Have you tried wheelchair Ice Skating?

It’s a magical and exciting feeling to slide across the ice with family and friends.  Many ice rinks around the country provide accessible facilities for you to take your wheelchair on the ice so you can join in on the fun.  Whether you have a manual or powered wheelchair, most facilities will allow access. It’s a great social activity to do over the Christmas period.  Check our top tips below:

•    Always check out your local facilities first before heading there.
•    As with most popular activities its recommended to book in advance.
•    Arrive in plenty of time so the venue can assist you if necessary
•    Make sure your wheelchair has a seat belt fitted.  Many venues will insist a seat belt is used when on the ice.  If you have concerns on safety, please check with your healthcare professional.
•    Make sure you read up on the ice rink rules as they will apply to everyone whilst on the ice
•    Most venues require you to bring a companion to accompany you.
•    Wear suitable clothing, especially if the ice rink is outside!

Most of all enjoy and have fun!

Here’s a selection of accessible UK Ice Skating Rinks:

Eden Project, Cornwall

Brighton, West Sussex

Swarvoski Ice Rink, Natural History Museum, London

Canary Wharf, London

Somerset House, London

Telford Ice Rink, Telford

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Newcastle upon Tyne

Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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