Skate in the Ruins
Outdoor ice skating in Coventry has never looked so spectacular.
From Friday 4 December 2020, the iconic Coventry Cathedral Ruins will transform into a winter wonderland, creating one of the most magical festive ice-skating rinks in the UK.
Come together with your household bubble and have some winter fun on our outdoor ice rink. Suitable for ages 5+.
Book a daytime skate in the glorious winter sun, or come in the evening and take in the beautifully lit historical surroundings.
Tickets start at just £5 (limited availability) so make sure you book early for best prices. Tickets are on-sale now visit our terms and conditions of sale page for additional information.
Why not skate with your school group? Read about our group bookings for schools below.
If the event is unable to go ahead, ticket holders will be contacted and given a full refund.
A number of Covid safety measures will be put in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun. We’ve implemented the following additional precautions:
- Mandatory face masks at all times (except for those who are exempt)
- Hand sanitising stations throughout the site
- Social distancing measures throughout the site
- Additional enhanced cleaning between sessions
- Timed entry
- Contactless payment and tickets
- Advance bookings only
- Distanced seating in viewing areas
2020 OPENING TIMES
Fri 4 Dec – Sun 20 DecMon – Fri 12:00 – 21:00 (Wed till 22:00)Sat 10:00 – 22:00Sun 11:00 – 21:00Mon 21 Dec – Thu 31 DecAll days 11:00 – 22:00 apart from:Thu 24 Dec 11:00 – 18:00Fri 25 Dec CLOSEDSat 26 Dec 12:00 – 21:00Sun 27 Dec 11:00 – 21:00
2021 OPENING TIMES
Fri 1 Jan 12:00 – 21:00Sat 2 Jan 10:00 – 22:00Sun 3 Jan 11:00 – 21:00Mon 4 – Sun 10 Jan 12:00 – 21:00
RULES OF ADMISSION
To make Coventry Glides a fun and enjoyable experience for all, we ask you to follow these simple guidelines:
- Don’t sit or climb over the safety barrier
- Don’t chip or throw any ice
- Don’t skate at excessive speed
- Don’t smoke, drink or eat on the ice
- Don’t drop litter on the ice
- Don’t carry babies or young children on the ice
- Don’t skate in chains of more than two
- Don’t wear scarves or loose clothing that may become entangled with other skaters.
- Don’t carry any loose articles or bags on the ice.
- Don’t cut across the middle of the rink
- Don’t play tag
- Don’t consume alcohol before skating
- Do make sure that your skates fit well and are correctly tightened
- Do wear gloves
- Do skate in an anti-clockwise direction only
Obey instructions from Coventry Glides staff and have fun!Ice Skating is not suitable for:
- Pregnant women
- Anyone with a heart condition
- Very young children, recommended ages 5+
We want everyone to enjoy skating in the ruins this festive period. We understand that if you have access requirements, you might not be sure if the ice rink is for you. We’re committed to ensuring people with additional support or access needs are catered for, at this and all of our events. Get in touch with us before your visit if you have any questions or to let us know how we can make your experience memorable.
Tickets are priced from £5. Pre-booking required. Book early for best prices. If you require a Personal Assistant, their ticket is free of charge. Our official ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory, offers 2 options for booking access tickets. You can either register for free or use the Access Card. To start your registration, please go to accesscard.org.uk/ticket-factory-registration
Step-free access sessions are available daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm.
Relaxed/Wheelchair accessible sessions
Are at the following times:
- Saturday 5 December, 11am
- Thursday 10 December, 3pm
- Sunday 20 December, 11am
- Saturday 26 December, 7pm
- Sunday 3 January, 11am
- Sunday 10 January, 12pm
During these times, wheelchairs are welcome directly onto the ice. No additional equipment is required.
Skate aidsA limited number of skate aids will be available to hire at Coventry Glides at a cost of £2. These can be paid for when you arrive to the venue for your session. We recommend arriving early as they are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. Getting there
The venue, Coventry Cathedral Ruins, is on Priory Street which has a wide pavement. On the other side of the Cathedral, in Cuckoo Lane and Bayley Lane, there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs.
There is a 200-metre step-free walk from Pool Meadow bus station.
Visitors can be dropped off at University Square and Priory Lane.
There is no car parking at Coventry Cathedral Ruins. The nearest car park is Grove Street car park which is located underneath the ring road. There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane which are first-come-first-served and a 110-metre step-free walk from the box office.
Accessing the venue
Visitors should go to the Box Office to collect a wristband for entry to their session. The Box Office is located at the bottom of the steps leading up to Coventry Cathedral Ruins from University Square.
There is also step-free access from the Box Office via a ramp from University Square.
There are two entrances for visitors. The Yellow entrance requires climbing the Queen’s steps (the 18 steps leading from Coventry Cathedral’s entrance up to Coventry Cathedral Ruins). The Blue entrance, under the bell tower, has step-free access. If you need step-free access, we recommend booking onto a Blue session.
While you’re here
Coventry Cathedral Ruins is entirely outdoors, so we recommend dressing warmly and checking the weather before your visit.
There are accessible toilets under the Queen’s steps (leading from Coventry Cathedral entrance up to the Coventry Cathedral Ruins).
There are three fire exit routes out of the venue. One has steps, and the other two are step-free.
Each session lasts one hour, which includes 40 minutes of skating time.
There will be music playing during sessions, at a maximum of 85 dB. There will be locker areas which will be quieter than on the ice.
You are free to leave and re-enter the venue during your session, if you are only accompanied by people in your bubble.
There will be colour wash lighting and moving lights around the ice.
There will be light refreshments available for purchase. Staff will make adjustments to serve disabled guests.
Assistance dogs can stay with their owners in the venue but are not allowed on the ice. Water bowls will be available, but if you think your assistance dog will need anything while they’re here, please bring this along. We can look after assistance dogs if necessary whilst you skate.
All staff at the venue will be given accessibility training. If you require any assistance our staff will try their best to help.
If you have any questions or requests regarding access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02476 998 221
GOOD TO KNOW
Is it real ice?Yes, and the ice is resurfaced after every session.What do I do if I’m not feeling well on the day?If you have suspected Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend. Call 0344 581 4950 to exchange your tickets for another day or to receive a refund.What if my session is postponed?Ticket holders will be contacted and offered the opportunity to book onto another session, or will be offered a refund.What if the event is cancelled?If the event is cancelled altogether ticket holders will be contacted and given a refund.Do I have to wear a face covering?Yes, unless you are exempt.Are ice skates included in the price?Yes. Sizes range from child 8 to adult 14.Can I bring my own skates?Yes, it’s the same price.Is there a Go CV discount?Tickets are priced from £5. Book early for best prices.What’s the difference between Yellow and Blue sessions?The sessions are identical, but they use different entrances. Please book a Blue session if you require step-free access. (More information in Access section.)Is ice skating safe?There are inherent rinks in ice skating but it is a suitable activity for all abilities from age 5 up. Skate marshals will be on the ice to provide assistance, please follow their instructions. This event is COVID-secure and has Visit England’s Good To Go approval.Are spectators allowed?
Yes, there are a limited number of positions for spectators available. Please book a spectator ticket when booking your skating tickets.What does it mean if a session is sold out?No more tickets are available for that time. Please select another time.Can I change my skate time?Yes, you can exchange your tickets for a £2 per ticket fee, please call us on 0344 581 4950.What happens if it’s raining or windy?Outdoor ice skating goes ahead in all weathers – if we need to close the rink for any reason we will let affected ticket holders know.What should I bring?We recommend you wear gloves on the ice and thick socks. Please don’t bring lots of bags or unnecessary items. Lockers are available to hire at £2 each.What time should I arrive?Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your booked skate time.Can I pay when I arrive?No, due to current government regulations around Covid-19 all tickets should be booked in advance.What do I do when I arrive?Please check in at Tickets & Information to have your tickets scanned and validated. You will be given wristbands according to your session and booking. Follow the coloured signs indicated by your wristband. Exchange your shoes for a set of skates. Use the lockers provided for any loose items including small bags. Follow all instructions given by staff for a safe and enjoyable experience.Can I take photographs on the ice?For your safety and the safety of others, please do not take photographs whilst skating. Photographs may be taken from the spectator area.Is there somewhere to leave my belongings while I skate?
Yes, lockers are available to hire at £2, please do not bring large bags.Do you have skate aids/penguins for children?Yes, a limited number of skate aids will be available to hire at a cost of £2. These can be paid for when you arrive to the venue for your session. We recommend arriving early as they are issued on a first-come-first-served basis.What if I need a break?You can come off the ice for a break at any point during your skate.Can I leave the session before the end?Yes, as long as you are only accompanied by those within your bubble. You may return to the session before the end but please follow all instructions given by staff.Are there toilets?Yes, toilets including accessible toilets are available onsite.Can I get anything to eat or drink?There will be light refreshments available. If you wish you can pre-order a festive cake and hot chocolate to enjoy during your skate session.What do I do after my session?Please leave promptly the same way that you entered, remembering to take all belongings with you. Follow all instructions given by staff.Are there any sessions for schools?Yes, check below for full info.
SKATE WITH YOUR SCHOOL GROUP
We’re welcoming schools to skate in the Ruins and experience the magic together in a safe and secure way. Tickets are on sale now and cost £5 per pupil. One teacher will go free with every 10 pupils. Schools sessions are available on weekdays between 7-18 December at 12pm and 1pm.To book for a school group, please call the schools line on 0800 358 0058.Please note that schools are the only groups allowed to make group bookings, in line with COVID guidance.
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