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.

Coventry Glides can be enjoyed at the Coventry Cathedral Ruins from 27 November to 3 January.

The 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 in place to ensure guests can stay safe and still have fun. 

Tickets will be priced from £5, go on sale on Friday 13 November, and will be available to purchase from

Commenting, Chenine Bhathena of Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “Coventry Glides is 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're 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. Our full 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.”

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