Ice Bowl Activities

Information on Public Skating, Ice Disco, Family Impaired Session and general skating guidelines.

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Public Skating

Skating is one of the most interactive and fun sports around. No matter your age or ability everyone can get their skates on and enjoy our pubic skating sessions.

Not just for the winter time, skating is available at the Ice Bowl all year round daily during our lunch time, evening and weekend sessions.

Don't worry if you don't have skates we have a large stock to cater for all your hire needs.

For the young ones starting out as Axel once did we have a range of Penguin skating aids. We have a new stock of penguin aids that have waddled in for the new season. Penguins can be hired from reception on arrival to help your little Axel progress with a little help from our North Pole friends

Ice Disco

The Ice Disco session has the latest chart music courtesy of our very own resident DJ, disco lights and lasers!

This session is open to people of all ages and abilities. Children under the age of 8yrs must be accompanied by an adult. 

Our resident DJ's will provide all the latest chart tunes while you skate. 

Family Impaired session

The pilot impaired skating session developed in conjunction with impaired skating organization is being launched at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

This is a family session where all members of the family are invited to join us on the ice, for a safe control environment to experience the ice and be introduced to skating, ice hockey and curling. This session is open to all, including the able bodied too.

Skating Guidelines

If you want to follow in the blades of those on Dancing on Ice or have a burning (or should that be freezing?) desire to take to the ice for fun, then our top 10 tips for ice skating beginners should be just the ticket to have you skating confidently in no time, rather than skating like Bambi on ice.

  • Don't look down when skating - It's amazing how many people starting out in skating spend all their time looking at their feet rather than in the direction they are going. Instead, keep your head up and look in front of you so at least you can see who or what you are about to collide with!­­­
  • Get some good skates - If you're stepping out for the first time, then hire skates available at most centres will be fine. But if you get the skating bug and decide to take it up, buy a decent pair of skates that will last and most importantly, fit well and provide good support.
  • Tie skates the correct way - The right skates for you will not be the correct ones if they are tied incorrectly. Make sure your skates are not too tight or your feet will likely go numb, while having your skates too loose will not provide the proper support for your ankles.
  • Warm up for skating slowly - Give that skating takes place generally in a cold arena, then your muscles are initially going to be cold. Prior to skating, it's not really wise to just throw your leg over a barrier and start stretching. Stretching in a cold environment can lead to muscle tears, so wrap up well (but not as to restrict your movement) and start with some bend and work up to stretching.
  • Get some skating lessons - If you really want to master the basics, then taking some lessons is an absolute must. Take a few group lessons which are available at most rinks and for a variety of ages. Also take a friend along, as learning with someone will help you relax on the ice.
  • Don't lean backwards when skating - Leaning back will likely send you flying on your backside or worse. The best advice is to keep your knees bent and your weight forward. Hold your arms out in front of you and open them wide to help you stay balanced.
  • There's no stopping you! - Naturally, one of the basics you'll need to know is how to stop. To stop, bend your knees, turn the toes of each foot inwards, point your heels out, and push out on your heels. This will slow you down and bring you to a stop. Now that's a relief!
  • Skate in the correct direction - While initially the direction you are skating may not be of your choosing, there is usually a directional rule to follow on the ice, either clockwise or vice-versa. Don't try skating the wrong way round the ice rink as you'll end up hurting others and quite possibly yourself.
  • Don't take skating too seriously - When you fall down (and be sure you will), have a laugh about it and get right back up on your skates again. Don't take yourself or your skating too seriously, after all, even the best end up on their backside from time to time. It's even funnier if you do it in style!
  • So there you have it, some useful ice skating tips to get you started. Remember that proper instruction is important, especially if you are wanting to make the step up to more advanced skating used in figure skating, ice hockey or speed skating. But if you are skating purely for fun, then make sure you actually have fun on the ice, and if the worst comes to the worst, make sure you have a good friend to hang onto

Related Information

Contact Details


Dumfries Ice Bowl

King Street

Tel: 01387 251300
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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