Coventry Cathedral Ruins to be transformed into outdoor ice rink

The open-air ruins of Coventry Cathedral are set to host an ice-skating rink from 27 November.

An iconic and historic Coventry landmark is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland for the first time, creating an outdoor festive ice-skating rink in the middle of Coventry.

The open-air ruins of Coventry Cathedral are set to host an ice skating rink this winter, dubbed Coventry Glides,.

From 27 November, Coventry Glides will welcome people daily, with socially-distanced skating sessions held from morning to evening.

The event is the first to be announced as part of the City of Culture winter programme for 2020, created in partnership by local organisations.

A number of Covid safety measures will be put, including timed slots for skaters, reduced capacity, mandatory facemasks and cleaning in between session. 

For those who wish to watch, but not take part, there will be limited, distanced seating in dedicated viewing areas.

Chenine Bhathena, from the Coventry City of Culture Trust, praised the “incredible setting” and expressed her hope that Coventry Glides will become a regular feature of the city’s Christmas calendar.

She continued: “Safety is our top priority and Coventry Glides has been planned in conjunction with some of the country’s best events specialists to make sure we follow all government advice and stick to the tier two restrictions.”

Trish Willetts, from the Coventry Business Improvement District, added: “To be able to offer an ice rink is exciting enough, but having it situated within the beautiful Cathedral Ruins makes it extra special.

“After a tough year, this will be a fantastic and safe way for families to come into the city and experience a little bit of festive magic!”

Tickets for the event are priced from £5 and go on sale on 13 November, sold directly at or by phone: 0344 581 4950.