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Ice skating

Get flexible, get fit, all while having fun at Riverside's ice rink.

Ice skating at Riverside

The ice rink at Riverside Leisure Centre offers a variety of ice skating sessions, suitable for everyone.

You can enjoy public skate sessions, family skate and weekend club nights, along with a host of activities for kids, including ice skating partiesholiday courses, family holiday skate and our Get In! Skate School

We will also offer Patch time for those who are BIS grade 8 or above, or are having private skating lessons. 

Whether you will attempt your first skate, or you’re on route to the next series of Dancing on Ice, our fantastic rink facilities will have something for everyone.

 

Timetable

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Prices

Prices include skate hire

ourChelmsford Lite card

Monday to Fridays morning and afternoon (term time) 
  • Standard: £6.40
  • Discounted: £5.80
  • Family*: £18

 

Monday and Wednesday evening
  • Standard: £6.20
  • Discounted: £5.60
  • Family*: £18.60

 

Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon and school holiday skate
  • Standard: £8.50
  • Family*: £25.50, Saturdays and Sunday only.

 

Patch sessions
  • £6.20

 

Spectator
  • Public sessions: £3
  • Club nights: Full entry price

 

ourChelmsford Plus card

Monday to Fridays morning and afternoon 
  • Standard: £5.40
  • Discounted: £4.80
  • Family*: £15.60

 

Monday and Wednesday evening
  • Standard: £5.40
  • Discounted: £4.80
  • Family*: £15.60

 

Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon and school holiday skate
  • Standard: £7.50
  • Family*: £22.50, Saturdays and Sunday only.

 

Patch sessions
  • £5.20

 

Spectator

  • Public sessions: £3
  • Club nights: Full entry price

 


*A family ticket is one adult and three children or two adults and two children.

Things you need to know

Booking

  • You must have an ourChelmsford account to book and attend a public session on the rink, even if you are not a monthly member and you don't live in Chelmsford.
  • We are a cashless centre.

As we are currently experiencing busy ice sessions, we recommend advance booking. You can get a ticket on the door, however we cannot guarantee availability.

You can book:

  • ten days in advance if you have a monthly membership.    
  • seven days in advance if you have an ourChelmsford Plus card.      
  • two days in advance if you have an ourChelmsford Lite card.


You can book in advance using an ourChelmsford card:


Friday night club session (7.30pm to 9.30pm)

You must book this session in advance using an ourChelmsford card, online  or via the app. Tickets will not be available on the door. 


Patch sessions

You will not need to book a patch session in advance, but we do not take cash in the centre.


Monthly members
  • You will need to book a session in advance.
  • You will need to check in for your session at the barriers at the bottom of the stairs.
  • If you do not check-in, we will charge you the full amount for the session.
  • Please make sure that you have registered your email address with us in order to book online. 


Cancellation
  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can  cancel online or via the app
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not  attend. This includes monthly members. 


Entrance
  • If you have booked in advance, or are a monthly member you can tap your  ourChelmsford card, wristband or token on the barrier to go up the stairs to the rink.
  • If you need to pay for skating you will need to go to reception. This will activate your ourChelmsford card and allow you through the barriers. 
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barriers. 
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception to activate your ourChelmsford card. 
  • If you need to collect your card, wristband or token from us prior to the session, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the session start.


Ice skates

  • You can get skates at skate hire. You will need to give your shoes in. 
  • You can hire skates from childs size 7 to adults size 14.


Skate grind

  • Call the centre on 01245 615068 or ask at skate hire.
  • £8.50 standard 48 hour services.
  • £10.50 same day service.

Clothing

  • You should wear clothing that is easy to move in but not too loose.
  • No scarves or hats are allowed on the ice pad.
  • We recommend that you wear long socks for comfort.
  • We recommend that you wear gloves when skating.

 

Lockers and changing rooms

  • If you want to use a locker, you will need a 50p coin to release the key. The 50p is non refundable.
  • Changing rooms are available.
  • A Changing Places facility is available on poolside or by studio 1.


Lighting and noise

Friday club nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions may include loud music, strobe, flashing and/or flickering lights.


Penguin skating aids

  • You can hire a penguin skating aids from skate hire for 30 minutes at a cost of £3.50.
  • To use a penguin, to your chin you must be between 0.8m and 1.2m tall.


Rules

Please make sure you read the rule board before going on the ice pad.


Private lessons

If you would like to enquire about private lessons with an ice professional email lessonenquiries@gmail.com

About ice skating

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Riverside

Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Facilities

  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.

Contact

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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1FG

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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