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Ice Skating with Christmas Planetarium Show

Suitable for everyone
Perfect for everyone
Weekdays throughout December

Enjoy a whirl on our open-air ice rink,  then cosy up in the planetarium for our delightful, animated show ‘What Santa Sees’.

Skating sessions last approximately one hour (includes time to fit skates so expect 45 minutes on the ice).  You’ll then join Santa in the amazing planetarium and gaze upwards as he flies around the globe on Christmas Eve to deliver presents. With the stars as his guide, will he make it back before dawn? This beautiful show, which last around 10 minutes, has been created by the talented Life team and is a world first!

Available on weekday afternoons throughout November and December.

Useful skating info
Skating safety info
Terms and conditions

New for 2023!

Ticket prices

Family of 4 (max. 2 adults) £66.00
Adult (age 18 and over) £20.00
Child (age 10 and over) £18.50
Child (age 9 and under) £16.50
Carer (please bring proof) FREE

Our ice rink is supported by

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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, Google Reviews

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