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Skate expectations as Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square


Thousands of people across Leeds will be getting their skates on this winter now one of the city’s coolest attractions has returned to Millennium Square.

The hugely popular Ice Cube has been giving visitors a chance to whizz around the ice under a bigger, specially covered outdoor rink complete with new transparent marquee style roof.

Radio Aire will be providing the official soundtrack to this year’s event courtesy of Ice Cube Radio with weekly special events, presenter appearances and on-air competitions.

Returning for its second year, the new penguin club on Saturday and Sunday mornings will mean children can take their first steps on to the ice in a fun and safe environment with the assistance of the popular penguin skating aids.

There is also a dedicated accessible session every Thursday morning at 10am which is suitable for wheelchair users and other disabled persons.

In addition to the ice rink, the Ice Cube will also be hosting a wide range of winter themed family rides and attractions including the Radio Aire Ice Slide, the brand new Airmax and the adrenalin fuelled Ice Jet.

There will also be a selection of other family rides for children of all ages including the North Pole Fun House, Ice Bungees, Ice Palace, Ice Dragon Coaster and more. Tasty treats and hot and cold snacks will also be readily available for all visitors in The new ‘Skate Escape Café’ by the people behind The Mussel Pot & Grill.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families said:

“There’s always a huge sense of anticipation around Ice Cube returning and it’s fantastic to welcome such a popular event back to the city centre once again for what will be its 19th winter in a row.

“We’re extremely lucky to have such a unique space at the heart of Leeds where we can host an exciting and varied programme of events which brings children and families together year after year.”

Radio Aire Breakfast presenter Ant Arthur added: “January has felt so long we can’t wait to pick up the pace at the Ice Cube Leeds.

“We are so proud to be part of this event, Radio Aire has been broadcasting to Leeds for 35 years and only by having great partners like Leeds City Council can we continue to be the only station dedicated to everything Leeds has to offer. We’ve got loads of competitions to win Ice Skating tickets up for grabs plus a trip for two to Iceland! Tune in to find out how to enter throughout February.”

Ice Cube will be on Millennium Square until February 24. Admission tickets for all public ice skating sessions are on sale now and are priced at (including booking fees) £8.50 adults, £7.50 for LEEDSCard and LEEDSCard extra holders and £7 for children under 13 and BreezeCard holders.

Tickets are available to purchase online, by telephone on 0113 376 0318 or in person from either the City Centre Box Office in Leeds Town Hall or from the onsite ticket office from Friday onwards. For full booking details including prices, session times together with further information for all other attractions can be found at