Get your motor running at TRAX. With over one mile of nerve shredding twists and turns and 3 levels of circuits to choose from. Kart racing at Trax will get your adrenaline pumping. The Fleet of race karts are geared and tuned to reach speeds up to 70mph. All lap times are relayed back to race control and the pit lane so you can monitor your driving skill in comparison to the other drivers in your qualifying sessions. Race Grad Prix style format, similar to the F1 World Championship where drivers have a practise session and then go into timed qualifying heats. Or opt for the Endurance race, fantastic non-stop action for the more experienced kart racer. Here team members must work together and develop tactics to ensure victory over the other teams within your group.
The lap times then allow a final start grid to be made up of all the competing drivers, with the fastest drivers on the front row. Watch out Lewis Hamilton! Open weekends and school holiday Wednesdays. Bookings only on weekdays. Full details at www.traxmotorsport.co.uk.
After tearing up the race track you are bound to be in need of lunch. McDonald’s and KFC can be found on the docklands if speed is still what you have in mind. Alternatively make your way back into the city centre and to lunch in one of the many bars where you can eat and chat whilst the latest tunes play in the background.
The Forum Bar on Winkley Street. By night Forum is an Uber trendy bar all polished floors and chandeliers, by day it is an oasuis of calm. Somewhere to enjoy a coffee or continental beer. They offer high quality, stylish, contemporary bar food in modern surroundings.
Passion for Fashion
If it’s your plan to hit the city centre bars, pubs and clubs this evening then looking planning your look or getting ‘bang on trend’ is an essential part of the planning of your evening. Of course the main shopping hubs of Fishergate and Friargate house many of the high street retailers we all know and love, from Primark to French Connection. But, nestled in between are independent fashion stores and boutiques that should not be overlooked. The Closet, CocoBoo, Originals, Dr Kruger, Fusion, DB3, Duffer, Hudz, Ocean and Couture are just a few worth trying on for size.
With the outfit sorted the next thing is to plan your night on the town. Here are just a few suggestions.
Cocktails and Glamour
If this is your scene a number of Preston venues bring a touch of glitz and glam to your evening.
Coctails and Kuckoos
The latest cocktail venue in Preston, Kuckoo offers an extensive and unique cocktail menu in a new drinking experience for the city centre. Situated in Fox Street, at the heart of the local night life, the bar has enthusiastic bartenders, who provide an attention to detail and theatrical presentation that never fails to satisfy. Open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you would much rather enjoy a pint than a pinacolada then the Preston real ale trail might be for you. Pubs listed in the trail include The Wellington and The Old Black Bull in the city centre and The New Continental just next to the beautiful Avenham and Miller Parks. Preston often hosts meeting of the local branch of Cambra (campaign for real ale) - www.westlancscamra.org.uk. A copy of the Preston Cask Ale trail can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre.
Concerts, clubnights and comedy
If live entertainment is part of your party plans there are a number of venues you nee to be aware of.
Preston Guild Hall and 53 Degrees bring many big name in music, comedy and theatre to the city so make sure you have checked listings before your visit - www.prestonguildhall.com or www.53degrees.net
The famous Frog and Bucket Manchester comedy venue opened its doors in Preston in 2008. Show nights are Wednedays, Friday and Saturday. See www.frogandbucket.com/preston
The Mad Ferret is famous in Lancashire as a premier live music venue. The Mad Ferret prides itself on its promotion of local and unsigned music allowing performers the chance to come and play in the often packed out surroundings of its 180+ capacity room. Offering a range of gig nights each week to suit all musical tastes the Mad Ferret has something for everyone.