A WINTER ice rink is returning to the North-East later this month.

Sunderland Business Improvement District is once again organising the popular attraction as part of the festivities at Keel Square when it opens on Thursday 29 November .

Those heading to the rink will also be able to visit a new addition, Hadrian’s Tipi, which is being set up at Keel Square over the festive period, offering a range of street food, drinks and entertainment.

Sharon Appleby, head of business operations at Sunderland BID, said: “The Christmas ice rink always proves to be very popular and it’s a great activity for the whole family to take part in to get in the festive spirit.”

Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome at the open air rink, with skating aids available to hire for £3 each for those less confident on the ice.

The ice rink will be open for public skating from 12pm – 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 9pm on weekends up until Friday December 21, when it will then be open 10am –9pm every day until Sunday January 6.

Tickets cost £3 for children under 4, £7 for children aged 5-12, £7.50 for 13 – 17 year olds and £8.50 for over 18s, with family tickets available for £25.