Discover a wide range of skating sessions for families at our ice rink in the heart of Chelmsford.

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

You can enjoy public skate sessions, or our special sessions for club nights and for families. We also have a host of activities for kids, including ice skating partiesholiday coursesfamily holiday skate and our Get In! Skate School.

Throughout December you can capture the festive magic with our Christmas ice skating sessions. Tickets are available now.

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.

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

Spectator

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

Save money by upgrading to an ourChelmsford Plus or monthly Premium membership.

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

All prices include skate hire.

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.

Spectator

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

Save money by upgrading to a monthly Premium membership.

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

All prices include skate hire.

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 for some sessions, 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:

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. 
  • If you have booked in advance, or are a monthly member you can tap your ourChelmsford card or wristband 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 or wristband from us before the session, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the session start.
  • Please make sure you read the rule board before going on the ice pad.

Skate hire

  • All prices include skate hire.
  • 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.

Private lessons

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

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.

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.

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

  • You can hire a penguin or snowman skating aid 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.
  • To use a snowman, you must be over 1.2 metres tall and up to 14 years old.

Chelmsford Chieftains Ice Hockey Team

Riverside is home to the Chelmsford Chieftains Ice Hockey team. Matches usually take place on Saturday or Sunday evenings.

You can find out more about Chelmsford Chieftains.

Chelmsford Ice Hockey Academy

Chelmsford Ice Hockey Academy has players from 6 to 18 years.

They have teams all competing in the English Ice Hockey Association Southern Leagues. 

You can find out more about Chelmsford Ice Hockey Academy.

Chelmsford Riverside Ice Skating Club

This club is open to Skate UK Grade 5 badge holders up to 18 years of age, and is perfect for those wanting to develop skating skills. 

Training takes place on a Friday night, with juniors at 5.15pm and main club at 6pm.

You can find out more about  Chelmsford Riverside Ice Skating Club.

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Last updated: 23 November 2022