Skate returns to Tunbridge Wells

Celebrating its tenth birthday, Skate is returning to Tunbridge Wells this year.

Tickets are one sale from today (Friday 18 September for Skate 2020) and Calverley Grounds will transformed into a magical festive destination.

Marking the start of the festive season the Assembly Hall Theatre’s real ice rink Skate will be open from Friday 13 November until Sunday 3 January, and to celebrate its tenth birthday the rink is offering a special birthday present of a free ticket for young skaters who also turned 10 this year (2020).

The rink is a Tunbridge Wells Borough Council facility and Cabinet member Councillor Jane March said: ‘The ice rink is coming. It’s fantastic to know that it’s still going ahead despite all the problems of 2020. A skating trip to Calverley Grounds is now a must-do for many of us during the Christmas period and I think this year, more than ever, it will be wonderful to do something that is reassuringly familiar but still safe and within government guidelines. Book your tickets now and don’t miss out on the fun.

How much are tickets? Ticket prices start from...

Child £8.00

Adult £12.00

Student £10.00

The rink is a GO! Card venue.

How do I book tickets?

Book online at, telephone bookings can be made by calling 01892 530613. On-the-day online tickets may be purchased at the rink subject to availability.

Are there parent and toddler sessions?

The skating experience will be very familiar to regular visitors. There will be parent and toddler sessions at 9.15am at weekends and, following its popularity last year, curling will be available during some of the evening sessions.

Characters on ice:

Skate have teamed up with Once Upon A Wish Events to host character sessions, full details are on the Skate Webiste

Snow Sisters

Session Times / 10am, 11am & 12pm November / 15th, 22nd & 29th December / 5th, 12th, 19th & 27th January / 3rd

COVID Information:

Some changes are being implemented to ensure everyone’s safety, and to maximise everyone’s enjoyment of their Skate 2020 visit. Reduced capacity on the rink will mean more room for skaters and more room for social distancing. To help with this, this year there will be just one large skating rink and no toddler rink.

The Assembly Hall Theatre, which manages the rink for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, is asking visitors and staff to wear a face covering and comply with NHS Track and Trace.  

Additional skates will be in stock to allow time for cleaning and sanitisation and there will be extra space in the skate changing area to enable social distancing. Enhanced cleaning, more toilets and sanitiser stations are included in the measures being applied.

This year the bar and café alongside the rink will be in a semi-open marquee to promote air flow and there will be increased outdoor seating.

Has Crowborough Families Visited?

Yes, we visited last year and it was a big hit with the 3yr old & 11yrd old. The bar, log cabins, festoon lights and decorations around the rink definitely got use in the mood for Christmas. It rained when we were there, but o be honest that definitely didn't spoil our experience. Last year the only toilets available were the public ones located at the entrance of Calverley Grounds, so a little walk away from the rink (especially with a toddler!). This year we will take the grandparents as there was seating and viewing areas that make it a nice experience for all (I was heavily pregnant last year, but still really enjoyed spectating) .

Obviously things are slightly different this year, but it sounds like they have everything covered.