Solihull Ice Rink Birmingham Review with pictures (Register free on our site to post your response)

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Skate Hire: Visually good looking pair of hire skates. Later to find that they’re either too tight or too loose with no middle ground due to the type of strapping system and also the build of the skates. Also they were quite painful due to the materials used inside the boot, no padding just plastic.

Transport links : The bus stop is a 5minute walk down the road and the rail way station is 1.5 miles away (about 30minute walk) Olton Railway Station

Time limit: Good time limit. (No time limit) however because of this the rink gets extremely busy with no room to manoeuvre (if you skate at peak times).

Food and drink: Lots of Vending Machines: You will never run out of cold drinks to keep you warm!!

Cafe: Well kept and clean kitchen from what I could see. Staff kept on top of keeping the seating area clean for people to sit down and eat. However menu options were limited.. Chips and burgers, No thought put into the design of cafe.

  • Ice skates shop on site, small with a few inexpensive pairs of skates (good for your first pair) most sizes kept on site ready to be sharpened and used (or try)

Having most of their skates (that our for sale) on site is very important as you need to try them on before buying, you can also get your feet measured before buying. Test try them on and walk around for a better feel.

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  • A few simple ice hockey sticks, helmets and gloves. (figure skates also)

This store has a lot of equimpent which is suprising for its size.

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  • Lot of free parking, with disabled access

there is also a smaller car park along the side entrance or drive way in.

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  • Lockers £1.50 small ! (big enough for a small shoulder bag or a few pairs of shoes)

Good storage for valuables:

modern lockers

lockers are user name and password set, so you dont have a sharp key in your pockey while skating around.

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  • Skate Sharpening £4 per pair (please have the young gentleman sharpen them, as the older gentleman has no idea what he is doing) for more information on skate sharpening, please refer to the “Skate sharpening basics guide” I have posted.

Skate sharpening is important as different hollows (depth of sharpen) affect your skating in different ways. please see full tutorial on skate sharpening for more information

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  • The rink size & condition: small, extremely uneven surface due to not enough time given to the people resurfacing, not their fault. Problems like these begin when a business stops caring about the customers, only focusing on cash flow. A lot of people use this ice rink out of convenience (distance from home & cheap entrance prices and might not know there are better ice rinks out there.

would be ideal if the ice rink gave the resurfacing more time, but its rushed to get more people on the ice (cash cow)

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Resurfacing

resurfacing during public session (about half way through)

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  • Building condition: entrance is neat and clean, chairs around the ice rink our fairly decent, toilets are again fairly decent (slight smell)

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  • Surroundings: Tired/Run down .Not brilliant.

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“Skating Instructors/ officials: Waste of space. This is defined as;

1. A person devoid of any redeeming characteristics. 2. Someone who consumes valuable resources without contributing anything to society/business. (A bum. A drain on the economy/company). 3. (Having all the qualities of the previous.)

Why I said/say the instructors/officials are a waste of space. There are general rules or common sense for skating. Don’t skate against the direction of all the other skaters on the Ice. Don’t kick Ice at people. Don’t cut infront of them. I saw this from all of the officials who were on the Ice at the time. The kicking of Ice I mentioned was when one of the officials was skating backwards against the flow of the skaters cut infront of a man causing him to fall over and also without looking and came to an abrupt stop. Causing Ice to fly into a childs face.

The official(s) was/were completely oblivious. Generally this is what I saw from all. Apart from one a young instructor, who was quite helpful to the families and children on the Ice who picking them up or helping them if they fell over.

Officials don’t keep any type of order/discipline. As bad or worse than a teenage Kevin on the ice.”

(From Kjhargre Birmingham)

Price:

Off peak

Admission £4.90
Child with skate hire £6.70 (Under 16)
Adult with skate hire £6.90
Family with skate hire £20.70
(2 parents/2 children OR 1 parent/3 children), Not available Friday or Saturday evening disco sessions)

Peak

(Fri & Sat Evening Disco Sessions, Weekends & School Holidays)

Admission £6.50
Child with skate hire £8.20 (Under 16)
Adult with skate hire £8.40
Family with skate hire £25.00
(2 parents/2 children OR 1 parent/3 children, Not available Friday or Saturday evening disco sessions)

Crowd: Generally teenagers and young families learning. I didn’t like the fact there was a couple of gangs congregate outside and around the ice rink playing music on their phones while smoking. (bad for young families and parents to put up with)

(I went on an off peak session Wednesday October 20th 2010) Generally my experience was ok, I found the staff working in the main office and skate shop to be very friendly and informative on all the questions I asked. As for the skate sharpening, there were 2 staff that sharpened skates, an older gentleman and a much young gentleman, the older gentleman was very rude and blunt and didn’t seem to know anything about sharpening as he could only do 1 type of sharpen, while the young gentleman knew exactly what he was talking about, he was very friendly, informative and polite with an extensive knowledge on hockey, skates and blades. The staff who work on the ice (skating marshals) I found them to be very rude and unhelpful, the only time they would do something was to either get someone off the ice after falling (as that is their job) unwilling to talk to or give advice to anyone, their prime goal was to kick people off the ice for breaking rules that had not been explained to new customers, “I was kicked off the ice for cutting a corner to sharply and leaving a groove in the ice, I’ve been to over 14 UK ice rinks and I’ve never had this before! I would understand if someone was removed off the ice for digging a hole in the ice, as someone could trip over it, but for turning too sharply? that was defiantly a first”

My review has not been written with prejudice, I am simply review the overall experience and facilities at Solihull ice rink Birmingham. I feel it’s important to point out that not all the staff there are unhelpful and rude, just unfortunately the ones I encountered, as I said earlier on in the review, the young gentleman that resurfaces the ice and sharpens skates was the most helpful person in the entire building.

more pictures

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Entrance

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Entrance again

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  • Box office (where you pay)

and line up

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  • main doors to ice rink

and exit

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How to get to Solihull rink

Solihull Ice Rink Birmingham

Blue Ice Plaza
Hobs Moat Road, Solihull B92 8JN

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Published on Nov 05, 2010 by Chris