Times and Prices

Ice skating is a fun experience whatever your age or ability, and where better to give it a go than the National Ice Centre. You can skate any day of the week and we have a range of sessions to choose from – see below for our latest session times and prices.

Parent & Toddler
Parent and Toddler skating sessions are a great activity to enjoy with your little ones. Children aged between 18 months and five years (smallest skate size is a child’s size 5) can take to the ice, build their confidence and increase their co-ordination. Our expert coaches will be on the ice with you and your youngsters, along with our on-ice equipment characters, so they will be encouraged to learn through play in a safe environment.

Disco Sessions
When the weekend arrives it’s time to get your skates on. Friday night, Saturday night and Saturday afternoons are our disco sessions, where local DJs play top tunes while you skate under the dancing lights! Please note the on ice equipment is not available during disco sessions.

Theme/Foam Parties
From Halloween parties to scented foam parties, the National Ice Centre hosts a range of exciting events throughout the year – check out our forthcoming events for details of our next party night!

Disabled Inclusion Sessions
We offer ice skating opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Depending on individual requirements, the ice can be accessed on skates, in a wheelchair or in one of our purpose built sledges (sledges must be booked in advanced). Coaches are on hand throughout to provide support. Structured lessons and one-on-one coaching are also available separately.

For further information or to book email Box Office or call 0843 373 3000.

Group Ice Skating
Ice skating is fun and it’s even better with a group of friends or colleagues. Discounted rates are available for groups of ten or more, and bespoke catering options can be provided upon request.

Public Skating Times & Prices

To discuss your requirements in more detail, email or contact our Group Sales Executive on 0115 853 3137.

Rink Hire
The National Ice Centre rink can be hired exclusively for corporate events or recreational ice sports activities. For further information email our Group Sales Executive or call 0115 853 3137.

Tips & Advice
In order to ensure your ice skating experience at the National Ice Centre is a safe and memorable one, we recommend you follow these few simple tips. The venue also boasts a range of facilities and services to enhance your trip, so take a look before you visit.

Skating Lessons

Learn to ice skate on the very same site where Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean once trained. Skating lessons at the National Ice Centre are available to people of all ages and abilities and lessons can be carried out intensively over three days or over a six-week period.

Tots skating lessons are also available for children aged under 5 (we recommend a minimum age of 24 months). Our experienced coaches will take your little ones from learning to stand on the ice to fully fledged skaters.

The skating courses consist of eight grades. Each grade must be completed before moving to the next.

As you progress through each grade, you are given the opportunity to learn how to speed skate, figure skate or play ice hockey – perfect for anyone who wants to try something new.

Certificates and badges are available to purchase upon successful completion of each grade – a perfect way to showcase your achievements.

Our skating courses are backed by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) – the UK Governing Body of British Ice Skating and your training will be carried out by professional coaches.

Skating Lessons Times & Prices

What you’ll learn

Click the videos to discover what you’ll learn as you progress through the skating grades.

Next Step

Complete grade 4 and you can progress onto our learn to speed skate course.
Complete grade 5 and you can progress onto our learn to play ice hockey course.

All talented skaters wishing to enter the NISA standard test system and progress towards skating qualifications and competitions must complete our Skate UK Star Programme.
The programme can be taken in singles skating (free), ice dancing and speed skating.

Contact Box Office by email or call 0843 373 3000 for full details of what the programme entails and future course dates.

Skate UK Star Times & Prices

National Ice Centre coaches are available for private tuition. If you’d like to receive tuition on a one-to-one basis, please contact Box Office by email or call 0843 373 3000 for more information.
Our Figure Skating Academy enables children to progress through the NISA standard test system and on to national and international competitions, with the ultimate goal of competing at the Winter Olympic Games. Learn more about our Figure Skating Academy.


The National Ice Centre offers a range of ice sports activities, so where better to learn a new skill, or participate in your favourite ice sports discipline, than the UK’s centre of excellence for ice sports.

Visiting the NIC

The National Ice Centre is located in the heart of Nottingham city centre, and boasts a range of great facilities and food and drink options to enhance your visit.

Getting Here

Food & Drink

Venue Facilities

Birthday Parties

A birthday party at the National Ice Centre is guaranteed to put a smile on your little one’s face…the adults will love it too! With our expert Ice Sports Assistants on hand to support you, and a dedicated area in our new Sub Zero café to enjoy your party food, you’re guaranteed a birthday to remember. Find out more about our birthday party options.


The National Ice Centre runs exciting, motivational and fun programmes for schools and community groups and also offers subsidised ice skating for school groups. Find out more about our activities for school groups.