Our team of qualified instructors are on hand to teach you how to skate safely and correctly, learn new moves and make new friends. We offer a comprehensive range of courses to suit all ages.

Our courses

£60 for 1 week

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your child during the school holidays, why not try one of our week long courses for beginners? Hosted by qualified coaches, children aged 5 to 15 years old can enjoy a half hour lesson from 10.30 – 11.00 Monday to Friday during one week; plus they’ll be able to stay on and skate for free on the subsequent public session each day.

£70–98 for 5-7 weeks

These comprehensive courses run during term time and follow the national ‘Learn to Skate’ programme by Skate UK. Each level takes an average of 6 weeks to complete, starting with beginner and ending with level 10. You only commit to one level/6 week course at a time. For some children completing the beginner level may be enough, others may want to keep returning throughout the year to progress through the programme.

For those young skaters who want to progress beyond level 10 we have the Academy courses on Saturday which allow them to move up through the Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels.

£70–98 for 5-7 weeks

Skate UK courses are also available for those aged 16 years and over. These comprehensive courses follow the National ‘Learn to Skate’ programme by Skate UK. Each level takes an average of 6 weeks to complete, starting with beginner and ending withlevel 10. You only commit to one level/6 week course at a time. For some completing the beginner level may be enough, others may want to keep returning throughout the year to progress through the programme.  

For those who want to progress beyond level 10 we have the final stages of Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels.

3 years+
Thursday 12.30-13.30 (term time)
£8.50 per class

You will be taught by our experienced and enthusiastic coaches who make skating easy, safe and ultimately lots of fun for you both. The session takes place in a coned-off area of the rink which encourages younger skaters to gain confidence. It’s an ideal taster for toddlers, providing a good introduction to the basics of the sport with no levels or assessments.

Please note our smallest skates are size 7. Please ensure this is suitable for your child before booking. The class starts at 13:00 with half an hour free skating time prior to this.

16 years+
Wednesday 10.30 – 13.30 (term time)
£9.50 per class

Perfect for beginners and those looking to brush up on their skills, it’s a great way to make new friends or just exercise in a unique way. The class includes a group tuition session followed by a coffee in the Ice Café – included with your ticket! The class runs between 10.30 and 11:00 with free time to skate afterwards.

From £10 per 15 minutes

We can also offer one-to-one skating lessons with our self-employed coaches. Click here to find out more.

£7 per session

Fancy a bit of extra ice time for your advanced training sessions? Using ‘Patch’ is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills during the free ice time when we’re not running public skating sessions. Please note that only skaters who are having lessons with one of our qualified coaches are able to use patch ice. Patch is not available to book online, please download PDF timetable for the relevant times.

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Meet the coaches

Natalie Wright

Natalie is a level 3 qualified coach and has over 20 years coaching experience.  She has also performed and toured all over the world with the show “Holiday on Ice” and has coordinated seminars with world and Olympic coaches for skaters and coaches from all over the UK to learn. Natalie teaches skaters from grass root level to national championship level.

Kelly Jo White


Kelly, a Senior Coach NCCP Level 2, is one of our original coaches working at Alexandra Palace since we opened in 1990. Kelly was the youngest coach at 17 years old to obtain the British Ice Teachers Association Qualification, and possesses a solid background of experience. With the belief that hard work is the correct approach to achieving pupil’s desired goals, Kelly wants ice skating to be a fun and rewarding sport for her pupils variety of ages and standards.

Astraea Stacey


Astraea is a level 2 NISA coach with 17 years coaching experience. She has competed internationally in Syncro skating and gained many British titles in this discipline. Astraea especially enjoys working with beginners and school groups.

Becky Smith


Becky, a NISA Level 2 Coach with a diploma in choreography and expression, began coaching in 2006. She is a motivated and determined character with ambition for success, teaching all ages and abilities. Becky, who is also our creative director at the ice rink loves to get involved in extra ice rink activities such as organising skating galas and directing our annual Christmas show. She also attends regular seminars and workshops with top coaches around the world to improve her coaching skills, and believes working hard but having fun is the best approach to teaching this sport.

Michele Langley


Michele is a Gold Free Figure Skating Coach (Performance NVQ Level 2) and has over 35 years’ experience and a passion for skating. Trained in the UK and Switzerland, she has competed at both national and international senior level. A fun, patient and dedicated skating coach that enjoys teaching all levels from complete beginners to senior competitive free skaters. Michele believes that you are never too young, too old or too scared to learn this sport.

Karen Quinn


Karen, a NCCP Level 3 coach, specialises in figure ice dance & choreography. A former British Professional Ice Dance Champion, World Professional Silver Medalist, and International and European Championship competitor. Karen was also a principal dancer in Holiday on Ice for 4 years and choreographed the Robbie Williams ‘She’s the One’ music video. Teaching all standards & ages, she wants to share her 37 years of enjoyment from this sport.

Nikki Lord


Nikki, a Gold Standard Free Skater NISA Level 2, has been skating for over 30 years and has always had a passion for the skating. She has successfully competed in various competitions and tests, as well as taking part in promotions and adverts for skating on ice and plastic ice. Nikki coaches all ages and abilities.

Gary Jones


Gary is a qualified NISA Level 4 Coach. He has trained World, European, and International Championship competitors and has achieved International medalists in both Free and Dance.

John Hamer


John, qualified to NISA Level 2, joined our team in January 2011, and is our only full time male coach. Still performing regularly, 3 time British Senior Men’s Champion and European and World competitor, he is now focused on sharing his skills with others of all levels. International medalist, John has been a very successful skater.

Heather Green


Heather holds a Master Coaching Certificate in Canada and a Level IV Coaching Certificate in the UK which includes Free, Dance, Pairs and Synchro. With over 20 years’ experience, she trained 4 time Canadian Ice Dance Champions Barry and Louise Soper to a 9th place finish in the World Championships, as well as Tracy Wilson to Canadian Junior Ice Dance Champion who later went on to 3rd place in the Olympics with Rob McCall.

Shirelle Kyle


Shirelle, a NISA registered NCCP Level 3 Coach, has been coaching for over 20 years. She has achieved an impressive international and national competitive record, also showing very impressive NISA test results. A great passion for ice skating on a social and competitive level, Shirelle enjoys teaching skaters of all ages and ability, encouraging all her pupils to achieve their goals and dreams.

Rosie Van Someren


Rosie qualified as an ice skating coach seven years ago at the age of 18 and has taken pupils to national level competition. She teaches anyone who wants to benefit from her input, age four upwards. Rosie has a particular interest and experience in teaching children with special needs.

Important Information

When you register for an Alexandra Palace course you will receive a course entry card and a record of achievement booklet.

  1. Please bring your coloured course membership card with you to EVERY lesson to show that you are on a course. Please keep this safe as we cannot replace it if you lose it. If you do misplace it you will need to report early to reception so we can check you off the register, which does take longer.
  2. Please arrive 15 minutes before your lesson starts as it is very important to be on time for your lesson.
  3. On your first lesson of a new course please have your achievement booklet with you. Please ensure your name is printed on the front. If you do not have an achievement booklet and you have already passed levels we may have to re-assess you and this must be done before the class starts. A replacement achievement card costs £1. You also need to bring your record of achievement booklet with you to your last lesson as you will have an assessment and test.
  1. Skates should fit snugly, not slip up and down when you walk.
  2. Please lace skates firmly though not too tight and use all the hooks. Skates usually feel uncomfortable if you are not used to them.
  3. Blades should be sharp to the touch, if in doubt ask the skate hire staff.
  4. Clothing should be warm, preferably layers. Gloves are a good idea but no hats or scarves please.
  1. We take 15 skaters to 1 coach. If classes exceed this which is not often, we add an assistant to compensate.
  2. 5 minutes before your class starts please wait off the ice at the first entrance on the right hand side of the rink as you come in. Week day courses use a third of the ice, Saturday and adults use the whole ice.
  3. If the skater is reluctant to go on the ice please do not force them on, let them sit and watch a while. They may want to join in a little later.
  4. When the classes are taking place could parents/guardians please sit in the stands or café and not stand near the barrier. If you have any questions or queries please direct them to the course coordinator who will be available at the beginning or end of each class.
  5. Photography or filming is not permitted during lessons.
  1. Children on the weekday courses can get on the ice at 4pm and stay on the ice until 5.30pm. Saturday course users can skate on the Saturday public session from 11.30am-13.30pm. Parents/guardians may watch for free but must pay if they wish to skate. You may pay early by showing the course card.
  2. Skaters on the Wednesday Adult course get a special discount of £5 per skater on any term time session. All you need to do is show your course card at Reception.
  3. You will be able to book for next term once you have had your test at the end of the current course. You will need to have your record of achievement booklet to hand. Due to a high volume of course users we strongly recommend booking your next course as soon as possible, on the day bookings cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Courses are non-refundable of transferable. Unfortunately we cannot compensate for any lessons missed unless it is the fault of the Ice Rink.
  5. If course numbers are not sufficient Alexandra Palace reserve the right to cancel courses, or skating levels may be amalgamated at any time.

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