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Shotgun Gates for Orlando Park

The Design and Engineering teams here have been hard at work with a brand new custom designed gating system for a Florida Park. We’re not allowed to unveil who it’s for yet, but rest assured, it’s one you will have heard of. The gating system......

Garmendale at the Sate Conference Beaulieu – May 2017

We have just come back from the Themed Entertainment Association SATE Conference that was held at Beaulieu – The home of the National Motor Museum. The annual SATE Conference was created back in 2007 by the TEA to foster professional dialog about the methodology of......

The Go Jetters Vroomster Ride is open

The brand new Go Jetters Vroomster ride at CBeebies Land is now officially open. It’s also been featured in a great new TV advertisement which you can see here. The ride has been designed, manufactured and installed by our team here at Garmendale and been......

Pirate Ship Refurbishment – Pleasure Beach Skegness

The Pirate Ship at Skegness Pleasure Beach is a firm family favourite that has been thrilling (and scaring) riders for many years. The ride was originally built by Huss Rides and it’s one of ten or so that are still operating in Europe. You can see......

Building the Bessemer Converter

Back in the 19th Century, bridges, buildings and any structural work could only be made with wrought or cast iron. Almost any machinery parts could only be made from cast iron too. The world was waiting for an alternative. Steel offered the solution, but the......

The Vampire Ride Evacuation Platform Installation

In our previous blog post we showed the evacuation platform being manufactured in our workshops. This has now been installed and the images below show this platform during this installation process. The platform sits between the first and second lifts and is there to help get......

2016 was a very big year for Garmendale

When we started Garmendale in 1980 we focussed on welding and general engineering. But over the years, the business has evolved and is now a firmly established second-generation family run theme park engineering business. Those years in the background, quietly mending and maintaining rides for......

Zoe Shelmerdine Joins the Board of The Themed Entertainment Association

  We are proud to announce that our Sales Director Zoe Shelmerdine has joined the Europe & Middle East Division Board of the Themed Entertainment Association. The Themed Entertainment Association was formed in 1991 to to promote and grow the visitor attractions industry. It is is the international membership......

Ilkeston RUFC Colts – Garmendale Sponsorship

We are proud to be involved with Ilkeston RUFC Colts as sponsors. We are shirt sponsors for the 2016/17 season and they have just kicked off the season with a good away win at Ashby. Colts rugby acts as a bridge between junior rugby and the......

Featured in FunWorld and InterPark

At  the launch of our new Dark Ride System – The QuadTrack at EAS in Barcelona, we had lots of press visits (which is always exciting) and the coverage has now started to roll in. Here’s a great piece in IAAPA’s FunWorld magazine in their ‘EAS......

We’re sponsoring the Vision XS Conference

Our friends at Vision XS are running their 13th Conference on December 7th and 8th, 2016 at Wallingford Sports Park. What makes this conference slightly different to others is that it is very much for the industry by the industry. At last years conference, there were speakers......

We’re off to EAS Barcelona

All the planning is complete, the cases are packed and the new dark ride is boxed and ready. We are off to the European Attractions Show (EAS) in Barcelona. We will be on Stand 833 throughout the show which runs from Tuesday September 20th through until Thursday......

A brand new theme park ride in construction – Part 1

We don’t often show this stage of construction on theme park rides, but this one is an interesting one for us, so we thought we would share it early and in progress. We are building a new ride for a major European attraction that’s due......

The LCC1 Tram leaves Garmendale

Five weeks to the day after it arrived, it’s gone again. The beautiful (and now beautifully mechanically restored) LCC1 Bluebird tram has left the Garmendale Works to return to Crich Tramway Village. When she arrived on 18th May, the bodywork was rotten and some of......

Download our Theme Park Images Wallpaper

We love what we do. We get to make, mend and ride around in theme parks. So we thought we’d share some of our work with you, so you could download it for your computer desktop. Each image is available in two sizes and they......

The John Fowler BB1 (Tiger) Ploughing Engine at Speed

This video has proven so popular on our Facebook page here that we thought we would share it here. It’s our very own  John Fowler BB1 (Tiger) Ploughing Engine that has been fully restored. When loaded with coal and water, it weighs 21 tons, so it’s no......

We’re Proud to welcome LCC1 into our workshop

All the way from the very local and brilliant Crich Tramway Village, we are delighted to welcome London County Council no.1, otherwise known as ‘Bluebird’ into our workshop for a complete overhaul. The overhaul, which we expect to take 4-6 weeks will see us completely......

Our new gigantic spraybooth

As part of our ongoing expansion and desire to offer more services to a higher standard, we are in the final stages of completing the build of our own jumbo spray booth at our UK HQ. When we say jumbo, we mean it, as it’s......

Deal 2016 review

We are just back from a great trip to Dubai for the Deal Show 2016. It’s our first time at the show and we took a small stand, which was very busy throughout the whole time the exhibition ran. The first visit of the trip was at Blooloop......

Garmendale – Always innovating

We have been involved in some amazing projects over the years (and some ridiculous ones too), but for us as engineers through and through, the ones we have had the most fun with are where we are presented with real technical challenges. Ideally ones that have......

Raising the standards in structural steelwork

This may not be the most exciting post we will ever write, but it’s certainly one of the most important. A new standard has been introduced for structural steel work which relates to the actual quality of how it’s made. It’s a CE mark for......

Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride Review

Earlier this year, I was privileged to be given the opportunity to join the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) on a SATE day. What did that mean? I asked myself. I was be one of the first in the world to experience the latest addition to Disneyland......

Let’s get social…

Did you know you can keep up-to-date and connect with Garmendale on the following social networks: Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube LinkedIn We’d love you to connect with us today!...

Garmendale deliver new carriage for Snowdon Mountain Railway

Garmendale today delivers the first of 4 new carriages commissioned over 12 months ago by Snowdon Mountain Railway. This was no ordinary task for our multi skilled Engineers this was a whole new arena. Garmendale has provided yet another engineered solution to our client’s specification. This time......

Garmendale feature on BBC’s Made in the East Midlands show.

Check out our appearance on BBC’s Made in the East Midlands. The feature showcases our engineering work from the replica mountain railway which was engineered fully by Garmendale, David runs us through the works done in our Ilkeston base. It also features our Tractor and......

EAS Paris 2013

Garmendale unveiled the motion master at the EAS Paris show this year, which is a 3DOF (degrees of freedom) central guided dark ride, partnering with KD Decorative to provide turnkey solutions for an immersive, interactive dark ride, the motion master was received with great interest......

Bound for Berlin!

Garmendale have had a busy week getting ready for the Euro Attractions Show 2012 in Berlin. Our exhibition stand (which is top secret!) has been packed into it’s crate and it Berlin bound! We’re also taking along one of our tractors from our theme park......

Which is the scariest theme park ride in the UK?

Theme park manufacturers all over the world are always striving to design the fastest, highest, scariest ride possible but which of the rides currently in action in the UK is the scariest? Having travelled the world riding the biggest and best rollercoasters ever built, I......

Garmendale Trackless Ride Systems offer amazing flexibility!

Theme park manufacturers, Garmendale  have designed the latest in Dark Ride technology with their exclusive Trackless Ride system. The unique ADIP’s developed by Garmendale enables the carriage to follow any route that is predetermined by them with no real site infrastructure requires. This means that you......

Garmendale can cover it all!

Theme park ride designers, engineers and manufacturers, Garmendale, are not confined to just one aspect of theme park manufacturing. As well as offering bespoke service to the theme park and visitor attraction industry, they also offer a “One Stop Shop” to replace, repair, refurbish or......

Holidays see record theme park visitors

With the Easter holidays coming to an end, theme parks across the country are reporting a record number of visitors and Theme park ride manufacturers, Garmendale have played their part in making sure that every visitor has a fun and safe time at the nations......

Garmendale: Safety is number one for ride gate systems.

Nottingham based theme park ride manufacturers, Garmendale, take the safety of their customers and guests very seriously when installing their custom ride gate systems. Unlike some ride gate systems, Garmendale use specially coded gates to ensure that only the right locks are used on the right......

Bound for IAAPA

Despite many challengers, GEL finally send the show stand ahead of exhibiting at 2011 IAAPA show. We will show case our track, and trackless dark rides, gating systems, mechanical solutions, refurbishment skill and park maintenance services....

See us at the IAAPA Show 2011

From the 14-18th of November Garmendale Engineering Ltd will be exhibiting at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo 2011. We’re really excited to unveal our new stand which showcases our Dark Rides, Park Services and Ride Gate Systems. Here’s a sneak peek so......

Euro Attractions Show | 27th – 29th September

On 27th – 29th September 2011 Garmendale Engineering Ltd will be attending the Euro Attractions Show show at London Olympia. Garmendale specialise in Dark Rides and Park Services and we are excited to be launching something amazing at the show! Come and see us at......