puLL ON your skates and wrap up warm – the Ice Cube opens for business again in Leeds from Friday. (Jan 25)
The annual winter sports-themed attraction will be in place at Millennium Square in the city centre until Sunday, February 24.
And Ice Cube organisers at Leeds City Council say this year’s stay is shaping up to be the best yet.
The attraction will, of course, feature its normal main outdoor skating rink as well as an adjoining nursery rink aimed at younger children.
This year also sees the return of Capital FM’s 40-metre-long snow slide, which proved a big hit when it was introduced in 2012.
Another returning favourite is the Glacier Run simulator ride, which like the snow slide made its bow 12 months ago.
New to the attraction this year, meanwhile, are a Snowball Adventure obstacle course and an Ice Dragon rollercoaster, both suitable for children aged four or over.
Taking place for the 13th time, the Ice Cube is being supported by the Yorkshire Evening Post and Capital FM.
Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure, Coun 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.”
To help Friday’s opening day go with a bang, Capital FM breakfast show presenter Danny Oakes will be performing live DJ sets in Millennium Square during the 6.15pm and 7.30pm skating sessions.
Danny told the YEP: “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 at the evening sessions.”
Initial opening times for all parts of the attraction are 11.30am to 8.30pm Mondays to Wednesdays, 11.30am to 9.30pm Thursdays and Fridays, 9.30am to 9.30pm Saturdays and 9.30am to 7pm Sundays.
They will, however, open each day from 9.30am between February 15 and 24.
Skating sessions can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
For further information, visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube web page.