Go Kart Hire FAQ

Is it safe?
The activity and equipment are designed with the utmost safety in mind. However, it is essential that all drivers adhere to the rules, listen carefully to safety briefings and not drive beyond their capabilities. All our equipment is regularly checked and our staff are trained to adhere to our safety procedures.

Is it supervised?
Yes, all karting sessions are supervised by fully trained and experienced personnel. They are in attendance throughout every session to ensure all drivers adhere to the rules and safety procedures and enjoy the day too!

What clothes should they wear?
Casual clothing that is loose and comfortable and flat shoes, preferably trainers or similar. There is no requirement for children to wear a helmet because the Karts are so safe.

Will they be shown what to do?
The Big Bounce staff will ensure that each child is capable of using the kart and that they are the prescribed age and height. They will not let any child drive who they believe is not able to use the kart safely. It is surprisingly easy and great fun once they know the correct way to drive the karts.

How does the session run?
At the start of any go karting session all drivers receive a full safety briefing and equipment demonstration. After checking each child’s capabilities in the karts, they will start their driving experience. The children will drive the karts in groups of 4, then the next group of 4 children will have a go and so on. After the initial turns we introduce races – where each child receives a medal. At the end of the session, all children receive a printed certificate to commemorate their karting experience and the overall winner and birthday child both receive a prize.

How long does the session last?
The actual driving time will be just under an hour if you book an hour’s session, or just under 1.5 hours for a 1.5 hour session and so on, to allow time for the safety briefing. If you use one of our venues then the hall is booked for two hours, although the halls usually let us get in a bit earlier if no-one else is in before us, to allow us to set up ready for the start time (although his isn’t always the case so please be aware that sometimes we won’t be able to get into the hall until your booked time). A two hour room booking allows time for the children to eat and play any games you’ve organised after the go karting session has finished. If you are booking your own venue, then please allow 30 minutes before for setting up and 15 minutes afterwards for packing away.

How many children can I bring?
We run 1 hour parties for up to 16 children and 1.5 hour parties for up to 24 children. We have found that these timings and numbers work best. We can cater for more children at your party if you want to invite more than the recommended numbers, but please be aware that the children will be waiting longer for their turns and so we recommend that you bring another activity to keep them entertained.

Is there a minimum number of children?
Not as such, but we strongly recommend at least 8 children to make the most of the format and races.

Do I have to pay extra for the venue?
Yes, we don't have any direct contact with any of the venues, so you would need to organise this yourself.

Is it really suitable for young children?
Absolutely, the kart and circuit system are designed specifically for young children.

What sort of venue is suitable for a Go-Kart party?
Anywhere, as long as it’s flat. We’ll need at least 15 metres by 11 metres of clear unobstructed space (50ft x 36ft) for the circuit itself and an additional area around or near the circuit for the children and any spectators. Suitable indoor venues could be leisure centres, school halls, community centres, etc. Because the karts are electric they don’t give off any exhaust fumes and they won’t mark any indoor floors. If no electricity is available nearby, we can bring a generator.

Is there an age and height restriction?
The rough maximum height for a child is 1.5 metres. They must be able to sit comfortably in the kart with space between the top of their head and the chassis. The karts are designed for children between 3-13 years old as a guide. However, whilst 3 year olds are usually able to drive the karts, we cannot run a party for a child who has just turned 3 years old on their birthday. We can run a session for a child turning 4 years old where there are 3 year olds in the party group.

How can I arrange a birthday party karting event?
Simply get a group of children and decide whether you have a suitable venue or whether you wish to use one of ours. Then call us on 0115 952 6678 or use the contact form on this website. We will require a £50.00 deposit to secure the booking. We will send you a booking form to be completed when you contact us.

Do we have to pay extra for insurance?
No, we have £5 million public liability insurance.

How do I pay?
To secure your booking, we will need a completed booking form along with a £50.00 cheque to cover the deposit. We will then contact you to confirm the details. The balance can be paid by cheque prior to the event or on the day of the party.

Can I leave my children at the venue?
No, adult supervision is required. If there are more than 5 children all under 10 years of age, there must be two adults present throughout (in addition to the our staff). Our staff can only supervise the go karts and the children using them – they cannot look after the children waiting to go on the go karts.

Can I hire your karts for an event?
Of course. The karts can be hired for half or full days. Please see our prices above and call us to discuss your requirements.

So call us now to book your party and treat your children to the ride of their lives!