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Skid Pan Experience at Castle Combe

Castle Combe Circuit, near Chippenham
Rated Based On 16 Reviews

  • 3hr skid pan experiences at Castle Combe
  • Skidding in front & rear wheel cars
  • Learn steering & braking skills 
  • Prize for the best driver of the day

What's Included

  • Learn how to react to adverse conditions in a safe enviroment
  • Drive standard road cars BMW (rear wheel drive) and Rover (front wheel drive) cars on a low grip skid pan, cradles are not used
  • The course lasts around three hours
  • Experiences operates on a 6:1 driver ratio, with drivers taking turns behind the wheel
  • Ride as a passenger in the vehicles when not driving
  • You will form part of a group of up to 12 drivers one the day


  • Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
  • Initial driving session on the skid pan (in both cars)
  • Classroom session with instructor
  • Driving session on the skid pan (in both cars)
  • Braking exercides (ABS and cadence)
  • Fun time trial (small prize for fastest time)
  • Debrief with presentation
  • Skid control completion certificate

What Can I Expect

Try out the Castle Combe Skid Pan for some sliding in Wiltshire! Spend three hours experiencing skidding and learning what to do about it on these fun and informative sessions on the skid pan at Castle Combe.

On arrival you'll meet the highly experienced team - most of whom, like chief instructors Jeff and Dave, are ex-Police fast response drivers/trainers or ADI instructors. They certainly know their stuff when it comes to skids!

After a short safety briefing, you’ll head out to the pan. This venue uses completely standard vehicles with normal road tyres. A non-toxic solution is mixed with water to turn the normal tarmac on this Castle Combe pan into a very skid-able surface for lots of driving fun.

The first session lets each driver 'have a go' - and this is where you will discover just how easy it is to lose control of the car!

You will then head into the classroom for a full 20 minute session covering all aspects of skid control, including front wheel skids, rear wheel skids, four wheel skids, weight transfer, spin and understeer.

Armed with all this knowledge, it's back out to the pan for a second go at slides and skids at this thrilling Castle Combe set up. And this time you'll be successfully controlling the car and it will feel really good!

As well as the two sessions out of the Castle Combe skid pan, this half day experience also includes tutoring on Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) and cadence braking, both essential factors to bear in mind when on the roads in hazardous conditions.

To finish, you will take part in a fun time trial, complete with prizes for Castle Combe's winning skid pan driver!


  • Saturdays & Sundays with occasional Fridays throughout the year
  • Dates are subject to availability


  • Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire
  • Approximately 7 miles from both Junction 17 (Chippenham) & Junction 18 (Bath) of the M4

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 17
  • Add drivers must hold a full driving licence


  • Spectators are welcome
  • The centre boasts excellent viewing facilities over the skid course


4 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 4
Total Reviews: 16

Find out what other customers think of the experience


  based on 15 reviews

Rating: 4 stars
Richard James
A really good informative & practical afternoon with excellent instruction. Learnt skid control on...
Rating: 4 stars
Darren Munnerley
A fantastic experience which should be included in every standard driving tuition. My wife, a drive...
Rating: 4 stars
Lyn Morris.
A very enjoyable and informative afternoon. It will give me more confidence when driving in bad wea...
Rating: 4 stars
Kath Gigg
A really good afternoon despite the weather. We all had enormous fun and learned a lot as well. S...
Rating: 4 stars
Diane Glass
It was a great experience and very well organised. Objectives achieved and the instructors were re...
Rating: 4 stars
Rating: 4 stars
Josh Doran
I had an amazing time! Learnt a lot of valuable skills whilst having a good laugh. I think everyone...
Rating: 4 stars
Norman Renwick
this was a fantastic experience as i havee been driving 40 plus years i still took away more skill ...
Rating: 4 stars
Stephen Hughes
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, the organisation and experience was great. Instructors were goo...
Rating: 4 stars
really enjoyed the day. Very useful and instructions friendly and helpful
Rating: 4 stars
Donald H Long
The training was superb. Not only the driving aspects but also the verbal training and demonstrati...
Rating: 4 stars
Great people, useful day for ice and snow control , very good
Rating: 4 stars
Adam martin
Great fun and very useful tips on controll when in a skid,
Rating: 4 stars
Christopher Nutman
Very good value for money. The instructors were friendly and professional; their instructions and e...
Rating: 4 stars
PG Duckworth in Dorset
Your voucher arrived just in time for Christmas - thank you for your courteous attention.