Slough Ice Rink (Slough Ice Arena)

Slough Ice Rink (Slough Ice Arena) is west of the town centre, just a few minutes from junction 6 of the M4. It is an older rink but was refurbished around four years ago.

The rink is now home to a number of ice hockey teams, including Bees IHC of the NIHL National League. It is just one of 41 ice rinks in the UK that are home to competitive ice hockey teams.

Information For Slough Ice Rink

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Slough Ice Arena

Slough Ice Rink Parking

Slough Ice Rink has plenty of free parking. If the main car park fills up, an overflow car park is available on game nights.

Bees IHC Ice Hockey Team

Bees IHC is an ice hockey team playing in the UK’s NIHL National league.

The NIHL National is a semi-professional league with eleven teams, ten based in England and one in Scotland. This league is the second highest in the UK, with only the EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) playing at a higher level.

NIHL National Teams

Bees Ice Hockey ClubRaiders Ice Hockey Club
Bristol PitbullsSheffield Steeldogs
Hull SeahawksSolway Sharks
Leeds KnightsSwindon Wildcats
Milton Keynes LightningTelford Tigers
Peterborough Phantoms

Usually, the Basingstoke Bison would play in this league, but the team has pulled out of the 2023-2024 season due to rink refurbishments.

The season runs from September to March/April, and the teams will play two (sometimes three) games a week, one home and one away. The most common days for games are Saturday and Sunday, but the team will play some on Fridays or mid-week.

These games include those played in the league and for the Autumn Cup. Most of the cup games are played early in the season.

The league season typically finishes in early April with a playoff weekend where the top 4 teams fight for the league championship.

Bees IHC Ice Hockey Team Contacts

Bees Ice Hockey ClubContacts & Social Media
FacebookTSI World Bees Ice Hockey Club
You TubeTSI World Bees Match Night Live!

Slough Jets Ice Hockey Team

Slough Jets is an ice hockey team playing in the UK’s NIHL 1 South (Britton) division. The team is based at Slough Ice Arena.

The amateur NIHL 1 league is the third-highest in the UK, behind the EIHL and NIHL National leagues. Eight teams compete in the southern division (see below), and nine teams in the northern division.

NIHL 1 South (Britton) Teams

Chelmsford ChieftainsRomford Buccaneers
Invicta DynamosSlough Jets
Milton Keynes ThunderSolent Devils
Oxford City StarsStreatham IHC

The teams charge for entry to games, generally £5-£10 for a non-concessionary adult and reduced rates for children and OAPs.

NIHL 1 South teams compete for the regular season, playoff and national titles, as well as the Britton Cup. The regular season runs from September to late March, and the season concludes in mid-April with a final between the northern and southern playoff champions.

How Cold Is Slough Ice Rink?

If you haven’t been to a hockey game before, you need to know that ice rinks are cold places (not a surprise!). And the closer you are to the ice, the colder you will be. Also, hockey rinks in the UK aren’t heated, so temperatures in the arena drop in line with outside temperatures.

For those with some experience of UK rinks, we would rank Slough Ice Rink as colder than average.

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Slough Ice Rink Temperature

Slough Ice Rink Seating & Away Fan Blocks

Bees IHC tickets give you assigned seating or standing; the away fan’s blocks at Slough Ice Arena are block G and half of block H.

Note that blocks G and F both have sections where the views are restricted, but the Bees website identifies these areas very clearly when you select your tickets.

8 Best Ice Rink Activities To Do At Slough Ice Rink

Watching an ice hockey game is just one of many things to do at Slough Ice Rink. There is a wide range of ice rink activities on offer, including:

  • Public ice skating sessions
  • Ice skating lessons
  • Ice hockey lessons
  • Join a recreational ice hockey team.
  • Join a women’s ice hockey team.
  • Ice dancing or figure skating
  • Ice skating birthday parties
  • Try an ice disco with music, a DJ and disco lights.