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Aberdeen Ice Rink

Get your skates on and enjoy some festive sporting action at the ice rink. There are aids for the smaller skaters, in the shape of jolly orange seals.

Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

Fri 19 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sat 20 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

Sun 21 Dec

£3 (Family £10) / 01224 522984

…and 14 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Glasgow on Ice

A chance to perfect your pirouettes (or at least let go of the side) as George Square's open air ice rink returns for another year accompanied by non-stop music. There are funfair rides (including the return of the Big Wheel), free activities for families in the Christmas Workshop and themed nights on the rink including…

George Square, Glasgow

Thu 18 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Fri 19 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Sat 20 Dec

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

…and 10 more dates until 31 Dec

St Andrew Square Ice Rink

Edinburgh city centre now boasts, not one, but two ice rinks for the festive season. The new circular rink at St Andrew Square allows you glide all the way round the Melville Monument.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sat 20 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 21 Dec

£9 (£5)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

…and 14 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Manchester Ice Rink

Skate under the stars this Christmas at Manchester's only outdoor ice rink. The rink is open to skaters of all abilities and offers skating aids, in the shape of penguins and seals, for younger children.

Spinningfields Ice Rink, Manchester

Fri 19 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Sat 20 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

Sun 21 Dec

£9–£10 (Students £8; Children £7–£9; Family £23–£30) / 0161 820 9718

…and 13 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Princes Street Gardens Ice Rink

Glide like an angel, or fall like a toddler; have fun either way on the ice rink set below Edinburgh Castle, a now traditional feature of the city's Christmas fun. Lessons are available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4pm–6pm.

East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sat 20 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Sun 21 Dec

£9 (£5; Family £20)

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

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The Ice Rink

Whizz about the ice rink on the Piazza or grab a spot of festive fayre in The Lodge, a festive pop-up concept from the team behind The Dockyard, where you can watch the skaters zooming and slipping about.

MediaCityUK, Salford

Fri 19 Dec

£5–£7 (Children £5)

Sat 20 Dec

£5–£7 (Children £5)

Sun 21 Dec

£5–£7 (Children £5)

…and 3 more dates until 24 Dec

International Horse Show

Showcase of equestrian skills with competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Extreme Carriage Driving.

Olympia, London W14

Fri 19 Dec

£15–£61 / 0871 230 5580

This year’s headline acts include the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt Team and the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police plus the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and the Alltech Christmas Puissance competition.

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£61 / 0871 230 5580

This year’s headline acts include the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt Team and the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police plus the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and the Alltech Christmas Puissance competition.

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£61 / 0871 230 5580

This year’s headline acts include the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt Team and the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police plus the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and the Alltech Christmas Puissance competition.

Mon 22 Dec

£15–£61 / 0871 230 5580

This year’s headline acts include the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt Team and the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police plus the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and the Alltech Christmas Puissance competition.

Polar Plunge

You might freeze your whatsits off plunging into an open-air pool complete with 20 tons of ice-filled water, but it's all for a good cause – this event raises money for the work of Special Olympics.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£20 (Students £16; Children £5–£10)

  • 09:00 – 18:00 Polar Plunge Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Sat 7 Feb 2015

£20 (Students £16; Children £5–£10)

  • 09:00 – 18:00 Polar Plunge Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Adventurers

See and learn about the machines which have been the choice mode of transport for rebels, hellraisers and anyone wanting to annoy their mother.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Adventurers Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Adventurers Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 10:00 – 17:00 Adventurers Riverside Museum, Glasgow
…and 82 more dates until 13 Mar 2015

Badminton

Regular badminton class.

Peepul Centre, Leicester

Sun 21 Dec

Phone for prices / 0116 261 6000

  • 08:30 – 15:30 Badminton Peepul Centre, Leicester
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Bolton Ice Rink

Bolton ice rink is back and it's bigger than ever. Skaters can glide about whist spectators enjoy the covered skate exchange and café area. There's also special Slippy Sunday family skate session for those concerned it might be a 'Bambi's first steps' scenario.

Victoria Square, Bolton

Fri 19 Dec

£6 (£4.50; Children £3.50; Family £12)

Please note: There are shorter operating hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Sat 20 Dec

£6 (£4.50; Children £3.50; Family £12)

Please note: There are shorter operating hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Sun 21 Dec

£6 (£4.50; Children £3.50; Family £12)

Please note: There are shorter operating hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Resolution Run

Start 2015 as you mean to go on. Means you have no excuse to 'forget' your new year's resolutions, but think of how smug you'll be when the rest of the country fall by the wayside.

Aberdeen Beach

Sun 12 Apr 2015

£12–£15

The Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£12–£15

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Sun 15 Mar 2015

£12–£15

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Strathclyde parkrun

An informal weekly 5k run in Strathclyde Country Park. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow (you're welcome to walk the route, bring your dog or push a buggy), so you can use it as a one-off fitness test, a chance to get some fresh air or come every week to try to beat your personal best time. It's friendly and…

Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 01698 402060

Sat 27 Dec

Free / 01698 402060

Zumba: Workshop

Depending on energy levels, zumba yourself silly, until your heart's content, or like there's no tomorrow.

Bolton Arena

Fri 19 Dec

£4.75 / 01204 488100

Sat 20 Dec

£4.75 / 01204 488100

Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicester

Fri 19 Dec

Phone for prices / 0116 277 9518

Doncaster Dome

Mon 12 Jan 2015

Studio

£5.50; £5 Off Peak / 01302 370777

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Studio

£5.50; £5 Off Peak / 01302 370777

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Studio

£5.50; £5 Off Peak / 01302 370777

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Fencing

Fencing class.

University Of London Union, WC1E

Sat 20 Dec

Upper Hall

£4 (£3; £2 NUS)

  • 12:00 – 18:00 Fencing University Of London Union
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Limekilns Breakfast Dip

It's New Year's Day – what else is there to do than go for a dip in the Forth? It's all for charity mind, with proceeds going to Fife Young Carers.

Limekilns Beach, Dunfermline

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£10

Musselburgh Racecourse

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£20–£43.50 / 0131 665 2859

New Years Day Race Meeting. Jump race fixture with the first race beginning at 12.30pm.

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£15–£29 / 0131 665 2859

Jump race fixture with the first race beginning at 1.10pm

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£15–£29 / 0131 665 2859

Jump race fixture with the first race beginning at 1.40pm.

…and 2 more dates until 11 Feb 2015

New Year's Day Triathlon

Whilst the rest of the country deals with their post Hogmanay hangover you can embrace the new year with a triathlon. The race starts with a 400m swim in the Royal Commonwealth Pool, before an 11 mile cycle and 3.5 mile run round the scenic Arthur's Seat. There's also a separate duathlon race for kids aged 8–15 consisting…

Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

0844 573 8455

Rob Roy Challenge

Not for the faint hearted – teams take part in an action-packed day including a 16-mile walk (or run) from Drymen to Callander then a 39-mile cycle to Kenmore. A party and feast await the intrepid participants upon their finish. Teams should include four people and each team member is asked to raise a minimum of £350.

Drymen Village Hall

Sat 20 Jun 2015

£65; £105 with bike hire / 07977 151540

St Andrews parkrun

An informal weekly 5k run in Craigtoun Country Park. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow (you're welcome to walk the route, bring your dog or push a buggy), so you can use it as a one-off fitness test, a chance to get some fresh air or come every week to try to beat your personal best time. It's friendly and…

Craigtoun Country Park, St Andrews

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 01334 473666

Sat 27 Dec

Free / 01334 473666

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6th UK Cold Water Swimming Championships

The original cold water swimming championships is back for 2015. Take the plunge and join hundreds of swimmers in our series of fun races - all in water as cold as 1C! Take part in the Big Splash jump-in or get crafty and enter the Best Hat Contest.

Tooting Bec Lido, London SW16

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£8 registration; £12 individual race; £2 spectator

Aberdeen parkrun

An informal weekly 5k run along the Beach Esplanade. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow (you're welcome to walk the route, bring your dog or push a buggy), so you can use it as a one-off fitness test, a chance to get some fresh air or come every week to try to beat your personal best time. It's friendly and…

Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen

Sat 20 Dec

Free

Sat 27 Dec

Free

Aerobics And Body Toning Workout

A low impact aerobics workout and body toning exercises. A fun way to get fit and in shape all year round. Designed using a variety of exercise styles to keep you motivated.

Mill Art And Events Centre, Rayleigh

Wed 24 Dec

Phone for prices / 01268 778737

Wed 31 Dec

Phone for prices / 01268 778737

Wed 7 Jan 2015

Phone for prices / 01268 778737

…and 3 more dates until 28 Jan 2015

Aonach Mor Uphill Race

A 4km run with a climb of 610m. Now that's how you start the New Year. Registration 9.30am, race starts 11am.

Nevis Range Ski Centre, Fort William

Thu 1 Jan 2015

£12 / 01397 705825

The Ashridge Trail Half Marathon

Run 13.1 miles of off-road trail through 2000 acres of woodland to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The event is open to all abilities levels and supporters can enjoy a relaxing picnic in the countryside while you get your sweat on.

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted

Sun 7 Jun 2015

£20 before 31st December 2014; £25 after / 01442 820740

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