Please read this event description in full before booking.
This is a driving experience for children. Each mini Land Rover holds 1 driver, 5-9 years-old (inclusive) & 1 passenger, 2-4 years-old (inclusive). Strictly no adults or children over 9 years-old are allowed to drive on or in the vehicles. Please do not book one car for 2 children of driving age – they are not allowed to share driving – they will require a car each.
Mini Off-Rovers is getting revved-up to bring their mini Land Rover driving experience back to Capesthorne Hall for our first event of 2023.
We're giving you a reason to look forward to February half-term like never before!
Let your little explorers enjoy a mini Land Rover expedition around the Capesthorne Hall Estate during their half-term event – Nature Quest!
Once again, we're delighted to offer families the opportunity to take one of our mini Land Rovers – designed specifically for children – out around the Capesthorne Estate for 30 minutes to explore their woodland, lake and wider parkland – this time taking home an extra special souvenir!
Mini Off-Rovers lets children get behind the wheel and enjoy a thrilling – and as authentic a driving experience there is – for children their age. After a short practice, together with a responsible adult(s), they'll set-off around the route we have planned for you, navigating the off-road terrain and testing their driving skills as they manoeuvre their way around bends, over bridges, and through woodland. There couldn't be a better time to bring your child along for the opportunity to earn their 4x4 off-road driving licence than at Capethorne Hall's half-term 'Nature Quest'!
Land Rover is synonymous with land exploration and adventure, and for explorers and scientists, Land Rover provides an unrivalled means of transportation through some of the most difficult and inhospitable terrains on this planet. They have contributed to the preservation of fragile environments and endangered wildlife around the globe. So, whatever the quest – from jungle searches to dessert safaris – Land Rovers have enabled people to have encounters with Nature of the closest kind.
On our Mini Off-Rovers' drives this February, children enjoy the same sense of freedom and independence, out on their own exploration of the Capesthorne Hall Estate. They'll delight in the adventure of navigating the natural features of this stunning estate, which will feel just as thrilling as any real-life expedition, in their eyes!
Having completed such a testing but thrilling drive, we think our young drivers will definitely have demonstrated a level of driving ability that earns them their own licence!
Each driver will receive one of our specifically designed driving licences included in the price of the drive. Lanyards, enabling them to wear their driving licence with pride, will be available to purchase for a small additional cost.
Each driving experience is 30 minutes long, but we know you'll want to spend longer than that at this fantastic venue so we are inviting you to spend the day with us, and to make that day fun-filled, there are many more activities for your child to enjoy.
Hidden around the grounds of Capesthorne Hall are 10 Hedgehogs. It is your job to find them and see what task they have for you to complete. Some of the tasks can't be done straight away so make a note of these and you can test them out later your Half Term Holiday!
Hedgehog number 10 also needs you help! He has bumped his head and can't remember his nameso needs a new one. Its down to you to think of a new name.
Once you have got one make sure to head to the Lakeside Café where you can write down your hedgehog name, your own name and address. Put this in the 'naming box' and then a winner will; be picked at random at the end of the week which will be the winning name for our poor Hedgehog!
The winner will receive a prize in the post!
This week we have 3 crafts on offer, all of which are inspired by nature and the outdoors.
The crafts are different from each other and are suitable for the ages of 3-12, they are:
Fuzzy Bug Magnets – £1.50
Wooden Bird Decorating – £2.50
Mini Beast Stones – £2
Each craft will be a small additional fee, or for a special price of £5 you can do all 3!
While February Half Term can often be very on-off with the sun and rain, the crafts create the perfect indoor opportunity for either shelter or a rest before carrying on with Hedgehog Trail.
The Lakeside Café will be serving hot and cold food.
On this occasion, you are NOT completing the trail in your mini Land Rover. The Hedgehog Trail is a walking trail. The Mini Land Rover drive is a 30min constant drive with no stopping.
There are several cars available at each time slot so choose your preferred time and press 'book', you will then be able to increase the number of bookings at this time slot on the next page.
Important information – PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING.
By booking, you are confirming you have read the Activity Participation Agreement and read the following:
A maximum of 2 adults per paying child are eligible for free entry. All other adults in the party will be subject to an entry fee onto the Capesthorne Estate.
There is a £2 parking fee per vehicle – payable upon entry into the car park.
Siblings between and including the ages 2-4years, are once again welcome to ride as a passenger for free.
Actual drive is 30 minutes. Total driving time (including practice) is 40 minutes.
There must be one adult to supervise each vehicle in your booking. The accompanying adult must be able to keep-up with the vehicle at all times to provide constant supervision and to be able to assistance if needs be. The accompanying adult must be able to manage a 30 minute fast-paced walk (very fast in places) in order to do so. This will mean that it may not be appropriate for one adult to bring a child of driving age plus younger siblings that require papooses/prams/pushchairs, as this will inhibit them from being able to keep-up with the vehicle. Younger siblings may also prove a distraction from being able to supervise adequately.
We shall refuse to allow a drive to commence if they do not have the appropriate level of adult supervision. No refunds will be given in these circumstances.
It may be inappropriate to bring along some breeds of dog that are not able to manage a fast-paced walk.
We have set the minimum driving age at 5 years old. Each vehicle weighs 200kg and unlike other vehicles of a similar nature that children may be used to driving, such as quad bikes, these vehicles are not power assisted, so as well as being heavy, they are tough to steer.
Each child will therefore be required to complete a short driving practice – allowing us to assess their capability at handling the vehicle. By age 5 years, most children can manage them, but height, strength, confidence, concentration and awareness also factor in their ability to be able to drive safely – both to themselves and others.
During the practice, children will have to, for example, demonstrate that they can follow our instruction, drive at a steady pace, be able to navigate around static objects and do an emergency stop. It is solely the decision of Mini Off-Rovers staff as to whether the child has completed the practice satisfactorily and is thus deemed capable of safely completing this experience.
A driving practice will take place for a maximum of 10 mins. Sometimes a longer practice will result in a satisfactory demonstration of driving ability but this is not possible due to the timed-slots nature of this event.
No refunds will be given if a child cannot complete a satisfactory demonstration of skill during their allocated 10 min driving practice, and therefore cannot complete the experience.
No adults or children above the maximum driving age are allowed to sit in or on the vehicle, completely or incompletely, at any time.
No auto shut-off button is distributed to supervising adults during this event; a child has to be deemed safe to drive independently in order to drive on this experience.
A parent will be required to sign a copy of our Activity Participation Agreement and a Liability Waiver before the experience commences. Please read these prior to booking. Links to both can be on our Home Page.
If staff witness behaviour that is not compliant with the Activity Participation Agreement, Mini Off-Rovers will stop the experience with immediate effect. No refunds will be given in these circumstances.
In line with our T&Cs, no refunds shall be given for whatever reason 13 days or less prior to the event, including bookings made for the wrong date, so please check this carefully.
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Event dates: 11th-14th April 2024
This is a driving experience for children. Each mini Land Rover
Event dates: Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
(there are no drives happening on Saturday)