How much is the standard price of skating with skate hire? How much is an adult? How much is a child?

Please visit our Times & Prices section of the website for full details of the different sessions and prices.

Is there any group discount for skating?

Yes! For groups of ten people or more, a discount is available on any of our public skating sessions at a cost of £5.00 per person when you book in advance (minimum 24 hours). This cost includes skate hire. To discuss your requirements in more detail, contact our Group Sales Executive on 0115 8533137.

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 installment.

Do you have any loyalty or discount schemes for regular visitors?

We currently do not have a loyalty scheme for ice skating. However, a Weekend ticket is available for £10 that will allow you to attend both the Friday and Saturday evening Club sessions that week. We also have discounts for families, groups, students, seniors, City Card Holders and Active Nottingham members.

Do you do a student discount and what ID is required?

Yes, student tickets are £5 including skate hire to any session other than theme parties. We would need to see a physical NUS, University or College card when purchasing at the Box Office.  We do not accept the UniDays app as proof of being a student.

What is the cheapest way for a family group to come along?

A family of three can come and skate with us for £21

A family of four can come and skate with us for a total of £27.

A family of five can come and skate with us for a total of £33.

The offers are valid with a maximum of two adults in the party.

Under 5’s skate for free so bear this in mind when booking your tickets!

Where can I park?

Enjoy parking within just a few minutes’ walk of the National Ice Centre! A new car park situated by BioCity (NG2 4LA), is available for all National Ice Centre customers to use so you can park up and get onto the ice faster!

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See our car park map for other nearby car parks. 

Do your prices change during the school holidays?

No, our prices are the same all year round except for one-off themed events, such as Foam or Paint Parties.

Do I need to book my tickets in advance to come public ice skating?

You do not have to book in advance and can just pay at our Box Office on the day. However, by booking in advance you do guarantee your tickets if the session is popular and can avoid any queues at the Box Office to buy tickets. We can email your tickets so that you can print them off in advance or show on your phone on arrival!

Do you do special birthday parties for groups of children?

Yes, we do! Please visit the birthday parties section of our website which will give much more information on what you can purchase and what is included.

What ice equipment do you have to help with skating?

We have a number of different items of ice equipment that can help toddlers and youngsters with skating – snowmen, penguins, seals etc. Those available for use will vary depending on the height of the skater. We also have equipment that toddlers can sit on whilst being pushed by an adult. On ice equipment can be hired for £2.50 and is subject to availability.

Do you have anywhere I can safely leave a bag while I skate?

Yes, you can buy a locker token from us for 50p, either at the Box Office or downstairs near Skate Hire. Please note they are single use tokens.

Can I come along and watch my friend or family skate even if I am not going on the ice?

Yes, you are more than welcome to come along and watch. We have some seating at the side of the ice and would recommend wrapping up warm! You can also see the ice from our Sub Zero café, so you can grab yourself a drink or some food whilst watching if you wish!

Do you hire out any different types of ice skate, such as ice hockey skates, speed skating skates or double blades for children?

Yes! We currently offer speed skates and figure skates for public skating sessions.

When can I start skating lessons?

Our skating lessons run throughout the year in six weeks blocks. Visit our Skating Lessons page for information on future course dates.

Which ice sports can I progress to if I'm learning how to skate?

You can view our skating lessons progression chart to find out which grades you need to achieve for different ice sports disciplines.

What is the youngest age a child can get onto the ice?

As a guide we recommend that children no younger than 18 months old skate on the ice. This will ensure enough time is given to develop their walking skills. If bringing youngsters under 5, we do have a cordoned off area in the centre of the ice, which you are welcome to use, which provides a great learning environment where you can make use of the on ice equipment available. We welcome parents/carers with young children and will do everything we can to help you have a great time on the ice!

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

Can young children go to the club sessions?

There is an age restriction of 8 years and above for children not accompanied by an adult for all skating sessions. The club sessions offer skating in a controlled and supervised environment, but please be aware that it is darker than usual as the lights are down and the session is popular with teenagers and young adults. You will need to be happy that your child is a confident skater and ensure that they are supervised at all times.

What should I wear?

We suggest you wear comfortable, loose fitting warm clothes and cosy socks! 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 but this is not essential.

Lower half hockey kit including hockey skates can be worn at any public skating session.

We do not permit scarves during skating as they could fall onto the ice nor do we permit hoods up on jumpers as hoods can limit a skater’s view.

Can you bring food/drink in?

No food or drink purchased off site is allowed in the venue as stated in our T&Cs.

We have a great selection of food and drink in our Sub Zero café located alongside the ice rink.

Can I get my skates sharpened?

Yes, Ice Locker offers hand skate sharpening and machine sharpening.

How do I book a private ice skating lesson?

Speak to one of the coaches when you’re down on the ice or speak to our Box Office Team who will arrange for a coach to contact you. Prices can vary depending on the coach.

What are the smallest & largest size skates you have?

The smallest skates are child size 5. The largest skates are adult size 15.

Do you have a child safe scheme?

We offer free child safe wristbands for your children in the unfortunate event they are separated from a parent or guardian. A contact telephone number should be written on the wristbands and in the event of your child being lost, you will be contacted by Box Office. You can collect your wristband from Box Office located in the main foyer on level 2.

Do you have any procedures in place to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults who visit and participate in activities at the National Ice Centre?

Yes. We are committed to providing a safe environment and ensuring the welfare of children and adults whilst at our venue and have a number of safeguarding policies and procedures in place.

How does the National Ice Centre manage its environmental impact?

You can find out the many ways we lessen our enviromental impact by reading our Environmental Policy