Go-karting franchise for children revs up in Bath
A couple who gave up their careers to enjoy a slower pace of life travelling around the country on a canal boat have launched a new business in the fast lane.
Mark Reeves, 53, who used to be the director of a children's charity, and his wife Gaynor Davies, 50 and a former executive coach, have launched a new go-karting franchise in the city. Go-Kart Party marked its arrival on Bath's children's entertainment scene with a party at the Pavilion at the weekend.
The couple are hoping the venture, which is part of a national network, will be able to cash in on the lucrative modern trend of more extravagant children's birthday parties.
Mr Reeves said: "We were both looking for a career change and this attracted both of us.
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"Having had children, we are aware of the challenges of finding something new and different for the children to do."
Go-Kart Party is said to be suitable for children aged between four and ten years old, and as well as parties the pair hope the idea will appeal to organisers of fairs and school holiday clubs.
Despite launching at the Pavilion, the Go-Karting parties are more likely to be held at smaller centres.
The couple have only been in the city a few months after the Kennet and Avon Canal was the last stretch of their year-long tour of the country's waterways in their custom-made narrowboat.
Mr Reeves said: "We decided we liked it so much here we've decided it's where we're going to live. We're looking for a permanent mooring."