Coventry Cathedral Ice Rink Launched By City of Culture 21

Date: 28 Oct 2020

Coventry Glides – a magical ice rink in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral – is still planned to go ahead but will now open in December after the Government’s national lockdown announcement.

The ice-skating rink is being created in partnership with Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), Coventry Cathedral and with support from Coventry City Council.

Scheduled opening has now been moved Friday 4 December, with the ice rink remaining open for an additional week, until 10 January 2021. Tickets, priced from £5, will go on sale on Friday 13 November and will be available to purchase from

The rink has been planned with Covid safety measures in mind, including timed slots for skaters, reduced skater capacity, mandatory facemasks for all skaters – except for those who are exempt – and cleaning in between skating session.

A spokesperson from Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “We had a great reaction to the announcement of Coventry Glides, and it is clear it will be a popular outdoor attraction.

“Last weekend’s announcement means that we have had to amend our plans. We currently plan to open on 4 December after lockdown is lifted, but we will keep monitoring Government advice and will communicate any changes should they occur.

“Our visitors’ safety is our number one priority and we have measures in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun. We will continue to review these, alongside latest government advice, in the build-up to the ice rink’s opening.”

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Event details
Coventry Glides
Friday 4 December to Sunday 10 January (not Christmas Day)
Various times, see for details
From £5. Book early for best prices. Book online or by calling 0344 581 4950
Coventry Cathedral Ruins, Priory Street / St Michaels Avenue, Coventry CV1 5FB

Tickets on sale
Tickets will go on sale on Friday 13 November. They will be priced from £5.

COVID Safety
To ensure this event is safe for all audiences, Coventry City of Culture Trust has implemented the following additional precautions:

  • Mandatory face masks at all times (except for those who are exempt)
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the site
  • Social distancing measures throughout the site
  • Additional enhanced cleaning between sessions
  • Timed entry
  • Contactless payment and tickets
  • Advance bookings only
  • Distanced seating in viewing areas

This event has planned with guidance from Public Health and Wellbeing for Coventry City Council.

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