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Pre-book public skating session online
Pre-book skating lessons session online

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, including Club sessions and Family Skating sessions! See below for our latest session times and prices.

All public skating sessions can now be pre-booked online.

Club Sessions
When the weekend arrives we’ll be turning down the lights and turning up the music! Friday night and Saturday night are our club sessions, where local DJs play top tunes while you skate under the dancing lights. Please note the on ice equipment is not available during club sessions.

Family Party Sessions
We also have a Family Party session on Saturday afternoons with low lights and music that are more suitable for family fun! On ice equipment is available to use on these sessions.

Theme/Foam Parties
From Superhero parties to UV and Foam parties, the National Ice Centre hosts a range of exciting themed events throughout the year – check our forthcoming events for details of our next party night!

Disabled Inclusion 
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 visit our Accessibility page or to book email Box Office or call 0808 164 4616*. Booking online is currently unavailable for this session.

*This is a free phone number for disabled customers only, wishing to discuss bookings or find out further information regarding our venue accessibility.

Group Ice Skating
Ice skating is 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.

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

Public Skating Times & Prices

Please note: For the discounted rates to apply, groups must be booked for 10 or more people, pre-booked in advance via our Group Sales Executive and payment must be made in one instalment.

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.

Ice Locker - The UK's largest Ice Sports store

Skating Lessons

Learn to skate on the very same ice where Nottingham’s legendary ice dancers Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean once trained. Skating lessons at the National Ice Centre are available for everyone, at any age or ability! Lessons are available each week, through 3 day intensive courses during the school holidays or over a six-week period and are available to book online now!

Our skating courses consist of eight grades, and each grade must be completed before moving onto the next.

Book Skating Lessons

Book Intensive Skating Lessons

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.

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, badges and records of achievement are available to purchase upon successful completion of each grade – more information can be found here.

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 terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Skating Lessons Times & Prices

What you’ll learn

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

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Next Step

Complete grade 4 and you can progress onto our learn to speed skate course.

Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Skate UK Star

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 our 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

Private Tuition

National Ice Centre coaches are available for private tuition. If you’d like to receive tuition on a one-to-one basis, please contact our Box Office by email or call 0843 373 3000 for more information on availability, costs and dates and times. Booking online is currently unavailable for this session.


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.

National Ice Centre - Getting Here

Getting Here

National Ice Centre - Food and Drink

Food & Drink

National Ice Centre - Venue Facilities

Venue Facilities

Birthday Parties

A birthday party at the National Ice Centre is guaranteed to put a smile on your little one’s face… and the adults will love it too! With our expert Ice Sports Assistants on hand to support you, and a dedicated area in the 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.