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Winter Wonderland

CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON IN THE UK’S ULTIMATE YULETIDE UTOPIA

22 NOVEMBER 2018 – 6 JANUARY 2019

10am-10pm

 

The ultimate festive experience, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is now in full swing, offering an array of seasonal delights for the whole family. With a host of glittering new attractions including Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman™ Experience, Peter Pan On Ice, a new “Secret Forest” theme for The Magical Ice Kingdom and nightly shows at the brand-new Winter Wonderland Comedy Club, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has festive frivolity all wrapped up. Plus returning favourites include new shows from Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, the spectacular Big Wheel with a little magic from Google Assist and the UK’s biggest open-air Ice Rink with Sky Kids, this year even bigger than ever before! Festive travellers from near and far afield can use the free Moovit app in partnership with Winter Wonderland to plan the best route to the event at Hyde Park: https://moovit.me/WinterWonderland. Entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is free, with tickets to individual attractions bookable in advance and available at:hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

 

New and exclusive for Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2018…

The Magical Ice Kingdom returns for 2018 with a brand-new theme – ‘The Secret Forest.’ Discover a magical world complete with woodland animals and mythical creatures, created from more than 500 tonnes of ice and snow in -10C temperatures. 2018 also sees the introduction of exciting Ice Sculpting Workshops. Christmas crafters can learn tips from expert ice sculptors and create their very own masterpiece in a bespoke sculpting studio.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ beloved picture book, The Snowman, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has teamed up with themed cinema experts, Backyard Cinema, and Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House) to bring a world exclusive cinematic adventure; Backyard Cinema Presents: The Snowman™ Experience to the capital. One of the UK’s best-loved family films is brought to life as guests explore the multi-roomed, multi-sensory, cinematic adventure guaranteed to delight the entire family with Christmas cheer and childlike wonder.

Take a journey to Neverland with the exclusive new showing of Peter Pan On Ice as the childhood hero returns to his spiritual home at The Royal Parks. Performed by the internationally acclaimed Imperial Ice Stars, J M Barrie’s well-loved story takes to the ice with breath-taking skating, flying and special effects including state-of-the-art animated scenery, dazzling costumes, fire-on-ice and original music and songs.

Meanwhile, the popular Teletubbies Live Show will be heading to the MegaDome every morning at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with a special Christmas adaption, meaning fun for even the tiniest tots as they join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on a magical journey through Tellytubbyland.

For those looking for laughs this festive season, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will be hosting a schedule of stand-up comedy acts, every night from 9pm. Held in the Circus MegaDome and specially curated by GetComedy, expect familiar faces from Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Roadshow in what is guaranteed to be a sizzling set of seasonal shows. Guests can expect hilarious performances from the likes of Dane Baptiste, Paul Sinha, Mick Ferry, Luisa Omielan, Terry Alderton and Glenn Wool. Further comedy double act antics come courtesy of the Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, with some further special guests still to be announced. 16+.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is this year sporting a 45m long real Ice Slide, part of the brand-new and free to enter Santa Land 2018. Bringing a taste of alpine mountain fun to central London, thrill-seekers can grab an ‘ice tube’ and experience skimming down an ice covered ‘mountain side’. This unique winter experience is available to all ages, although younger visitors will have to be accompanied by an adult.

 

New this year, there is a Parade of Light to wave goodbye to Santa as he leaves his grotto for the evening. Happening Mondays to Wednesdays only, see a spectacular parade of stiltwalkers, jugglers, drummers, an Ice King and Queen, and Santa himself with his helper elves.

 

Spread seasonal smiles this winter with the introduction of the Ice Trike Trail, suitable for kids over six. Scoot round the 85m ice track on an Ice Trike, under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and Christmas trees. The Ice Trike Trail makes up part of the biggest free Santa Land Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has ever seen complete with a free Santa’s Grotto.

 

Let’s not forget the classics…

Polish up those skates as the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink with Sky Kids returns…but this year, it just got even bigger! Perfect for families, couples, friends or colleagues, test out skating skills on Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s most iconic attraction.

The adored festive daytime spectacular, Zippos Christmas Circus, returns to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in the UK’s biggest circus tent, the MegaDome, with an all-new fun-packed circus show – ‘The Cracker.’ Complete with jaw-dropping acrobats, comedy clowns, feats of incredible strength and stunning illusion, the show also welcomes the family favourite, larger-than-life dancing Snow Bears.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is also the home of fast-paced, jaw-dropping performances by Cirque Berserk, with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action and contemporary-cirque artistry from this astounding troupe of over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and daredevil stuntmen. This year’s all-new show ‘Inferno’ combines high-octane thrills with mind-boggling wizardry, as Cirque Berserk’s international troupe of daredevils and illusionists raise the stakes yet again. With more fire, more motorbikes and more magic than ever before, Cirque Berserk Inferno really is too hot to handle!

The perfect party destination, Bar Hütte will is this year offering Christmas Karaoke booths to kick-start the season with pop classics and festive favourites. Ideal for festive get-togethers, booths are available for groups of up to 20 to cosy up in a private alpine-style hütte with food and drinks served by a dedicated host.

For the most romantic wintery destination in London this year, head to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s adored Big Wheel, this year with a little magic from Google Assistant. Built over 60 metres high, see beyond Hyde Park’s tree tops to enjoy panoramic views of the capital.

For an even more streamlined visit to Winter Wonderland, Coaster Passes are now available to purchase, allowing tap ’n’ ride access onto all of the epic roller coasters. A minimum payment of £30 is required (with a £5 initial purchase bonus) and can be topped up from the box offices on site, or online. Coaster Passes can be used for the duration of the event and are ideal to give as gifts.

This year marks the triumphant return of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s adrenaline fuelled roller coasters. With a selection of six adult rides and three child coasters to choose from, visitors can get pulses racing on the immense Munich Looping, the spectacular new VR ride, Dr Archibald, exclusive to Winter Wonderland, The Ice Mountain, Santa’s spinning Coaster, Euro Coaster, Wilde Maus XXL, along with children’s attractions Santa’s Flying Sleigh, Racing Coaster and the Clown Coaster.

TRAVEL

Trains from High Wycombe to London Marylebone take approximately 40 minutes and run a regular service every 10 – 15 minutes. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is situated in close proximity to London underground tube stations including Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Green Park.  Alternatively, motorists travelling from High Wycombe can take the M40 and A40 which takes an hour and 12 minutes. Please note that congestion charges are in place, so check the TFL website for full details.

Arriving at Winter Wonderland is now even easier than ever due to a special collaboration with Moovit, a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider and the world’s #1 public transport app. Use the free app to get the best route to the event at Hyde Park: https://moovit.me/WinterWonderland.

Moovit CMO Yovav Meydad said: “Winter Wonderland is a winter must-do in London, and Moovit is delighted it can help both Londoners and tourists get there in the most convenient way. With Moovit, revelers can arrive stress-free, and can enjoy their experience instead of worrying about how to get home.”

LOCATION & ACCOMMODATION

Hyde Park is regarded as one of the finest city centre parks in the world, located in the heart of London. For those planning a few days in the capital, there are a whole host of hotels and accommodation dotted around the area. Choose from the plush Kensington on Hyde Park’s South-Western tip to the iconic end of Oxford Street in the North-Eastern corner. Hotels start from £170 (based on two adults and two children) with many hotels within a 20-minute walking distance to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. For an extensive list of hotels in the area, visit www.booking.com.

 

Tickets are available to purchase now from http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Opens:  November 2018 – 6 January 2019 10am – 10pm every day
Closed on Christmas Day

Entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE. For individual attraction ticket prices and information, please visit the official website here. Attraction tickets sell out, especially at weekends and evenings. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Individual attraction prices start from £7 adult / £5 Child / £20 Family / £6 Concession plus booking fee.

NEW FOR 2018:

MAGICAL ICE KINGDOM PRESENTS: THE SECRET FOREST
BACKYARD CINEMA PRESENTS: THE SNOWMAN EXPERIENCE
PETER PAN ON ICE
TELETUBBIES CHRISTMAS SHOW
WINTER WONDERLAND COMEDY CLUB WITH EVENING STANDARD
ICE SCULPTING WORKSHOPS
ICE SLIDE & ICE TRIKE TRAIL
NEW RIDES & COASTER PASSES

RETURNING FAVOURITES:

UK’s LARGEST OPEN-AIR ICE RINK WITH SKY KIDS
ZIPPOS CHRISTMAS CIRCUS (NEW 2018 SHOWS)
CIRQUE BERSERK (NEW 2018 SHOWS)
BAR HÜTTE
THE BIG WHEEL with a little magic from Google Assistant
BAR ICE

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Kathryn is a photographer and graphic designer based in South Buckinghamshire. She specialises in wedding, lifestyle and commercial photography and graphic and web design for small businesses. Her photography has featured in both digital and printed publications. Her design clients span the Chilterns, Thames Valley and London from a wide range of business sectors.

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