About Lydd Kart Circuit

Established in 1993, Lydd Kart Circuit is the fastest for outdoor Go Karting in Kent and one of the fastest in the Country. The 1040 meter track is very popular with drivers, whether they be ‘Owner Drivers’ racing their own kart(s) or ‘Arrive & Drive’ customers using our Hire Karts.

The current layout has existed since an extension was added in 1996, while our Junior Circuit measures approx 500m and is ideal for kids sessions, family sessions or children’s birthday parties.

The owner, James Clarke, took control of the Circuit in February 2011 and is investing in his vision of the future of Lydd as a Karting venue.

James was a very successful racer here at Lydd, while his son, Cameron, races Senior Rotax 125 with team Clarkekarts.  Clarke Karts Racing Team is now also in full swing, with Cameron & other race team members running owner drivers in various kart classes.  2017 James invested in an awning to further support the Clarke Karts Racing Team when visiting other circuits (our colours yellow & red, so can’t be missed!) .

James is very passionate about Lydd and Karting, so the circuit is in safe hands, and the improvements to the whole venue will continue to be ‘work in progress’.

A new storage building for the hire kart fleet has been completed, creating a much better base to work from, while the next phase of James’ original plan to resurface the track has now been done.  In 2016/2017 many customers who have known the track of old have re-visited, feedback for the new track surface continues to be been very positive.

Winter 2017/2018 the ‘New Build’ Clubhouse/Café/Offices got underway, ongoing build in 2018, nearing the end of 2019 inside walls are being painted, tiling is shortly to be done, electrician has nearly finished, internal doors are on … getting exciting now.

We host ‘Owner Driver Monthly Club Race Meetings’  providing owner drivers with the chance to go racing once a month in a friendly family atmosphere.

For more information – please click on the Owner/Driver page.

Our Hire Kart fleet ranges from Bambino (available for kids of 6 years and over, provided they are at least 1 meter tall), through single-engine Cadet and Junior chassis to twin-engine ProKarts for the Adults (If  already 17 years of age, proof of ID must be supplied when you sign on for an adult hire kart).  We welcome bookings from individuals or groups and, although we have a list of basic events on the Arrive & Drive page, we may be able to tailor an event to suit your requirements.

Pre-booking of hire karts is necessary at all times, especially for the busier summer/autumn weekends & school holidays.  We can offer arrive & drive on many days throughout the year.  Please check the calendar for dates of other events that are booked, like our LIKC club race days, private circuit hire and the dates on which other championships & outside clubs have booked to visit & host their events at the circuit.

We can offer (subject to availability) one-to-one tuition, kart preparation and kart storage. On site is Lydd Kart Shop kart shop -selling new and second-hand karts plus some spares, oils, race wear, tyres and so on.  The direct phone number for Lydd Kart Shop is: 07311 658816.

We also have a cafe (A La Kart Café & Diner / 07826 130375), contact them directly with your enquiries please.   The café and clubhouse remain open all year round for hot & cold drinks / confectionery snacks only. 

The Team

James Clarke
James ClarkeCircuit Owner
After racing at Lydd for many years in Prokart and then TKM 4-Stroke, James purchased Lydd in 2011. He is continuously working to invest in the circuit and push the venue forward.




The staff at Lydd Kart Circuit, which include office, kitchen, workshop and circuit marshals all enjoy working at the track and as a team! Everyone is in touch via radio, to ensure we keep you safe while you are in your karts and on circuit, either as an owner driver or a visiting corporate/arrive & drive hire kart customer.  We hope you enjoy your time with us and keep coming back for more events.