'Life-sized video game' go kart attraction zooms into Kent in UK first

The Battlesnake game at BattleKart in Sittingbourne
-Credit: (Image: BattleKart)

An attraction combining indoor karting and gaming to create a 'life-sized video game' is zooming into Kent in a UK first. BattleKart allows between two and 12 drivers to bump, dodge and race without crashing on their way to victory.

Bosses say it combines the physical thrill of karting with the strategy of video gaming, using augmented reality technology and electric karts. There are six individual games for players to choose from: BattleColor, BattleVirus, BattleSnake, BattlePool, BattleRace and BattleFoot.

Each game has a different footprint projected from above, with tips and tricks available to enhance the experience. BattleKart is being brought to the UK by Kent couple Paul Scriven and Carly Warner who came across it on social media a few years ago.

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They teamed up with Paul’s father Lee, who has previously developed the London Bridge Experience and London Tombs. BattleKart, in Sittingbourne, will open its doors to the public today (July 6).

Ken Brennan, director of BattleKart Sittingbourne, said: “We’re very excited to bring BattleKart to the UK as it offers something new and original, whether it’s for small groups of friends and family, birthday parties, hen and stag parties, or corporate team building events. Above all else, it’s great fun!

"If you’re old enough to remember playing Snake on your phone, you’ll love being inside the game, gathering fruits, blocking your opponents and aiming to be the longest snake at the end of the session. Or you might be a football fan but instead of sitting in front of the TV or on a cold pitch, the whole family can come along and play BattleFoot.

"Although the field is virtual, the ball will react perfectly to all your dribbles and shots. Obviously the winning team is the one that has scored the most goals when the whistle blows!"

Carly Warner and Ken Brennan at BattleKart Sittingbourne
Carly Warner and Ken Brennan at BattleKart Sittingbourne -Credit:BattleKart

BattleKart originated in Belgium. It now operates in France, Germany, Netherlands, as well as Australia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

Mr Brennan added: “BattleKart is at the heart of our new Battle Games Kent concept, which will also see the arrival of VR and arcade gaming later this year combining the latest technology and games, with arcade nostalgia that will allow visitors to take a trip down memory lane."

BattleKart is at Hooks Hole Farm, Chestnut Street, Borden, Sittingbourne. It is open to all ages but those taking part must be taller than 145cm or 4’ 9.1” inches.

The attraction will be open from noon to 10pm from Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. To book a session or hire the venue, which also includes a drinks bar, visit the website here.

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