Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 12:15

Chills and thrills returned to the Eden Project today (Saturday October 17) with the opening of the fabulous ice rink.

Visitors of all ages arrived this morning to put their skates on and take to the scenic rink in front of the famous Biomes.

Among the first to take to the ice were Rachel Gleed from Bude, Cornwall with her daughter Felicity Gleed (11).

Rachel said: “We are really excited to be here today. We’ve been looking forward to it since last winter. We came skating lots last year, so very excited to be among the first ones on the ice today.

“Felicity is was up early this morning and determined to get here for the first session. I think Eden is such a good venue. It always looks so beautiful and has a great feel to it, it’s really lovely.”    

Chris Pritchard, Interpretation Production Manager at the Eden Project, said: “It’s exciting to have the rink back. Opening day is a big day for us, welcoming back some familiar faces and new ones trying out the rink for the first time.”                                     

The rink will open right the way through the winter till February 28 2016.

Public skate sessions costing £6 per person are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour.

With a £40 Skater Pass Discount Card, it costs just £3 per session. The card includes entry to the Eden Project for the duration of the rink and is valid for all general skates and half- price skating sessions.

For very young skaters, Penguin skating aids are ideal for helping them gain confidence on the ice. They can be hired for any public skating session but pre-booking online is advisable.

There are parent and toddler ice-play sessions for children aged between 18 months and five years, with plenty of toys to enjoy. The sessions last 40 minutes, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Other Sessions include:

Chilly Juniors 

Fun skating sessions with races and games on selected Saturdays for those aged six to 12 years. Participants need to be able to skate.

School skating sessions

These 40-minute sessions are especially for school groups. Classes will join a maximum of 150 pupils on the ice.

Nursery/school ice play sessions

These 'Infants on Ice' non-skating, ice play sessions are exclusively for under sevens from nursery and school groups (maximum of 100 children per session).

Skating sessions and aids can be booked online, for any further questions contact the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972 or

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