The Derbyshire Theme Park Factory

World Class Theme Park Engineering since 1980

Garmendale have been designing, making and mending theme park rides and systems since 1980. Originally the business was established with a focus on specialist welding, aiming for and achieving standards that others couldn’t reach.


The business started in a single industrial unit but soon grew as new team members were added and then moved to Dale Works in 1990. As the business has grown the works have grown with them and we have slowly taken over all of the neighbouring units to allow space for design, manufacturing and increasingly, ongoing testing and development of ride systems.

View across the yard at Garmendale
Van close ups at Garmendale

Testing, testing

Increasingly the demands for testing ride equipment meant further expansion into new adjoining units. These purpose-built units allowed the business to have two side by side rides being tested simultaneously. During the design and development phase of the Motion Master 30 Immersive Tunnel Ride system, this was absolutely invaluable as there were thousands of hours testing put in to ensure the ride system would deliver years of trouble-free operation and this was able to to be completed without any impact on the rest of the business and general testing requirements.

Full scale In-house ride testing facility
In-house ride testing facility

In-house paint, prep and finishing

With the scale of the projects growing, the scale of the paint and prep requirements grew too. They became more and more regular, but also increasingly difficult to place as there were so few spray facilities available locally at the scale we required and even fewer who could work to our exacting standards or challenging timescales. So, as is the Garmendale way, our in-house design team set to work and we both designed and built the perfect spray booth for our requirements – right in the middle of the yard.

Full sized spray booth