Leeds skating rink returns

Visitors will soon be able to enjoy the coolest thing in town - in the shape of the country's largest temporary outdoor skating rink.

The Ice Cube will be returning to Leeds's Millennium Square on Saturday, January 15 and is expected to attract up to 70,000 visitors before the 1,200 sq m attraction closes on March 6.

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It is the eleventh year running that Leeds has hosted the Ice Cube

which is organised by Leeds City Council with support from the Yorkshire Evening Post and 96.3 Radio Aire.

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Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Coun Adam Ogilvie said: "It is great to see this hugely popular attraction returning to Leeds and gliding around Millennium Square is a fantastic and unique experience.

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"For anyone unsteady on their feet our skating lessons with qualified coaches will have you looking like an expert in no time.

"The Ice Cube is fun for all ages and it's fantastic to see friends and families alike enjoying themselves."

Places are being offered on the six-week Skate UK programme for beginners on the ice and improvers and can be booked at the City Centre box office at The Carriageworks on 0113 224 3801.

Coaching sessions will take place from 9 to 9.45am every Saturday and Sunday morning from January 22 and 23 and those who take part will be able to stay on the ice from 10am to noon for free to further perfect what they have just learned.

Skaters can develop at their own pace working up the 10 levels of basic skills on the course and will be presented with an approved certificate by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) at the end of the final session.

Tickets cost 69 per person for the whole course, and bookings close on Friday, January 22.

For further details and full terms and conditions visit www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube. For further information on Skate UK visit www.iceskating.org.uk.

Advance general bookings, family tickets and individual skating lessons are also available from the City Centre box office.