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Our favourite ice rinks in the UK

Written by Eleanor Weeks

We’ve pulled together some amazing ice rinks across the UK, 
that sure won’t disappoint in any way! 
From Nottingham to Guilford and Cardiff too,
there is sure to be one not too far from you!

❄️Planet Ice Blackburn Arena, Blackburn❄️

Planet Ice also has 13 other locations, find out more here.

Whether you’re looking for a fun family day out or you have a little one who has set their sights on becoming the next Olympic gold medal skater, Blackburn Ice Arena has it all! From public skating sessions to private ice skating lessons and groups bookings too. This arena offers several public skating sessions each day, so you are sure to find one that works perfectly for the whole family. Find out more here. 

⛸ Billingham Forum Ice Arena, Stockton-on-Tees ⛸

Billingham Forum Arena is open 7 days a week offering public skating sessions, ice hockey school, ice skating lessons, disco night, parties and so much more. This upcoming February Half Term (21st February 2020 7:30pm-9:30pm) see the Ice Arena light up as they throw a UV party! Watch as your little ones and their friends glow in the darkness and skate along to some absolute tunes! Plus, they can get their faces painted with UV paint for FREE! Find out more here. 

❄️National Ice Centre, Nottingham ❄️

There is plenty of activities and events to keep the whole family entertained on the ice at the National Ice Centre! From skating lessons, to themed parties and ice sports too! Whether you have a child looking to party with their friends or master a new skill, there is something for everyone. Plus, the centre also offers relaxed skating sessions. Perfect for those who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere with no music or flashing lights! Find out more here. 

⛸ Telford Ice Rink, Telford & Wrekin ⛸

Open daily and with ample parking and handy transport links, Telford Ice Rink is the perfect place for a fun family outing! Public skating sessions, private skating lessons, Telford ice skating club, Wednesday student night, tots on ice and Friday night disco session is just some of the facilities offered at Telford Ice Rink. One that might be of particular interest to the family is the Saturday and Sunday skating sessions! These have a particular family feel with chart music and full house lights on. Find out more here. 

❄️ Plymouth Pavillions, Plymouth ❄️

With snow machines and disco lights, you can transport yourself to the North Pole even in mid-winter! So, if you fancy something a little different for you and the family, get your skates on and head to Plymouth Pavillions Ince Rink in Plymouth for their family fun skate. The rink also is available for private hire, group and private lessons, ice hockey classes and a class specifically designed for really little ones, ‘Chilly Tots’. Find out more here.

⛸ Link Centre, Swindon ⛸

This international-sized ice pad at the link centre is recognised as a ‘centre of excellence’ for both figure skating and ice hockey! Perfect if you have little ones looking to take up a new hobby! Not only is ice skating great fun, but it is also brilliant for improving your balance and coordination, meeting new friends and staying active. The link centre offers ice skating lessons for all abilities and led by fully-qualified coaches. Find out more here. 

❄️ Spectrum Ice at Guilford Spectrum Leisure Complex, Guildford ❄️

On the lookout for the coolest place to have fun with the family? Spectrum ice at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex is exactly that with an Olympic sized ice rink! Whether you and your children are experienced ice skaters or wannabe Flames players Spectrum ice has all the facilities for you and is available all year round. Fancy having a boogie on the ice too? Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the venue holds Ice Xtreme and 2Xtreme, the ultimate disco experience on the ice. Find out more here. 

⛸ Planet Ice, Milton Keynes ⛸

Planet Ice also has 13 other locations, find out more here.

Are you or your little ones looking to start an ice sport from scratch or improve your skills on the ice? At Place Ice in Milton Keynes, Europes No.1 for ice leisure, there is a wide range of classes for you to choose from covering every level possible! From Skate Lessons and 3 or 5-day Skate Excellent courses to Hockey classes for beginners and 3 or 5-day Hockey Excellence courses too! Not to mention their Show and Skate programme, specifically developed for skater’s looking to break into show skating. Find out more here. 

❄️Dundee Ice Arena at Camperdown Leisure Complex, Dundee ❄️

The facilities at Dundee Ice Arena are endless and sure to cater for all the family! From pubic skating sessions, private lessons including figure and ice hockey, to group bookings and birthday parties too!  Not to mention the 5 rink curling pad and a cafe offering hot and cold food as well! The arena also caters for little tots, offering a  ‘Snow babies’ class and penguin class, a great way to introduce your child to the ice arena environment. Find out more here. 

⛸ Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, Stevenston ⛸

Looking for some family disco fun on ice one weekend? Every Saturday at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre ‘Saturday Night hula zero’ takes place 15:00 – 17:30 hrs where your little skater boys and girls can skate to the best mix of chart sound and classics! Or perhaps you have teenagers? They’ll love the ice discos which take place every Friday, excluding school summer holidays, between 19:00 – 21:30 hrs! The centre also offers public skating, private skating lessons and birthday day parties. Find out more here. 

❄️ Deeside Ice Rink at Desire Leisure Centre, Queensferry ❄️

Deeside leisure centre is the national centre for ice sports in Wales and home to an Olympic sized ice pad! Here you can enjoy a public skate and disco themed sessions as a family on the weekend! Or perhaps you have a  little one eager to learn to skate? Whether beginner or pro, Deeside Ice Rink nationally recognised National Ice Skating Association (NISA) Programme will provide the necessary skills to become a better skater. From their Mini Toddlers class to Skate Star Gold, you can find the perfect one for you or your little one! Find out more here.

⛸ Viola Arena, Cardiff ⛸

Take a trip to Viola Arena, Sports Venue of the Year 2019, in Cardiff for some fun on the ice with family and friends! The centre offers a wide variety of public skate times so you are sure to find one that works perfectly for you! As well as public skating, Viola Arena is also available for fantastic birthday parties and private hire. Great if you have a special celebration coming up. Skating lessons and courses are available for all ages and abilities too. Find out more here.  

❄️Ally Pally Ice Rink at Alexandra Palace, North London ❄️

The whole family can enjoy ice skating all year round at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink! Situated inside the iconic Victorian building this stunning location provides a backdrop like no other! Whether you want to just a take a spin around the ice with the rest of the family, your little ones want to take up professional lessons, or even watch an ice hockey game, Alexandra Palace Ice Rink offers it all! Plus, you can even treat your child to a special birthday party on the ice here too. Find out more here! 

⛸ QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl, West London ⛸

QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl in West London is the perfect place to go, whether you are a pro or just playin’! Enjoy ‘Monday Madness’, where every Monday (except for during school holidays) you can ice skate till 5pm for just £6 per person. Plus, QUEENS offer group Learn to Skate lessons aimed for children aged 5 & up, the perfect way to introduce your little ones to the ice. Find out more here!

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