Our Proud History
The story of The Experience begins just before the outbreak of World War II in 1935 with the Shadow Scheme—a plan to accelerate the production of military aircraft by building new factories across Britain.
Hillington Park, just outside Glasgow, was picked as a site for a Shadow Factory site because of the many skilled workers who lived locally. In just a few years, it was producing hundreds of Spitfire and Merlin engines every day.
After the war, the building was turned over to Rolls Royce, who manufactured engines and parts here until 2005. Fast forward 9 years to 2014, when we opened our doors as Scotland’s first electric karting arena: The Experience!
In 2016 we added our famous airplane to the front of the building, creating Glasgow’s most unique events space. Generously supported by The Moffat Charitable Trust, it’s incredibly popular for children’s parties and corporate team building days.
On your next visit to The Experience, why not take a trip to The Timeline Tunnel? There, you can learn about the history of Kibble, Rolls Royce and how they all link together in The Experience.
Our Social Mission
The Experience is not only a 5* star visitor attraction; it’s a social enterprise operated by Kibble Education and Care, one of Scotland’s oldest charities. All of our profits are reinvested in ways that create positive social change.
For over 150 years, Kibble has been helping young people to build a better and brighter future for themselves. In the present day, Kibble is Scotland’s specialist provider of services for at risk children and young people. We help build positive futures for young people with complex social, emotional and educational needs.
Our urban garden is situated a few hundred yards from the kitchen and provides fresh vegetables, herbs and salads. We also plan to develop a range of branded packaged goods including jams, chutneys, breads, etc.