Announcing our venue of the month – Shepton Mallet 4×4

We’re delighted to announce The Activity People site of the month for June is Shepton Mallet 4×4!

Located less than half an hour from Bristol this mad and muddy 4×4 centre is the perfect place to put your off-road driving skills to the ultimate test.

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It’s not only the off-road course that makes our Shepton Mallet venue stand out though, it’s team of friendly and experienced instructors who make taking on the course as fun and challenging as possible.

So if you think you can conquer rock crawls, mud runs, tunnels and hill climbs there’s nowhere better to experience 4×4 driving. But don’t just take our word for it here’s what our customers thought:

Chris Eley – Shepton Mallet, 4×4

“Totally awesome experience. Had the best time. 5 Stars. Many thanks to all the staff for making it a great experience.”

Steve Ekless – Shepton Mallet, 4×4

“Had a fantastic hour or two with two guys who enjoyed it as much as I did even though I was driving ! It’s a lot harder than you think when you look at the course and trust me, for the first time an hour is enough! Can’t wait for the next time, bring on the mud and water.”

So for a truly unforgettable stag, hen, birthday or team building event, why not find out if you’ve got what it take to conquer this mad and muddy 4×4 course? With Father’s day just around the corner too, a 4×4 driving experience at our venue of the month is guaranteed to score you some serious brownie points!

Introducing Tank Driving Swadlincote

Hold onto your helmets troops because the latest addition to The Activity People network is Tank Driving Swadlincote!

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tankmania1This incredible venue in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside is home to the finest fleet of ex-military machines in the country, and with a tailor-made all terrain course to put them through their paces, there’s nowhere better to experience tank driving!

It’s not just tanks you’ll be let loose in though, and the fleet of vehicles at Tank Driving Swadlincote also includes a DAF 4×4 Troop Carrier, a Military Police Land Rover Discovery, a BV206 Amphibious Personnel Carrier and many more. Through the summer months the mini tanks come out to play too, and if they look familiar it’s because they’ve been put through their paces by the Top Gear team!

So if you’ve always dreamt of taking the controls of a tank, now is your chance to find out what they’re really capable of by visiting our Swadlincote Tank Driving venue.

 

First Person Supercar Driving Review

Screenshot from 2016-05-06 17-07-43Supercar experiences are one of our most popular activities and it’s easy to see why, but we wanted the low-down on exactly what makes them so much fun. So we sent our resident Brummie petrol head Mike to get the inside track.. and after Aston Villa’s car-crash season we thought he might need a little cheering up!

Over to Mike for all the details on his driving experience:

“When I arrived at RAF Elvington for my driving experience a lot of the cars were already out on the track, and they looked amazing. There were supercars everywhere, and they ranged from Ferraris and Lambos to Aston Martins and Audis. Because I’d tried karting, quad biking and 4×4 driving before I wasn’t nervous at all, and to be honest I was just desperate to take some of the cars for a spin.

Choosing which cars to drive was harder than I thought though, but after eyeing them up I decided on a Lamborghini, a McLaren and an Ariel Atom. I’ve always wanted my own Lambo, and after seeing the Ariel Atom tear round the track I couldn’t resist giving it a go.

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The instructor Chris was really helpful and showed me exactly how to get the best out of each car, and once I’d got to grips with the flappy paddle gearbox I was ready to hit the track in my first car of the day. The acceleration in the cars is absolutely insane, and I genuinely couldn’t believe how fast they were. The only thing I can compare it to is a roller coaster ride.. and even that doesn’t come close!

The cars are definitely what makes the experience so much fun, and even if you’ve never Screenshot from 2016-05-06 16-15-07driven a supercar before you can still hit some serious speeds. Driving the Ariel Atom was just like being let loose in an F1 car, but the other cars were just as much fun and you really notice a difference between them when you’re at the wheel.

The only piece of advice I would give is to make the most of your time at the wheel because it absolutely flies by. The cars are tailor-made for speed too, so don’t be afraid to really push them to the limit – believe me it’s worth it!

I’ll definitely be trying another driving experience and next time I visit the track I’ll be putting the Ferraris and Aston Martins through their paces!”

If like Mike you’ve got a need for speed, why not visit one of our 29 driving experience venues across the UK & Ireland. The venue Mike visited was our York location, and he took part in a 3 Supercar Thrill. To find your nearest venue simply follow this link.

Driving Experiences: 10 Seriously Fast Supercars you Could be Driving

Winning the lottery isn’t the only way to get your hands on the wheel of a ludicrously fast luxury car. Our range of heart racing driving experiences give you the chance to channel your inner James Bond and put the car of your dreams through its paces. The only hard part is choosing from the huge range of high-spec supercars on offer. So here’s a look at ten of the most fast and furious supercars available at our sites across the country.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Estimated top speed: 202 mph
0-60: 3.4 seconds
Price: £125,000

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There’s nothing subtle about a Lamborghini, these beasts are loud and proud. If the roar of the engine doesn’t turn heads, their distinctive paintwork will. The Gallardo is even used by the Italian police force to keep criminals off the streets of Rome.

Porsche 911 GT3

Estimated top speed: 196 mph
0-60: 3.5 seconds
Price: £100,540.00

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Porsche is the largest race car manufacturer in the world, and all the speed and style of their thorough bred racers can be found in the 911 GT3.

Ferrari F430

Estimated top speed: 202 mph
0-60: 3.6 seconds
Fact: £119,500

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An icon of the motoring world, Ferraris are fast, furious and full of flair. It’s impossible not to love blasting round the track in this Italian, motoring masterpiece.

Aston Martin DB9

Estimated top speed: 183 mph
0-60: 4.6 seconds
Price: £135,527

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Like Bond, the Aston Martin oozes class, and it’s easy to see why the world’s most famous spy has a soft spot for Astons. The DB9 has featured in two of the last three 007 movies and is the ultimate combination of speed and style.

Subaru WRX STI

Estimated top speed: 155 mph
0-60: 4.5 seconds
Price: £28,995

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Subaru is rich in rallying history and the WRX STI is just as fast on the track as it is off it. This is definitely one for the boy racers out there, no matter how old they are!


Audi R8

Estimated top speed: 185 mph
0-60: 4.8 seconds
Price: £93,735

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Adding brains and brawn to the supercar scene the R8 smashes the German stereotype in style, the V8 engine is guaranteed to have petrol heads purring.

Formula Ford 2000

Estimated top speed: 130 mph
0-60: 4.8 seconds

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Single seater Formula Ford racing cars are as close as you can get to getting behind the wheel of an F1 car. So if you fancy yourself as the next Lewis Hamilton why not find out how good you really are!

Nissan GTR

Estimated top Speed: 195 mph
0-60: 2.9 seconds
Price: £76,610

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You might recognise the GTR from the Fast and Furious films but there are no Hollywood effects behind these seriously souped up street racers.

Lotus Elise

Estimated top speed: 150 mph
0-60: 4.3 seconds
Price: £35,000

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What the Elsie lacks in size it more than makes up for in speed. The small but mighty roadsters can compete with the best in terms of acceleration and when it comes to fun, nothing comes close!

Jaguar E-Type

Estimated top speed: 153 mph
0-60: 6.7 seconds
Price: £120,000

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You don’t have to be a classic car enthusiast to appreciate the E-Type, it was was recently voted the most beautiful sports car ever! and it’s no slouch either, which isn’t something you could say about most 53-year-olds.

Book your driving experience with The Activity People today!

Five ways to experience the fun of a Segway

When the Segway was first conceived, the hype surrounding the space age transporter was massive. The man behind the Segway Dean Kamen, even went as far as to predict the downfall of the car, he claimed: “It will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy”.

Unless you’re reading this whilst gliding past miserable commuters on your Segway, you have to admit ‘the future of transport’ has not made the impact it promised. Thankfully for us thrill seekers there is one thing the Segway delivers in abundance, and that is fun!

Sites across the country are now unleashing the Segway’s full potential by offering a selection of wacky Segway games and adventures designed to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of the electronic transporter.

So here’s a look at some of the best things you can get up to on board a Segway:

1. Off-road adventure

This is a great way to see some of the most picturesque parts of the country, but more importantly, it’s the best way to experience the fun of an off-road Segway. Once on board the specially adapted Segway you’ll head off the beaten track weaving through woodland and racing round bumpy cross country circuits.

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2. Segway Olympics

This is the ultimate test of everything you’ve learnt on your Segway. The Segway Olympics are a tricky combination of a number of disciplines including a race, an obstacle course and games such as the Segg and spoon race.

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3. Segway Racing

Let’s face it nothing beats the fun of a good old fashioned race. There are a range of different circuits across the country packed with tight bends and full throttle straights. The Segway has a top speed of 12.5 mph (nearly twice walking speed) so regardless of whether you come first or last you’re guaranteed to be grinning ear to ear when you cross the finish line.

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4. Obstacle Course

Once you’ve mastered the basic controls of a Segway it’s time to see how good you really are by taking on a fiendish obstacle course. The courses are packed with tight turns and sharp changes in direction which will really test your manoeuvring skills. You’ll also be tested on your ability to handle different surfaces and negotiate obstructions. Anybody can master the basics, but have you got what it takes to conquer the assault course?

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5. Segway Polo

Here’s a chance to really unleash your competitive side! Instead of playing on horseback, you and a team of four other players can grab a mallet and take to your Segways. The aim of the game is simple; glide across the pitch on your Segway and using your polo mallet do your best to whack the ball into your opponents net.
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Book your Segway experience with The Activity People today!

Plan to Be Active for World Health Day

On 7 April, people all over the globe celebrate World Health Day, but if puffed rice cakes have taught us anything, it’s that healthy doesn’t always equal fun.

But there are plenty of ways to have a blast while burning that unwanted bulk.  That’s why The Activity People have put our heads together to produce a list of activities guaranteed to make both you and your ticker exceedingly happy.

1. Combat Sports

You don’t have to fighting fit to play paintball, airsoft or laser combat. They’re fun sports that are accessible to the majority of people. But the best thing about combat sports is you’ll be getting a nice little workout without even realising it. While you’re busy playing soldier and dodging enemy fire, you’ll benefit from a great cardio workout. Plus with so much emphasis on planning and strategy you’ll be training your brain too.

2. Water Sports

For full body fitness mixed with pure exhilaration our range of water sports experiences are hard to beat. Choose from surfing, wakeboarding, wind surfing and many more. Water sports promote balance, skill and general fitness. You’re guaranteed to have a blast and flex those muscles (not least when climbing back on the board every time you fall off).

3. Climbing Sports


Like water sports, climbing will work all of your major muscle groups as well as some you might not have known were there. The Activity People offers indoor, outdoor and high rope climbing experiences all over the UK. Whether testing yourself against a purpose built climbing wall or a rocky cliff face overlooking spectacular views of the country, you’ll be flexing body and mind as you navigate your way to the peak.

These are just a few of the awesome activities you could get stuck into with the UK’s number 1 activity provider. For a list of all of the sports we offer and facilities nationwide which offer them, just visit our official site.

Adrenalin Activity Passport

Why give someone one adrenalin-fuelled activity gift experience, when you can give the THE LOT!.

Yes, new from the UK’s biggest Activity network, comes the Activity Passport This clever little gift gives the lucky recipient access to 882 activity locations in the UK – yep 882!

So, which one of your friends or family will wake up to the best gift ever on their birthday of Christmas morning. You choose – but make sure you get it right – click here

The company has been around for 15 years and is the chosen activity provider for Visit Britain, Go Outdoors and many of the companies that provide activities under their own brand. So go direct and buy into the best adrenalin activity gift voucher experience in the UK.

Activity Passport – the gateway to activity heaven

The Activity People’s Top 5 Movie Car Chases

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Throughout this week, The Activity People have been counting down their Top 5 Movie Car Chases via our Facebook page. We’ve chosen the ones that make us want to get behind the wheel and burn some rubber just like our cinematic heroes.

It was a tough decision to make, because there’re just so many great scenes to choose from, and plenty of epic, big screen wheel-spinners missed out all together.

There was no place on the list for the awesome Vanishing Point or Smokey and The Bandit. In The Bourne Supremacy, Matty Damon manages a riveting chase, despite crashing his car around fifty times, and it still didn’t make the list. They made two whole movies full of gas guzzling, car smashing action and called them both Gone In 60 Seconds, but neither could accelerate into our Top 5; nor could any of the brilliant Fast and Furious franchise.

The movies which race onto our Top 5 list are there because we think they embody all of the reasons that everybody loves a good car chase: the thunderous engine noise, the screaming tyres, the shiny bodies zipping through impressive locations and, of course, the trail of destruction they leave in their wake. And these cars are responsible for plenty of silver screen carnage.

So sit back, strap yourself in, and enjoy The Activity People’s Top 5 Movie Car Chases. Is your favourite on the list?

5. The Blues Brothers

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Jake and Elwood Blues are on a mission from God (apparently), and they’re not going to let anything stand in their way…not even a crowded shopping mall.

At the time of release, this movie held the record for most cars crashed. A total of 12 ‘Bluesmobiles’ were used throughout the film, including one built especially to fall apart.

To view the scene click here.

4. The Bourne Identity

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His Supremacy chase didn’t make the list, but a chase from this equally great movie did. The Italian Job might be a little more famous for hurtling through a grand European city in a Mini Cooper, but the live action driving in this flick really puts the beloved little car to the test.

The release of the film had to be rescheduled, after director Doug Liman ordered a series of re-shoots, including this riveting chase. We’re certainly glad he did.

To view the scene click here.

3. Bullitt

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The undisputed Daddy of the car chase and a title usually preceded by a Number 1 in lists of this nature, this exciting Steve McQueen vehicle only reached Number 3 in our list, but the iconic San Francisco streets and the unmistakable muscle car rumble will ensure that this movie lives forever in the annals of cinema history.

Director Peter Yates called for the chase to be shot at speeds of 75-80mph but the cars used managed insane speeds of over 110mph. Filming of the chase scene took more than three weeks and resulted in less than ten minutes of footage. But it’s great footage, indeed.

Two Ford Mustangs and Two Dodge Chargers were used to shoot the chase scene. All were expertly modified for high-speed chasing.  Both Chargers were junked after filming along with one of the Mustangs. McQueen attempted to purchase the remaining Ford many years later but the private owner refused to sell and to this day the car sits, un-driven, in a barn.

To view the scene click here.

2. The French Connection

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Another all time classic at Number 2. This time it’s Gene Hackman’s iconic portrayal of tough cop Popeye Doyle behind the wheel. He’s pushing the pedal to the metal in pursuit of the bad guys. The trouble is they’re not in a car. They’re in a runaway train speeding by on an overhead track.

Like Bullitt, no music accompanies the scene, though director William Friedkin edited the sequence to the tempo of Carlos Santana’s Black Magic Woman. The only sound we get during the movie is the harrowing noises of the carnage that unfolds.

The crash that takes place at the intersection of Stillwell Avenue and 86th Street was unplanned but included in the movie because of its realism. The man involved was driving to work, oblivious to the fact that the chase was being shot. Producers later paid bills for the car’s repairs.

To view the scene click here.

1. Ronin

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A gritty and intense, rocking roller coaster of a chase shot on location on the busy streets of Paris. Ronin mightn’t be the biggest movie name on the list, but with the unforgettable chase sequences director John Frankenheimer set out to create the textbook car scenes that all subsequent Hollywood speedsters would learn from and emulate. Everybody here at The Activity People thinks he definitely succeeded.

The film enlisted the crème de la crème of stunt drivers from all over the world, including former Formula 1 driver Jean-Pierre Jarier.

The chases in the movie are famous for being some of the most authentic ever committed to film, and one of the subtle tricks used to do this was a set of modified right-hand drive cars. In these impressive machines, the passenger side was made up to mirror the real controls. Robert De Niro and Natasha McElhone then mimicked the stunt drivers while the action played out.

To view the scene click here.

There you have it, The Activity People’s Top 5 Movie Car Chases in all their petrol powered glory. The films we can’t watch without wanting to leap behind the wheel and satisfy our own burning need for speed.

If you’re looking to burn some rubber, too, we offer a number of great activities that allow you to do so. Get behind the wheel in karting, rally driving and many more. They’re fast and fun adrenaline explosions, and they’re also perfectly safe.

Visit our website to find out more, then get out there and really floor it.