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Fast Track: The best go karting in the UK - get in the driver's seat

Harry Meredith

17 January 2018

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We’re off to the races! Bring your mini-racers to the track for some of the best go karting in the UK and enjoy a day out including medals, podium finishes and racing rivalry. We’ve been through every starting line and finishing line to find the best go karting tracks for the whole family - including younger children.

Whilst kids aged 8+ can go-kart at loads of tracks all over the UK, we've found some for even the smallest of drivers, making it a great family day out.

Pop on your helmet, slide on your racing gloves, and zoom into a day out that’s perfect for adrenaline-fuelled kids.

  1. Lakeside Karting, Essex

    If you’re new to go karting then Lakeside Karting in Essex is a great place to start. Your kids can test out the course at their own speed, but as they begin to pick up confidence they can try to beat the clock. Kids as young as three can drive here, as there is a special electric karting session that’s a great way to introduce your little one to the track. It’s way more than just a merry-go-round, these go-karts travel at 5mph with an on/off pedal that can be controlled by the little driver and space for an adult to sit behind (just in case assistance is needed).

    Best for: Newcomers looking to test out go-karting for the first time - this is possibly the only place for go karting in the UK where three year olds can get involved. Age 3+

    The winning racer jumps with joy as they win at go karting at Lakeside Karting in Essex

  2. Parkwood Karting, Sheffield

    Dart across a 470 metre track of challenging corners and sizzling straights at Parkwood Karting, Sheffield. This outdoor go karting track for children over the age of eight is a great place to book in some family-first time. You can have the track all to yourselves and discover who’s the fastest driver. Will it be the parents, or the kids?

    Best for: Speeding around on an exclusive track with your family. Age 8+

    Karts line up ready for racing at go karting at Parkwood Karting in Sheffield

  3. TeamSport Indoor Karting, Cardiff

    It’s a race to the finish at TeamSport Indoor Karting, Cardiff. Kids can drive specially designed Cadet Karts and see if they can beat the all time fastest lap. If parents are looking for a spin then consider Family Karting Madness; a go karting package where you can race against your kids and then munch on scrummy pizzas together.

    Best for: For mini-racers who will need a food and drink pit stop. Age 8+

    If you're not based in Cardiff, don't worry, as you can still visit a TeamSport go karting track! They have 24 venues across the UK, so click here to discover a TeamSport near you.

    Kids line up by the podium as they recieve their racing medals from go karting at TeamSport Cardiff

  4. Herefordshire Raceway, Herefordshire

    Lose track of time at Herefordshire Raceway. Speed around on an outdoor race course with an enormous 600 metre go karting track. Why not zoom through the stunning Herefordshire countryside and enjoy a day out for both yourself and your kids? You can arrive and drive at this raceway, but as it’s super popular they advise that you book in advance.

    Best for: Those looking to get away from the city. Age 8+

    Karts ready to be raced with at Herefordshire Raceway in Herefordshire

  5. The Race Club Karting, Northamptonshire

    Have a great day from start to finish at The Race Club Karting, Northamptonshire. Kids aged eight and above can hop into a 120cc Sodi go-kart, a less powerful kart that’s safe, secure and fun. There’s a special Dads, Lads & Lassies package (mum’s are welcome too!) that’s great for parents looking to join in with the action.

    Best for: Sorting out a special birthday treat for your kid. Age 8+

    Kids at go karting at The Race Club Karting in Northamptonshire

  6. Daytona Karting, Manchester

    Get moving at Daytona Karting in Manchester. Five to seven year olds can hop into a training kart and learn from experienced supervisors. During the school holidays, older kids, who have already tested the sport out on the arrive and drive session, can join the Daytona Driving School and learn how to become a go karting champion!

    Best for: Pretending you’re a NASCAR racer on the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, while you’re really go karting in the UK. Age 8+

    Two friends race against each other at Daytona Karting in Manchester

  7. South Coast Karting, Hampshire

    Come along for the ride at South Coast Karting, Hampshire. Let your kids become speedsters for the day on a race course designed by racers, for racers. Eight year olds and above can jump aboard the 160cc go-karts and try to beat the clock or their friends.

    Best for: Older kids who want to drive with their friends. Age 8+

    Drivers are go karting around the bend at South coast Karting in Hampshire

  8. Kartstart Kirkcaldy, Fife

    Turn off the beaten track and visit Kartstart Kirkcaldy, Fife. Rocket around the track and watch the electronic scoreboard flash. Has your kid beaten the time? Can they race themselves into Fife folklore? Yes they can! Treat your family to a day out go karting and get your family name in the record books.

    Best for: Parents who want to get onto the track. Age 8+

    Kids enjoying go karting at Kartstart Kirkcaldy in Fife

  9. Anglia Indoor Kart Racing, Suffolk

    Even five year olds can go karting at Anglia Indoor Kart Racing, Suffolk. With brand new, battery powered kubz karts, a smaller and safer go-kart for kids, even the tiniest of drivers can get out onto the track. With Arrive’n’Drive you can turn up whenever and get your kids driving with their friends in minutes.

    Best for: Younger drivers who want to test out go karting. Age 5+

    Go Karting with speed at Anglia Indoor Kart Racing in Suffolk

  10. Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting, Wiltshire

    Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting in Wiltshire is one of the best go karting tracks to visit if your kid wants to be a professional racer. All kids, eight and above, are taught using regulation go-karts under expert supervision. They’ll learn how to follow the correct racing lines, come into turns at the best possible angle, and most importantly, how to beat the parents!

    Best for: Wannabe racers looking to learn how to race professionally. Age 8+

    Panoramic view of the go karting track at Wessex Raceway Indoor Karting, Wiltshire

    Bonus Track: Buckmore Park Karting, Kent 

    Learn how to go-kart at the track where Lewis Hamilton was discovered; Buckmore Park Karting, Kent. Although, not available on all days, as it’s the home of British Kart Racing, the track offers numerous and frequent family days where kids from as young as four can come and experience the thrill of go karting.

    Best for: Experiencing one of the most famous tracks in the country. Age 4+

    Rcae at Buckmore Park Karting in Kent with your friends at the track where Lewis Hamilton used to go kart

There’s only one way to conclude our round up of the best go karting in the UK - get down to a go-kart track today and give it a go! It’s a fantastic family bonding experience that kids and parents will love!

If you’re still looking for days out, check out Weird and Wonderful: 15 quirky attractions you need to visit.



 

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Harry Meredith

17 January 2018

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Harry is our intern at Day Out With The Kids. After living in Leicester, Bath and Vermont he is always on the lookout for his next adventure. He loves anything to do with polar bears, and when he was 12 he was ranked the 14th best Pokemon player in the UK!

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