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Lead or Rumour info - Bournemouth Ice-rink - Westover Rd


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This place has been abandoned to circa 20 years now, just wondering if anyone has been in, or is interested in going? Have done a quick search and found some photos of the inside, so guess it is still accessible?

Always fascinated me hearing the parents speak of it, yet I never knew it in use.


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Sorry...you are too late! It was converted into an excellent Gym facility by the Gym Group earlier this year. There used to be the excellent Ice Follies Summer shows here which i remember from my youth in the 60's and 70's. I can also recall the decline of the shows and the dancing troupe diminishing from 30 odd down to 12 during the last seasons ( circa 1985). The ice rink closed to the public in 1991. The ice rink it's self is sandwiched in the block of property which forms the ABC cinema and the Odeon ( both scheduled for closure on completion of the new pavilion complex), and has recently been converted into the Gymnasium. The facade has been restored to it's 1930's glory, but where you once shivered skating...you now sweat exercising!.


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Had a look for this a few months ago (I rent an office on the top floor of westover rd so quite easy to get across) but it's all been re-done by the gym. ABC rooftops is always a good shout but I heard a rumour that there is an old abandoned cafe in the ABC that has been abandoned for years if you were looking for somewhere to explore...

Paul Gardiner

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used to go there as a kid..brilliant!...massive inside...full sized rink,always wondered what it looks like now seems a shame its derelict


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28DL Full Member
i got the chance to do the security in there while it was the empty ice rink, filled with pigons and shit i used to let ppl in to take pics ive lost all the ones i had :(