Ice skating, fairground rides and food stalls in the city centre
Product: www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk Price: £10.95 Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)
Cambridge's North Pole has set up shop on Parkers Piece in the city centre, and is packed with colourful fairground rides, a 600m ice skating rink and various stalls selling crafts and food.
Approaching it, I was a bit disappointed by its cheap and cheerless appearance - the whole affair is penned in with green boarding (strange when the event is free to enter). Perhaps I was expecting more old world charm in such a historical city - true, there was a sweet old fashioned carousel, but there were also numerous flashing, neon rides with loud music blaring out.
The stalls looked appealling, but had no vegetarian options whatsoever. I was left eating cold chips while my friend tucked into German-style hot dogs. An upside was the tasty, warm mulled wine in the alpine bar, which helped keep the cold out for a while.
The ice skating rink was fairly average, with adult prices from £10.95, but had the advantage of not being terribly crowded.
I felt that for the setting, a little bit more effort could have been put into the whole affair - when you're that close to London, you might as well stump up for the Winter Wonderland instead.