I'm from North Belfast, so when I was young, and we had to get TWO buses across town to go ice skating, it felt like a real adventure (little amuses the innocent and all that...)
I wasn't particularly good at ice skating, but I never broke any bones, so I didn't totally suck either!
Anyway, the point is, Dundonald Ice Bowl was a great place to spend an afternoon. It was relatively cheap, it was indoors and most importantly, it was really good fun!
I feel a sense of loyalty to Indiana Land at the Ice Bowl. It was one of if not the first indoor play area in Belfast and has been kind of left behind now as bright shiny new ones spring up everywhere around the city.
Indiana Land is a little bit dated nowadays and has an odour all of its own but because there are new play areas elsewhere, you can often have the place to yourself or find that there are just a few other children there.
There is loads of space to run about and 4 good big slides all in a row so that kids can go down at the same time. There are also rope swings and bridges as it was originally themed around Indiana Jones. There is also a 'freefall' for over 6's which to my over anxious eye looks like a death trap. However it is only open when a member of staff can supervise it which is safety conscious.
There is no cafe but there are a few vending machines and a slush puppie machine and you can bring in your own food and drinks, whatever you like within reason.
There is a seperate toddlers area with big squashy things to fall over and throw at each other and the staff are diligent about keeping older kids out of that area.
Entry is £4.85 which is on the steep side given the age of the place but is evened out by the fact that you can bring your own budget conscious goodies from Asda!
My girlfriend dragged me to this place for what has been my second only time. The first time I was five and I was with youth club so a review from 16 years ago probably wouldn't be good enough. However my second time was really really good. Though the Ice Bowl is located well out of Belfast, and getting to it was only in a loud, packed bus, when we got there we felt like we should spend as long there as possible. I'm not quite Torvil or Dean and after what was a pretty disaster-filled routine with double-expletives and unneccessary flailling of arms, I finished with a gasp and a well-earned bag of chips. We got there when it was quite quiet but there was a few "expert" skaters who shot past me trying to knock me over I believe. I didn't fall once but it is quite off putting when people shoot past you putting you off your polished routine.
I also had a little girl aiming to teach me how to skate (she was only about 4 but was in full costume), but after five minutes of intense training, she give up saying it wasn't working.
Perhaps I won't ever make it to the Winter Olympics but Dundonald is a great day out, complete with Bowling, an assault course and play area, you are bound to find something you are good at.
I wish I was young again.
A friend and I wanted to go see a 3D film in the cinema in Dundonald but we got the times wrong and so we were far too early, instead of going home i suggested we go for a skate first.
The ice bowl was only a short distance away and so we drove there. It was a Saturday at about 8pm and we really struggled to find a parking space. The place was heaving.
We parked up and walked to the complex on the way we passed copious amounts of teenagers drinking. At this point we kind of realized that the place was going to be full of youngsters and we, in our late 20's, were going to look out of place.
Anyway got inside and went into the ice rink. The music was unbelievable with a live DJ pumping out chart hits - there was strobe, flashing and colored lights and at this point I wished I was 15 again - what a place to go as a teenager - awesome.
£6.50 to hire some skates until the end of the season (6.30pm to 10pm) I decided to have a go but my friend chickened out. The sea of young folk ebbed and flowed like a stream of bodies around the outside of the rink with everyone keeping the momentum going - it was cool and I felt like I was in a movie with the lights and the music and the screams and the shouts. I decided I was ready to try a move. Turns out I wasn't - I was on the rink about 15mins before I fell over trying to do a Torvell and Deane movement.
We left and went to the cinema - a much safer environment for two old folk.
I recommend a nice evening out skating if you are a family or a young person - weekends are madness though!
The Ice Bowl is a great day out if you live locally. It is the local ice rink where you can don a pair of skates and skate round and round the rink (one way only, and that's all you'll be doing - you don't have the option to skate all about the rink due to health and safety.) and afterwards have a snack in the cafe to re-energize. Indiana Land is also within this centre, which is great fun for kids (or big kids they take after-formal bookings!)
The Bowling alley is also very popular for birthdays and events and is usually quite packed, so booking for this, as well as all the other activities available in this centre would be recommended.
All in all, this is a great activity centre for people of all ages.
Having taken groups of pupils here, term-in, term-out, I sometimes feel like I live in this place! It has quite a few things on offer, Urban Assault, Indiana Land indoor play area, outdoor Mini-Golf, Ten Pin Bowling, and of course, the Ice Rink itself.
It's not the most welcoming looking place on the outside, and hasn't changed since it was built, so it's a kind of a sad 1970s-esque block. But inside there is lots to do for kids and teenagers. The bowling is good fun for all ages, and reasonable in price for a game, and when you go on the ice-rink you can stay on for an unlimited amount of time, which the kids seem to really like.
The only thing I would say about it is that it is a bit drab and sad to be honest, and the toilets are not pleasant in the ice-rink section, with the bowling alley facilities being slightly cleaner and smelling better! There is plenty of parking, and its well sign posted. (The Ice Bowl, I mean, not the toilets!)
All in all, it's not a pretty picture, but it doesn't have to be as its great for a day out with the kids on a rainy day.
This is the place where I learnt that I was never going to be an ice hockey player. I have never been more terrified the first time I went out onto the ice in a public session and was overtaken by what seemed like every kid under ten there. However, I can see the advantages of this place if you want to keep some kids occupied for a few hours. Prices are £6.50 for adults all week and £3.90 for kids on weekdays and £6 at weekends. They also do discounted deals for groups of a certain size, so might be a good idea for birthdays.
Not only do you have a skating rink, but you also have a little burger bar and a bowling alley, and if the kids are young enough, they can enjoy the multicolored foam covered excitement that is Indianaland.
Dundonald Ice bowl is where I spent a lot of my time as a kid. Skating was one of the few things I was better at than most so I made sure I was there as much as possible. I trained with the hockey team up here and the standard of training was fantastic. It was very cheap, and each coach made sure that all levels of skill were catered for. On the regular skating days, its quite cheap to go to and if you don't have your own skates, the hire facility is only a £1 more to the standard price. The good thing about this is that there's no time limit on how long you can spend on the ice. A great place to go for a fun day out and to make yourself look foolish being outskated by 7year olds!
iam extremely surprised that the ice bowl hasint been reviewed allready! I usually visit the ice skating ring at least 4 times a year and the quality of the entire establishment is truly spectacular from the amazing cafe to the more than accomodating bowling alley and all this at a more than affordable price. Seriously if you live near dundonald and want a fun day out for the family during the summer i truly cant think of a better place than the ice bowl (well disney land maybe)
Terrible, terrible place. Disgusting food and a complete chav hangout.
This review is based purely on the bowling alley as I am not a skater nor do I fancy running about an indoor playground. Decent enough place to knock down a few pins. Any bowling alley I've been to feels a bit dated and this place is no exception. Most importantly though the lanes are good plenty of balls and I've never had a pair of warm sweaty shoes
This is fab place to go for a day out. Fun for all the family with ice skating, bowling, crazy golf, indiana land, kids clubs everything you could really hope for and can have snack at the cafe after. It is a little prcey but there isnt anywhere else that has all this in one place so it is worth it. great for birthday partys and youth clubs if a ad pricey. well worth going to if you want to amuse the kids ideal for summer holiday treat!
Brilliant place to go at the weekend or for a fun night out! I love the mini golf & the prices are quite reasonable! They also have a brilliant Ice-Bowl! Makes your legs ache afterwards but good fun! Friendly helpful staff & you can organise group events here for partys or birthdays. The food is quite plain & processed but would still recommend for a day out.
a good place for a family with kids under about 10, but do not even consider going near it on a friday or saturday night, all the local 12 year olds come down and ice skate, then the get drunk and all sorts under the bridge outside it and leave thier rubbish in my garden so go at any other time, or better yet go to battlefieldsports, its in the same building, and a good bit more fun in my humble above 10 but below 18 year old opinion :P also worth noting they run a scheme for kids on a saturday morning that is apparently quite good
dundonald is a really good day out be it with your partner or as a family day out. i think my partner and i paid £5 or £6 each which i thought was really cheap. the skates they give me were a bit tight and i asked could i have a different pair in the same size and they said no problem. the staff was really friendly, and there are a few vending machines about the ice rink if you feel like a nibble between skating sessions. i went during the day so it wasnt that busy but there were quite a few teenagers about but they were really well behaved and were not being a nusiance. thought it was a really good place.
What do you wish to do today or tonight eh? well you can go bowling here long lanes and if you cant hit a pin get the sides put up bowling is always a great ice breaker and competion feiice esp if you have two teams playing . if you fancey something a bit more energetic why not try playing dancing on ice in the ice rink i cant do this for love nor money so watch rather than try to break any limbs getting on the ice like family and friends . for little kids there is an idoor adventure play area called indiana land grwat foer the little ones to liet of tgere steam. for any buddying comandos why not try laser quest . we like to do this at leat once a year as its to far away but its easy found just follow the signs from forestside thats what we do and hopefully you wont get lost unless your my hubby who can lost in a crisp packet.
I only give Dundonald Ice Bowl two stars because I have been here a few times and not been impressed at all. Personally I have nothing against chavs but there are groups of them here who are intent on causing trouble. The ice rink is full of them at times. It is good fun on the ice rink if there are no youths causing trouble. The food here is terrible. I wouldn't even call it food. There is a fun centre called Indiana Land here that the kids love. Huge ball pits, swinging ropes and nets and slides. It keeps them entertained for a few hours. There is also a laser type shooting arena here too. This is great fun with your mates, you shoot each other with laser guns while wearing a sensor bodyvest. The prices are pretty cheap.
The ice rink is not expensive and great fun even if you have a terrible sense of balance like me. The bowling is good, and indianaland is great for kids parties. If it wasn't for the awful food, really terrible, and the yobs and chavs who take over the place at times, I'd give it 5 stars.
Don't try to book using the phone number stated on qype as it is attached to a fax Grrrrrr, tried then to phone the first of 2 numbers on the icebowl website and both are attached to answering machine Grrrrrrr only trying to book ice skating for kids birthday - so annoyed now!!
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