first steps

A Great place to learn

Skating enables pre-schoolers to develop self-confidence and improve their balance and coordination skills. It’s also a great way for children to stay active and healthy. We offer free skating for children under the age of five when accompanied by a full paying adult.

TOTS ZONE

The Tots Zone is an area in the centre of the ice dedicated to under 5s and their parents.

It’s available on Fridays 5:30pm-7pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm and Sundays 10am-12pm or 1:45pm-5pm on a first come first serve basis.

On Saturdays from 2:45pm, art on ice is also available so little ones can use paint pens to draw on the ice!

Our ice equipment is free to use in the Tots Zone and benches are around for parents when it’s time for a break!

ICE EQUIPMENT

When your little one is ready to venture out onto the bigger rink, ice equipment is available to hire for £2.50 for the whole session.

Young children can be pushed around the rink on seals, scooters and bananas, whilst penguins and snowmen are for those keen to have a go at standing up in the ice and skating. 

Our friendly staff will help you decide which piece of equipment will best suit your child.

ART ON ICE

Create a masterpiece on ice with our dedicated drawing space in the Tots Zone every Saturday between 2:45pm and 5pm.

Available for young children and families, little ones can use paint pens to draw on the ice, with loads of colours and stencils to choose from to keep them busy!

Due to the nature of the activity, clothing could get stained with felt pen marks. Pen marks will rub off of skin with water, however marks may be permanent on clothing so we suggest bringing some old clothing along with you that you can pop on your child should they wish to participate in this activity. Please note, mats will be available so your child won’t be sat directly on the ice.

Top Tips and Info for Parents

  • Dress your child in layers of warm clothes, long socks, a hat and gloves so they don’t get cold. Gloves and hats can be purchased at skate hire.
  • The Tots Zone will be in the middle of the ice during the Friday afternoon Family Session (5:30pm-7pm) and weekend skating sessions for children aged up to 5 years old.
  • Bringing a pushchair? No problem, we can store it away while you’re here.
  • Baby changing and feeding facilities to warm up bottles are available by the Encore toilets on level 2.
  • Staying for lunch? You’ll find a children’s menu and highchairs in Sub Zero.
  • Our smallest skate size is a child’s size 5.
  • We are a breast feeding friendly venue.

ACTIVITIES FOR OLDER CHILDREN

5 - 11 years

Hit the ice with school friends or have some fun at our family themed sessions.

11 years +

Don’t miss our Friday and Saturday night club sessions where the lights are turned down and the music’s turned up.