Winter Wonderland forced to close down due to mild weather
A winter wonderland attraction has been forced to close down due to the unseasonably mild weather.
Colchester Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink opened 25 days ago but has been unable to open on six of those days.
About 5,000 people are thought to have booked tickets to attend between now and January 3.
But attraction bosses Reflective Ice said it had become financially impossible to continue operating.
It comes as the chances of a white Christmas look slim with the country bracing itself for Storm Eva after a period of unusually mild temperatures.
The company said it had to close due to "unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds throughout November and December".
Staff have begun dismantling the site which included fairground attractions and festive stalls.
The statement said: "After taking legal advice, Reflective Ice Ltd is going into liquidation and has begun the process of appointing administrators.
"This decision has been taken with deep regret as it will have a major impact on its staff, partners and customers.
"Reflective Ice Ltd sincerely thanks their staff, customers, business partners and supporters.
"There has been a huge amount of support for the ice rink in Colchester and on social media. This is a very sad day for Reflective Ice Ltd."
The company has promised to provide information about refunds on its website www.colchestericerink.co.uk.