Whether you glide gracefully over the ice or have a ball slipping and sliding around the rink, find out where to go in Yorkshire…
Want to go 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-standard rink in Sheffield, take on two-levels of ice in Doncaster or get your groove on at a pumping ice disco in Bradford. And that’s just the beginning, so if you want to hit the ice, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice.
For 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 every day of the week. If you’re just starting out, you can sign up for lessons to learn how to stop, turn and spin – their instructors are NISA approved, so you’re in good hands. Once you’re feeling more confident, you can make the most of their simple skate sessions or boogie on the ice while the DJ plays pop bangers at their weekend BOOM sessions.
iceSheffield, 23 Coleridge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 5DA. Prices start from £7 per person with a Sheffield lifeCARD and under 4s go free. Skate hire is included in the price.
Bradford Ice Arena
After 51 years, Bradford Ice Arena remains one of the best places to go ice skating in Yorkshire. They offer a vast 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. Of course, if you just want to glide around the ice, you can do that too – they offer general sessions for everyone and family sessions for nervous little ones. You can even get your groove on at the ice disco – expect neon lights and pumping tunes.
Bradford Ice Arena, 19 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0AD. Prices start from £4.30 per person and under 5s go free. Skate hire is £2.60.
Doncaster Dome has the only split-level ice rink in the UK. It has two interconnected ice pads, so you’ll have to power up the ramp before you glide back down the slope. If you want to up your game, they offer lessons with a qualified instructor, but we all know that practice makes perfect, so why not make the most of their open sessions? They offer all your usual skating, as well as a range of unmissable disco sessions – how would you like to skate with neon clothes and face paints?
Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7PD. Prices start from £2.50 for both adults and kids. Under 5s go free. Skate hire is £2 and free with certain sessions.
Planet Ice offers one of the best ice skating experiences in the region. You can stick with public skating sessions across their humungous rink or polish up your skills on one of seven courses, including special ones for tiny tots and disabled skaters. To top it off, they’re one of the few ice rinks that offer ice hockey lessons, which is handy, because it’s also home to the Leeds Chiefs, the city’s semi-pro ice hockey team – you can watch their games in the flesh to pick up tips.
Planet Ice, Planet Ice Leeds, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0EY. Prices start from £7.10 per person. Skate hire is £3.
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 the 8 levels of the Skate UK Star Awards with a half-hour class every week. If you’re already a dab hand, they run public sessions where everyone can enjoy the ice. Families are well catered for here too – they have animal skating aid sessions for the kids and a junior disco for teenagers every Friday night.
Hull Arena, Kingston Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2DF. Prices start from £5.60 per person. Skate hire is £2.95.
Every February, Ice Cube brings skating to Millennium Square. It’s an outdoor ice rink, but it has a roof, so you can skate in any weather. This is good old fashioned ice skating at its best, everyone shares the same rink, and everyone gets 45 minutes on the ice. If you’re new to skating, you can book a 15-minute lesson with a qualified instructor, and if you’re bringing kids, you can make the most of their special sessions. They also have penguin skating aids and helmets to help your little ones find their feet.
Ice Cube, Millennium Square, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1UR. Prices start from £9 per person as a standard rate, £7.50 for adults with a LeedsCard and £7 for kids under 13 with a BreezeCard. Skate hire is included in the price. Ice Cube comes to Millennium Square in February.
The Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
If it’s outdoor ice skating you’re after, The Ice Factor is a no-brainer. It’s the biggest pop-up rink in Yorkshire, but it only makes an appearance at Christmas. Wrap up warm and feel the winter chill on your cheeks as you circle the 30-foot Christmas tree. To make the most of the experience, visit in the evening when the rink is lit up by twinkling Christmas lights. Feeling nervous? Don’t worry, they have a handrail around the entire rink and their ice marshals are on-hand to help. They also have penguin and snowman skating aids for the kids, with helmets to put parents at ease.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet, St. Nicholas Avenue, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 4TA. Prices start from £11.50 for adults and £9.95 for children. Skate hire is included in the price. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland takes place between November and January.Cover image credit: iceSheffield