REVIEW: It’s lights out & away we go at Silverstone’s Lap of Lights

With Christmas given the green light this year, Silverstone’s Lap of Lights is giving racing fans the ultimate experience with a festive twist.

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As a fan of F1, you can imagine my excitement when the email landed in my inbox to come and check out the Lap of Lights at the famous Silverstone Circuit for the attraction’s opening night – and it didn’t disappoint.

The Lap of Lights allows you to drive your car around the 3.36mile track, which has a rich history in F1, while experiencing a light show like no other.

Anthony Davidson took to the track in Lewis Hamilton’s World Championship winning W10

You’ll drive up the Hamilton Straight, take your place on the start grid, and navigate your way around Copse, Maggotts and Becketts as you join Father Christmas on a magical journey around the globe.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll be able to channel your inner Lando Norris though (I’m a McLaren fan, FYI), as the speed limit around the track is five MPH, which gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in the light show.

Whether you’re a racing fan or don’t know the first thing about F1 or the Moto GP, you’ll still be blown away by everything that the award-winning attraction has to offer this year.

You can tune into the Lap of Lights radio for Christmas songs as you make your way around the track, before parking up and making your way to The Lodge, which is located right over the pits and start grid.

Get your skates on in the F1 Pits and pit lane

As we went on opening night, we were also incredibly lucky to see Sky Sports presenter and soon to be retired F1 Driver, Anthony Davidson, drive Lewis Hamilton’s Championship-winning W10 around the track with nothing but the light show to guide him – impressive.

Inside The Lodge, you can take your seat on snuggly sofas and enjoy live music as you tuck into delicious festive food and cocktails, before exploring a range of thrilling activities.

Those who are fans of F1 can try their hand at driving for one of the 2021 teams in a state-of-the-art simulator. I tried it, and it’s harder than it looks. I had more lap times deleted than probably all of the drivers combined in the 20 that I did.

We gave it our best shot in the sims of the 2021 Williams and Alpine at The Lodge

You can also get your skates on in the Ice Trak, located in the F1 pit lanes, where you’ll also find cars from previous seasons; have a go at axe throwing or curling, and for little ones, there’s a cinema showing Christmas classics including Elf and Home Alone.

The Lap of Lights is also great value for money with tickets priced for just £30 per car including entrance to The Lodge, so if you can fill up every seat, it makes for a really reasonably priced night out.

A truly magical experience that’s bound to put even the biggest Scrooge into the Christmas spirit, Silverstone’s Lap of Lights is an unforgettable event for everyone to enjoy.

A huge thank you to Silverstone for having me, I have a feeling that the Lap of Lights is set to become a festive family tradition for an F1-loving family.

If you fancy going along, it runs until Monday, January 3, 2022. Click here to book your tickets and find out more!

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