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Coventry Glides

Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, COVENTRY, West Midlands, CV1 5FB

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Coventry Glides – an ice rink in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral – will go ahead under Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions, in line with national regulations.
It means that, up until the possible revision of the Tier system on 16 December, the event will now only admit audiences from Coventry, Warwickshire, and Solihull. People from outside of these areas who have already booked tickets for dates before 16 December will be contacted for a full refund.
The Coventry City of Culture Trust will continue to review government restrictions throughout the duration of the event and will adjust these measures accordingly.
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are glad that Coventry Glides can go ahead, and have been working with our partners across the city and Public Health to make sure the event is safe for audiences and staff.
“Of course, the adjustments we’ve made will mean some people can no longer participate at this time, but we’re continuing to monitor the situation and will review our approach in advance of the next announcement from government on 16 December.”



Coventry Glides – a magical ice rink in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral – is still planned to go ahead but will now open in December after the Government’s national lockdown announcement.

The ice-skating rink is being created in partnership with Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), Coventry Cathedral and with support from Coventry City Council.

Scheduled opening has now been moved to Friday 4 December, with the ice rink remaining open for an additional week, until 10 January 2021. Tickets, priced from £5, will go on sale on Friday 13 November and will be available to purchase from coventry2021.co.uk.

The rink has been planned with Covid safety measures in mind, including timed slots for skaters, reduced skater capacity, mandatory facemasks for all skaters – except for those who are exempt – and cleaning in between skating session.

A spokesperson from Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “We had a great reaction to the announcement of Coventry Glides, and it is clear it will be a popular outdoor attraction.

“Last weekend’s announcement means that we have had to amend our plans. We currently plan to open on 4 December after lockdown is lifted, but we will keep monitoring Government advice and will communicate any changes should they occur.

“Our visitors’ safety is our number one priority and we have measures in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun. We will continue to review these, alongside latest government advice, in the build-up to the ice rink’s opening.”

Visit coventry2021.co.uk/Coventry-Glides to find out more.


An iconic Coventry landmark is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland for the first time, creating one of the most spectacular festive ice-skating rinks in the UK.

The magical new ice rink will see people in Coventry come together safely and have some winter fun when ‘Coventry Glides’ is launched at the Coventry Cathedral Ruins from 27 November to 3 January.

The ice-skating rink, which is the first event to be announced as part of Coventry City of Culture Trust’s winter programme for 2020, has been created in partnership with Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), Coventry Cathedral and with support from Coventry City Council

It will be open daily (excluding Christmas Day), with socially-distanced skating sessions held from morning to evening.

A number of Covid safety measures will be put in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun, including timed slots for skaters, reduced skater capacity, mandatory facemasks for all skaters – except for those who are exempt – and cleaning in between skating session.

Tickets will be priced from £5 and will go on sale on Friday 13 November. Tickets will be available to purchase from coventry2021.co.uk.

Chenine Bhathena, of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We encourage the people of Coventry to have some fun this Winter. Coventry Glides is of the first of a few fantastic events we have planned between now and the end of the year.

“The Coventry Cathedral Ruins is an incredible setting which will provide a spectacular venue for the ice rink. We are so delighted to be delivering the first ever ice rink in the Cathedral Ruins and hope that this can become a regular feature of the city’s Christmas offer.

“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, and our full our winter programme has been put together with advice from Public Health and Coventry City Council. It’s important that we find ways to come together in this new landscape.

“I hope that Coventry Glides will give people a very special festive experience. We look forward to announcing further events from our winter programme in the coming weeks.”

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “It has been, and continues to be, a tough year for us all and it is wonderful to see something fun and exciting that has been arranged to be Covid-compliant in the city centre for the next few months.

“The Cathedral Ruins is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and I’m sure this unique offer will prove popular with people of all ages.”

Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director, added: “We are thrilled to be working alongside our great friends at the Coventry City of Culture Trust to bring some joy in to our city this festive season with Coventry Glides. 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!”
 

Visit coventry2021.co.uk/Coventry-Glides to find out more.

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4 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

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