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New roller skating rink ‘in the sky’ to open in Manchester this summer

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 6th May 2022

It appears roller skating rinks are like buses – you wait years for one, then two come along at once.

Details of a new roller skating rink at Depot Mayfield have been released, spanning a whopping 8,000 sq ft alongside Escape to Freight Island.

Good Life Skates will be inspired by skating scenes around the globe, from underground Berlin to the sidewalks of Brooklyn and LA.

The new concept will open this June as part of the massive Depot Mayfield development, just beside Manchester Piccadilly.

Credit: Escape to Freight Island

It will take over the mezzanine level, giving skaters a bird’s-eye view of the huge street food and entertainment venue – and they’ll be able to order food directly from the traders below.


The drinks menu will centre around alcohol-free cocktails suitable for all ages , though any drink can be topped up with your chosen spirit for a ‘playful concept perfect for drinkers and non-drinkers alike’.

The Good Life Skates experience will be geared towards skaters of all abilities, from accomplished athletes to wobbly beginners.

Good Life Skates will open this summer. Credit: Supplied

It will also be available for exclusive hire, including a self-contained room next to the roller-skating rink for kids’ parties and group days out.

Passionate skaters will be able to take home their own Good Life Skates clothing, from hoodies to t-shirts to bucket hats.

It joins another roller skating rink set to open just days before – Paradise Skate World will be an ‘intergalactic’ experience at the Great Northern Warehouse, from some of the team behind Junkyard Golf.


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The Good Life Skates pre-sale will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 10 May to those who sign up at goodlifeskates.com. A general sale will be available on Wednesday 11 May from 10am.

Tickets are priced from £8.50 for off-peak hours and £10 for peak hours, which include a 50-minute session per ticket per person, with reduced price for double sessions booked together.

Good Life Skates opening hours, from Wednesday 1 June, are Wednesday and Thursday (from 4pm to 11pm), Friday (from 4pm to 1am), Saturday (from 10am to 1am) and Sunday (from 10am to 8pm).

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