Special Events

London Ice Sculpting Festival

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This weekend saw the return of the London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf for its fifth year. For three days expert teams and individuals used their well honed chainsaw and chisel skills to carve some incredible icy creations.

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Friday night saw the individual competition where the theme was River Life but I didn’t pop along until the Saturday when the teams had started work on their much larger Fabulous Fashion sculptures.

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My friend Jen and I first popped along at 1pm to take a wander round and see what delights they had on offer. Each of the teams had a reference picture so you could see what they were aiming to achieve but at this early stage of the weekend a lot of them looked like nothing more than a block of ice!

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We popped off to the cinema to see The Railway Man and returned around 5pm to see the progress that has been made. Some of the differences were astounding, others not so much and I was disappointed to discover that most of them wouldn’t be completed until the Sunday as that was when the competition was actually being held.

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There were also some ice sculpting masterclasses being held throughout the weekend and a winter food market accompanying the festival but we didn’t partake in either of these due to time constraints.

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It was a really different and enjoyable way to spend the day and it was especially nice to get some fresh air on a brisk January weekend.

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