Price from: 45 € /PP
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Riga curling hall where the game will begin. If you are new to this sport, there will be an experienced instructor who will present you with the necessary know-how. Also, we will provide you with the equipment that you need for this game. You will not only learn the rules but also practice under the guidance of the instructor. The instructions and practice can take up to 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the group). Because of that, we advise booking 1.5 hours or 2 hours on the ice. Once everyone has got through the instructions and practice, the curling in Riga competition can begin.
Please bring some clean sports shoes and clothing in which you feel comfortable. Most of the time, you will be standing on the ice, please dress warmly. The Riga curling hall has a bar and café to take care of your pre and post-match needs. After this activity, you will be taken back either to your hotel or the old town of Riga.
Curling hall usually gets open at the end of August or the beginning of September and stays open until the middle of May. The curling is available 7 days a week and most days the hall is open from 9 am until 10 pm. Since this is the only curling hall in the Baltic States, all teams of Latvia and Lithuania do training there. Lithuania Curling association also holds training camps for their athletes in the Riga curling hall. The hall also hosts the Latvian Championship for Women, Men and Mixed teams. The crew of Riga curling also invites everyone to curling training. Every week there is a practice for adults and a separate one for youth.
Curling is a unique game and we believe that it can be great fun for anyone. The curling instructor will teach you the basics and once you understand how to slide stones and sweep the surface of the ice in front of the stone, you will see how challenging the game is.
Most Riga curling reservations are done by groups of friends. Although curling originated in Scotland back in the 16th century, we have many Stag Do groups from Scotland, England and Wales to which a journey to Riga has given them the possibility to try this game for the first time in their lives. The best scenario for a curling game is either 8 or 10 people, thus they play 4 on 4 or 5 on 5. The curling hall has two rectangular lines, so up to 20 people can play at a time. A good thing is that both lines are close to each other so you will be able to see how the other group is doing and chat with them any time.
The curling game is a popular activity for work colleagues in Riga and lately, we start to get also reservations from Scandinavian companies which are visiting Riga to do some business and are looking for some team-building possibilities. The curling hall has a cafeteria, so the food can be prepared by them or it can be ordered from any other restaurant in Riga. Additionally, you can rent a meeting room with a projector. There is also a possibility to arrange a professional photographer to capture the best moments of your game.
Families with teenagers have found the curling game as one of the options to spend time in a fun and active way. A minimum number to play a game is 4 people, thus it is great for families with 4 or more people or if 2 families are travelling together.
The answer mostly depends on how many people you are with. If you are a group of 4-6 people, then 1.5 hours of curling will be enough as it will take about 20 minutes for practice and the rest of the time you will divide into 2 teams and compete to see which team is better.
If you are a group of 7 - 10 people we suggest taking 2 hours rent of curling line as it will take approx. 30-40 minutes to learn the basics of curling and practice. The rest of the time you divide into 2 teams and play either 4 on 4 or 5 on 5.
Usually, we say – to wear something you feel comfortable in and keep in mind that it will be chilly inside the Riga curling hall. You will play curling with your shoes/boots. Please do not wear boots on high heels or flip flops. The instructor will give you a curling slider which you wear on the sole of one of your shoes/boots. You can play curling in a pair of jeans, although sweatpants or something more comfortable would be preferred. We do not suggest playing in shorts as it will be cold and half of the time you will spend in the cafeteria warming up and watching through a window how your friends play. You might feel cold in a T-shirt so something with long sleeves is a good choice. Remember, it won`t do any harm to take an extra layer of clothes as you can wear them off at any time. If people book curling games in winter, they are automatically prepared for cold weather in Riga, so everything is good, once we arrive to pick them up at their hotel. It is more complicated in May when it is sunny and warm and people forget that the temperature close to the surface of the curling line is around +4 degrees.