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Get your skates on: Alpine Skate Trail Returns to Fota House on Friday November 3rd

New improved festive food and drink market to enhance Christmas experience.

The Carrigdhoun were lucky enough to be one of the first to set skate on the new Alpine Skate Trail when it opened last Friday night, the 3rd of November.

Alpine Skate Trail, which is located in Fota House, is one of Cork’s favourite seasonal activities, this year they have added some extra features to further enhance the festive experience for those attending.

Featuring new and improved festive food and drinks market stalls, Alpine Skate Trail will run skate sessions right up to the holiday season and into the New Year until January 28th 2024.

General sale tickets are now available to purchase online at a cost of €20 per person at the following online link

Those planning to visit have been encouraged to book their skate as soon as possible to ensure they get their chosen slot and avoid disappointment.

Set on the grounds of the historic Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens Fota Island, Cork’s Alpine Skate Trail has established itself as a firm favourite on the seasonal calendar, providing an authentic rustic feeling and a real festive mood for winter 2023.

Last year, 87,000 people skated their way through the Alpine Skate Trail in Cork and this year, families, friends, work colleagues and clubs are all welcome again to get their skates on for the 300m long ice trail, a new freestyle area or younger skaters can hit the smaller rink where Penguin Skate Aids are also available.

Owner of and Cool Running Events, Bill Cremin also spoke to their sustainability initiatives and said:

“We are so excited to be bringing the Alpine Skate Trail back to Fota House this year. Last year, we welcomed thousands of skaters to the trail, and as we continue to strive to be more sustainable, we continue to use HVO, a renewable diesel that was introduced last year, to fuel the cooling process of our rinks which as an advanced biofuel reducing carbon net emissions by up to 90%.”

Vincent, Lorcan, Mairead and Aoife O'Donovan from Crosshaven pictured at the opening night of the Alpine Skate Trail in Fota.

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