WORK is underway to bring the festive fun of Taunton's ice rink to life.

A marquee is being built in the town's Castle Green in preparation for the opening in just over a week's time.

The facility has been organised by Somerset West and Taunton Council, and will be operated by iSK8.

The rink will open on December 9 and is set to run until January 9.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, executive member for economic development, said: “We are excited to give people the chance to experience the magic of skating on real ice in Taunton town centre. It’s a great way to celebrate Christmas.

"The ice rink will provide a family-friendly festive experience as part of the programme of events this year.

"We hope it will prove to be a big attraction for people all over the district, generating an increase in the number of people visiting the town over the Christmas period and giving a boost to local traders.”

The council also revealed prices and opening times recently.

The rink's opening hours will vary each day, and the council advises booking online to avoid disappointment.

The ice rink will be in a marquee with Christmas lights and music, so unpredictable weather won't stop people from skating.

Skating sessions last for 45 minutes with a further 15 minutes designated for shoe change.

Adults are £10, and children aged 15 or under are £8, and there is also a service charge for booking online.

To book your session on the ice, visit