Alright – get off the couch, put down that giant tub of Quality Street and blast off some Christmas stodge at Broadgate Ice Rink’s annual broomball nights.
Huh? What on earth is broomball? It’s a Canadian ice game that’s usually played on an ice hockey rink. As we’re a bit short of ice hockey rinks, what better place to slide around than one of London’s fabulous outdoor ice rinks.
An ice game? Sounds fun, what do I have to do? You hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a broom, that’s why it’s called broomball.
Righto, and what are the rules? There are two teams of up to six players (meaning one person is in goal and you can have a few subs on the side in case someone gets too knackered after their Christmas binge). Each evening there are five teams competing in a mini tournament. The aim of the game is to score goals into the other team’s net using your broom.
Sounds simple enough. Do I need to bring my own broom? Nope, brooms are included in the price along with helmets, knee and elbow pads. But you should bring your own trainers and some warm clothes – think ice skating gear, and since you have a MUCH higher chance of falling over, probably best to bring an extra set of clothes for once you’ve finished, too.
Sounds like a workout. Please tell me there’s food and bevvies available. Damn right. The Tasting Room will be serving up cider or beer and a meaty bun for £9.50 (from 7pm-10pm) and there will be craft beers on 2-for-1 (after 9pm). The pulled pork and barbecued beans are great, as is the spiced buttered rum.
Great, when can I go? Broomball is on at Broadgate Ice Rink on Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm from Jan 13 until Feb 10.
And how much is it? It’s £100 per team or £12.50 per person if there are eight of you (and that way you can take it in turns to swap in and out without tiring too quickly).
For more information and tickets go to broadgate.co.uk.