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National Ice Centre

Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1LA
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National Ice Centre


The (NIC) is the UK’s first twin ice pad facility and centre of excellence for Ice Sports. The NIC comprises of two Olympic size ice rinks, (one of which is located in the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham). The biggest ice sports store in the UK, Ice Locker, is also situated here.

The NIC is used as a training base by many of Great Britain’s bright young skaters. It is home to the GB Short Track Speed Skating Squad and the oldest and most successful ice hockey team in the country, the GMB Nottingham Panthers.

Nottingham has a long tradition of ice skating stretching back many years. Olympic and World Champions Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean trained at the NIC for many years before and after their incredible win at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, where they became the highest scoring ice dance skaters of all time. The square outside the NIC is known as Bolero Square in honour of the pair’s Olympic achievements.

There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities every day, from quieter family or toddler sessions to disco sessions and theme parties.

Session Types

A relaxed environment to develop your skating. These sessions are popular with all skaters of all ages and abilities.

Club Sessions
When the weekend arrives we’ll be turning down the lights and turning up the music! Friday night and Saturday night are our club sessions, where local DJs play top tunes while you skate under the dancing lights. Please note the on ice equipment is not available during club sessions.

Theme Parties
The National Ice Centre hosts a range of exciting events throughout the year including fancy dress, foam, UV paint and silent disco parties.

A fantastic session especially for adults, taking place between 10-11.30am on a Tuesday and Thursday when we have two ice pads in operation. This will give over 18’s the chance to have a relaxed skate, sharpen their skills and meet up with friends.

Parent & Toddler
Parent and Toddler skating sessions are a great activity to enjoy with your little ones. Children aged between 18 months and five years (smallest skate size is a child’s size 5) can take to the ice, build their confidence and increase their co-ordination. Our expert coaches will be on the ice with you and your youngsters, along with our on-ice equipment characters, so they will be encouraged to learn through playing in a safe environment.

Disabled Inclusion ice skating and family sessions are also available.

Learn to Skate courses
Learn to ice skate on the very same site where Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean once trained. Skating lessons at the National Ice Centre are available to people of all ages and abilities and lessons can be carried out intensively over three days or over a six-week period. You can progress into various disciplines including ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating which have separate courses. Visit for more information and to watch videos on what you will learn.

The Encore Bar & Grill

The Encore Bar & Grill is located in the foyer of the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham and offers a delicious and authentic American bar menu. Seasonal craft beers and premier lager have also been introduced.

Guide Prices

Ice Skating Prices:

All prices include skate hire

Adult (ages 16+) £8.50
Junior (ages 5-15) £7.50
Under 5's FREE
Student* £5.00
Senior (ages 60+) £3.50
Citycard Holder £5.00

Family of 3 £21 Minimum of one adult (18+) per party
Family of 4 £27 Maximum of two adults (18+) per party
Family of 5 £33 Maximum of two adults (18+) per party

Groups of 10+ £5.00 per person Advanced booking is required
School Groups £3.50 per person Advanced booking is required

Foam and Paint Parties £10
Weekend Club Ticket £10 Valid for Friday and Saturday evening club nights
Ice Equipment £2.50 For the entire session**

Prices are valid for all ice skating sessions and club nights, excluding foam and paint parties
*Valid student ID is required
**Please note ice equipment is not permitted during club sessions

Map & Directions



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 10
  • Min group size - 1
  • On-Site café/restaurant - Refreshments available
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Venue Facilities

  • Shop

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Opening - 2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Opening Hours:

Skating Timetable

Monday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Tuesday 10am – 11:30am* / 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm / 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 10am – 11:30am* / 1:15pm – 2:45pm / 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm / 5:30pm – 7pm Family Session / 7:30pm – 9:30pm Club Night
Saturday 11am – 2:15pm / 2:45pm – 5pm Family Session / 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday 10am – 12pm / 1:45pm – 5pm

*Subject to availability

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Friday, 29 December 2017 - Friday, 29 December 2017

New Year’s Paint PartiesJoin the New Year UV Paint Parties at the National Ice Centre on Friday 29th December!
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Saturday, 23 December 2017 - Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas Family and Club Foam PartyJoin in the festive fun at the Family or Club foam parties this December at the National Ice Centre Nottingham. The lights will be low and top tunes will be playing from local DJs. 
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Saturday, 16 December 2017 - Saturday, 16 December 2017

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 - Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Skate with the Nottingham PanthersSkate, chat and take selfies with members of the GMB Nottingham Panthers! 
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Saturday, 23 December 2017 - Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas Foam PartiesSaturday 23 December 2017 We have two parties to choose from! Our Christmas Family Foam Party is great foamy fun for all the family, whilst at our evening Christmas Foam Party, we’ll be turning down the lights, aiming the foam cannon and turning up the music! Christmas Family Foam Party – 2...
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Friday, 29 December 2017 - Friday, 29 December 2017

New Year Paint PartiesFriday 29 December 2017 Are you ready to glow in the dark? We’ve got two UV Paint Parties to choose from… Our New Year Family UV Paint Party is great messy fun and laughs for the kids, whilst at our evening New Year Paint Party, we’ll be turning down the lights, aiming the paint guns and turning...
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Saturday, 16 December 2017 - Sunday, 17 December 2017

Saturday, 23 December 2017 - Sunday, 24 December 2017

Brunch with Santa at the National Ice CentreFor the first time ever, you can have Brunch with Santa at the National Ice Centre! Our Brunch with Santa experiences will take place in our Encore Bar & Grill restaurant, where youngsters have the chance to eat, spend some time with Santa, receive a gift, and take to the ice afterwards to skate...
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Brunch with SantaHead to National Ice Centre and have a brunch with Santa himself in the Encore Bar & Grill restaurant. 
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