This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Jon, founder of Big Bang Promotions, who own Segway Events. Big Bang Promotions have been with us since day one, being one of the first companies we set up with back in 2006! Segways have become a growing trend, and are now one of the most popular experiences to try. With this in mind, we decided to find out a little more about how it all began – so, enjoy!
Q. How did you get into the Segway experience industry?
A. We had seen the product appear on some of the experience websites so made some enquiries to see if we could do with Segways what we had done with Bungee jumping. We had 10 Bungee locations which were able to take Segways so we could expand nationally and exclusively with the major agencies very quickly to make Segway Events the no 1 provider in the UK within two years of entering the marketplace.
Q. What's unique about your Segway experiences; what sets you apart from any other operators out there?
A. We offer a consistent 1-hour product nationwide at 15 locations. No other operator offers this service. We create events with over 100 like-minded people to enjoy the experience together rather than on your own, with all locations chosen so customers can experience the venue once they have been on a Segway with us. For example two of our locations, Tatton Park and Clumber Park are national trust sites. New venues for 2017 include Richmond Golf course in London and a national park near Southampton.
Q. Do you have any interesting customer stories you can share with us?
A. Our oldest rider was 102 and he loved the experience and was part of over 55000 people who came to Segway with us in 2016!
We would like to thank Jon for taking the time to answer our questions and for telling us a little more about one of the most unusual driving experiences available. If you’re interested in trying out a Segway for yourself then take a look at our Segway experiences!
Group Size & Spectators:
Loved ones are welcome to come with you to the Cambridgeshire Segway centre while you enjoy the experience, however once you head off out on the track they won't be able to see much. The Segway events are ideal for groups, though, so why not get everyone involved?!
Average group sizes are around 10-12 participants.
The Cambridgeshire Segway experience runs on selected weekend and weekday dates throughout the year. All bookings are subject to availability and should be made in advance.
June to August the segway runs from 9am to 7pm.
Months with shorter days will run up to anything between 3pm - 5pm.
The dates for 2017 are:
11,1 2, 13, 14 February 2017
14, 15, 16, 17 April 2017
27, 28, 29, 30 May 2017
23, 24, 25, 26 June 2017
21, 22, 23, 24 July 2017
24, 25, 26, 27, 28 August 2017
22, 23, 24, 25 September 2017
26, 27, 28, 29 October 2017
24, 25, 26 November 2017
15, 16, 17 December 2017
You should allow an hour in total for the Cambridgeshire Segway event.
The Cambridgeshire Segway experience is a weather dependent activity, and may have to be cancelled in severe weather conditions. If this happens with your booked experience, the team will try to contact you as early as possible to inform you, and to rearrange your Segway rally for an alternate date.
All protective gear will be provided for you by the Segway team (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads).
Just wear casual and comfy clothing, that is appropriate for the weather on the day of your Cambridgeshire Segway experience.
Skirts and dresses are not recommended. Sturdy, flat soled trainers or shoes are ideal, please do not wear open toed sandals or flip flops.
Minimum Weight: 7.1 stone
Maximum Weight: 18.5 stone
Minimum Height: 4ft 5in
The Cambridgeshire Segway event is not suitable for pregnant women, or anyone suffering from a heart condition or epilepsy. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed on the Segway and will not be refunded.
*Please note: Riders will not be allowed onto the circuit unless they are able to demonstrate they can control the machine to the standards set out in the training area.