When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving about 20 minutes before your allotted skating session, this gives you enough time to get your skates and store your belongings in our secure area.
How long do skating sessions last?
Each skating session lasts 45 minutes, this includes entry to both our large covered indoor rink, and our smaller outdoor rink.
Is skate hire included in the ticket price?
Yes, skates are included in the price of your ticket, and we stock from children size 7 to an adults size 15.
Can I bring my own skates?
Yes, figure skates and hockey skates are allowed, but we do reserve the right not to allow skates deemed to be unsafe.
What do I do if the ice is wet?
Our covered indoor rink does not usually get too wet, unless the weather is unseasonably warm. You should find that our covered indoor rink has an excellent skating surface for the majority of the time.
The outdoor rink is affected more by the weather, which can be quite interchangeable, with spells of heavy rain, unseasonably warm temperatures and strong winds resulting in the surface of the ice becoming wet. Wet ice is perfectly safe to skate on, but bear in mind that if you choose to go outside, you may get wet. We recommend you check the weather forecast on the day of your session and come prepared for all weather conditions, waterproof clothing is always best.
What should I wear?
Whatever the weather, we recommend wearing suitable outdoor, waterproof clothing. It’s quite normal for there to be a degree of surface water on any real ice rink. For this reason, visitors should be aware that they may get wet - even if it isn’t raining.
Is there somewhere to leave bags and coats?
We have a cloakroom for bags and coats. It costs £2.50 per item. For safety reasons, bags are not allowed on the ice. All items left in the cloakroom are done so at the owner's risk.
Will sessions be cancelled in bad weather?
Our covered indoor ice rink and our outdoor rink and attractions operate in all weather conditions, and we will only ever cancel sessions due to exceptional high winds. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing whatever the weather. Ice is, of course, made from water - rain or dry there is always a risk of getting wet. In the unlikely event that the Ice Rink must close, alternative skating sessions will be offered. We regret than no refunds can be given due to bad weather.
Can I book a skate aid?
We have a limited supply of penguin and snowman skate aids, which cost £5 per session, available on a first-come first served basis from the box office. Skate aids cannot be booked in advance, but can be booked up to 30 minutes before your session starts, so arrive early if possible. Penguins can be used to help our smaller guests from toddlers to 1.2metres tall, whilst our snowmen can be hired for skaters up to 1.4 metres tall.
What can I do if I don't want to skate?
If you don't want to skate you can watch free of charge from our dedicated viewing areas, or you can relax and enjoy our festive food and drink, from a real coffee to a drink in our licensed bar. We also have fun family attractions, including the UK largest dodgem cars.
What are your skate sizes?
Skates are available from child size 7 (European size 25), up to an adult size 15.
Is there a minimum age to skate?
There is no minimum age, but children aged under 8 have to be accompanied by an adult, those aged between 8 and 12 can skate without an adult on the ice, but this is dependant on their skating ability. We advise parents to use their discretion on whether very young children will enjoy the experience. There are no refunds given if you or your child do not enjoy the skating experience.