Public Ice Skating
Public Skating Times and Prices

Public Skating Times and Prices

Ice skating is a cool experience whatever your age or ability and where better to give it a go than at the National Ice Centre – the UK’s centre for excellence for ice sports.

There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities, from the loudest disco to quieter sessions for beginners and families. The NIC has two ice pads with most public sessions taking place on Public Skating Rink.

School Holiday Skating

For School Holiday skating times and sessions, please click here.

Please note that times for Parent & Toddler Skating Sessions will be altered during School Holidays. Check the timetable for more information.

Regular Skating Times

13.15 – 14.45 Public Session
19.30 – 21.30 Public Session

10.00 – 11.30 Socialice (over 18’s session)
13.15 – 14.45 Public Session
13:15 – 13:45 Parent and Toddler

13.15 – 14.45 Public Session
19.30 – 21.30 Public Session

10.00 – 11.30 Socialice (over 18’s session)
13.15 – 14.45 Public Session
19.30 – 21.30 Public Session

13.15 – 14.45 Public Session
13:15 – 13:45 Parent and Toddler
19.30 – 21.30 Public Session (Disco – Ice Pop Fridays)

10.00 – 12.00 Public Session
14.30 – 17.00 Public Session (Disco)
19.30 – 21.30 Public Session (Disco – Rock the Rink Saturdays)

10.00 – 12.00 Public Session
10:00 – 10:45 Parent and Toddler
14.30 – 17.00 Public Session

Please note, adult Socialice is not on every week and can only take place when we have two ice pads in operation. Please check our ice schedule as these sessions are subject to change.


Standard Skating Admissions (Friday night / Saturday / Sunday / and Nottingham School Holidays): £6.50 (plus £2 skate hire)

Skate and Save Sessions (Monday – Thursday / Friday afternoon / excludes Nottingham School Holidays): £4.50 (plus £2 skate hire)

NUS Excludes theme parties: £5 (skate hire included)

Citycard Valid for all public sessions excluding theme parties, foam parties and Christmas Skating Sessions: £5 (skate hire included)

£3.50 (skate hire included)

Under 5’s
£2.50 (skate hire included)

Family Pass – Family of Four
£27.00 (skate hire included)

Family Pass – Family of Five
£33.00 (skate hire included)

Please note, there is a £2 spectator fee for all skating sessions in the Public Skating Rink (with the exception of Disco sessions, for which standard skating admission prices will be charged).

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Session Types

General A relaxed environment to develop your skating. These sessions are popular with all skaters of all ages and abilities.

Disco Lights down disco with music. On-ice equipment is not permitted.

Socialice A fantastic session especially for adults, taking place between 10-11.30am on a Tuesday and Thursday when we have two ice pads in operation (see ice schedule for information). This will give over 18’s the chance to have a relaxed skate, sharpen their skills and meet up with friends.

Ice Pop Fridays and Rock the Rink Saturdays Fridays and Saturdays have our resident and guest DJs bring you the best music (charts, old school and requests), with neon lights and strobes.

Parent & Toddler Children aged between 18 months and five years can take part, with sessions aimed at building confidence and co-ordination whilst having fun with on-ice equipment to aid progression. More Information >

General Information

Food and Drink Once you’ve skated to your heart’s content, why not relax and recharge your batteries with a tasty snack or hot drink in the T&D Cafe Bar or Sub Zero. Both offer a wide selection of food and drink – from burgers and hot dogs in Sub Zero to pastries and sandwiches in T&D Cafe Bar. Vending machines are also situated around the venue for your convenience. More information on the T&D Cafe Bar.

Skate Hire Before you hit the ice you’ll need one essential item – your ice skates! Pick up your boots from Skate Hire which is just next to the Public Skating Rink. We have over 1,500 pairs of skates in a variety of sizes from baby 5 to adult 14. Be aware, on busy sessions demand can be high for skates. You can also buy your own skates from our shop, Ice Locker. You can find Ice Locker in the foyer at the National Ice Centre or call them on 0843 373 3000 Option 2, Option 6.

Lockers Keep all your personal belongings safe while you’re on the ice by placing them in one of our lockers. These are located in the skate hire area at a charge of 50p per opening (by purchasing a token from one of the machines).

What to wear Comfortable, warm clothes are essential if you are coming ice skating along with a pair of cosy socks! It is quite chilly on the ice but once you start whizzing around the rink you’ll soon warm up. Wearing a few layers is a good idea so you can take off or add clothing when you need to. A pair of gloves might also come in useful.

Car Parking There is no on site car parking at the National Ice Centre but don’t worry – the venue is easily accessible by foot, road, rail, tram and even via Nottingham East Midlands Airport. But if you are driving there are 1,120 car parking spaces within five minutes’ walk of the centre. Read our Getting Here page for more information.

On-Ice Equipment
On-ice Equipment is subject to availability and are only available on certain sessions at the manager’s discretion. Height restrictions apply. Under no circumstances is on-ice equipment allowed on a disco session. If you are unsure which type of session you have booked, please contact Ticketing & Customer Services.