Ice Skating This Festive Season In & Around The North East


The build up and buzz to Christmas 2021 is well underway now and one of our favourite family festive activities is ice skating. There’s something so nostalgic about putting on a pair of skates and slipping around the rink. Here’s our guide to the best ice skating experiences available this year.

*I’ll be updating this post regularly so keep checking back*


Centre For Life, Newcastle

Dates: 13th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Times Square, NE1 4EP

About: “We are delighted to confirm that our much-loved, open-air ice rink will return this winter. Tickets for timed slots can be purchased online in advance. Some slots will be kept free for walk-ups – but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.”

Prices: Adult – £11.50, Child – £9.00, Under 4’s – £4.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.life.org.uk/events/ice-skating

Centre For Life, Newcastle

Keel Square, Sunderland

Dates: 27th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Where: Keel Square, SR1 3LH

About: “Ready to deliver a magical winter experience for people of all ages we promise to give you the best year yet at Sunderland Ice Rink with our fantastic new all weather rink – say goodbye to the rain and wind we now have a huge marquee covering us from the elements!”

Prices: Adult – £10.00, Child – £8.00, Under 4’s – £3.00

Booking & Further Details: https://sunderlandicerink.co.uk

Keel Square, Sunderland

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Dates: 2nd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Manor Walks Shopping Centre, NE23 6UT

About: “Join us at Manor Walks Shopping Centre for festive fun with a glide on our first ever real ice rink! Grab your skates and enjoy the 32x 15m open air ice rink and enjoy the perfect day out with friends and family.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £6.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.manorwalks.co.uk/news-events/events/festive-ice-rink/

Manor Walks, Cramlington

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Dates: 9th November 2021 – 31st December 2021

Where: Exhibition Square, NE11 9YG

About: “We’ve brought the outdoors indoors this year with our magical Arctic Experience. Little kids, and big kids too, can skate on our synthetic ice rink, grab a selfie on our enchanted throne, and watch the magical snow fall indoors.”

Prices: £2 per person

Booking & Further Details: https://themetrocentre.co.uk/whats-on/events/arctic-experience

Metro Centre, Gateshead

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Where: Sea Road, NE33 2LA

About: “With Festive food stalls, Bar, our very own real ice skating rink and of course some of your favourite rides and arcades are open daily too.”

Prices: Adult – £9.00, Child – £7.00

Booking & Further Details: https://www.oceanbeach.co.uk/events/ice-skating-and-winter-wonderland/

Ocean Beach, South Shields

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Dates: 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: Racecourse, NE3 5HP

About: “We have something for all the family – from thrilling rides, attractions and an ice rink to Santa Claus himself & his reindeer. This is not one to be missed! We look forward to seeing you there!”

Prices: Adult – £9.50, Child – £7.50 (general admission tickets also need to be purchased)

Booking & Further Details: https://www.winterwonderlandnewcastleracecourse.co.uk/events/ice-skating-book-online.php

Winter Winderland, Gosforth

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where: DH4 5PH

About: “Grab Your Skates And Come And Join Us At Our Real Open Air Ice Rink. Kick Off The Winter Season With Some Festive Skating, Open Daily. Stretch Out And Practice Your Skating Moves And Enjoy The Afternoon Sun As It Glistens On The Ice; Soak Up The Romantic Atmosphere At Twilight, Or Skate After Dark Under The Stars.”

Prices: TBC

Booking & Further Details: https://raintonarena.co.uk/events/

Winter Wonderland At Rainton Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring


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