Skaters have taken to the ice as the city’s ice rink opens to the public for the first time this winter.

People were quick to put on ice skates and do laps of the rink at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton shortly after it opened its doors at around 10am this morning.

Others opted not to brave the ice and instead watched from the comfort of the rink-side cafe.

Christmas decorations have also been put up around the tent to welcome visitors to the rink, with lighting rigs constructed at each corner to illuminate skaters in colour and light in the evening.

The ice rink, which has welcomed skaters since 2010, has space for around 250 skaters per session and is open until January 8.

Tickets for 45-minute skate times are available online from £12 for those aged 12 and over and £9 for children.

Penguin skate aids are available for children up to 1.2 metres tall at a cost of £3 and can also be booked online.