• Welcome and safety briefing
• Training session where you will learn how to start, stop and manoeuvre the hovercraft
• Choose from a 5, 10 or 15 lap voucher in a Marlin II Hovercraft
• Once you are confident in the training stage you will go out on your own for your laps
• Allow spending up to 2 hours at the venue
What Can I Expect
Some might say our Hovercraft Experience Essex is a handful, we say it's all about crazy sideways sliding on a veritable cushion of air that'll have you grabbling with the steering! These amazing little machines come to North Weald with a choice of introductory and extended hovercrafting experiences available.
As it's highly likely that you've never experienced the sensation of being in a hovercraft before, we asked the team in Essex how it feels when you're in one of these things and they simply said: "It's like trying to control a vehicle with four flat tyres!", which we think is rather apt way of putting it.
It all looks very simple with just a handlebar and throttle to worry about, but these hovercrafts that whizz around North Weald are proper slippery customers. Forget power steering, driving aids and gadgets, in this beast that's full of air you'll be using your bodyweight and moving the two rear rudders to try and go vaguely in the direction you want to.
This North Weald track has been especially devised to welcome this type of leisure hovercraft. Before you get the thumbs up to head out, you'll have to pass the test in the training area. If the instructors think you've got the basics and can keep the craft under control, you will then go out out on your own to conquer the grass circuit.
We are offering two hovercrafting experiences at this fun venue in the heart of Essex. The five lap thrill gives you plenty of time to hone your skills on land, whilst the 10 and 15 lap session will turn you into a bit of a sliding sensation as you complete your circuits.
The craft used on this hovercraft experience in Essex is the Marlin II. This modern, British-built hovercraft can be driven as fast and furious as you fancy, or as leisurely and gently as you feel comfortable with during your experience. With a super-efficient four stroke engine, six-bladed rear fan and strong skirt, they are great fun to pilot and (unusually) there is a seat, so you won't be kneeling in the hovercraft as you take it for a spin around North Weald.
• This experience runs between March - October
• Weekday and Anytime vouchers are available
• Hovercraft is generally available one day a month for weekday vouchers (Monday or Friday)
• Minimum age 12
• Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• A good, general level of fitness is required.
• If you have a medical condition, including pregnancy, which restricts movement in the craft, you will be unable to participate
• Spectators are welcome to come along and take photographs
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Participants should wear trainers and comfortable clothing
• This is an outdoor activity so waterproof clothing is recommended, in the event of rain
• Helmets and net liners are provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer
• North Weald Airfield, Essex