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Glice Skating Rink

Get your skates on, Blackpool’s first ever outdoor skating rink, currently the UK's largest Glice rink, will make its sensational debut on the promenade in November.

The huge rink, spanning 40 metres in length, is the sparkling centrepiece of our Christmas By The Sea village. Standing in the shadow of the iconic Blackpool Tower, the synthetic rink is free to use for both residents and visitors and includes free skate hire.

The rink caters for all ages and skating levels, making it the perfect family-friendly activity this winter.  Each skating session will last 40 minutes with 10 minutes either side to change your skates. The Glice rink can accommodate up to 60 skaters per session and there will be a designated changing facility and skate aids available.

Prefer to watch on the side or take a break? Head to the cosy cabins next to the changing facility and warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate. There will be an exclusive area to sit down. Afterwards, explore the rest of the Christmas By The Sea family-friendly event, including a magical forest, Christmas cabins, simulated snowfalls, and Magical Express Tours.

Please see below table for opening hours and frequently asked questions. The last skating session is one hour before closing. All timings subject to change and are weather dependent.

Blackpool Promenade Skating Rink Schedule

Day Opening Hours Day Opening Hours
Friday 19 Nov 5pm-9pm Sunday 12 Dec 12pm-9pm
Saturday 20 Nov 12pm-9pm Monday 13 Dec Closed
Sunday 21 Nov 12pm-6pm Tuesday 14 Dec Closed
Monday 22 Nov Closed Wednesday 15 Dec Closed
Tuesday 23 Nov Closed Thursday 16 Dec* 5pm-9pm
Wednesday 24 Nov Closed Friday 17 Dec 12pm-9pm
Thursday 25 Nov* 5pm-8pm Saturday 18 Dec 12pm-9pm
Friday 26 Nov Closed due to weather Sunday 19 Dec 12pm-8pm
Saturday 27 Nov Closed due to weather Monday 20 Dec 12pm-8pm
Sunday 28 Nov Early afternoon -9pm Tuesday 21 Dec 12pm-8pm
Monday 29 Nov Closed Wednesday 22 Dec 12pm-8pm
Tuesday 30 Nov Closed Thursday 23 Dec 12pm-9pm
Wednesday 1 Dec Closed Christmas Eve 12pm-5pm
Thursday 2 Dec* 5pm-9pm Christmas Day Closed
Friday 3 Dec 5pm-9pm Boxing Day 12pm-8pm
Saturday 4 Dec 12pm-9pm Monday 27 Dec 12pm-8pm
Sunday 5 Dec 12pm-9pm Tuesday 28 Dec 12pm-8pm
Monday 6 Dec Closed Wednesday 29 Dec 5pm-8pm (change in opening due to weather)
Tuesday 7 Dec Closed Thursday 30 Dec 12pm-8pm
Wednesday 8 Dec Closed New Year's Eve 12pm-8pm
Thursday 9 Dec* 5pm-9pm New Year's Day 12pm-8pm
Friday 10 Dec 5pm-9pm Sunday 2 Jan 12pm-8pm
Saturday 11 Dec 12pm-9pm Monday 3 Jan 12pm-8pm

Please note: The cosy Christmas cabins on the Headland will not be open on dates marked with an asterisk (*)

Glice Skating in Blackpool FAQs

Christmas By The Sea is an outdoor event and will be subjected to frequent varying weather conditions. Patrons skate at their own risk and skaters under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted on the rink. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult over 16 over on the surface.

Do you provide skate hire? If so, is it free?

Yes, we provide free skate hire for both children and adults.

What skate sizes are available?

Skates range from a child size 8 to an adult size 12. To help you find the right size, let our friendly team know your shoe size and you will be given the correct sized skate for your foot. If it’s not the perfect size or you feel you would be best with a size smaller or larger, our team will happily switch them for you.

Can I bring my own skates?

We offer free skate hire and, therefore, we politely ask that you do not bring your own skates.

Can I book the day before to secure my session?

Advance bookings are not available. To secure a specific session time on the day, please collect a wristband from the hut when the rink is open. Please note that availability is limited, and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Can I use a skate aid?

Yes, skate aids are available for beginner skaters. These are limited on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance of your session.

How long do you get to skate?

Each  skating session is 40 minutes long and sessions run every hour, on the hour. If you have secured a wristband, we recommend heading to the rink at least 20 minutes before your chosen session time.

What should I wear to go skating?

Please remember that this skating rink is open-air. Even though there are wind shields to shelter patrons from the breezy seaside weather, we advise to wrap up warm and wear comfortable clothing suitable for cold weather at this time of year. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, why not wear your cosiest Christmas jumper? We also recommend bringing gloves.

Do you allow speed skates?

No, speed skates are not permitted on the rink.

When should I arrive?

You can pick up a wristband on the day from the hut at any time providing there is availability*. You can arrive up to one hour before a session. We recommend that you check the opening times and the weather before setting out for the rink. The rink will not operate in adverse weather.

*Please note: wristbands are limited, and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Can I get food and drink at the skating rink?

Food and drink is not permitted on the rink. We do have a selection of cosy Christmas cabins near the skating rink. After your session, warm up with a spicy mulled wine or indulge in some gooey cookie dough.

What shall I do when I arrive?

Simply head to the cabin attached to the rink and our friendly team will be happy to assist you.

Where can I leave my bags?

There is no manned cloakroom but there are storage facilities available at the rink. Skaters are responsible for their own belongings and VisitBlackpool is not liable for any missing items.

Can I take photographs? (Selfie sticks, large cameras, tripods)

You are welcome to take photographs for personal use on a mobile device. However, selfie sticks, large cameras and tripods will not be allowed on the rink due to safety reasons.

Are there toilets at the rink?

No, there are no toilets located at the rink. The nearest public toilets are on Victoria Street and on the Lower Promenade between the Tourist Information Centre and North Pier.

I’m a wheelchair user. Can I access the rink?

Yes, wheelchair users are welcome to access the skating rink.

* Some elements of Christmas By The Sea are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.