There's plenty of festive cheer on offer in Newport this year despite the coronavirus pandemic - but one family attraction will be notably absent.

The Celtic Manor hotel and resort has brought its Great Skate ice rink to the city for several years, but it has confirmed it will not be coming back for 2020.

In past years, revellers have been able to enjoy some festive fun and go ice skating under a crystal clear roof at the resort's rooftop garden.

But this week a spokesperson for the Celtic Manor confirmed the event would not be held this year due to the pandemic.

A number of Christmas events in South Wales have been either cancelled or hosted virtually due to the virus.

Earlier this month, Newport hosted the switching on of its Christmas lights as an online-only event.

Video footage of the Cardiff Castkle Ice Walk before it was scrapped

Last week, both Cardiff and Swansea scrapped plans to open their respective ice skating attractions this year.

Cardiff and Swansea councils issued a joint statement saying that the decision had been made following public health advice received from the office of Wales' Chief Medical Officer.

The walks were supposed to involved outdoor meandering on skates around a crafted ice trail which would have taken you around Cardiff Castle grounds, and there was to be a 120m ice walk at the Alpine Village in Swansea.

A Welsh Government spokesperson later emphasised the significant risk of transmission from ice features such as ice rinks and ice walks, whether they are indoors or outdoors.

"Coronavirus is likely to survive on the ice itself for a considerable time and there would be further contamination risk from the walls, hand supports and changing areas," they said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Celtic Manor confirmed it would not be opening its ice rink this year due to the pandemic.