Last week we hosted the Go Kart Grand Prix 2016 with London Play supported by the Henry Surtees Foundation and Canary Wharf Group. It was a great day out in the sunshine with teams from across London designing, building and racing their own Go Karts. Well done to our winning teams and all who took part and a huge thank you to all who helped make the even possible!

Thrills and spills! #gokart2016

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On Friday, April 8th, we hosted London’s first ever Girl Kart Grand Prix with teams of girls designing, building and racing their very own go kart creations here on the farm. The event was run with London Play and Dare To Be Different.

The teams designed and built some fantastic karts and the culmination of the day were the exhilarating go kart races across the farm. Ex-racing driver Susie Wolff handed out the prize to winning team Kartelle from South East London. Congratulations!


A big thank you to all those who made this event possible, especially all of the amazing volunteers. And for those who missed out, there are plans for another race for girls and boy in August! More details from London Play.

For more photos and stories from the day visit London Playand you can see how the day’s events unfolded below via Storify.

On Sunday, the fields of Mudchute were taken over by busy teams of people, as they furiously hammered and sawed against the clock. It was of course the Go-Kart Grand Prix, organised in collaboration with London Play. ‘Expect the worst but prepare for the best’ was the motto of the day as tarpaulins had been strung in the trees for shelter against the rain storms, but a gentle shower during the four hour build only cooled the young carpenters down. The race heats started just as the sun came out and visitors to the farm eagerly lined the racetrack to cheer the young people on. The imagination that went into each machine gave the day a distinct similarity to Wacky Races, but luckily no dastardly foul play took place! I think everyone left feeling a winner as teams were seen slinking out of the farm, go-kart in tow and cheeks rosy from a day running up and down hills. Without bragging too much you should all know that Team Mudchute came first with the Mudchute Lol Machine! A huge thank you to London Play and all the other play organisations and families who took part. See you for the Go-Kart Grand Prix 2014!!!!

You can find the full set of photos from the day on flickr here.