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Ice Skating Parties and Group Visits

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Set aside: one to four hours
Who is it perfect for: groups of 15 or more 
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Set aside: one to four hours
Who is it perfect for: groups of 15 or more  

The perfect place for a spot of wintry fun with friends and family, ice skating at Life is a must on your winter check list!


Coming ice skating in a group of 15 or more?


Book in advance to take advantage of our special group packages and rates. Perfect for children's birthday parties. Check out our exclusive group food packages below to make the most of your trip.

Exclusive parties

Price: £600
Dates: 9 November - 23 February 2020

Hire the whole ice rink for you and your friends for one hour. We can also rustle up the perfect menu - from light snacks to hearty meals. Extensive drinks list available.

Maximum of 100 people

Booking and advance payment essential. To book call (0191) 243 8223.


Looking for school visits?

Bring your pupils to Life this winter for a whirl on our open-air natural ice rink.


Life’s Ice Marshals are on hand to provide coaching for tentative skaters and we have special packages available if you would like to combine a skate with a workshop or a visit to Life Science Centre where you can experience our amazing planetarium, live theatre shows and a range of exciting hands-on zones.

Find out more on our Education website >>


Food packages

Skate and Feast

A Christmassy carnival. Try our yummy Christmas burger* or chicken waffle cone. *Spicy Bean Burger also available (v) (vg)

Skate and Treat

Enjoy our fully-loaded fries or a wintery hot chocolate and sweet treat.

Fish and Fizz

Oh I do like to be beside the… ice rink! Tuck into crispy battered cod and chips served with tartar sauce and a glass of sparkling fizz or bottle of beer.

Festive Warmer

A hug in a mug! Enjoy a mulled cider and mince pie rink-side.
Helpful information for group skating visits
  • Ensure that you stick as closely as possible to your estimated arrival time – if you arrive late you  may get less time on the ice rink.
  • Bring your own skates if you prefer (although skates are included in the price) but we cannot offer a reduction in price if you do.
  • Wear warm, waterproof clothing which is suitable for the ice (including hats and gloves). It’s a good idea to bring a change of clothing too (particularly spare socks.)
  • Advise your group to skate in an anti-clockwise direction. This keeps things moving (and safe) on the rink.
  • Listen to the ice marshals, who are there to ensure that your visit is enjoyable and safe.  Feel free to ask them for advice and should they ask you to do something, please listen - they talk sense and want you to be safe.

  • Throw ice/snow balls.
  • Join hands with friends: chains might look good but experience shows that this results in accidents.
  • Take food or drink onto the ice.

Thanks for reading - have a great trip!

All packages must be pre-booked and paid in full in advance. Call us on 0191 243 8223 to book (Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm, Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm).

Companies can sponsor our ice rink to receive a range of exclusive benefits. Contact us at for more information.

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