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“Not the experience we were expecting”
Review of Hover Force Ltd

Hover Force Ltd
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Frodsham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hovercraft Racing, Off Road Buggy Trials, DTV Shredder & Segway Experiences for groups and individuals. Outdoor Activities for Stags & Hens, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Teambuilding, Redletterdays and to suit all ages 7+. Located next to M56 at Frodsham
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 15 June 2014

The booking was for a group of 5 on arrival we found no signage along marsh lane for directions.
Paul and the staff were all helpful and friendly, the instructions on the tuition lap were clear and helpful in getting to grips with the handling of the hovercraft.
On the down side after the tuition lap when we were allowed out on our own both hovercraft broke down with the same problem a snapped steering bolt early in the session we were informed this was a common fault and easy fix, this meant by the time we came to the end of the timed session we all had only done 1 session each of approx. 3 laps. If this problem happened regularly as we were informed then a stronger or alternative part needs fitting to allow paying customers full track time.
The buggy course was very basic and not very challenging, basically drive up and down a flat field, the course is set out in a double U shape with a small log ramp on 3 of the bends. This course is ok for anyone completely new to motorsports driving but if you have participated in any form of motorsport before then it wouldn't challenge you in the slightest. In general i think the experience was ok the Hovercraft could have and would have been good if they hadn't broken down with a known fault and the overall experience was not good value for the money paid even if we hadn't had any brake downs. As their was only 2 hovercrafts and 2 buggies in my option if their is 6 or more in your party you will find their will be a lot of standing round time when really you have paid to drive an off road activity.

3  Thank wayne c
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Hover F, Owner at Hover Force Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

It's always good to hear customer feedback. We would like to address a few comments made. The booking was made for 8 but only 5 showed up. We have a late cancellation policy and the group of 5 had to pay for their no shows. Both hovercraft didn't break down, they were both broken by 2 members of the group mishandling the controls and snapping the steering rods. It only happens when drivers are pushing the steering too hard. We brief and teach to be smooth and gentle with the controls. Nevertheless both hovercraft were fixed within 15 minutes. Track time is 5 laps which was completed by all. The buggy track is an experience in driving a powerful rear wheel drive buggy often in a wet muddy environment. It is not classed as a Motorsport or racing track and is designed to cater for all abilities. To this end it was a pleasure to have this group of very experienced stock car drivers a few of whom have competed in Formula 1 stock car as well as karting. I challenge them to come back when it's wet and muddy to test their skills further. With speeds upto 40mph and no brakes a maximum of 2 hovercraft can operate at a time. Likewise with buggies travelling at 40mph weighing 700kgs only 2 buggies can be operated safely. The hovercraft are single seat and the buggies are 2 seat. That's a total of 6 participating at a time. This group of 5 were more than catered for such that one of our members of staff had to act as a passenger for one of the buggies. For groups of 16 or more we recommend them doing body zorbs or one of our other activities as well.

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

I've done a bungy jump, done a sky dive, even driven a Ferrari....but nothing compares with the hovercraft. Finally something beat me!!!
I dare anyone to give it a go -it's a must do activity!
The instructor was great and we all had a fabulous time. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

2  Thank Philomena P
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Bought a ticket for 5 as a Christmas present - we used this in March 2014

First of all, this is an unusual and fun experience. We had a windy day, which made for a challenge - but the instruction is good & we all felt safe. I had hoped we would have had 2 or three machines, but one broke on the day and the third was a kiddie version - so we had to take turns in one hovercraft, which meant a bit of wating around.

Make sure you take some warm clothing, the site is quite exposed (it in view of the M56, so keep your eyes open and you may see people having a go!). As I say, we were stood around a while & it is surprising how quickly the wind can chill you.

On the negative side, we did have some trouble with the booking - I organised over the phone 6 weeks in advance due to lack of available weekend dates, but my booking was 'lost' and on the day the owner did make every effort to rectify the situation - simply put, he was not expecting any customers, but he managed to get the hovercraft to site at short notice & give us a great experience. Advice here - make sure you get confirmation by email - a telephone conversation is not enough.

The other point I would make is that there is a total lack of any signs - just a plaque to say 'Hover Force Here' would help. You simply need to turn up and look for the machines in the field.

Give it a go - you are sure to enjoy it.

1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Booked a hovercraft experience for 6 family and friends for xmas. Everyone really enjoyed the experience. The instructor, Paul, was very good and made the whole experience fun and enjoyable. Will be doing this again, highly recommend this activity.

2  Thank w0rldly1
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We had a fantastic afternoon of off road buggy action. You get a proper adrenaline rush bouncing around the course! The whole team were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back again soon for another go on the buggies and a chance to try out the hover craft. Awesome experience, get involved!!

2  Thank Andy H
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