IT'S almost time to eat, rink and be merry!

We're not talking about Christmas Day itself, but instead an exciting festive initiative which will see people in Ruthin being given the chance to dig out their ice skates.

The Clwyd 2020 fundraising committee for the Royal Welsh Show will wheel an ice rink into Ruthin for the first time in the town’s history on December 7 and 8.

The Christmas fair and skating rink at the Ruthin Farmers’ Market will also

feature a festive market of locally produced food and drink and a

demonstration of remote-controlled toy-sized vehicles.

The ice rink can hold up to 50 people at a time, with 30-minute slots available for adults and children to put on a pair of skates.

More merry highlights include a demonstration of remote controlled toy vehicles by the Vale Scale Model Club and an appearance from Father


Schools will also take part with carol singing and a ‘decorate the animal pen’ competition in the auction area.

Ruthin county councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts stated the event was “fantastic news” for families.

“Residents don’t need to go out of Denbighshire for a magical ice experience as now they will have it on their doorstep,” he said.

Anne Roberts, chair of the Ruthin & District Civic Association, said she had “no doubt” the fair will be a special event for families in the town, adding: “I think it will be great for families, adding to the Christmas

atmosphere. It will prove to be really popular.”

Booking is advised for the ice rink at £8 for adults and £5 for children. The fair is free to enter and for more details, visit