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Ice Skating 22-24 December

Separate admission fees apply
For all ages
Friday 22 December - Sunday 24 December
Brother and sister on Life's ice rink over the festive period with santa hats.

If you’re looking for something a little different to do over Christmas, make it one to remember with a festive whirl on our open-air ice rink. Booking is essential, there will be no walk-up slots available on the day. 

Situated in Times Square, just outside Life Science Centre, the rink is ideal for ice skaters of all abilities and ages.

Skating sessions last approximately one hour (includes time to fit skates so expect 45 minutes on the ice).

Opening times

22- 23 December
9:30am till late (dependent on availability)

Christmas Eve
9:30am till 4.30pm

Alternative ice skating dates available between 11 November – Sunday 7 January.

For your safety
Terms and conditions

Enjoy a festive skate this Christmas!

Ticket prices

Family of 4 (max. 2 adults) £55.00
Adult (age 18 and over) £18.00
Child (age 10 and over) £16.50
Child (age 9 and under) £14.00
Carer (please bring proof) FREE

Useful info before your skate

  • Children aged 9 years and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice. Children aged 10 – 12 years must be supervised by an adult, either on the ice rink or from the viewing platform.
  • Skating aids can be hired on the day of your visit for £5.00 (subject to availability). They are suitable for children under 1.2 metres in height.
  • Space on the viewing platform is limited and reserved for those supervising their children.
  • Skate hire is included in your ticket. If you have your own skates you’re welcome to use them, but we can’t give discounts.
  • Lockers are available from reception for a small charge to store valuables, but ultimately all items (including shoes) are left at your own risk.
  • Please wear suitable clothing – waterproofs, hats and gloves are recommended. Some people like to bring a change of clothing – particularly spare socks. Gloves and socks can be bought from the Life shop if you’re caught short.
  • If you use a wheelchair and you would like to use the rink, we recommend that you visit during quieter times (early sessions at weekends). If the rink is quiet enough, we can provide foot grips to accompanying carers. We’d recommend calling the team on 0191 243 8210 ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment. Carers visit free of charge.

‘Outdoor ice rink…..Amazing 👏 !! We had a hoot on the ice and thoroughly enjoyed our time.’

Carla, Google Reviews

‘Enjoyed the ice skating – nice and clean and tidy with good organisation!’

David, Google Reviews

‘We had a wonderful time, ice skating.’

Melva, via Google Reviews

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