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Fire Engine Driving Oxfordshire

Bicester, Oxfordshire   

• Drive a genuine Fire Engine in Bicester
• You will be driving a Dennis Sabre XL
• Optional ride in a 1950s Green Goddess 
• Get the sirens wailing & the lights flashing!

What's Included

  • Drive a Dennis Sabre XL fire engine
  • Welcome and safety briefing on driving techniques
  • Drive the fire engine through a set of challenging obstacles for approximately 10-15 minutes
  • Please allow around one hour on site for this experience
  • The fire engine has working sirens and flashing lights
  • Choose the 'Ultimate' option and you will also receive a 10-15 minute ride in a 1950's Green Goddess Fire Engine

What Can I Expect

Let's face it, who wouldn't want to drive a Fire Engine? It's all about those blues and twos, wailing sirens and firefighter heroics in that ‘London's Burning' (or ‘Fireman Sam') kind of way on this fire engine experience in Oxfordshire. You can also extend your experience with a ride in an authentic Green Goddess on the Ultimate Fire Engine experience.

There'll be no 999 call outs or emergencies to respond to and no fires to put out, which leaves you to concentrate on the fine art of driving one of these most recognisable behemoths of the road. We've all pulled over to let fire engines pass as they thunder past to attend that urgent situation, be it a road traffic accident or cat up a tree, but have you ever stood next to the cab of one? They are surprisingly huge.

For this experience you will be driving a Dennis Sabre XL fire engine. Firefighters will tell you this is one of best and most powerful fire engines ever made. Carrying up to six crew and kitted out with everything from retractable ladders (perfect for those hard to reach felines), reels of water hoses and lots of rescue and cutting equipment. it's no wonder that it needs a huge 8.2l turbocharged engine to power it.

Indeed, the Dennis is an impressive piece of kit. And despite all the weight, a fully-loaded Dennis Sabre XL coming in at 13 tonnes is capable of 80mph+ on the roads and a spritely 0-60mph of 12 seconds, making them a thrilling vehicle to drive, even if they only do 8mpg!

As we mentioned, as well as sessions to drive the fire engine legend that is the Dennis Sabre XL, we also offer extended packages that give you a passenger ride in a wonderful 1950s Green Goddess. These Bedford-built appliances were used by the army as auxiliary fire engines. The fleet of 900 was kept by the Home Office right up until 2004. 

Whether you drive, or drive and ride, these fire engine experiences are simply superb fun - and yes, you will be able to switch those sirens on. Book your slot in that 10-metre long hero of the road now!


• Selected weekend and weekdays throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability


• Bicester Heritage Centre, near Oxford

Suitable For

• Minimum age is 18
• Participants must hold a full UK driving licence
• Minimum height 5ft
• Maximum height 6ft 4"
• Maximum weight 18 stone


• Spectators are welcome


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 3
Recommend to Friend 3
about 3 years ago
Great fun and very entertaining. Could have done with more use of the siren on the fire engine and some better roads to drive on but still a great experience. Very knowledgeable instructor.
about 4 years ago
Everything worked, my 'assistant' in the fire engine was very good and it was fun.
Sandra Cooper
about 5 years ago
I enjoyed this , helped in no small part by the friendly atmosphere of this largely family run company. It was not as difficult as I imagined would be , but nevertheless, it was still a challenge.
John Mansell
fire station
Fire Engine Driving Oxfordshire
Fire Engine Driving
Total Price£49.00
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