Once you’ve got to grips with the basics of roller skating, you can attend one of the many events at your local rinks and further afield.

Roller skating events can be based around music, competition, fitness, and more.

So whatever your goals with roller skating, you should be able to find an event or two that suits you. Get yourself some roller skates for beginners, scope out some roller skating places near you, and then learn how to roller skate. Once you’ve done all that, you can take a look at some of these roller skating UK events and maybe even go on a roller-skating date!

You might also consider hiring a private roller skating tutor through the Superprof website since this will help you fast track your progress so you can enjoy these events.

In this guide, we’re going to take a look at all kinds of roller skating events you can get involved in, from disco sessions to fitness classes and everything in between. There’s something for everyone, whether you have aggressive skates, jam skates, or something else.

We’ll cover the UK and events you might find at your local rink, and then we’ll look at some of the biggest global roller skating events and answer the question ‘is rolling skating in the Olympics?’

But first, we’ll address the burning question in your mind: ‘where can I skate?’

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What Local Events Are There?

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What could be better than skating around while a DJ spins the decks? Source: Unsplash

The easiest way to find out what roller skating events may be on near you is to head to your local rink.

The rink is more than just a place to practice your technique and hang out with your roller skating friends, it’s also usually a hub for skating events.

These events vary from rink to rink, but here are some of the more popular events you’ll likely come across:

Roller Disco

The roller disco is one of the most common roller skating events, which usually takes place in rinks on a weekly basis.

The disco, which also goes by other names, is like a party event in which you skate until you drop while the tunes are blaring.

As you might imagine, the music can vary wildly, and can be based on themes too.

You might come across an 80s night at one rink and a pop music party at another, so keep your eyes peeled at your local rink for your favorite music.

There’s typically a one-off fee for these events, between £5-10, and the length of the event can be anywhere from an hour to several hours.

Age-based Skates

Another common event put on by rinks is an age-based skating session.

This can either be an all-inclusive event that invites people of all ages to try out the sport, or it could be specifically for adults or specifically for children.

These are great events to attend if you’re looking to mingle with others your age and meet like-minded people.

Fitness Classes

Another popular event in the roller skating world is the fitness class.

Usually, this wouldn’t take place at the rink, but at a sports or leisure centre that accommodates roller skating.

In fitness-based roller skating events you will have expert coaching and an enjoyable workout you can do with your best roller skates on.

If you’re interested in a fun way to spice up your cardio training, this could be just what you’re looking for.

There’s also the added benefit of meeting other roller skaters and getting more comfortable on your skates. A fitness class could even spark a new interest for you within the sport such as jam skating which is all about letting your hair down and throwing some shapes.

Skate Park Events 

If you’re fortunate enough to live near an organised skate park, you might find that they put on events every now and again.

For example, some indoor skate parks will put on  skate events in which you show up late in the evening and have until 12am or later to skate to your heart’s content.

In the UK

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London has its fair share of skating spots, and is host to an annual roller skating marathon. Source: Unsplash

If you’re based in the UK, then there are several larger roller skating events to add to your calendar as well as some well-known locations.

Roller Nation Night Club

The first event we want to introduce you to isn’t an event, but a venue that offers many events throughout the year.

The Roller Nation night club is a top venue for roller skating that’s available for hire, and puts on a lot of special events and club nights.

Based in London, the night club has everything from soul skate sessions to boogie Fridays and family jam for kids.

There’s even a roller diner at the venue where you can head for a drink, a bite to eat, and enjoy music from a live DJ.

Skate Marathon

The annual London Skaters Marathon takes place in London in summer - this year it was on the 26th June.

The goal of the event is to bring people together, cement London’s status as one of the top cities for skaters, and attract young people to the sport.

The marathon is also for a good cause, raising funds for various charities.

SantaSkate

If you’re wondering about seasonal roller skating events, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a SantaSkate that takes place at Christmas time every year.

The SantaSkate is as crazy as you might imagine, with Santa suits galore and plenty of festive cheer on the streets of the capital.

The skate tours some of the tourist hotspots around London, with breaks for mince pies and pub grub along the way.

Around the World

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The Lemans event has roller skaters race around a track like this for 24 hours straight. Source: Unsplash

If you’re feeling adventurous, and you’ve learned the ropes of roller skating, then why not head overseas to one of the many top skating events?

Even if you aren’t a pro yet, you can go and enjoy some of these epic events as a spectator.

Here are some of the best skating events in Europe and beyond:

Skate Love Barcelona

For a skating event just a few hours from the UK, why not hop on a flight to experience the Skate Love festival in Barcelona?

Yes, that’s right, there’s a whole music festival dedicated to skating in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

What can you expect to find at Skate Love?

Skate Love is touted as a ‘unique international music festival on wheels’, so if you enjoy music and skating, then you’re bound to enjoy it.

This year the festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary from 16th-19th September if you want to check it out.

Lemans 24 hour Skate

The Lemans 24 hour skate is exactly what it sounds like: 24 hours of skating around a race track.

This event-based in France is now considered to be one of, if not the, biggest European skating event and has participants from more than 22 countries.

Each team represents a country and has between 1-12 participants.

Needless to say, this isn’t an event that anyone can show up for and participate in, but what you can do is book a ticket and go as a spectator to this unique event.

The next Lemans 24 hour skate will take place in June 2022.

Inline Speed Skating World Championships

Colombia is the next destination for the annual Inline Speed Skating World Championships.

While unfortunately the event was delayed, it should now go ahead from September 4th to September 11th.

This large event features participants from more than 50 countries and has a variety of sprint heats and finals in a tournament setting.

Right now, this is as close to an Olympic event as there is in the world of roller skating.

Is Roller Skating at the Olympics?

This year five new sports were added to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. They were karate, 3x3 basketball, climbing, skateboarding, and surfing.

So no roller skating just yet.

However, the inclusion of skateboarding is promising as it shows that there is a demand for skate-based events in the Olympics.

If we were to see roller skating in the Olympics, it would most likely be one of the more enjoyable types of skating to watch such as jam skating or roller dance.

The finesse required to perform at the top level of these roller skating disciplines is comparable to other sports currently at the Olympics such as rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming. Plus, jam skating can be entertaining to watch which should make it a big draw should it become a televised event.

These types of dance-based skating have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in the past year or so, primarily due to the COVID 19 pandemic which caused a lot of people to seek new activities and practise diligently.

Tik Tok is another reason for the popularity of these types of skating, since short videos are ideal for showing off some of the more complex technical moves in the sport.

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Sam is an English teaching assistant and freelance writer based in southern Spain. He enjoys exploring new places and cultures, and picking up languages along the way.