On The Ice
FIRST TIME SKATER
If you have never skated before, take a deep breath and relax. It’s easy! Our team of friendly ice marshals will be on hand to give you a few tips to set you on your way and don’t worry, the rail around the rink is always there for support!
Although it is not mandatory, we recommend the wearing of protection for all skaters, especially for beginners, in the form of helmets, elbow guards, knee guards and gloves with wrist support. These are available in all local sports shops. Any helmet offers head protection but those ideally suited to the ice are flat at the front and back like snowboard/skateboard helmets rather than peaked.
WRAP UP WARM
To make the most of your session, please remember to wrap up warm. Gloves and thick socks are advisable, as is a waterproof jacket and warm layered clothing.
CHILDREN - MINIMUM AGE
For all sessions the minimum age for children to skate is 3 years old. All 3 - 7 year olds must be accompanied onto the ice by an adult (18 years old and above) in skates. Maximum of 4 children per adult. Children who are under the age of 7 and are competent skaters, may skate without an adult at the Rink Manager's or Coach's discretion. We recommend that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult (the adult need not be skating).
TODDLER 'BOB' SKATES
Please ask at the skate exchange if your toddler would be better suited to these double-bladed skates which can be strapped onto the child's shoes or boots. They offer more stability for ages 3-4 and are adjustable. Deposit of £5.00 required at the skate exchange.
Skates are available in the following sizes:
CHILDREN - 7 8 9 10 11 11.5 12 13 1 1.5 2 3
ADULTS - 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 11.5 12 13 14 15
When you pick up your skates we will look after your shoes for you. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL ITEMS SUCH AS HANDBAGS, MOBILE PHONES, ETC. LEFT IN THE SKATE EXCHANGE.
KEEPING THE ICE SAFE
To ensure you get the most from your skating session, we need to keep the ice in pristine condition. This process normally takes 5-10 minutes and normally happens between the sessions but on rare occasions could happen at any time of the day. If you are due to go on to the ice when we are cleaning, don’t worry, you will get a full hour, and better still, the ice will be perfect when you do. Just please bear with us.
Mobile phones are not allowed to be taken on the ice. If dropped on the ice they can break and the glass and parts can be a danger to skaters. If you disregard this policy and any loss or breakage occurs on the ice or anywhere within the Queen's Hall we are not responsible for any loss or damage.
RULES OF THE RINK
Please remember that all skaters take part at their OWN RISK!
- Skate in the opposite direction to the crowd
- Skate at excessive speed
- Take a mobile phone on the ice
- Carry babies or small children on the ice
- Wear long coats or scarves on the ice
- Skate in chains of more than three people
- Skate under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Smoke, drink or eat on the ice
- Sit or climb on the side rails
- Chip, throw or spray ice or drop litter
- Use photographic or recording equipment or mobile phones on the ice
- Make sure your skates are a good fit and are securely fastened
- Skate anti-clockwise
- Wrap up warm
- Follow the instructions of the skate marshals
- Report all accidents to a member of staff. There is a first aid trained member of staff on site at all times
- Be considerate to other skaters
- Stop skating and leave the rink after the session has finished
- FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE RINK!