A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a private sneak preview of the Magical Ice Kingdom installation in London's Hyde Park before the attraction opened to the public. The Kingdom forms an exciting, new part of Hyde Park's annual Winter Wonderland event that sees a corner of the vast park turned into Christmas town each year, complete with ice rink, wooden-hut market stalls, fairground rides and much more. The Ice Kingdom is the biggest installation of its kind ever in the UK and features amazing sculptures carved from ice specially shipped in from Canada. Upon entering the -8 degree Kingdom, visitors travel through a number of themed zones, meeting various magical creatures along the way before taking a seat in the ice carriage and a tumble down the ice slide.
The sculptures were created by the team at Hamilton Ice Sculptors and lit with cold-white LED fixtures to give the ice an ethereal glow. Care had to be taken that the lighting didn't melt the sculptures, so LED lamps proved the ideal solution as they generate very little heat.
With real snow and fir trees littering the Kingdom, and a new ice cold creature to encounter around every corner, visiting the Magical Ice Kingdom felt like I'd stepped into Narnia when the White Witch was at the height of her power. I would highly recommend a visit should you be in London this festive season . . . just watch out for the dragon!
My photos were published in the magazine I work for and even made the front cover :)
Let Lily Know: Have you visited the Magical Ice Kingdom? What did you think?