Shock at 66 per cent ice skating price rise at Doncaster Dome

Concerns have been raised after the price of family ice skating at the Doncaster Dome rose by more than a half this week.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 3:42 pm

One shocked father told how he booked a skating session with his daughter this week, only to discover the price had risen by 66 per cent.

Mike Habron told the Free Press he and his daughter had skated at the Dome for a number of years and have eagerly awaited getting back on the ice after the most recent lockdown.

He said: “I booked a session last Saturday, May 28. The cost was as the price from prior to lockdown at £7.20 for both of us to skate using our own skates.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The Ice Caps re-open at The Dome. Picture: NDFP-01-06-21-TheDome 9-NMSY

“I have just booked to skate this week and the price has risen to £12 for both of us to skate – I can not believe this price rise.”

“At a time when the government is advocating all to exercise more, the Dome, a leisure trust, see fit to have such a massive price hike, which will make ice skating unaffordable for people of Doncaster and surrounding towns to do on a regular basis.”

Bosses at the trust which runs the Dome confirmed they had raised the prices for skating for the first time in five years, and said the move was due to increased running costs at the venue, at Bawtry Road.

Kraig Kelly, head of leisure at Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “Ice skating prices have not increased at The Dome for the last five years, however, our running costs have risen over this period and continue to do so which means we have had to review our pricing structure.

“Despite this recent increase, our prices remain in line or below other ice-skating rinks including those in Sheffield, Leeds and Nottingham so our skating offer remains value for money for the people of Doncaster.

“We know how popular skating is and we will continue to introduce promotions on our tickets to make it as accessible as possible to all. We would encourage skaters to keep an eye out for these throughout the year.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.