The SkateLondon festival is the place to watch some stunning skating technique (see video above), this annual event takes place in the summer and includes battle slalom, classic style slalom, speed slalom, a jump competition, slides competition and other events plus some non-competitors events and lessons. Transport and accommodation information available on site.
These are not organised packages but there is nothing stopping you from joining in some of the European (and US) day-tours, skate nights and events, usually city based and often around weekends. Just add some city break accommodation and a flight or ferry crossing and you have your own DIY skate holiday: • LONDON:LFNS (London Friday Night Skate) runs 10-15 mile street skates every Friday and 'The Sunday Stroll', a similar event every Sunday afternoon. Get a feel for the event from the video below. To make a full weekend of it there is also the ESS (The Easy Saturday Skate) in Battersea Park every Saturday morning.
• PARIS:Pari Roller the most well known of the night skating tours, free and open to any experienced skater, these run on Friday nights, starting at 10:00 pm for a 3-hour skate through the city on a different route of about 30 km each week. See video below:
• GERMANY:TNS (Tuesday Night Skating Frankfurt), as the name suggests, runs tours of 30-35 km from Frankfurt, every Tuesday evening (March–Oct), going out in all weather conditions!
• NETHERLANDS:Skate Fun covers numerous regular Dutch skate events in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Haarlem, including, at certain times of the year, some special interest tours like a flower tour, a ferry tour crossing numerous waterways or a special Christmas skate [site is in Dutch]. • USA:WNS is the Wednesday Night Skate in New York; TRIC (Three Rivers Inline Club) holds multiple weekly skates in Pittsburgh, each targeted at skaters of different abilities, and the Los Angeles Friday Night Skate is a group street skate with music.
Skate trips to Paris and Berlin, joining the famous friday night Pari Roller in Paris or the skate marathon in Berlin. These trips also allow plenty of time for shopping, cultural visits and general sightseeing. [NB Dutch language site.]
| rollerblading/inline & roller skating | France | Germany |
Offering skating trips and tours to a range of destinations that include Mallorca, Cuba, a Passau to Vienna tour, Le Mans Grand Prix circuit, Florida and California in the US and Luxor in Egypt. [NB German language site.]
| rollerblading/inline & roller skating | Cuba | Spain | Austria | France | USA | Egypt |
Whether you are an experienced inline skater or have never had inline skates on your feet, Zephyr Inline Skate Tours have an active skating vacation just for you. They have skate tours in eleven U.S. and European locations. And Skate Tours for all ability levels and interest ranges, including those of you who have never yet tried the sport, plus multi sport tours for people who also like to bike or hike.
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The Travel-Quest rollerblading/inline & roller skating category lists holidays, vacations, tours, weekend and short break packages for rollerblade, inline and roller skaters, offering trips to skate abroad on recognised touring routes, or participate in road skating events, both night and day-time events. Also training camps and courses to learn to skate or skate dance.
Skate London 2011 Official Edit, YouTube user: milestudor
London Friday Night Skate, filmed by Davide Baj, YouTube user: Skatesparks
Team Rollerblade at the Paris Friday Night Skate, YouTube user: AuthenticRollerblade