Ice Cube back to wow crowds on Millennium Square

Caption: (L-R) -Cllr Lucinda Yeadon and Capital FM drivetime presenter Adam O'Neill are looking forward to the opening of the Ice Cube on Millennium Square.

The ever-popular Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square in Leeds this Friday, offering people of all ages and abilities the chance to experience the magic of outdoor ice skating and other thrill attractions, or just the chance to get active and healthy in the New Year.

Organised by Leeds City Council with support from media partners Capital FM and the Yorkshire Evening Post and now in its 14th year, the centrepiece of the Ice Cube is a 500 square metre family-focused ice rink with adjoining nursery rink for children aged 8 years and under. Popular ‘penguin’ skating aids will also be available to help youngsters on the nursery rink with their first steps onto the ice.

All skate sessions are based upon one hour skating and includes skate hire. Tickets are priced at £7.50 adults, £5.50 children (12yrs and under) with discounts available for those persons with a valid LEEDSCard or BreezeCard.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day from the event ticket office although anyone wishing to attend are advised to get them early to guarantee their preferred skating session and avoid disappointment. Advanced bookings are now available for all public skating sessions online at www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube or via the advanced booking line powered by Quaytickets by calling 0843 208 1841.

Besides general public skating, the Ice Cube also offers a ‘first steps to skating’ tuition programme for Leeds schools and a weekly dedicated accessible session every Thursday morning between 9am to 10am for wheelchair users and the disabled.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

"A trip to the Ice Cube at Millennium Square is always a fantastic experience and this year promises to be one of the best yet.

"There really is something for everyone to enjoy, and I am delighted that we are able to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to experience the thrill of ice skating. This includes offering tuition programmes for our city schools and accessible skating sessions for those persons with a disability."

Visitors to the Ice Cube will also be able to enjoy other winter-themed attractions including the Capital FM Snowslide – a 40m dry slope snow-tubing slide, the Snowball Adventure – a giant inflatable obstacle course inside a giant snowball, and the Ice Dragon Coaster – a themed roller coaster ride for children. Tasty treats and hot and cold snacks will also be available for all visitors in the Dolomites Café by Casa Mia. Whilst skating at the Ice Cube, visitors will also be able to listen to the latest chart topping music provided by Capital FM via the rinks’ very own in-house radio station – Capital Ice Radio.

Alex Jungius, programme controller, Capital FM said:

"The Ice Rink is one of our biggest annual partnerships and we are very excited at Capital to be involved again for a third year running.

"It’s great to be part of such a vibrant and fun Ice Rink and Snowslide right in the heart of the city centre, and we can’t wait for the event to start."

The ice rink and all of its attractions will be open daily from 12pm to 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8.30pm Saturdays, Sundays and School Holidays (closes at 7pm on Sundays).

Notes to editors:

For full skating details including prices and skating session times together with further information for all other attractions can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube

The Ice Cube will be open from Friday January 24-Sunday 23 February 2014.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk