Holiday On Ice success

Photo by Martin Bird

Photo by Martin Bird

‘This year’s Holiday on Ice show ‘Tropicana’, at the Peterborough Exec, was a great success,’ said Carole Hughes from Anna’s Hope. ‘It was a fantastic show with wonderful world class skating set to the music from Barry Manilow. Once again thanks to the generous support from Holiday on Ice , Anna’s Hope was able to provide local children who have a brain tumour and their families with a fun night out and a break from their treatment. It is special that through our continued connection with Holiday on Ice we are able to do this. Feedback from the children and their parents makes it all worthwhile. This year lots of the children dressed up in fairy dresses and got their photograph taken with Olympic Gold medal Ice Skater and Dancing on Ice Judge Robin Cousins. We are proud to say Robin is a friend and a life long supporter of Anna’s Hope. He took time out of his busy schedule last year to visit Addenbrookes with me to meet some of the children on the ward and has a lovely caring rapport with the children and their parents.’

‘The event was a great fundraising success. Robin presented the charity with a cheque for £1000 from Holiday on Ice and an amazing £4000 was collected by the Anna’s Hope Fairies from the generous public. On behalf of Anna’s Hope I want to express my thanks to Holiday on Ice, all those who visited the show and the volunteers who braved the snow to help me. Every penny raised will go directly towards funding the charities aims.’

Carole Hughes

Anna’s Mummy, & On Behalf of Anna’s Hope

Photo by Martin Bird

News update:

Anna’s Hope and Holiday On Ice were featured in the Stamford MercuryPeterborough Evening Telegraph, Harborough Mail, and ESP Magazine

Robin Cousins

Robin Cousins MBE – The Olympic Skating Champion and Head Judge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice

We are pleased to announce that Robin Cousins has become a friend and lifelong supporter of Anna’s Hope . Robin kindly said:
“After supporting Anna’s Hope for a few years with Holiday on Ice it was lovely to be able to to join Carole and her husband at Addenbrookes Hospital.
Meeting the dedicated Anna’s Hope nurse and some of the family’s who are benefitting from this wonderful charity was very special and it is heartening to know that from one families grief others can take comfort and as long as Carole is around in her fairy outfit, people will know Anna’s Hope is there for them. I am delighted to be a friend and lifelong supporter of Anna’s Hope.”

Holiday on Ice Show 2012 East of England

Holiday on Ice Tropicana

Holiday on Ice offer supporters of Anna’s Hope a special £2 discount off Gold, Silver & Bronze adult and senior ticket prices.* Every ticket sold also raises £2 for Anna’s Hope. Simply quote Anna’s Hope when booking. To Book tickets online please visit or Call 0844 5811315

* Subject to availability

Ice Star visits Anna’s Hope Children at Addenbrookes Hospital

Children at Addenbrookes Hospital were thrilled this week by a surprise visit from ice skating legend Robin Cousins MBE, organised through Stamford-based charity Anna’s Hope, the East of England’s leading children’s brain tumour charity.

The former Olympic ice skating champion and Head Judge on ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’, was in Cambridge in his capacity as creator of the new Holiday on Ice show ‘ ‘ ‘TROPICANA’ that  comes to the region in February 2012.

Every year Holiday on Ice donates money to children’s charity Anna’s Hope, which supports children and young people from across the East of England region with brain tumours and contributes towards funding for rehabilitation and research into their causes, treatment and cure. This includes funding a Paediatric Neuro Oncology Specialist nurse at Addenbrookes, where many of the children receive treatment. Robin told us, “This was a fantastic opportunity to visit the ward at Addenbrookes Hospital where the Anna’s Hope story began, and to see how the money raised by the charity is used to directly benefit the young patients receiving treatment there.

“It’s good to know the money raised through Holiday on Ice is helping to give real support children and their families, particularly during rehabilitation after treatment ”

Anna’s Hope founder, Carole Hughes, whose own three-year old daughter Anna was the inspiration behind the charity, told us what visiting the show means to the children who are well enough to attend, “For many the show is a welcome relief from their gruelling treatment and it gives them special quality time with their families. Thanks to the generosity of Holiday on Ice they will have happy memories to cherish and cheer them up when times get tough.”

For more information about the show please visit the Anna’s Hope Events page

Holiday on Ice at the National History Museum

Picture by Rosie Hallam

The show, which comes to the EXEC Peterborough from 3rd to 6th February 2011, was previewed by a host of national and regional media, receiving acclaim for its energy, extravagance, exhilaration, world class skating, fabulous costumes, award winning technical production and music especially composed for the show.

Holiday on Ice Managing Director, Jilly Greed, told us, ”Every year, Holiday on Ice brings a completely new production to the UK, and just when you thought the show couldn’t get any bigger or more spectacular, along comes Energia, with its revolutionary three-dimensional planet set and over 40 international skaters who take you through the story of our universe.”

Holiday on Ice has a long and impressive history. It is the world’s most visited ice show, seen by 321 million people, visiting 620 cites in more than 80 countries of five continents.

Among the ice skaters attending the launch was Kate Brotherhood, age 26 from Nottingham, who trained at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham and who has been with Holiday on Ice for nine months. Kate also has a connection to Peterborough where her cousin is head figure skating coach at Peterborough’s Planet Ice.

“ENERGIA”, performed by some of the world’s most talented and exciting ice skaters, tells the story of the universe and how it is connected by energy. Directed and choreographed by Kevin Cottam, who was himself a champion skater and trained and choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, it begins with an exploding Supernova, and continues with the creation of mankind on Earth. We then visit the romantic worlds of Neptune, Mars and Venus, watch a tango between the Sun and Moon, and finish with a Bollywood-style celebration of Diwali, the annual festival of Light

Billed as a show for the whole family, Energia offers colour, excitement and fun with scintillating choreography, magnificent costumes representing the planets and constellations and all the living creatures of the Earth, music composed especially for ENERGIA and cirque de soleil-style clowns, Ein and Stein, who go on a journey of scientific discovery.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from the Peterborough Destination Centre on Bridge Street in Peterborough Tel: 01733 452336, or from the Ticket Factory Tel: 0844 581 1315. Prices range from £24 to £30 with all children at £12 (subject to a booking fee). Big savings for groups. For more information visit

Holiday on Ice Peterborough

Holiday on Ice, Energia is more extravagant, more exhilarating and more spectacular than anything ever before staged on ice!

With its revolutionary three-dimensional setting, you will be whisked into the great universe where planets spin around you in glorious colours and spectrums of light. On the ice, the skating elite perform breathtaking feats that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Over 40 worldwide skaters will take you through the story of our universe, beginning with an exploding Supernova, continuing with the creation of mankind on Earth and visiting the romantic Venus and Neptune’s fishy underworld! Watch the passion of the Sun and Moon Tango and finally a Bollywood-style celebration of Diwali, the annual festival of Light!

Colour, excitement and fun with scintillating choreography, magnificent costumes representing the planets and constellations and all the living creatures of the Earth, music composed especially for ENERGIA and not forgetting, Ein and Stein the adorable clowns, with their off-the-planet humour.

Watch in amazement as skaters attempt the perilous Death Spiral and hold your breath while they attempt back flips, triple axles and throw jumps! And if you thought you’d seen everything, think again – a stilt walker will skate while juggling with fire and clowns jump through blazing hoops!

A show that will thrill and enthral family and friends from the minute you sit in your seats to the mind-blowing finale!

Holiday on Ice, Energia – the hottest thing on ice!

Tour Information:
Exec Peterborough
February 3-6
for more information
Tickets start from £24
All children £12
All tickets subject to a booking fee