Keep DX's Rollerworld open post coronavirus crisis

by RWF in Colchester, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £7,867

raised so far



We are asking for help and support to secure the future of our iconic roller rink, DX's Rollerworld, following the coronavirus crisis.

by RWF in Colchester, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 13th July 2020 we'd raised £6,750 with 162 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Help keep DX's Rollerworld open and secure its future...

DX's Rollerworld was 30 years old in May 2020 in the middle of the government forced lockdown. Due to the restrictions made by the government back in March we had to make the devastating decision to close the doors to our amazing venue, and will be staying closed until at least July, potentially longer.

We have had to put all planned events on hold including our very special 30th Birthday celebrations.  We have instead decided to plan for an amazing birthday party for all those that have missed a birthday celebration whilst in lock down, due to this pandemic. We aim for this to be bigger and better than any other birthday celebration in town, with guest DJ's and entertainers and tons of fun. Our second  All Night Skate we are also now postponing until the Autumn and are planning it now. 

New owners, Anne and Jason, took over this iconic venue only 18 months ago at time of writing, it has been a struggle to keep it going. With a huge amount of effort and hard work, the business was just beginning to be the busy, fun, vibrant, creative, people filled place that they wanted it to be. 

"Like so many small businesses in the UK, we are facing a very unpredictable and potentially a very grave future and we are asking for your help".

Jason said "Bills still must be paid, but now with NO income at all,  it has become increasingly difficult the longer the lock down has gone on and harder still with the social distancing restrictions that are likely to continue for several months. DX's Rollerworld has been closed for more than 8 weeks already, and it will be a number of weeks before we can even start to operate once more, at even a reduced footfall level". 

The team are staying positive and some of our loyal and dedicated staff members have been decorating and cleaning DX's Rollerworld, voluntarily, for when we re-open.  However, without further government support, the cost of keeping DX's Rollerworld open with no income at a cost of just over £5000 each week to simply maintain the venue, is a daunting task. We will need to make provisions and reduce the number of people into the venue at one time when we can re-open, which will also exasperate and extend the need for essential income to keep us open through this and into the future. This is why we are crowd funding for the worst case scenario of  what could be a further 10 weeks of closure, reconstruction and limited income, which would amount to in excess of £50,000. 

DX's Rollerworld is the heart of skating in the UK and is known as the Finest Roller Rink in Europe and in the top 10 rinks in the world. We had started to introduce many events having had some of our most successful this year with our first New Years Eve Party, 80s v 90s reunion in which we had many old skaters from all over the UK return for an amazing night. We also held our first All Night Skate in 2019 with our that attracted skaters from over 15 countries visit us for an amazing and spectacular night.

We would love to be able to raise between £25,000 to £50,000 to help DX's Rollerworld through these tough times and give us another few weeks until we are finally allowed to re-open. 

Anne and Jason have thrown every penny they own into making DX's Rollerworld the success it has been since taking over, including updating the website, tills, cafe menus, party room, skate garden, new lighting, new sound systems and DJ equipment and were hoping to add air conditioning and eco heating throughout the venue to help the carbon footprint and make the summers more enjoyable for all. These plans are now firmly on hold, but with support, they still might happen. 

Put simply: without your generosity and support in these unprecedented times, DX's Rollerworld will NOT survive and Colchester and the UK will lose one of the most iconic roller rinks in the World.

If we can raise the much needed funds, all the money will go into helping DX's Rollerworld through this crisis, it will enable us to pay our bills and help to kick start our re-opening. Any money left over it will go back into the fund for our Air Conditioning and heating project we had planned and so also enable us to introduce roller sports more strongly in the future.

We will be offering many different activities and services for your kind donations  including skating, parties, vouchers and lessons and some new opportunities to name but a few and for those that would like to, or are able to give more - there is something there for you as well. If you would just like to donate that would of course be fantastic.

To all you skate or quasar fans out there, if you can spare a bit a little to help that would be amazing. To all you families that have enjoyed a birthday party, celebrated a special event or just come down for some fun, any money you can spare would be fantastic. DX's Rollerworld needs your help to survive these crazy times.

 See you on the other side. x

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This project offered rewards

£10 or more

£5 off skate voucher

Get £5 off any Skate or Quasar session in the future and donate £5 to keep us going now.

£10 or more

Have a go at Roller Derby

DX's Rollerworld was planning to start a Fresh Meat Roller Derby Session before Easter but because of the situation with Coronavirus it never came about. To kick start the session we would like to offer a 1.5 hour come and try session on our Roller Derby Track with a qualified coach. This will be a group session of up to 20 people, depending on government rules and conditions to be followed at the time. You must be able to skate confidently.

£10 or more

Come and try Speed Skating Fitness - Speedacize

DX's Rollerworld had started our Speed Skating Fitness session earlier this year and it proved really popular. To kick start the session again we would like to offer a 1.5 hour come and try session at DX's Rollerworld with our qualified coaches. This will be a group session of up to 20 people, depending on government rules and conditions to be followed at the time. You must be able to skate confidently.

£10 or more

Your name written on our 'Wall of Fame'

This donation is for the donator to have their name on our 'We Helped Keep DX's Rollerworld Open' wall of fame feature wall. This will be located in DX's Rollerworld for everyone to admire.

£20 or more

Photo Wall of Fame

Have your photo on our photo wall of fame. A big picture with everyone's photo that donated to help DX's Rollerworld put on our wall of fame. If you don't want your photo on the wall you can have your name on our other wall of fame, which is your name without a photograph. This is per person.

£25 or more

'I helped save DX's Rollerworld' T-shirt

Donate £25 and we will send you a unique 'I helped save DX's Rollerworld' t-shirt free of charge. Show off your t-shirt at DX's Rollerworld when we open and tell people you helped us survive these mad times.

£50 or more

1 Month Unlimited Entry to DX's Rollerworld

This is for a 1 months unlimited entry to skate at DX's Rollerworld. This does not include Quasar or any special events but you will get special event entry at half price and Quasar will be discounted to £4 per game. This maybe used for any month in 2020.

£200 or more

2 exclusive games of Quasar for upto 20 people

This offer is for 2 exclusive games of quasar for up to 20 people. Have our quasar area all to yourselves and get your mates into teams of 10 and run around shooting each other with a laser gun! Once you've done that, got the hang of it, have a drink then go again :-)

£500 or more

1 year Unlimited skate entry at DX's Rollerworld

This offer is £65 cheaper than the usual price and limited to 3 people. It will enable you to Free Entry to skate at DX's Rollerworld. This can be started at anytime in 2020. This does not include special events although it will allow a 50% discount on ticket prices to skate events. Quasar will be at the discounted price of £4. You will also get a card that will give you 10% discount in the DX shop and 1 free entry vouchers for a friend.

£580 or more

2 hours exclusive hire of DX's Rollerworld

Have DX's Rollerworld to yourself for 2 hours for up to 150 guests. Invite all your mates and have a blast. Included in this you will have your very own DJ for the duration, the entire rink and we will open our Skate Cafe and Bar if required. This promises to be the best night you will have spending much needed time with your family and friends. If you would like more information about this offer please email us at [email protected]

£50 or more

1-2-1 lesson with one of DX's Rollerworld Owners

An opportunity for and EXCLUSIVE half hour 1-2-1 lesson with either Anne or Jason. This can be taken at an agreed time once we are open. This can be for a beginner or someone that wants to improve certain skills. If you would need assistance, a family member will be required to be present to hold you whilst being coached. Social distancing will have to be adhered to for the safety of everyone.

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