advance and to have a quick read of the rules, terms and conditions before you go.

Fun for all ages

But you don’t have to get your skates on to enjoy a festive day out at Ocean Beach’s Winter Wonderland.

The familiar food and drinks kiosks at Ocean Food Court will be serving up delicious Christmas treats to help the festivities along. How does a Christmas foot long sausage with stuffing and cranberry sauce sound? Pigs in blankets, Yorkshire Pudding wraps with all the trimmings and, for afters, churros drenched in sugar and cinnamon?

Or head to the special licensed festive bar to warm up with a delicious mulled wine or chill with a festive beer.

To help with the Christmas shopping, there’ll also be an assortment of delightful market stalls selling traditional gifts.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park will be beautifully adorned with festive lights and decorations throughout, making it the ideal place for some memorable photos and selfies.

Saturdays and Sundays will see special guests visiting the park to meet and greet the crowds – look out for Disney ‘Frozen’ princesses Elsa and Anna, Cinderella and Belle, and the cheeky elves in the days just before Christmas Eve.

To find out more, check out the full list of visiting characters available on the Ocean Beach Facebook page.

Of course, the outdoor rides and indoor arcades will also be open on certain days. Remember to check the website to see when rides are operating.

Entry to the park is free and no booking is required for general admission, however it’s recommended to check the website before heading off.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Winter Wonderland is open until January 9.

Find out more by visiting www.oceanbeach.co.uk/winterwonderland/ or the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Facebook page