Where is it?

    • Hermits Hill
    • Burghfield Common
    • Reading
    • RG7 3YG

Burghfield Boxkart Bash takes place on the Reading Road (also known as Hermits Hill) between Burghfield Common and Burghfield. The  start point is at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association  Headquarters and the end point at The Hatch.

By Car

Parking is located in the field at the corner of Sulhamstead Road and Clay Hill Road. Approximate postcode for Sat Nav RG30 3SE.

There is a £2 parking charge which, of course, goes to charity.

Disabled parking is on the corner of James Lane and Reading Road.

By Public Transport

Bus No 2/2a from Reading to Mortimer stops near the start and the end of the course.

By Bike

Bike parking is available at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association HQ and The Hatch.  Please be aware that the road will be closed, so you will  need to dismounted and walk for Guide Dogs.

What happens when?

Burghfield Boxkart Bash takes place on Sunday 24th June 2018.

Event Schedule

0900 Hermits Hill closed to traffic

1100 Gates Open – Come and meet the teams in the pits

1145 Guide Dog Display at Guide Dogs HQ

1200 Racing Starts – The fun begins…

1300 England vs Panama Live on big screen TV

1330 Guide Dog Display at Guide Dogs HQ

1400 Vintage Tractor Grand Parade

1700 Racing Complete – Make your way to The Hatch  for the prize giving

1800 After Party at The Hatch Gate Inn – Live Music and a Buffet

1900 Hermits Hill re-opens

What is the best viewing spot?

Anywhere along the course will give you a great view of the Karts but there are 3 main areas:

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association HQ

This is our pit area. Go here to see the Karts up close and chat to the teams. Once racing begins , this is a good place to see the start and the Dog Leg Chicane.

Here you will also find a Bar, burgers, chips and more from So Fast, So Good and toilets.

Roselawn Corner

In front the Roselawn hotel is the fastest area of the track. This is where the new Super Soaker feature is located – water pistols for sale – and the Roselawn Kicker – scene of some spectacular crashes last year!

Here you will also find another Bar, food from the Mortimer Sausage Company and Mingo’s Caribbean BBQ as well as toilet facilities.

The Hatch

The finish line is at The Hatch. Cheer you favourite Karts as they cross the line!

The Hatch will feature a big screen TV showing highlights of the Box Kart racing and

England vs Panama Live

For the kids, there will be a range of family entertainment including a Funfair.

Of course, The Hatch will have yet another Bar, and more food options, including curry by Burghfield Spices and toilets.


All the bars serve a range of real-ale from local breweries, chilled lager, cider by local producer Tutt’s Clump, wine & prosecco and soft drinks.

To reduce our usage of single-use plastic, we charge a £2 deposit for a reusable glass. At the end of the event you can keep the glass to reuse at home, donate your deposit to charity or return the glass to the bar for a refund. If you already have one of our reusable glasses from another Burghfield Santa’s event bring that along instead!

Card payments, including cash-back, are accepted at all the bars.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. We will have water available for 4 legged friends at the bars, but please be aware that the pavements will be very crowded with thousands of people.

I live on Hermits Hill, will I have access during the event?

The Road will be closed from 9am until 6pm. If you think you will need to leave your house during the day then please arrange to have your car parked on James Lane, Reading Road prior to the road closure, we are aware than emergencies do happen – and if you desperately need to leave your property by car during racing, please contact the number you have been provided and give the team time to stop the race, ensure the course is clear of karts, move the race obstacles and escort your vehicle through the course.

How can I help?

The Box Kart Bash would not be possible without the support of  our volunteers. To make sure we get the coverage we need, and to ensure the volunteers get to enjoy the event, staffing is allocated in 4 hour shifts.

We’re using SignUp.com to manage this. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Go to our SignUp page on SignUp.com
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please Contact Us  and we can sign you up manually.

…and finally

Despite the Burghfield Santas (the Organisers) taking all reasonable precautions, box karting can be dangerous and unavoidable incidents can happen. You attend at your own risk and take full responsibility for your own safety, any and all persons attending with you under the same booking(s). The Organisers, the Sponsors and the Local Council accept no responsibility whatsoever or howsoever caused for any damage, loss, or injury to any equipment, person or persons (as an organiser, volunteer, spectator or entrant) and/or property.

  • PLEASE follow the instructions of the Marshals; they are there for your safety.
  • NEVER stand in Prohibited Areas, escape roads, or attempt to cross the course with a kart approaching or against the instruction of a Marshal.
  • PLEASE use the official car parks. Parking on roadside grass verges may result in a Parking Ticket being issued by the Police and could also prohibit emergency access.
  • CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult who should be responsible for their behaviour.
  • PLEASE be aware that this is not the Mediterranean and the weather could be unpredictable. Please dress accordingly with adequate clothing & footwear on the day.
  • DO NOT block access roads or double park, they may be needed by Rescue Units in an emergency.
  • ALWAYS stand on the crowd side of barriers, DO NOT sit children on top of pedestrian fencing, or protrude limbs through the barriers.
  • DO NOT light fires or any BBQ. They can cause major fires as straw will be present.
  • SMOKING is prohibited unless in a designated smoking area.
  • DOGS are welcome, however, please keep them on the lead and under control. Please clear up after them.
  • TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME. We all want to come back again next year and the event is staffed entirely by volunteers that will need to collect your rubbish before the road can be re-opened.
  • AND FINALLY. The event takes place with the consent of West Berkshire Council and the Residents on route. Please do not do anything to damage the good relationship we have with the people concerned.