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Accessible Ice Rinks in the UK

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Who says ice skating isn’t accessible for disabled people?

There’s temporary rinks in cities around the country over the seasonal period but it goes without saying if you have a physical disability performing a figure of eight may not be the easiest trick to perform.

Although we can’t guarantee you will become an ice skating champion we can at least give you the lowdown on rinks which offer facilities for those who aren’t too steady on their feet.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton

Open until 19 January 2020

There are accessible sessions running between 10am – 11am daily except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day where wheelchairs are permitted on the ice.

Exits and entrances are ramped.

There’s an accessible toilet and the café as well as the viewing areas are accessible.

Wheelchair skaters must be accompanied by a competent skater who can skate for free.

Electric wheelchairs must be switched to the manual setting when on the ice.

Marshals will be on-hand if required.

You can book skating devices for adults with additional requirements via the box office or the email shown on the venue’s website.

Penguin devices are only available to small children 1.2m tall or less and issued on a first come first served basis.

For more information visit the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink website.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

Open until 12 January 2020

There is a quiet accessible skating session being held on 2 January 2020 at 10am. To book tickets phone 0800 998 4440 or if you’re outside the UK 00 44 161 637 2697

When appropriate personal assistants should accompany wheelchair skaters when possible. They can skate free of charge.

Motorised wheelchairs are not permitted on the ice.

There’s a ramp to the rink from the corner of Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road and a ramp situated near the museum entrance on Cromwell Road.

There’s no ramp at South Kensington Underground Station.

There’s a lift to the Café bar and viewing platform from ground level.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Natural History Museum Ice Rink website.

Winter Wonderland, Cardiff

Open until 5 January 2020

All wheelchair skaters must be accompanied by a companion who can skate for free.

There are dedicated sessions for wheelchair users, those with vision loss and autism but please be aware there’s a limit to how many wheelchairs can be on the rink at one time.

Penguin devices are only available to small children 1.2m tall or less and issued on a first come first served basis for £5 per Penguin, per session.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Winter Wonderland in Cardiff website.

Eden Project Ice Rink, Cornwall

Open until February 23 2020

Skating devices are available to hire for £4 per session.

Snowman skating devices are available for taller children with accessible requirements. The Snowmen are recommended for users taller than 120cm (3’ 11 ¼).

Penguin skating devices are available for smaller children with no minimum height restrictions. They are available to hire for 40 minute sessions and have a maximum height restriction of 120cm 3’ 11 ¼).

Up to five manual wheelchairs are permitted on the rink at one time.

Please pre-book wheelchair spaces by phone on 01726 811972

Manual wheelchair skaters must use a waist strap and accompanied by a personal assistant who can skate for free.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Eden Project website

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, London

Open until January 5 2020

If you can provide a copy of your DLA Entitlement letter, Attendance Allowance letter, Evidence of being registered with vision loss, Recognised Assistance Dog ID card or CredAbility Access Card (with a +1 icon) you are entitled to a complimentary ticket for your personal assistant. Please purchase your ticket first before completing the application form to request the free ticket for your PA.

If you do not have any of the evidence listed above, but believe you are still entitled to a free ticket for your personal assistant you can post or email copies of additional evidence which support your request. Details are found on the website

Accessible toilets are available around the park.

You can download an accessibility guide from the website.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, London

Open until January 5 2020

The ice rink is fully accessible for wheelchair skaters and their personal assistant can skate for free.

If you are skating with someone who has a disability please email in advance so you can discuss any requirements.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink website

Tower of London Ice Rink, London

Open until January 5 2020

The ice rink is fully accessible for wheelchair skaters and their personal assistant can skate for free.

If you are skating with someone who has a disability please email in advance so you can discuss any requirements

For more information and to book tickets visit the Tower of London Ice Rink website

If your local ice rink isn’t featured here please contact them direct for their access facilities.