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Finish Line signage for Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the UK and hosts 26 days of top class racing, including nine Group 1 Flat Races. The course itself was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, when the first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate” took place with......

Joel Wright and the Electrical Test Centre

Joel Wright has joined the team as an Electrical Engineer. Joel, who is 24, lives in Long Eaton with his wife. With a father who is an electrician too, his training started very young, when he began helping out on sites, the day after he left......

Electrical and pneumatic test and assembly area

We’ve been busy over the Christmas break and are well on the way to completing the design and construction of a new electrical and pneumatic test, repair and assembly area. It’s another sign of the growth of the business that we have run out of clean working......

That was 2017 – A year in review at Garmendale

2016 was a very big year for Garmendale as the business grew and developed our range of rides for theme parks and attractions. Well, we’re delighted to report in this 2017 review that this year has been even more successful and we have made further......

The apprentice that engineers theme park rides

Last week (December 6th 2017) saw the launch of the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. It is a global £1 million prize that celebrates a ground-breaking innovation in engineering and aims to encourage younger people to enter the engineering industry. Much of the talk......

Seasonal Closure at Garmendale

It’s approaching that time of year when the team are allowed to head home for a winter rest, so we wanted to let you know our closing times during December. Officially we close at 17.00 on Friday 22nd December and return fully refreshed and ready......

Finishing metal with a vibratory tumbler

One of the unusual machines we have in a quiet corner of the workshop is a vibratory tumbler. It’s like a great big potato rumbler for metal parts and was designed and manufactured in Coventry, UK.   Increasingly we use laser or plasma cut parts......

Welding to World Class Standards

To most people, welding may be seen as just one of those processes that happens when mechanical things are made. Wikipedia describe it as follows ‘Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals, by causing fusion.’ To some, welding may even......

It’s IAAPA Time – See you in Orlando

It’s that time of year when the team head out to the sun of Florida for the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo. It’s the biggest show of its kind anywhere in the world and some of the numbers are staggering. There will be 1,100 Exhibitors across......

Tapping holes to music

Tapping M10 holes in steel is something that every home engineering enthusiast has done. Most of us will have done it at school as part of our metalwork education. We may even own our very own and little-used tap and die sets. Mine sits at......

This is not just a Technical Manual….

…This is a Garmendale Technical Manual. And when we do a technical manual for a client, as we do with all things, we like to do things properly. This is just one example of the manual for a ride we have recently completed the manufacture......

Goodnight Berlin

EAS Berlin 2017 is over, next stop is Amsterdam. There’s plenty of work to do in the meantime, but we will see you there. So let’s review our week in Berlin. The show was superb. For us, the busiest stand we have had for a......

Prosecco, Peroni and Plenty of Product Patter

We’re all packed up and ready to go. On our way to Berlin for the Euro Attractions Show at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Center. The show runs from Tuesday 26th September through to Thursday 28th September. The Garmendale Stand is in Hall 18, Stand 117......

The Thursford Collection – Venetian Gondola Switchback Ride

The Thursford Collection is a museum in Thursford, Norfolk. It was originally founded by George Cushing – a local man who built up the collection almost single handedly. In the late 1930’s as steam engines were replaced by diesel and petrol power, Cushing began to......

FAT Testing and Loading the Shotgun Gates

In the last post about the shotgun gates, we showed you the shotgun gates for Florida being packed up, ready to be shipped. Before they left, they were FAT tested for over 11,000 cycles, which went fautlessly as you’d expect. Here’s the video of them in action.......

Shotgun Gates all packed and ready to go

The shotgun gates for Orlando are finished, packed and ready to go. Work started towards the end of May and has progressed smoothly and all of the final FAT testing (Factory Acceptance Testing) has been completed too. The testing itself has been interesting and has produced some......

See you at EAS Berlin Hall 18, Stand 117

Once again we will be taking a team to EAS and hope to see you on the stand. You can find us in Hall 18, Stand 117. We will be showcasing our immersive tunnel range as well as showing the completed Vroomster Ride that’s now in......

The new/old tractor ride for attractions

With all the changes in the theme park and attractions industry for more technology and faster, more scary rides, we have found at Garmendale, that one of our fastest growing areas for enquiries is for one of our very simplest rides, which is the Tractor......

Back to Blackpool and the beautiful Mirrorball

Back in 2001, the local authority in Blackpool got all creative and commissioned the Manchester based Art Department to create a work of art for the South Shore area of the town. They appointed the sculptor Michael Trainor to design it for them who designed the world’s......

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......