Ice sculpture trail to launch in Darlington

Olaf in ice. Photo: Claire Collinson Photography.

Visitors to Darlington can enjoy the thrills and chills of winter as the first ever Ice Sculpture Trail gets underway in the town on Saturday, December 8 from 10am to 5pm.

Ten sculptures will be spread around the town ready to be discovered.

Kids and adults can get involved with having a go at ice sculpture on Joseph Pease Place, as well as posing with angel ice wings and as an icy Rudolph.

The sculptures will include festive characters including a fun Olaf as well as an icy penguin, an Aladdin’s lamp and more.

There’s also the chance to watch the experts at work in the Market Square as they carve an ice sculpture live throughout the day.

An ice treasure chest will give explorers the chance to win special prizes and there are more prizes on offer through the #LoveDarlo Facebook page.

Special maps will be available throughout the town centre including the Indoor market, Connmill Shopping Centre, Dolphin Centre and, on the day, from Joseph Pease Place.

The maps also include a competition entry coupon with a chance to win panto tickets.

Free street entertainers and festive music will add a warm cheery glow to the town.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “Our team has pulled out all the stops to ensure that there really is something special going on in Darlington this Christmas.

“It may be chilly out there but people will have a warm welcome in the town centre with free family fun and the first ever Ice Sculpture Trail. Darlington is the only place to be for festive fun and shopping.”

Free after three parking offer continues every day in Darlington until 2 January.

It applies to any council-run car park, short and long stay and can be used in conjunction with the existing two hours free offer in all council-run long stay car parks.