Q: Can I just turn up or do I need to book in advance?
We would always recommend that you book karting at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. Weekends in particular fill up very fast as this is peak time. We therefore recommend booking weekend karting sessions at least 1 – 2 weeks in advance to guarantee your place.
Q: How long do the sessions last?
Double Sprints and Family Karting sessions both have 20 minutes total track time and last about an hour door-to-door with registering, briefing etc. A Grand Prix for 12 or less people will last about an hour and a half door to door, with roughly 30-40 minutes on track. For groups of 13-24 it will take roughly 2.5 hours all in. For larger group bookings you would be booked out for longer, depending on your group’s size, but this will be discussed upon booking.
Q: What height and age do you need to be to kart?
You need to be at least 8 years old to kart for insurance purposes. You also need to be over 1.2m tall as well, any shorter and you’ll not be able to reach the pedals! For younger/smaller children we do alternatively offer laser tag and have a multi-sensory room for babies.
Q: Can adults and juniors race together?
Yes! We run what we call Family Sessions where it only kids and their families that are allowed out on track at once. Due to their popularity we them whenever we have availability, please ask about specific dates/times at reception.
Q: How many people are allowed in a session?
We can take up to 12 people on the track at once, but run sessions back to back (ie one group goes on and the other goes on during the first group’s break, and then they swap). So we can get 24 people in an hour maximum. For larger groups/corporate events we can take as many people you can throw at us, you would just be booked out longer on the track.
Q: When do I need to arrive for my session?
Unless you have a large group booking you can arrive on the hour as there is allocated time for getting processed in your session. We would recommend that large groups and kids karting parties to arrive 15 minutes beforehand to give time for registering.
Q: What happens when I arrive?
On arrival everyone going karting needs to create a racing profile on their first visit, after that we will have you on our system. We then need you to sign a safety agreement saying that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, with a parent/guardian signing for those under 16. Then you will head out for our comprehensive briefing video which shows you everything you need to know about how to keep safe and get the most out of your visit. After this you will get on your jumpsuit, gloves and helmet, and juniors will be fitted with neck braces. Our Crew will then assign you to your kart and after a quick brakes test you’ll be good to go. After your first session you’ll receive your lap times and have a break to catch your breath and compare your times. You’ll then go back out for your second session. Those doing a Grand Prix will then go out for their final race after another short break. This will be with a grid start, with fastest in poll position, slowest at the back (as determined by your qualifier) for your 16 lap final.
Q: How fast can the karts go?
The karts can go up to 35mph, but with the increased acceleration of electric karts they can get up to speed faster than their petrol cousins. This means you can go faster for longer when racing round the track!
Q: Can the speed of the karts be controlled for children?
Yes, all of our karts can be manually speed controlled by our marshals. We always will put juniors out slower on their first race until we can see that they are confident and then will slowly increase their speed. If anyone wishes to go out slower then please speaker to one of our marshals before racing, but remember you are always in complete control of your kart.
Q: Can I drive my child or another person on the dual kart?
Though it’s a nice idea, only our crew are insured and trained to use our tandem and side-by-side go karts. The duel karts are designed and used specifically for those individuals with additional support needs and so are not usually available for children unless they have specific needs.
Q: Can under 8’s go out with a member of staff?
Unfortunately for insurance purposes all those doing the karting need to be 8 years or over, even when they are being driven. We do alternatively have laser tag available for those not old enough to kart.
Q: Is there any upper age/height/weight restrictions?
There are no strict upper restrictions- it is really for your own comfort. If you think there may be an issue you can always pop down to see us beforehand to avoid any disappointment/embarrassment on the day.
Q: Is there an option to do the karting and the laser tag?
Yes! Just ask when booking and we’ll see if we have availability for you to do both. Plus we even offer discounted laser tag for those also going karting, at only £4pp instead of £5.50.
Q: When does it run?
Our Karting with a Conscious programme runs from Monday-Thursday, between 10am and 3pm (excluding public and school holidays). Outwith this time it is still possible to be driven in our tandem and side-by-side karts, however, it would be full price and we could not guarantee exclusive track use.
Q: What are the cost?
The KWC programme costs £10 Monday-Thursday, between 10am and 3pm (excluding public and school holidays). Outwith this time it would cost full price i.e. £20 for 8-12yrs and £25 for 13yrs+.
Q: What is the minimum age for accessible karting?
The minimum age for the accessible karting programme is six years when being driven by a trained crew member in the dual karts.
Q: What accessible facilities are available?
The Experience is a wheelchair accessible venue that provides; onsite disabled parking, dedicated changing and W.C areas and a hoist operated by specially trained staff.
Q: What happens on my visit?
Upon arriving for your karting session, you will be met by our friendly crew who work with you to ensure you get the best race experience.