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Penguin dance party on our ice rink

See the strange things that happen after dark on our rink!

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Dates

The ice rink is open from Saturday 12 October 2019 to Sunday 23 February 2020 (*closed on 25 December; 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 January and 3-4, 10-11 February). See the full timetable of ice rink sessions.

Tickets

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

  • Price: adult: £7, child: £6, family ticket (any combination of four adults or children): £24 

Our public skate sessions are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour.

Eden Project Members benefit from discounted skating. Find out more

Skating aids

  • Price: £4

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") without skates on. 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

  • Price: £5

Special morning non-skating ice-play sessions for kids aged between 18 months and five 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

  • Price: £6 per adult or child

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.

Skating lessons

  • Ice skating lessons for January are now on sale.
  • Price for six lessons: adult: £60, child (aged 6-15): £52

Learn how to skate with our expert instructors. The lessons are at 9-11am on Saturday mornings, and 5-7pm on Wednesday evenings. All lessons are grouped in the usual six-week blocks. Upon booking you'll receive an email inviting you to complete a short survey online to best determine which group to place you in, and we will endeavour to consider any special requests/time preference.

Skater Pass Discount Card

  • Price: £50

Skate for half the usual price on our general skating sessions with this card. The card is valid throughout the entire season, and includes entry to Eden. To purchase, please call our Box Office on 01726 811972.

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.

Skating boots

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.

Age restrictions and guidance

Older children 

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.

Younger children

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. 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.