1. Always book from a reputable company, ideally one to which you have been recommended or ask for references. 2. Consider the time of year of your event and choose your rides accordingly, ie: in the Winter try to choose rides with a roof or completely enclosed such as the simulator. 3. Large rides come on heavy lorries, please take this into consideration when placing the rides onto grass. In the event of heavy rain you may wish to consider trackway or have a “plan b” location on hardstanding such as a carpark. 4. If you are in any doubt as to the viability of getting rides into a venue please ask for a site visit 5. Ensure you have seen the insurance and ADIPS certificate for each of the rides you are booking and that they are in date. 6. Make sure you have a contract with whoever you book with and you have clauses covering eventualities such as the ride you wanted does not turn up or it is not in an acceptable condition. 7. It is important that you have a mobile contact number for the person coming on the day, most agency’s go home at 5pm and are closed over the weekend so you may wish to ask for this in advance of the event. 8. Beware of falling foul of the Showmans Guild, a lot of ride owners are members of this organisation and there are a number of rules that can affect your event especially if it has happened before. You may want to ask them sign a form to say they will not claim “guild rights” on your event, see here for more details and information. 9. Don’t be coerced into paying in cash on the day, and you should not have to pay the full amount due before the ride(s) arrive on site. 10. Double check the fee includes everything to run the ride on the day. The important factor to us is your satisfaction, to some others its only making money. Unfortunately, as in many walks of life, there are rogues in this business see here. You wouldn't walk on to your local fairground and part with several hundred pounds and randomly book a ride would you? Some people do,
I hope the tips above will go some way to making sure your event is a success whoever you book with.