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Hovercraft Experience Days

What’s better than riding in a brilliant hovercraft? Flying one of course!

Take to the controls in a small hovercraft and ride it wherever you like (within reason). Our thrilling hovercraft experiences include either obstacle courses or time trials and are suitable for older kids too: pick up a ticket for two and race against each other, or test your skills with the hovercraft equivalent of the handbrake turn.

All the safety information you need will be provided, and you’ll love trying to master the controls of these stubborn little vehicles. Hovercraft flying days are available in Kent and Leicestershire.

FAQs

Q: Hovercraft! Like the one that goes to France?
A: Exactly! Though this one is a bit smaller.
Q: How so?
A: So you can get inside and have a race around in it.
Q: On water?
A: Of course. You’ll be venturing inside this one person vessel that glides across the water on a smooth cushion of air. It can reach speeds of up to 40MPH and is as fun as a Segway full of monkeys.
Q: What can I expect to do within the confines of a Hovercraft?
A: Depends on where you go, but you’ll definitely be exploring a purpose-built course and racing against other hovercraft over a challenging array of terrains. There may be a time trial or an obstacle course. And you will be taught a variety of swanky hovercraft manoeuvres.
Q: By who? The cat’s mother?
A: No, by our dedicated bunch of hovercraft experts. They know everything there is to know about these air-cushioned beauties and they are dying to share their smarts with you.
Q: Do I need to be able to drive? Or hover?
A: Nope, no experience is necessary. Just turn up ready for adventure and wild fun.
Q: Will I get wet?
A: Yep, probs. So maybe think about bringing along some spare socks or something. And you’ll be outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.
Q: Can I drag my reluctant and ungrateful child along to this?
A: If they are a bit older. Depending on where you choose to hover, the minimum age is either 12 or 14 years old.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The first mention of vehicles that included the term ‘hovering’ was by Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg in 1716. It was not something along the lines of ‘I wish I could stop my SUV from hovering, it’s really annoying’.
  • 2. Sir Christopher Cockerell developed the first practical hovercraft designs, which led to the first one to be produced commercially, the SRN1, in 1956. I hope that SRN stands for ‘Super Really Nice’.
  • 3. Cockerell’s hovercraft, was originally tested in 1955 using an empty cat food tin, an industrial air blower and a pair of kitchen scales. Which is exactly what I used for my robot – so why didn’t that work?
  • 4. Holding 254 passengers and 30 cars, the SRN4 cross-Channel ferry, was the first commercial hovercraft, appearing in 1968. Did it start a hovering sensation that swept the nation, with the growth of hovering clubs, hovering TV shows and hovering novelty hits like ‘Let’s All Hover (The Hovering Song)’? No it didn’t.
  • 5. The world's largest hovercraft is the BHC SRN4 Mk.III which, at 56.4 meters in length and 310 metric tons in weight, can accommodate 418 passengers and 60 cars. But sadly it does get bullied by all the other hovercrafts. Hovercrafts can be so cruel.
  • 6. Bob Windt holds the hovercraft world speed record of 85.376 mph, which he achieved in 1995. He truly rides like the wind...t.
  • 7. In April 1958, Ford demonstrated the Glidear, a three-foot model of a wheel-less vehicle that hovered on a thin film of air above the road. They had Hovercars in the 1950’s? Then why were they so surprised by Marty McFly’s antics?
  • 8. For Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder in Star Wars, production designer Roger Christian used an angled mirror and a broom attached to the vehicle's underside to create, the illusion that the craft was hovering and kicking up dust. You see that’s Holly wood for you; it’s all done with brooms and mirrors.
  • 9. Australian hovercraft expert Chris Fitzgerald has designed and built a hovering golf cart for professional golfer Bubba Watson. Finally something interesting on a golf course. Apart from all those splendid trousers of course.
  • 10. Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, owns an ice-cream van, a swan-shaped pedalo and a hovercraft. That’s fine, but if he had a swan shaped hovercraft that sold ice-cream, I’d be really impressed.