Three Sisters Circuit
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Three huge spoil heaps, referred to as the Three Sisters, were a legacy of extensive coal mining at Garswood Hall Colliery. Begun in 1867, this was a ceaseless enterprise until 1958, nearly a century later. Postindustrial Revolution slag heaps were a common sight around the country, often blighting the landscape for years before re-greening and reclamation plans brought benefits for the people living around them. The people of Wigan were no exception; and whilst their slag heaps also became affectionately known to locals as the Wigan Alps, it took a further 20 years until these vast eye-sores metamorphosed into a glorious 44-hectare country park and woodland.
Work began in the late 1970’s, and today the Three Sisters Local Nature Reserve, aside from featuring a boating lake and picnic area, also boasts a thriving wildlife wetland. An extensive network of footpaths attracts walkers, cyclists and even horse riders. It is also home to one of the UK’s most exciting race circuits.
Notable motorsport celebrities associated with the circuit include Neil Hodgson, who won the 2000 British Superbike Championship - his first win came in 1990 at the Three Sisters Circuit. The circuit was also one of five to be chosen to host the 2006 season for McLaren Mercedes’ Champions of the Future, a series aimed at creating an environment in which young, aspiring drivers from all backgrounds could excel. The class champions that year were Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton (Cadet), Andrew Delahunty (Yamaha), and German Touring Car champion Gary Paffett (Intercontinental).
The circuit in 2006, not long after the introduction of floodlighting
Forty years on, the circuit still welcomes drivers of all ages and entry-levels for a range of motorsport activities including drifting, Supermoto, Minimoto, ACU motorbike racing, car rallies and sprints, and karting for all ages.
Outdoor karting is a step-up from indoor tracks - join us to practice, train, compete, or simply to have fun with friends.
For children aged 8 or over, karting parties, kart practice, race-craft tuition and even open racing for kids.
With our new fleet of karts and impressive safety record, we can deliver an outstanding hospitality package to impress your guests.
For those stag and hens out there looking for something different to do... imagine being sat inches from the ground!
Need a race circuit for filming, a dealer day or to launch a new product? ...our circuit is available for exclusive hire in its entirety.
Bring your rear-wheel-drive car and experience the thrill of drifting on the North West's most famous drift tracks.
If you have a valid driving licence and a road-legal car, you can drive around our 1.1km outdoor circuit on selected days.
Testing sessions give Motorsport UK licensed drivers or ACU licensed riders the opportunity to test before their next race.
Available in various denominations, Three Sisters gift vouchers are the perfect present for motorsport enthusiasts of any age.
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