Take on the snowball challenge as Ice Cube returns to Leeds

Caption: Taking to the ice in Millennium Square ahead of the opening of the Ice Cube are Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie (sitting) flanked left to right by Capital FM Breakfast Show presenters Danny Oakes, Simon Hirst and JoJo.

The Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square in Leeds this week with even more exciting new additions for visitors to enjoy.

A year after the popular Capital FM Snow Slide and Glacier Run simulator were successfully introduced for the first time, another two new elements have been added to the winter attraction in Leeds city centre which opens on Friday (25 January).

The new Snowball Adventure will challenge any thrillseekers aged four and over to complete a giant inflatable obstacle course inside a giant snowball. The second new element for this year is the Ice Dragon Coaster – a themed rollercoaster ride for children aged four and above.

The new attractions will join the family-focused outdoor real ice rink with an adjoining nursery rink ideal for younger children at the Ice Cube which is organised by Leeds City Council with support from media partners Capital FM and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Bookings now available to be made online for all public skating sessions at www.leeds.gov.uk/iceube or via the advanced booking line powered by Quaytickets by calling 0843 208 1841. The ticket office will also be open from 11.30am on Friday morning for onsite sales but people are encouraged to book tickets as soon as possible to guarantee skating at their preferred time.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“We are very much looking forward to the return of the Ice Cube to Millennium Square. We have added more new attractions for people to try this year, and I’m sure people will be queuing up again especially to have a go on the snow slide as it proved really popular last year, so we cannot wait for Friday.”

As an added bonus to celebrate the opening night of the Ice Cube, Capital FM Breakfast Show presenter Danny Oakes will be performing a live DJ set from Millennium Square to accompany the 6.15pm and 7:30pm skating sessions.

Capital FM Breakfast Show presenter Danny Oakes said:

"We are all thrilled to be involved with the Ice Cube and of course the Capital FM Snow Slide, I would recommend it for anyone seeking a little adrenaline rush to perk them up this winter. I can't wait to get things started this Friday at the evening sessions.”

Back for a second year, the Capital FM Snow Slide offers the adrenaline-rush of a 40-metre dry slope tubing slide, while other attractions on offer include the Glacier Run Experience simulator plus the Dolomites Cafe run by Casa Mia.

A limited number of ice skating lessons at the Ice Cube are also still available. Open to people all levels and all ages from beginners to more advanced skaters, the four-week Skate UK tuition programme run by National Ice Skating Association (NISA) qualified skating professionals is priced at £58 per person and will run every Saturday and Sunday morning as well as Wednesday evenings. A limited number of individual one-to-one lessons are also available.

To book lessons call the City Centre Box office on 0113 224 3801 which is open Monday - Saturday between 10am and 6pm, or for further details visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube. Ice Cube runs in Millennium Square until Sunday 24 February.


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,

Leeds City Council press office,

Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk