Coventry Glides set for festive return

Published Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Coventry Glides – the stunning ice rink that transformed Coventry Cathedral Ruins into a ‘winter wonderland’ last festive season – is coming back by popular demand.

Coventry glides

The magical, festive rink – a partnership between the Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry City Council, with support from the Coventry Business Improvement District – will be returning to the city from Friday 26 November, welcoming skaters of all ages until Thursday 9 January.

It will open seven days a week for one-hour time slots, with prices starting from £5, which can be booked through the Coventry 2021 website from next week. It is suitable for anyone over the age of five. Popular slots sold out quickly in 2020, so skaters are being encouraged to book early.

Coventry Glides proved to be one of the highlights of last winter as the city provided a safe, fun, festive activity at a time when strict COVID-19 restrictions were in place. And now it is coming back to the city during Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “There was something truly special about Coventry Glides transforming the Cathedral Ruins into a winter wonderland last year. 

“We can’t wait to welcome the people of Coventry, and hopefully lots of new visitors, to take to the ice and enjoy themselves this festive season. 

“As the nights draw in and the days get colder, Coventry Glides will bring great fun and excitement to our city centre, bringing more and more people into the city to enjoy all that Coventry has to offer. So, wrap up warm, grab your friends and family and book your ticket to the most magical experience this year.”  

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events, Coventry City Council, said: “The ice rink proved really popular last year, and it is great to see it back to add some festive cheer.

“With most COVID restrictions now lifted, the city is getting set for a really magical Christmas with so much going on as we celebrate our year as UK City of Culture, and Coventry Glides is a great attraction for all the family.

“I would urge anyone who didn’t visit last year to go along and try a festive skate in our beautiful Cathedral Ruins. It really does add some extra magic to Christmas – and while you’re there, take a look around our transformed city centre, visit the shops and restaurants and enjoy the festive season in Coventry.”

Food and drink options will also be available for those visiting the rink. Priority Booking opens on Tuesday 26 October with Public Booking opening on Friday 29 October. Tickets will be available at www.coventry2021.co.uk. Book early for best prices. 

Coventry City Council