Our glittering ice rink – the only indoor rink in Cornwall – is currently closed and will open again in October 2019.
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Penguin dance party on our ice rink
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Choose a session to suit you
When the rink is open, we offer a range of sessions to suit different abilities.
Please note that a valid Eden admission ticket is required for all the sessions, in addition to the ticket for the relevant session. We advise skaters to arrive at the Visitor Centre at least 30 minutes prior to their booked skating slot.
General skating sessions
Our public skate sessions are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour.
Our penguin skating aids (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 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.
Snowman skating aids are also 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").
Parent and toddler ice-play sessions
Special morning 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).
Family fun sessions
Join us on Sunday mornings at 10am and 11am for our family fun skate – a more relaxed session with extra room on the ice. Kids can explore the ice in a fun and social environment with free use of our penguin and snowman skating aids. Please note that there is a limited number of skating aids available on a first come, first served basis.
Learn how to skate with our expert instructors. All lesson participants are also offered the chance to buy a Skater Pass discount card at half the usual price.
Skater Pass discount card
With this Discount Card you can enjoy skating on our rink for half the standard price on general sessions. The card includes entry to the Eden Project for the duration of the Ice Rink and is valid only on General Skating sessions.
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.
Wheelchairs on the ice rink
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).
We prefer that electric wheelchairs are not taken on to 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.
If you are not a wheelchair user but feel that a wheelchair would be beneficial for you on the ice rink (for example, if you are suffering from a bad back), please talk to an ice steward on arrival.