Whether you glide gracefully or have a ball slipping and sliding around, these Yorkshire ice rinks are in business all year round…
Fancy a spot of ice skating? You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve rounded up the best ice rinks in Yorkshire. You can whizz around an Olympic-level rink in Sheffield, take on two levels of ice in Doncaster or get your groove on at a fast-paced frozen disco in Bradford. In other words, if you want to hit the rink, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice in God’s Own County. Because sometimes, nothing beats gliding around the ice, whatever the season.
When it comes to ice rinks in Yorkshire, the Leeds outpost of Planet Ice is up there with the best of ‘em. You can stick with the public ice skating sessions in their humungous rink, or polish up your skills on one of their seven courses – there’s ones for tiny tots and disabled skaters too. This is also one of the few ice rinks that offer ice hockey lessons. In fact, it’s home to the Leeds Knights, the city’s semi-pro ice hockey team. You can watch their games every week as they take on rival cities, and pick up a few tips and tricks while you’re at it.
Planet Ice Leeds, Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0EY. Prices start from £7.10 per person with Ice Card membership. Family bundles are available. Skate hire is £2.70.
If you’d like the chance to skate on an Olympic-standard ice rink, head to iceSheffield. Seasoned pros use their two rinks for training, but they’re open to the public too, every day of the week. If you’re just starting out, you can cling onto a penguin in one of their public skate sessions, or sign up for lessons to get the basics down. Their instructors are British Ice Skating approved, so you’re in safe hands. Once you’re feeling more confident on your feet, or rather your blades, you can make the most of their daily ice sessions.
iceSheffield, 23 Coleridge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 5DA. Tickets cost £8 per person or £4.80 with a lifeCARD Plus card. Tickets for under 4s cost £2. Skate hire is included in the price.
Bradford Ice Arena
After over 50 years, Bradford Ice Arena remains one of the best places to go ice skating in Yorkshire. They offer a broad selection of lessons and activities here. You can learn to skate with a professional instructor, take a beginner’s ice hockey lesson or join the speed skating club. But if you just want to glide around the rink, free as a penguin, you can do that too. There are sessions for everyone, including family-friendly ones for the little ones. You can even get your groove on at the ice disco – expect multicoloured lights and nothing but tunes.
Bradford Ice Arena, 19 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0AD. Prices start from £5.80 per person and under 5s go free. Family bundles are available. Skate hire is £2.70.
After a more unusual ice skating sesh? The Dome in Doncaster is home to the only split-level ice rink in the country. It has two interconnected ice pads, making this a whole lot more fun than your average rink. They offer lessons with qualified instructors, but we all know that practice makes perfect, so why not make the most of their open sessions? Their double-bladed skates make skating that bit easier for nervous kids. You can also join their unmissable disco sessions – if you’re up for skating with neon clothes and face paint that is.
The Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7PD. Prices start from £7.50 for adults, £5 for kids and £2.50 for infants under 3 when booked online, including skate hire.
An Olympic-sized ice rink with something for everyone, it’s no surprise that Hull Arena is one of the most popular ice skating rinks in Yorkshire. They run National Ice Skating Association courses, so you can work your way through all eight levels with just one class every week. If you’re already a whizz on the ice, they run public sessions where everyone can glide to their heart’s content. Families are well catered for here too – they have pre-school state sessions for the young ‘uns and a junior disco for teenagers every Friday night.
Hull Arena, Kingston Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2DF. Prices start from £10 per person, including skate hire. Bundles are available.