Full Day 4x4 driving experience with expert tuition, across fields, orchards, woodlands and more in West Malling.
- West Malling (Kent)
- Price for 1 Participant
Test your driving skills in a completely new environment as you take to the 200 acres of orchards, woods and fields as you enjoy this Full Day 4x4 Experience, getting to grips with the off road terrain and improving your driving techniques to the next level. With expert tuition by your side you will learn how to maneuver these powerful vehicles around the woodland, attempting the tricky courses for yourself, taking in the picturesque views that surround you.Once you have arrived and been welcomed to the centre your day will begin with a safety briefing covering all aspects of the track and the 4x4 vehicle that you are about to drive. The briefing in the classroom is followed by an initial demonstration drive by your instructor. Each person then takes it in turn to drive the vehicle, gaining experience and confidence as the day progresses. At the end of the full day experience, you would have received training based on a 'Standard BORDA' (British Off-Road Driving Association) qualification.
This experience is available most Saturdays throughout the year and occassional weekdays on special request.
Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Weight:20 Stone
Under 18's must be accompanied on site by an adult.
If you are extraordinarily tall or short, or feel your physique may impair your enjoyment of this activity in any way, please check with the centre when booking.
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 07:00
Please allow 7 hours (including lunch break) for this experience
and arrive 15 minutes before your start time.
Part of the 7 hours will include class room time and between 1.5 to 2hrs of actual drive timer per person.
Participants: The 4x4 Driving - Full Day Shared is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Spectators are welcome. However you will not be able to see most
of the experience taking place.
You will be joined with up to two more drivers.
There is a pleasant indoor meeting space where refreshments are available.
The centre will provide all safety equipment needed, but please
wear comfortable casual clothing and footwear that you don’t
mind getting dirty.
In wet weather a change of clothes is advisable. Waterproofs are provided.
This experience is not generally affected by extreme weather conditions.
We crawled out of bed and set off eagerly for a day of off-roading adventures with The Wright Event, in Kent.
Pulling into the private drive-way, we could see that there would be no shortage of mud! We were greeted and welcomed to the centre, via a cosy reception area – with a wood burning stove, perfect for the chilly, wet weather – before the instructors outlined the day ahead. We would be taking part in 3 activities: Quad-biking, 4×4 driving, and Sporting Trials.
Once kitted out from head to toe in some much-needed waterproofs, we headed out to the Quads for an instructional briefing and introduction to the vehicles. Climbing aboard, we set off – some with a little more trepidation than others – for a quick practice around the obstacle field, before heading into the orchard, and then into the 4×4 off-road driving area. Lead by an instructor, we covered a wide range of terrain, climbing and descending mud covered slopes, and splashing our way through some demanding ruts and ditches. Needless to say, the sheer amount of mud made the experience very eventful and there was no lack of entertainment when one of our team members decided to take a few detours into trees and ditches! We all learnt a lot, and soon got to grips with our vehicles, enjoying ourselves immensely.
Then we moved on to the 4×4 driving. The fact that there were only 2 qualified drivers in our number was not a problem at all, as the session was modified throughout to cater for all of our abilities – from first time drivers, to those who had some previous off-roading experience. The qualified and highly experienced instructors were very patient, and encouraged all of us to have a go, taking us outside of our usual comfort zones. I personally was surprised at the extreme capabilities of the all-terrain vehicles.
The day came to a close with the Sporting Trials. The idea was to get the Trials car up some very steep slopes, and negotiate the tight, hairpin corners of the marked route, without stopping or knocking down the markers. With the amount of rain, the task seemed impossible, but the natural ability of the car soon had us all grinning from ear to ear, as we slid and skidded our way around the course.
Throughout the day, all of the instructors were not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also very patient and friendly. The centre welcomes bookings of groups and individuals across a wide range of ages and as most of the equipment is dual-control, those with no experience, including juniors (over 11 years or a minimum of 1.4m tall) are welcomed… we would highly recommend this for a thrilling day out!