Monster invasion expected at Manchester’s supersized outdoor ice rink this Halloween

As monsters take over Manchester again this Halloween, Cathedral Gardens is preparing to play host to an invasion of ice-skating spooks on its biggest ever outdoor ice rink.

Between 22 and 31 October, Scare Skate will see Halloween fans and fear-loving families take to the ice. The spooktacular rink will be complete with Halloween-themed music and lighting, whilst a band of ghoulish skating monsters will join skaters on the ice every hour! With fancy dress encouraged, the brand-new event will bring frightfully good fun to half term festivities.

The magic of the Cathedral Gardens ice rink will be turned on its head for its Halloween-themed opening week. Skating by starlight under the cover of the rink’s roof, the enchanting arena will take on a spooky and supersized edge, meaning you can skate in any weather and enjoy the atmosphere.

This year’s venue will be nearly double the size of previous years which means more space for skating, more fun and even more memories made.

Rob Derry, ice director at Arena, which coordinates the event, says: “There’s a real buzz around Halloween in Manchester. The city is a major destination for anyone looking to get into the spooky spirit thanks to Monsters in the City, an amazing spectacle that brings larger than life fun and fear. Scare Skate offers something brand new: an exciting, active, and creative activity, in a breath-taking setting, that brings chills and thrills for families, friends and colleagues looking to celebrate the season. We’re hoping to see as many people in fancy dress as possible.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops to provide a bigger rink for our customers so they can enjoy more room to skate. The ice rink will be nearly double the size of previous years so there will also be more room to pull off showstopping moves … or stumble towards a barrier for balance! We think this will be our best year yet.”

Tickets for Scare Skate are available now, with prices starting at £13 for adults and £11 for children, with discounted family and season tickets also available.

From 1 November to 3 January, except for Christmas Day, Skate Manchester will be open daily. After Halloween, the rink will take on the magic of Christmas, providing the perfect activity for festive get-togethers. For more information and to book tickets, visit


Skate Manchester is open from Friday 22nd October 2021 from 15:00 to Sunday 31st October until 21:00 with the last skating session at 20:00.

For Christmas, it will be Monday 1st November until Monday 3rd January 2022. Closed Christmas Day. Rink opens daily from 1st November from 10:00 to 21:00, with the last skating session at 20:00. For more information visit


Address: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3BG.


Adults from £13, children (aged between 3 and 12 years old) from £11, family ticket from £41 (based on two adults and two children, or one adult and three children).