Storm Barra forces Avon Valley ice rink to close: “Please don’t travel to skate!”

A festive ice rink near Bristol is closed today amid a yellow weather warning for wind in the region.

The ice rink at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, in Keynsham, is shut today (Tuesday, December 7) with customers urged not to travel to the attraction to skate.

It comes as Storm Barra is expected to hit Bristol by mid-morning, bringing with it rain and strong winds.

Read more: Bristol weather: Met Office expert warns Storm Barra undergoing ‘rapid deepening’ as weather ‘bomb’ hits

The ice rink is expected to reopen to customers tomorrow (Wednesday, December 8).

Posting on Facebook, the adventure park wrote: “The Avon Valley Ice Rink is closed today due to the Yellow warning of wind. So please don’t travel to skate! The rink will reopen on Wednesday at 11am.

“All ticket holders for today have been contacted via email.”

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Avon Valley is offering festive ice skating from November 27 to January 2, with skate sessions between 11am and 9pm.

But a yellow weather warning for wind in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset is prompting safety concerns.

Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Today a Met Office meteorologist warned Storm Barra is undergoing a “rapid deepening” ahead of it arriving in the UK.

The Atlantic storm will barrel in across the Republic of Ireland before sparking a number of severe weather warnings.

These include snow alerts across northern England and Scotland and wind alerts across most of the UK.

You can read the hour-by-hour forecast for Bristol here.

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