The Ice Sculpting Festival London event takes place from Friday 11th January - Sunday 13th January 2013. Admission is free.
The snow pit is open from 11am - 7pm on Friday, 10am - 8pm on Saturday and 11am - 6pm on Sunday. The doubles competition takes place from 9am - 7pm Friday and 10am - 12pm Saturday, while the singles competition takes place from 1pm - 3.30pm on Saturday. The judging and prize giving takes place from 4pm on Saturday. The freestyle competition takes place on Sunday from 11am -3pm and the award, as voted for by the public, is given at 4pm Sunday.
The festival takes place at Canada Square Park, Montgomery Square and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall, Canary Wharf.
Head to Canary Wharf to see beautiful sculptures carved out of solid ice at the fourth annual Ice Sculpting Festival London event. Taking place in Canada Square Park next to the popular ice rink as well as Montgomery Square and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall, the festival is free and open to all.
Ice carving talent
Giving you the chance to see the ice sculptors creating work live on the site, the Ice Sculpting Festival London event promises plenty of fast paced action and creative talent in abundance. Teams of international sculptors will be working against the clock and against each other to create the best work of art from 2m x 2m blocks of ice.
Art fans can cheer on the UK team as they go head to head against teams from around the world to create eye catching ice sculptures. Competitors in the Ice Sculpting Festival London contest will use chainsaws, chipping tools and delicate chisels to create the ice sculptures at Canary Wharf, with the winning entry being announced on Saturday.
As well as being able to watch all the ice sculptures take shape, members of the public get hands on at the snow pit, which can be found at Montgomery Square during the Ice Sculpting Festival. London visitors can make snowmen or snowcastles out of real snow in the pit, and then warm up with hot winter food and drinks from the nearby Frost Fayre.
Last years theme was winter sports, so the ice sculptors took their inspiration from snowboarding and skiing. This year, as the festival is back for an even bigger event, expect to see even more in the way of original and innovative creations.