Ice skating at the Eden Project
Our glittering ice rink is back for the winter. With significantly reduced numbers of skaters on the ice, you’ll be able to enjoy more space to yourselves than ever before!
To help maintain effective social distancing we’ve introduced a much lower cap for the number of skaters on the ice at any one time, as well as encouraging skaters to book ahead online.
Choose a session to suit you
General skating: A 40-minute skating session for skaters of any age and ability. You can hire out a special skating aid to give that extra stability to young children.
Family fun skate: A 40-minute family focussed skating session for parents with young children (12 and under), including free use of skating aids. These take place on Sunday mornings 9am, 10am and 11am – plus additional sessions during holiday periods.
We also offer sessions for school groups.
Tickets and pricing
As well as an ice skating ticket, skaters also need a valid form of Eden admission, and a pre-booked timed entry slot that is at least 30 minutes earlier than the start of your skating session. Please use our booking links at the bottom of this page.
Ice skating tickets for when we reopen this winter are now on sale.
Should this activity be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, ticket purchasers will be contacted directly to discuss their options including a refund or the opportunity to move their skating session to an alternative date.
|General skating||Adult||£8||£10||10% off|
|Family (4 x tickets; any combination of adults/children)||£28||£32|
|Family fun skate||Adult||£6||£8|
|Skating aid hire||£4|
|Boot hire||Included in price|
*Peak dates and times are:
How are you keeping everyone safe on the ice rink? Eden's Skate Safe policy
The health, safety and wellbeing of our or ice team and skaters remains our top priority, and we’ve introduced changes to our ice rink to keep you skating safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
(Find out more about other ways we’re keeping you safe during your visit to Eden.)
Skate Safe policy
We want you to have a good time, so there are rules and regulations you need to be aware of – for your own safety and that of your fellow skaters and Eden staff.
- Wear masks when rink-side.
- Due to the vast open space and one-way skating direction, masks are not required while skating… you can of course wear them should you choose.
- We ask that all skaters pre-book online.
- For the limited tickets that are still available on the day, we are accepting contactless payments on site.
- Please use the sanitiser stations available, both before and after your skating session.
- Please follow all safety and directional signage.
- Skating is always anti-clockwise.
- Please don’t cut across the ice, skate against the flow, play tag or form chains. (Two people holding hands is perfectly ok!)
- Help us maintain social distancing, we all have a role to play.
- Give other skaters space when overtaking.
Rule of six
- Please keep to your bubbles and stay apart from those outside them.
Follow the feet
- Our 'feet' floor markings are spaced 2m apart, please give each other space when queuing.
- Our team clean throughout the day, sanitising frequently touched surfaces
- All our ice skates, skating aids and equipment are sanitised after use
- Objects left on the ice can be dangerous — things like food, drinks containers, gum, or litter of any kind. Please use the bins provided.
Limited skater capacity
- To ensure everyone can skate safely and maintain social distancing, we have a significantly reduced capacity for all our sessions.
- Please leave the ice promptly when your session finishes, remove your skates and then clear the area ready for our next skaters to enjoy.
Don’t carry anything or anyone on the ice, including phones, cameras… or children!
Remember your skill levels and don’t try anything that might exceed them.
Don’t sit on the rink barrier or try skating without putting skates on first!
The ice stewards aren’t there to show off their own skating prowess, they’re there to ensure your safety and comfort. Please immediately follow any advice or instructions they give you.
Additional safety pointers for skating lessons
Please arrive 'rink ready'. Please aim to check-in at the ice rink no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your skating slot. Please enter/exit ice at the booked session times and use separate entrances/exits to spectators in accordance with the rink guidelines.
There is no 'warm-up' area on the ice due to restricted capacity, and all warm-ups should be done outside of the covered Ice Rink structure, weather permitting, where possible & if safe to do so.
All lesson skaters must bring their own personal items (gloves, facial tissues, water bottles, etc.). We have limited storage and due to the risks associated with handling personal belongings we are unable to keep bulky items (such as coats, bags, pushchairs) stored during your skating session.
Our coaches will be giving verbal cues rather than physical contact unless a safety issue arises. There will be limited coach/skater contact during lessons. Coaches will aim to keep everyone moving during the lessons, and will subdivide/utilise the ice space dependant on the level being taught and numbers within your group. We have reduced the maximum group size to 10 skaters.
Do I have to wear a mask?
It is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering when rink-side (i.e. not on the ice rink itself, but within the building). Due to the vast open space and one-way skating direction, a mask is not required while skating… you can of course wear one should you choose.
What ages can go ice skating?
Children aged 14 years and over can be unaccompanied both on site and on the ice. Children aged eight to thirteen years need a parent or guardian to be available either on the ice or around the rink. Children aged seven years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ice, except during skating lessons. We advise one-on-one supervision for children less than five years of age.
Can I hire ice skates?
Yes, this is included in your ice rink ticket. Please rest assured that all our ice skates, skating aids and equipment are sanitised after use.
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 shoes but please note that, for smaller sizes in particular, suitability depends upon the style of the shoe.
Younger children may benefit from the hire of one of our fun skating aids.
Do you offer skating aids?
Yes, you are welcome to hire one of our penguins or snowmen skating aids for extra stability. These should be booked in advance.
Skating aids cost £4 each to hire for a 40-minute session (in addition to your ice skating ticket).
Penguins are designed for users smaller than 120cm (without skates on), and the user does need to be able to walk and reach the handle.
Snowmen are exclusively for those taller than the 120cm height permitted for penguins, or for those with accessibility needs.
All our skating aids, ice skates and equipment are sanitised after use.
How to book a skating aid
You will be given the chance to book a skating aid when you are booking your ice skating ticket online.
If you have already booked your skating ticket (and Eden admission with a timed entry slot) and just want to add skating aid hire to your pre-arranged visit, you can do this directly on our bookings site, where you can hire a penguin or a snowman. Just be sure to pick the time that matches your pre-booked skating session time.
Are you offering ice play sessions for young children this year?
Unfortunately, due to social distancing guidelines we are unable to offer these ice play sessions for toddlers and younger children. However, we do offer bob skates for toddlers (included within your ticket price), and snowman and penguin skating aids (for a small fee).
Can we get food and drink at the ice rink?
Yes, we’ll be offering a delicious range of warming drinks and sweet treats.
Are wheelchairs permitted on the ice rink?
Yes, we welcome manual wheelchairs on the ice rink, but please notify us in advance.
Unfortunately, electric wheelchairs are not to be brought onto the ice rink due to the weight of the chair and the subsequent difficulty of slowing them down. However, electric wheelchair users can borrow a manual wheelchair from us for free.
To bring or hire a manual wheelchair on the ice... please first purchase your ice skating (and Eden admission) ticket(s) online and then call or email our Box Office (01726 811972; firstname.lastname@example.org) with your booking reference to let us know that you would like to bring/hire a wheelchair.
Users must be strapped into manual wheelchairs, so that they are secure (we have straps available to borrow) and can either use a self-propelled chair or be pushed by a personal assistant without skates on (who gets in to Eden for free – see FAQ below for guidance).
Equipment such as wheelchairs and straps are sanitised after use.
Do carers get to skate for free?
Yes, they not only enjoy free admission to Eden (one per person with a disability), but can skate for free. However, carers must be booked in to skate, as we have a tight restriction on numbers on the rink due to social distancing guidelines.
Please purchase all other ice skating (and Eden admission) tickets for your party online and then call or email our Box Office (01726 811972; email@example.com) with your booking reference to let us know that you would like to bring a carer.
Are skating lessons happening this year?
Yes, we are hosting lessons for skaters aged six years and above on Wednesday evenings (5pm-7:30pm) and Saturday mornings (9am-12 noon).
The lessons are bookable in six-week blocks starting on the following dates:
- Wednesday 6 January 2021
- Saturday 9 January 2021
Blocks of six lessons cost £52 for children (6-15 years) or £60 for adults (no upper age limit!)
Please note that our skating sessions are now fully booked, but if you'd like to be added to our waiting list, should any spaces become available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, entitling your message 'Skating lessons waiting list'.
Skaters participating in lessons must also have a valid form of admission to the Eden Project. We recommend the Lesson Skaters’ Pass (£25, available to buy in person only), which also gives the passholder half-price skating during our general skating sessions (excludes Family ticket). You will be required to present your card every time you purchase skating tickets and for gaining entry to the Eden Project. We do not require lesson skaters to pre-book a timed entry slot for the day of the lesson skate session.
Lesson skaters aged 14 years and over can be unaccompanied both on site and on the ice. Lesson skaters aged 6 to 13 years need a parent or guardian to be available either on the ice or around the rink. The accompanying parent or guardian is not required to pre-book a timed entry slot for the day of the lesson skate. Any additional party members are subject to general terms and conditions of entrance to Eden and must pre-book a timed slot and have a valid admission ticket.
Can I bring my dog?
While dogs are permitted in outdoor spaces that the Eden Project, please note that dogs are not allowed inside the ice rink building.
How can schools book ice skating?
School and nursery groups can enjoy time on the ice that’s reserved exclusively for education groups. Find out more.
Can I use a Locals' Pass to go skating?
Yes. Locals' Passes are available from 1 December 2020. As well as using a Locals' Pass for admission skaters also need to book themselves a (free) timed entry slot to Eden and a (paid-for) skating session.