25th Jun, 2022

Coventry Glides a universal hit with skaters from across the globe

THOUSANDS glided through the festive season as the Coventry UK City of Culture ice rink proved to be a universal hit.

Skaters from across the world joined people from the city in enjoying Coventry Glides, the magical, festive rink – a partnership between Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry City Council, with support from Coventry Business Improvement District.

More than 25,000 people booked tickets to take to the ice in the beautiful surroundings of Coventry Cathedral.

Coventry Glides also welcomed celebrity skaters including Hamish Gaman from Dancing on Ice.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Coventry Glides was another opportunity to put the city on the map, with national TV and press coverage showing off Coventry and our iconic Cathedral Ruins at their festive best.”

The rink proved to be a hit with people of all ages, including 463 tickets that were issued to local schools, while 2,349 ‘penguins’ – which support beginners on the ice – were hired during the period.

Coun Abdul Salam Khan, Cabinet Member for Events, Coventry City Council, said: “It was really pleasing to see thousands of people take to the ice as part of the winter festivities and it certainly added a feelgood factor to those visiting and enjoying the city centre.”

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