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Thursday, 10 December 2020

Drive Lap Land at Silverstone this Christmas #Review

 Drive Lapland at Silverstone this Christmas


Silverstone has Christmas all wrapped up this year with the launch of it's brand-new, COVID safe Christmas extravaganza for all the family to enjoy - Lap Land. Introducing an entirely new concept to the UK at the home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone. Lap Land will be the hottest ticket around. Offering an unrivalled, unique, one of a kind experience that will create the most memorable, magical festive moments. 

Launching TODAY on 10 December, Lap Land will run through out the whole of December until the 3rd of January and will only be closed on one day for Christmas Day. itself.


In the comfort and safety of your own cars, visitors get to drive on the iconic Silverstone Formula 1 track under darkness and will be treated to a spectacular laser and light show around the circuit at this theatrical Christmas attraction. A dedicated Lap Land Radio Station has been set up to add to the festivities, providing a musical backdrop with seasonal singalong favourites to bring the Christmas spirit right into the hearts of the cars. 
After taking the chequered flag on track, Lap Land visitors can continue to enjoy the festival with a classic favourite at the Lap Land drive in cinema, flying off to join The Snowman himself.



Lap land is set to wow audiences and create a new family Christmas tradition alongside pantos, grottos and carol concerts. Lap Land will be a leisurely tour of the Silverstone track with a 30 to 40 minute experience that will give visitors plenty of time to wonder at the dazzling illuminations. Driving at no more than 5 mph and with no overtaking allowed, you'll have plenty of time to go at your own pace and take in all the lights, you might even see Santa too.


Lap Land bookings opened for pre sales last week but tickets are still available on general sale. With strong demand during pre sales, early booking is advised to secure tickets for what promises to be a real treat for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.  Lap Land opens from 10th December to 3rd January (only closed on Christmas Day) with booking slots available from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Sunday to Thursday and 4.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday, prices start at just £35 per car. Multiple screens showings of The Snowman will be available to book each night for an additional £15 per car. Silverstone offers a COVID-19 booking guarantee, with full refunds if the event is cancelled due to Government restrictions. 
 
To be on the starting grid for this ultimate Christmas attraction, visitors can book at www.silverstone.co.uk. Full terms and conditions are available on the website.

We went along to the Press Preview last night and have to say it was amazing. The lights and lasers were truly spectacular, we'd never seen anything like them. being able to do a lap of Silverstone's F1 Track has got to be one of our highlights of 2020. A dream come true.


If you love F1 like we do or simply love Christmas Lights then this is an event not to be missed. It's a fantastic family day out with no other like it. We all had a wonderful time.


Disclosure: We were invited to the Press Preview as guests for free. 
All opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and entirely our own

14 comments:

  1. This article is not only biased (to the extent I’m sure you’re on some kind of fee-based retainer) but also inaccurate in every possible way.

    This event is awful and a massive con. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem paying for a decent experience and I thought this would be good for our 8 and 2 y/o. It costs £40-50 just to drive a single lap of the circuit. Some of the lights are nice enough but nothing exceptional and nothing you couldn’t do yourself in a dark room with a torch and some coloured paper over the bulb. I jest, but we drove 90 mins each way for a 20 drive around the circuit (the other 25 mins is queuing to get in!) and once in there is nothing “festive” or specifically “Christmas” about the light show, bar a couple of large inflated balls with baubles, gifts and such inside, and some snowflake shaped lights projected onto some other tower-like objects. Oh, and there are signs on the way in which say “tune your radio to 87.7FM” which we duly did, only to find crackling static hissing out at us. We also tried on three different mobiles and an iPad, all of which delivered the same. What was it then? We were worried that we would miss out on some magical story, narrated via the radio, to amaze the little ones.... Nope, according to the elf we spoke to it was just “Christmas tunes”. Disappointing but at that point we didn’t know what the rest would be like, so by the time I sat down to write this I’d almost forgotten. Not having the radio was the least rubbish part of the trip.

    For an extra £15-20 you can then watch The Snowman in a drive-in cinema. It’s not a bad little cartoon, but it’s only 26 minutes long and after the totally, non-Christmas related lap of the course we wouldn’t have been in the mood anyway.

    Overall, I’d rate this as 1.5/10. Hope you enjoy your commission, Christine. They’ve certainly made enough money from this rip-off to pay you well 😂 Thousands of cars (probably 10s of thousands) at a minimum of £40 a car?! For what? B

    Never again.

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    1. Hi, Just so we're clear - I did not get paid, nor did I or will I receive any commission for what I wrote. I simply wrote about our experience, as we had a good one and enjoyed our night out. I'm sorry you had a bad experience but I guess everyone's opinion will be different on this.

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    2. Looks pretty terrible from the pictures honestly, I wish I hadn't booked it now.. 90min drive there and back probably just better to write off the £35...

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  2. We were really disappointed - it was much more light show than Lapland - other than a few snow globes dotted around! Novelty of driving on the track is unique but hard to fully appreciate in the dark!

    Would say it’s worth about £15 - not £35!

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    1. It's definitely a lights show but luckily for us, we liked it. AS F1 fans the experience of just being on the track made it special for us but I do know what you mean. I wish they'd given the children a little gift from Santa or something, that would have made it more Christmasy x

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  3. Have to agree with other users, we went today 12/12/20 and it was awful. Not worth £40 per car. We are F1 enthusiastically and the “light show” was just awful. Even if I was invited for free I don’t think I could even recommend it personally. I would give it a 1/10.

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    1. That's a shame as we had a nice time. I guess not being able to go anywhere as a family due to following Covid Rules, it was nice to get out (for us)

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  4. I suppose we all see life through a different prism. We (two grandparents, daughter and two grandchildren 10 & 12) went on Saturday and thought it was superb. It is a Covid safe spectacular lightshow that the organisers and staff have made festive and fun. At £11 a head for the five of us, it was good value, with a drive-in showing of The Snowman at the end. Our 12 year old grandaughter said it was one of the best things she'd done this year and our daughter plans to go again and take her husband and youngest child.

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    1. AW, I'm glad you enjoyed it. We had a great time too. A day out for us as a family of 4 would usually cost around £100 so we thought this was great value x

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  5. Visited 17.12.20.
    Great experience for a car with 4 occupants.
    We did the drive in "Snowman" cinema afterwards so at £12.50 each to have driven a lap of Silverstone not getting overtaken once , Enjoyed the laser show around the circuit and the film we think it to be good value and a very enjoyable start to our Xmas .
    Thanks to all the staff who were out in the wet and cold but were friendly ,had smiles on their faces and added to our enjoyment.
    Merry Xmas and a healthy and happier New year.
    Great event

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    1. I'm glad your family enjoyed it, we need all the enjoyment we can get right now - Happy New Year x

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  6. I wish I'd read these comments before booking. My wife and I went this evening and couldn't really be more disappointed.
    If you want to see lights done properly, go to Blackpool - where they're fabulous and free!
    We were expecting something similar but Christmas themed. As others have said, only a few snow globes and what can best be described as stage lighting. There is no experience.
    £40 wasted.

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  7. I agree, it could have been more 'Christmasy' but we still had a nice night out. Being the only experience we really got to have in late 2020 because of the restrictions in our local area.

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  8. So disappointed. What a waste of my time. My kids were so bored...

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