IMPORTANT UPDATE: Monday 4th Jan 2021, 20:34
This evening the Government has decided to move all of the UK into Tier 5 until at least the February half term. This will certainty prevent any driving experience events taking place during that time and could possibly prevent own vehicle track days from running also.
Anyone who has a booking that has to be cancelled will have full credit to rebook for an alternative date when safe to do so.
Until we have 100% confirmation of what can/ cannot go ahead we will not be sending out any direct announcements to customers. Please standby patiently whilst we make critical enquiries with our venues, suppliers and local authorities so we are able to issue clear and precise instructions on how this latest update has affected your booking.
Please stay safe and follow the government guidelines, we will be in touch by email as soon as we can.
Earlier Updates regarding affecting of events from the COVID-19 pandemic can be found below.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Thursday, 31st Dec 2020, 14:15pm
Following the UK Government's decision to move further areas of the UK into the new tier of restrictions - Tier 4 - in redoubled efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, effective midnight on Thursday, 31st December 2020, we can confirm that, unless we have been informed otherwise, immediate forthcoming events in these affected areas have been postponed.
However, as we recently advised when London and areas of the South East of England were moved into this tier on 21st December, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that you have not lost your money.
We are still keeping in regular contact with all of our suppliers and venues, and in the majority of cases, your payment will be held as credit with the supplier, and when the opportunity arises for you to reschedule your original booking on new dates, either our Customer Service team or the supplier directly will be in contact with you to inform you of this.
We will still be endeavouring to keep this article on our Help Desk page regularly updated, and would ask that you please bookmark and keep checking back for further updates so as not to overwhelm our communication channels. Your patience and understanding at this time is much appreciated, thank you again for your support - we hope you and your families are staying safe at this present time.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Thursday, 26th Nov 2020, 15:45pm
Following the most recent announcement from the UK Government on 9th September 2020, we are now informing our customers that close gatherings of groups of more than six people are not permitted at events as of Monday, 14th September 2020.
Aside from any venues we have listed below that are under local lockdown or Tier 3 measurements, or that we have posted separate notices about on our Help Desk, nothing else has or is being cancelled (that we know about), but you must stay away from other customers and limit your spectator numbers. We please ask all our customers to ensure this rule is strictly adhered to. The providers will do their best to keep everyone safe and prevent customers being gathered together.
This rule is now law and anyone who breaches this rule could receive a £100 fine as well as risking the event being shut down on the day. Please keep a close eye on your email inbox and our social media channels for any updates.
We understand that you may have additional queries or concerns before booking or attending a forthcoming track day or driving experience with us. To this end, we have put together a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions we have received in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that these will be able to give you clarity and put your mind at ease so you can focus on enjoying your event safely.
How can I be sure the event I am booked onto is going ahead?
The fastest and simplest way to find out if your event is running is to check you have received the confirmation e-mail of your event going ahead, and also check that you have not received a cancellation notification email at any point after you received this confirmation email. We would strongly advise you check Spam or Junk folders if you cannot locate this to be sure.
Should it be deemed necessary to cancel an event for COVID-19 reasons, a local or national lockdown, or any other official directives under the Tier system, we will reach out to all affected customers by email to arrange a rebooking with them.
You may be contacted by email a few days before your event with a reminder that it is forthcoming, which will also fully outline what to expect when you arrive and also any safety measures or instructions you need to follow and observe prior to the event.
- Events we know are cancelled:
5th / 11th / 12th December: Prestwold Hall (driving experiences)
All of December: Silverstone (driving experiences and track days)
Is my event affected by the new Tier System?
The UK Government announced on Monday, 23rd November 2020 that the current national lockdown - which commenced on Thursday, 5th November 2020 - will end effective midnight on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. After which point, all areas of the UK will be placed in the areas of the Tier system that was in place prior to the lockdown; Tier 1 (Medium), Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).
Events that are taking place at venues in all tiers will, to the best of our knowledge, and excluding any mentioned above, remain unaffected. This includes venues that are in Tier 3, which is the highest level of restrictions, as the UK government have clearly outlined that outdoor activities where social distancing can be observed may continue - which our suppliers and venues have worked incredibly hard on to ensure this is the case - and that it is legal to travel to an area that is in this tier to take part in outdoor activities.
Furthermore, as recreational driving is also allowed under Tier 3, this covers the absolute definition of a track day or driving experience. However, if an event has to be cancelled because of an implemented local lockdown or any official directives, we will contact all affected customers to discuss their options, and rest assured we will of course continue to closely monitor any situation that may arise regarding this.
Are spectators allowed to attend?
Any spectators that are allowed on site at a venue must be in line with the current UK Government guidance on gatherings effective from 14th September 2020, and also the Tier System to monitor and control local levels of infection that will be effective again from 2nd December 2020, whereby gatherings of more than six people are not allowed. Any gathering of more than six people is not permitted and will result in a £100 fine being issued by authorities.
Please also be advised that the number of spectators that pre-booked drivers are allowed to bring along will differ from venue to venue, and your attention is drawn to the directives surrounding this in the details that are issued to you before the event takes place.
We would strongly advise that you do not bring along any spectators who are over the age of 60, or who classify as high risk with pre-existing medical history, unless it is absolutely necessary. In the case of the vast majority of our venues and suppliers, any spectators that are allowed on site must be from the same household or support bubble.
Parents or guardians must also take full responsibility for their children or minors to observe and adhere to social distancing and other safety precautions that have been put in place to ensure the safety and well being of all staff and customers.
I am currently classed as shielding / vulnerable. Will I still be able to attend?
Restrictions regarding those who are classed as shielding or vulnerable have, since 1st August 2020, been allowed to attend events again as per the issued Government guidelines. We will of course continue to monitor this situation and should anything change, then we will amend our advice accordingly.
What safety measures have been taken to ensure my safety when I attend one of your events?
Our suppliers are committed to keeping you safe and playing their part in containing the spread of COVID-19. Each supplier has put together their own safety plan to align with the ever-evolving government safety guidelines.
We have over 30 active driving experience suppliers operating across 80 venues nationwide, and each have their own unique safety plan. Below is a generalised summary of what most suppliers are doing to help keep drivers, spectators, instructors and event staff safe during the running of an event.
The measures below are generic and may differ between venues/suppliers. Specific instructions related to your booking will be sent a few days prior to the event.
- The numbers of visitors will be reduced, and social distancing will be adhered to where possible in all areas of the facility. One way systems will be in place to prevent crowding.
- At some of our venues, where spectators are allowed, they will be limited (as outlined above) or in some cases not permitted at all.
- New arrivals will have their temperature checked before being allowed on site.
- Visitors showing symptoms (a raised temperature) will be refused entry.
- Hand sanitiser will be widely available across the facility for visitors and staff, and application of this will be a requirement before entering any buildings or vehicles.
- Staff will wear PPE equipment (gloves/masks) at all times.
- Drivers briefings will be done online, or outside under an open marquee if it is not possible for this to be done virtually.
- Visitors must bring and wear their own masks (available for purchase on the day).
- Visitors may bring their own full face helmets, as helmet hire / sharing is not available on the day (this applies only to open top race cars such as the Ariel Atom).
- Vehicles will be wiped down with sanitiser in all the areas that a driver comes into contact with (door handles, steering wheel, gear stick, seat, seat belts etc) before and after each drive.
- Visitors will be advised to make contactless payments only when on site.
What safety measures have been taken to ensure my safety when participating in one of your events?
As above, we have put together a list of some of the universal safety measures that our suppliers have put in place to ensure your safety when taking part in one of our driving experience or track day events. Again, guidance will vary between venues and suppliers, so this is a general list of guidelines, and details for your specific event will be provided to you nearer the time.
- Physical contact with instructors, team or staff members - including handshakes - is strictly prohibited.
- Instructors will remain 2 metres away from you at all times until you are seated in your vehicle.
- In the vehicle itself, instructors and team members will be adhering to the 1 metre + rule - meaning 1 metre of space, and additional measures such as wearing a protective mask and visor at all times.
- Team members or instructors will give instructions looking towards the track without looking directly towards you.
- Vehicles such as supercars will predominantly be those with convertible roofs that are allocated for driving experience days. This is to allow the roof to come down for increased ventilation.
- Where it is not possible for a vehicle to be open top, or in case of bad weather conditions, the windows will be down in all vehicles to ensure adequate ventilation.
- All vehicles will be fully sanitised before and after every drive.
Are your suppliers taking measures to ensure that their staff are fit to work / are not asymptomatic / spreading the virus to customers?
Many of our suppliers and venues are conducting health checks, but again this will vary from venue to venue and supplier to supplier. Where they are conducting health checks, they are checking their staff’s temperatures before (and in some cases after) they start their shift. Where they identify as having symptoms of or coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19, for their safety and yours they will be advised to isolate and follow NHS 111 advice.
I’m still not confident about attending.
If your event has been affected by a lockdown or other Government directives, we will contact you to discuss rearrangement of your booking. If your event is still scheduled to go ahead, and you are able to reschedule, the normal fees for changing the date will apply. You will also need to make sure that any rescheduled date occurs before your voucher expires.
I am currently classed as shielding / vulnerable. Will I be able to extend my voucher before it expires?
At present, we are only able to offer free of charge voucher extensions to those who can submit documentation to show that the attendee is required by the Government to shield, or socially distance. You are more than welcome to provide this to us, and any documentation submitted for review will be destroyed after the extension application is closed.
Can I still purchase a driving experience from TrackDays?
Yes, you can. Please do take a look at the Special Offers area of our website, as this has all the very latest discounts and offers we have on our driving experiences available.
I’d like to report an issue. How do I contact you?
In the first instance, we advise you to head to the Help section of our website, as most answers to questions can be found there. If you are unable to find the answer to your query, you can head to the Contact Us section of our website to find details of how to get in touch with us.