As well as the regular summer street skates LondonSkate promotes or supports other special skating events during the year. As well as those listed below there are many other events planned for this year. Check in regularly for news.
The annual SantaSkate is the biggest street skate of the year and the best festive fun. Becoming almost globally famous, each year the event attracts between 300-500 skating Santas, reindeer, elves and snowmen on a two hour jingle round Christmas London.
First run in 2003 with a handful of LondonSkate Marshals as a bit of fun the event ballooned over the following years attracting skaters from all over England as well as Europe.
Run by the LondonSkate with help from our friends at the London Friday Night Skate the event is not only the best street skate of the year but raises much needed funds for London’s free Street Skating scene.
Look out for details of this year’s event, the date of which will be announced towards the end of the Summer.
Details at SantaSkate.com
Organised by our friends of the LFNS, the Easter Skating Eggstravaganza Weekend is now in its third year running and we are looking forward to again giving our support. London skaters will kick off the summer season on Friday 10th April with the Long Good Friday Night Skate leaving Wellington Arch at 7pm followed by 3 more days of FREE events, including lessons, an Egg and Spoon Race and demonstrations of freestyle skating and slalom.
Don’t forget the famous fancy dress Bunny Stroll on Easter Sunday and keep an eye out for those Easter Chicks leading the skate!
You may think we are bonkers but yes, lots of us now take part in some of the skating marathons that take place in the UK and abroad. The most popular being the Goodwood marathon, which raises money for the NSPCC and is well worth the effort! For 2009 this fun event will be held on 9th August, expect a lot of fancy dress too. Some of us also take part in the London Inline Marathon (LIM) to be held on Sunday May 31st and a whole crowd will also be going along to Berlin for their skating Marathon on Saturday September 19th 2009 which last year saw 8000 skaters participate with a HUGE party afterwards and is not to be missed.
One of the silliest things you may ever do on skates, a 24hr relay race in teams of up to ten which this year happens on the 27th and 28th June. Up to 500 teams take part and just like the car race you start by running across the tracks and putting on your skates before sprinting off. Previous years has seen many of the LondonSkate crew take part as, amongst other teams; Team Guinness, Team SKunt, and Le Slackers This year we will be taking part as the LondonSkate Marshals Team, and we can’t wait!
To join in the madness check out: www.24rollers.com/
This year will see the return of the successful SkateLondon weekend which will be held on the 15th and 16th August 2009. There will be a load of free and fun activities on wheels for all ages bringing together all types of skating. So keep your eyes out for updates here and on other skate-related websites.
Organised independently, the annual Halloween skate sees a horde of spooky skaters take to the streets for a howl of a costumed street skate. Witches, werewolves, ghouls and ghosts galore the event is always a scream. LondonSkate brings the Bassfreight and our pals The Thumper Crew join the party to play a spine tingling mix of spook-tastic tunes. Usually run on the closest Friday or Sunday evening to Halloween the skate is Marshalled at an intermediate pace.
Check out www.halloweenskate.com in the autumn for details.
A weekend of skating events organised by the Eastbourne Skate Association and running in conjunction with the Eastborne Extreme Sports festival. The event has skating activities for all levels and ages including streetskates, competitions, roller disco and skate instruction. The festival has been run for many years now and is a great weekend for all ages. LondonSkate though not directly involved strongly supports this event and will be on the coast in force for a good time this year.
More details at www.eastbourneskaters.co.uk
LondonSkate supports the LFNS as they represent and promote London Skaters at the annual Thames Festival Parade. We last participated in 2008 which saw a giant Chinese style dragon on skates and a truly mobile roller disco. Keep an eye out for details of what may happen at this year’s parade.