Our ice rink is open from Saturday 15 October 2016 until Sunday 19 February 2017. On this page, find out about the different sessions we offer. See the full ice skating timetable here.
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Penguin dance party on our ice rink
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Choose a session to suit you
A valid Eden admission ticket is required for all the sessions, in addition to the ticket for the relevant session.
General skating sessions
- Price: £7 (adult, 16 and over); £6 (child); £24 (any combination of four adults or children)
Our public skate sessions are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour.
Penguin skating aids
- Price: £4 per session
Our penguins (featured in the video on this page) are ideal for helping young skaters to gain confidence on the ice. They can be hired for any public skating session, but pre-booking online is advisable.
The penguins are 91.5cm 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.
How to book a penguin skating aid
Visit our online booking system to book your skating session, using the links below, add your chosen session to your basket, then click the purple 'Add products' tab at the top of the booking system page. You can then navigate to the skating aid to add it to your shopping basket.
Skater Pass discount card
- Price: £40
With this card you can enjoy skating on our rink for half the standard price on general sessions (£3.50 for adult/£3 for child).
The card includes entry to the Eden Project for the duration of the ice rink and is valid only on General Skating sessions.
Parent and toddler ice-play sessions
- Price: £5
Special non-skating ice-play sessions for kids aged between 18 months and 5 years, with plenty of toys to play with. The sessions last 40 minutes, and children must be accompanied by an adult (at least one adult per two children).
Please note that for the Parent and toddler sessions on Sundays, the Eden Ticketing Desks will open at the earlier time of 9.15am.
Chilly Juniors sessions
- Price: £6
Fun skating sessions with races and games on selected Sundays for 6-12 yr olds. Participants need to be able to skate.
- Price for six lessons: £60 (adult); £52 (child aged 6-15)
- We are now fully subscribed for November/December lessons, please check back in from 7 November to book lessons in the New Year.
Learn how to skate with a professional coach in these series of six weekly 30-minute sessions allocated between 9am and 11.30am, starting on Saturdays from Saturday 5 November 2016 and Saturday 7 January 2017.
The price of six sessions also includes a Skater Pass Discount Card (see above for details). Skaters must be at least six years old, but there is no maximum age limit.
Once you have booked and before we can allocate you a time slot, we will need you to complete a questionnaire which will be sent to you via email following your purchase. Our skating coaches will use this information to best determine your skating ability and place you in a suitable group. There is a section included where you can make any additional requests (e.g. preference on time), and we will try our best to meet these where possible.
The lessons will run between 9am and 11.30am, depending on which group you are placed in, and it is advisable to arrive 30 minutes before your lesson start time as you will be able to practise on the ice. We will be in touch with further details of timings and directions once the questionnaires have been sent in and reviewed against all of the lesson bookings.
Skating sessions for schools and nurseries
During term time, teachers can take advantage of ice play and skating sessions reserved exclusively for education groups. Find out more about school skating.
Skaters are welcome to bring their own ice skates to use. Please note that socks must be worn with skates and we do advise that an extra pair of socks is worn for comfort.
Skate sizes start at child size 8 (EU 25) and go up to adult size 15 (EU 50). Socks must be worn with skates and we do advise that an extra pair of socks is worn for comfort. We also offer bob skates for toddlers, in size 10 down to approximately size 5. These fit over their own shoes but please note that, for smaller sizes in particular, suitability depends upon the style of the shoe.
Children aged 14 years and over can be unaccompanied both on site and on the ice. Children aged 8 to 13 years need a parent or guardian to be available either on the ice or around the rink.
We welcome children on the ice rink who are at least 18 months old and are confident walkers - we advise parents to choose a toddler-focussed skating session from our timetable. Children aged 7 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ice, except for 'Chilly Juniors' where they must remain around the rink. We advise 1 on 1 supervision for children under 5 years of age.
We welcome manual wheelchairs on our ice rink – up to a maximum of five per skating session.
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).
We don’t allow electric wheelchairs on the ice, due to the weight of the chair and the subsequent difficulty of slowing them down. However, electric wheelchair users are welcome to borrow one of our own manual wheelchairs and waist strap from the Boot Room by the rink.