Accessible Christmas Ice Rinks

*We encourage that for any of these ice rinks you contact the venue beforehand to ensure that the establishment suits your needs or requirements.

Fancy going ice skating this Christmas? There’s a wide variety of pop up rinks available this year, and we have compiled a list of the accessibility features of our favourites. Unfortunately not all of the ice rinks provide extensive access information on their websites, but this should hopefully be able to give you an idea if you think a rink is right for you.

A photo of the Royal Pavilion it up at night with the pop up ice rink directly in front.
Skaters enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton ***Pic by David McHugh***

 

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Brighton

Nov 3rd, 2018– Jan 13th, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • There are dedicated accessible sessions 10am – 11am every day (except 24/12/18 and 1/1/18) and allows wheelchair users and their families to skate in the same session.
  • All exits and entrances are ramped, viewing areas and cafe are accessible and a disabled toilet is available.
  • Wheelchair users wishing to skate are welcome to book in to the dedicated accessible sessions: 10am – 11am every day except Christmas Eve (24th Dec 2018) and New Year’s Day (1st Jan 2019).
  • Please note that wheelchair users must be accompanied on the ice by a competent skater who may skate for free. Marshals will be on-hand if necessary. Electric wheelchairs are permitted but must be switched to manual setting whilst on the ice.
  • Skating aids designed for adults with additional needs can be booked through box office or by emailing us via the website.
  • The ice rink is obliged to limit the number of penguin skate aids on the ice and are only available to small children 1.2m tall or less. Skate aids are available on a first come, first served basis so customers are advised to arrive early if they require a skate aid. Penguins must remain within the Beginners’ Rink area at all times.

To book tickets or find out more click here.

 

Natural history Museum Ice Rink

London

25th Oct, 2018 – 6th Jan, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • We run a number of quieter sessions throughout the season which are suitable for disabled skaters, including wheelchair users and those with other disabilities and additional needs. Visit our events calendar for further information.
  • To get to the Ice Rink from street level, you can use the ramp from the corner of Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road, or the ramp near the main Museum entrance on Cromwell Road.
  • You can also reach the Ice Rink using the stairs from the underground tunnel that links the Museum to South Kensington Underground Station, but there is no ramp from the underground tunnel to the Ice Rink.

To book tickets or find out more click here.

 

Winter Wonderland

Cardiff

15 Nov, 2018 – 6th Jan, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • We welcome wheelchair users to take to the ice.  All wheelchairs must be accompanied by a companion.  The companion can wear either skates or ice grips, we recommend ice grips for additional safety.  Wheelchair users admission is the normal ticket rate whilst the companion goes free.
  • We also run dedicated sessions for wheelchair users, visually the impaired and autistic.  At peak times, we may be unable to accommodate quantities of wheelchair users simultaneously.
  • We have a limited supply of Penguins available to rent and height restrictions apply.  Penguins can be rented to users who are under 1.2M tall.  The Penguins, are designed by the manufacturer for persons under 1.2M tall.  Penguins are available to be booked in advance, this is recommended, as availability cannot be guaranteed on the day.  We do not have an endless supply of Penguins, so they are rented on a first come, first serve basis only.  The Penguins are designed as a fun item only, and are not offered as an aid to skating. They are hired out at managements discretion at £5.00 per Penguin, per session.  There are no refunds on any Penguin rentals.

To book tickets or find out more click here.

 

Canary wharf rink

London

2nd Nov, 2018 – 16th Feb, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • Wheelchair users can skate at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Wheelchair users have full access to the venue and manual wheelchair access to the ice rink. For all electric wheelchairs or other requirements please contact the box office prior to your visit for more information or further arrangements. Please note that wheelchair users must be accompanied on the ice by a competent skater – the accompanying carer skates for free.
  • Ice Rink Canary Wharf is obliged to limit the number of skate aids on the Ice. Skating aids are available to hire on a first come, first served basis, at the box office, up to 30 minutes prior to the start of each skate session and cost £5 each. Advanced booking of skate aids is not possible. Please note we have a limited number (30) of skate aids available so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note there is a height restriction on skate aids of 1.2 meters.
  • There are 2900 car parking spaces in four underground public car parks at Canary Wharf, all located within easy walking distance to the ice rink.
  • At weekends and Bank Holidays, you can enjoy three hours of free parking in any of the public car parks when you spend £10 at any shop, cafe, bar, restaurant or skating at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. To get three hours free parking, simply ask for you parking ticket to be validated at the point of purchase and use in the pay on foot machines before returning to your car.
  • Individual ice skating lessons will be available throughout the season with our dedicated NISA qualified coaches.

To book tickets or find out more click here. 

 

Eden Project Ice Rink

Cornwall

13th Oct, 2018 – 24th Feb, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • Skating aids – Price: £4 per session
  • Snowman skating aids are available for hire, which are ideal for taller children and those with accessibility needs. The snowmen are larger at 95cm tall and although there are no height restrictions, we recommend them for users taller than 120cm (3′ 11¼”).
  • Penguin aids are 78cm tall and although there is no minimum height restriction, the user does need to be able to walk and reach the handle. The maximum height for use is 120cm (3′ 11¼”). The charge covers the full 40-minute session and there are no refunds or part-refunds if the penguin is not used or is only used for part of the session. Bookings are non-refundable.
  • We welcome manual wheelchairs on our ice rink – up to a maximum of five per skating session. Please telephone the Box Office to arrange taking a wheelchair on the rink: 01726 811972.
  • Manual wheelchairs must have a waist strap, so that they are secure, and must be pushed by a personal assistant (who gets in for free).

To book tickets or find out more click here. 

 

Hyde park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

London

23rd Nov, 2018 – 6 Jan, 2019

  • We offer PA ticketing scheme to provide disabled visitors who require assistance with an additional ticket for a partner, accompanying friend or personal assistant (PA).
  • To apply for a PA ticket you will first need to purchase your ticket(s), DO NOT purchase a ticket for your PA, this will be allocated upon a successful application. Once you have purchased your ticket please fill out the application form. You will need to provide the name of your PA prior to the event. Please note your PA must be 16 or over. PA tickets for Bar Ice are access only tickets.
  • Along with this application form, we kindly ask that you provide current medical documentation to support your request. We accept this in the forms of:
  • Copy of DLA Entitlement Letter
  • Copy of Attendance Allowance letter
  • Evidence of registered severely sight impaired (blind)
  • Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
  • CredAbility Access Card (with +1 icon)
  • If you do not have any of the above evidence but need the help of a PA at the attraction please state on the application form why you require them. You are welcome to post or email copies of any additional evidence that supports your application, or contact us to discuss your application. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Accessible toilets are available at all eight of our toilet blocks throughout the site.
  • An additional accessibility guide can be downloaded from their website.

To book tickets or find out more click here. 

 

Hampton Court Palace

London

23rd Nov, 2018 – 6th Jan, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • The ice rink is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It’s also free for a carer to accompany you on the rink. If you have already paid for the carer to skate don’t worry! Just head to the box office on the day and we’ll issue you a refund.
  • If you are skating with someone who has a disability, please call before your session to check requirements on hello@hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

To book tickets or find out more click here. 

 

Tower of London Ice Rink

London

23rd Nov, 2018 – 6th Jan, 2019

Accessibility features/comments:

  • The ice rink is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It’s also free for a carer to accompany you on the rink. If you have already paid for the carer to skate don’t worry! Just head to the box office on the day and we’ll issue you a refund.
  • If you are skating with someone who has a disability, please contact us before you session on hello@toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

To book tickets or find out more click here.

 

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