The Lightning Skid

Hurtle around at 100 smiles an hour — press the pedal to skid your car for an extra boost!

About the Lightning Skid

Noisy and fast, and beautifully and intensely decorated, the Skid is a very popular ride dating from the 1960s.

Fun Fact: Is this a Waltzer? No!

Many people get the Skid confused with a waltzer because the shape of the cars is similar. Waltzers have hills, similar to our Ark, and the cars spin 360°.


Who can ride, and what does it cost?

The Skid is suitable for people over 1.1m tall accompanied but you must be over 1.3m to ride unaccompanied and costs 6 tokens per person to ride.

A brief history of the Lightning Skid

Find out more

Want to feature the fair in a video or photoshoot?

If you’d like to talk to us about hiring the fair, or about a feature for film or television, you’ll find our hire section has lots of information.

Want to find out more about our rides and fairground art?

At selected locations you can join Joby Carter for a 1 hour guided tour talking about the history of our rides and fairground art through the decades. Book tickets here.

Find your nearest fair

Excited to try out our vintage steam fair rides and attractions? Find out when Carters are visiting a location near you.

Coronavirus update

Following the latest advice from the UK government and Public Health England, we are reviewing our upcoming 2020 tour dates. We’re very disappointed that we can’t bring the fun of the fair to you all but we hope to see you soon in 2020 when things settle down.

We will be monitoring the situation and we will update you weekly on our social media, or as soon as the situation changes. You can also find the latest information about our 2020 tour in our blog post which we will keep updated.

Thanks for all your patience while we work through these unpredictable times.

Joby, Georgina and the Carters Team.