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Oxford Mail: Laura Sem, from Ducklington in Witney, with two-year-old William. Picture: OX56048 Antony Moore Buy this photo Laura Sem, from Ducklington in Witney, with two-year-old William. Picture: OX56048 Antony Moore

CHILDREN celebrated a frosty start to December at Oxfordshire’s largest ice rink.

Laura Sem, from Ducklington in Witney, took two-year-old William, to have a go at ice skating to mark the countdown to Christmas at Millets Farm in Frilford on Monday.

She said: “We went down to pick a turkey from the farm shop for our Christmas lunch and saw the ice rink. William really wanted a go.

“It was absolutely fantastic. It feels like the start of the big countdown for Christmas – especially now the weather has turned so cold!

“The rink had seal toys for William to skate with. He built up his confidence and had a go on his own. He didn’t fall so it was a great success.”

Millets garden centre manager Mark O’Nions said: “Skating outdoors on a real ice rink is a really exciting family experience for Christmas. We have the perfect setting to make it really magical here.”

The 40-minute sessions run every day until January 8.

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12:31pm Wed 5 Dec 12

SarahOX14 says...

I doubt very much this is Oxfordshire's largest ice rink. It looks tiny compared to Oxford's permanent ice rink which is 56m long and 26m wide.
I doubt very much this is Oxfordshire's largest ice rink. It looks tiny compared to Oxford's permanent ice rink which is 56m long and 26m wide. SarahOX14
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6:51pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Sarah, it can only take 80 skaters at a time so I would think it is smaller than Oxpens, and it is £4 extra on top of the skating price for the seal toy. BUT on a day like today is there really a price to be put on being able to skate outside with everything covered in snow. Not since Port Meadow used to freeze over have I done that.
Sarah, it can only take 80 skaters at a time so I would think it is smaller than Oxpens, and it is £4 extra on top of the skating price for the seal toy. BUT on a day like today is there really a price to be put on being able to skate outside with everything covered in snow. Not since Port Meadow used to freeze over have I done that. Pavinder Msvarensy
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12:53pm Thu 6 Dec 12

King Joke says...

Millets Farm? That's miles out of town and a not on a bus route . What a pity we can't have one somewhere like Broad St, but I fear if it were proposed our miserable short-sighted traders would do their best to torpedo the idea.

Pavinder - keep your fingers crossed for Port Meadow, it may well freeze thick enough to skate on yet.
Millets Farm? That's miles out of town and a not on a bus route [to Oxford]. What a pity we can't have one somewhere like Broad St, but I fear if it were proposed our miserable short-sighted traders would do their best to torpedo the idea. Pavinder - keep your fingers crossed for Port Meadow, it may well freeze thick enough to skate on yet. King Joke
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12:55pm Thu 6 Dec 12

King Joke says...

PS if you do want to get the bus, the 31 and X30 go to Frilford Lights, which is a about ten mins' walk from Millets Farm. There is a pavement most of the way.
PS if you do want to get the bus, the 31 and X30 go to Frilford Lights, which is a about ten mins' walk from Millets Farm. There is a pavement most of the way. King Joke
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