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.