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Karting for kids in South East?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Mikebabs1, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Mikebabs1
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    [Jul 17, 2009]
    Hi all,

    My son is keen to do karting for his birthday this year, so I'm looking into options. He'll be 11 in October, and we live near Bromley, Kent.

    I've had a look around on the internet and come across the following places so far ...

    Surbiton Raceway - £220.00
    Buckmore Park - £182.00
    Bayford Meadows - £175.00
    Streatham Kart Raceway - £215.00
    Sandown Park - £240.00

    Some of the above are for 30 mins karting and some are 1 hour, and are for between 4 and 10 kids. I was hoping to pay up to £200 for minimum of 1 hour for 5-10 kids.

    Does anyone have any experience of organised parties (or just in general) at these places, or suggestions of any alternatives in London/Kent/Surrey/Sussex?

    I've been to Buckmore and Surbiton before, though not for children's parties!!

    Was also thinking that "in the current economic climate" (I hate that phrase) that it might be possible to haggle down a bit, what do you reckon?

    Cheers all.

    Mike
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    Out of the list you've put up, I'd go for Buckmore. Raced there loads of times and I think its a fantastic track!

    You can go on the karting website and search for tracks around you. It's got all the tracks in the UK so it'll give you more choices.

    As for the haggling, I'd be very suprised if you'll be able to get it at a lower price. But then again, you don't ask, you don't get.

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    Thanks mate. I do like Buckmore, it's just the fact that it's only 30mins of racing that puts me off, especially given the distance to get there from my place.

    Cheers

    Mike
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    Yea, when you start looking at proper karting tracks that are used for the British Championships, then you won't be getting much for your money. You'll get better value from other low key tracks.

    Coss.

    p.s. Yay me and my 1000th post!!! :)
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    I've been to F1 Karts at Colnbrook near Heathrow three times and their facilities are very good. Gas-powered karts too, so you don't smell of oil afterwards.

    They offer packages for juniors too (8-11 years old) and the prices depend on which format you go for.

    Check out http://www.f1k.co.uk/south-east/south-east-junior.asp
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