FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?

Our season runs from October to April.  The rink is open for bookings seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.  Booking is essential so we can have the right number of coaches available for your visit.

 
 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Most curlers wear some type of track suit over some warm under-clothing (thermal?). You can get quite hot when playing in a competitive game with lots of sweeping needed.  On the other hand, it's chilly if you are standing around (e.g. during coaching) so it's a good idea to go on to the ice wearing a lined anorak or fleece which can be discarded when you warm up.   When you start playing in regular teams it's usual to wear some form of team colours. 

 
 

CAN CHILDREN PLAY?

Certainly. It is very popular with youngsters in all the curling playing countries and is on the school sports curriculum in Scotland, Canada and elsewhere. We run a junior coaching session on Tuesdays at 6pm for 11 to 18 year olds.   We do not cater for parties for children under the age of 12.

 
 

WHERE IS FENTON'S RINK?

The rink is at Dundale Farm, Tunbridge Wells in West Kent, 20 minutes drive from junction 5 of the M25 on the A21. It is about 40 minutes drive from Gatwick and one hour from Heathrow. Click here for map (link to Multimap.co.uk)

 
 

WHAT FACILITIES ARE AT THE RINK?

Ice Hall
The hall has three curling lanes, each lane being used by eight players for a normal game (2 teams of 4), giving a total capacity of 24 people per session of 2 hours.

Club Lounge with Bar
Overlooking the ice hall, relax with a drink in the lounge whilst watching games in progress.

Catering
We can cater for up to 60 people, either sit-down or buffet style - for details and prices, please visit www.thecompletelunch.co.uk.

 
 

HOW POPULAR IS LADIES' CURLING?

It is very popular in all curling countries. There is a huge number of ladies' leagues, ladies' clubs and, of course, the Olympic gold medal was won in 2002 by Britain in the Ladies' competition. Ladies' teams often compete on an equal footing with men in open competitions and, of course, mixed teams are very popular in social curling.

 
 

IS THERE AN ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION?

Yes, and it has been held here at the rink several times. The current English Men's team is based at the Rink - as is the Ladies' junior side.

 
 

WHAT ABOUT WHEELCHAIR CURLING?

A recent innovation has been the development of curling adapted for the handicapped. If you are unable to deliver the stone normally you can use a pole to push the stone down the ice. This enables those in wheelchairs and with other forms of disabilities to enjoy curling. We welcome wheelchair curlers.

 
 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO HAVE A DECENT GAME?

It's not like golf or tennis.   You can enjoy playing right from the start.   Of course, it's best to play with others who have some experience - but everyone soon gets the hang of it.   Skill takes rather longer - the best players play almost every day.  The services of an instructor are included in our charges and we usually get people started playing a game after about 20 minutes' coaching.

 
 

WILL I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STAY UPRIGHT ON THE ICE? I AM HOPELESS AT SKATING!

Curling does NOT involve wearing skates!!  You wear special special shoes which we provide.

Curling ice is not wet or greasy on the surface - so you shouldn't find it difficult to keep your balance.   When you are not playing a shot, your shoes have rubber soles to grip the ice.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dundale Farm, Dundale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9AQ.
01892 826004 • info@curlinginkent.co.ukwww.curlinginkent.co.uk