Dale Miller on 07515 747094 or 01202 709791 dalemillerlds@gmail.com

Reviews for Lilliput Driver Training

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 134 ratings)

Outstanding service.

We’re do I start, rang up dale on the of chance , to see if he had any available training slots for September as everywhere else had been fully booked. (Not there fault) dale had also been absolutely flat out. Dale and his team had been kind enough to fit me in and deliver top notch training.

My instructor was Martin, one of the 1st things he said to me he had been in the driving game 20 years automatically made me feel at ease. 20 years experience is good going and it showed the delivery of instruction was outstanding and I was able to pass my C1 driving exam with 1 driver fault. Martin I can’t thank you enough. Your an asset the driving world and to dale.

Dale I can’t thank you enough for getting me in and delivering top notch training. The vans were great to drive the course content was great the instructions that you sent were in good time. The delivery of customer service was outstanding.

I can’t rate Lilliput driving school enough. It’s honest fair prices and all round genuine people and they care for the student. This business in my opinion is an asset to the ambulance service.

Dale and Martin thank you both.

Ben Rogers
18 September, 2021

Great teacher

Dale is a great instructor who is patient and encouraging and reassuring if any mistakes made.

Would recommend to anyone needing a C1 licence.

14 September, 2021

C1 Training

I learnt with Dale, i couldn’t have asked for anyone better! The course was very informative and enjoyable. I would highly reccomend!

7 September, 2021

C1 driver training

I was really anxious about driving the larger vehicle but Dale was a brilliant instructor who helped me become confident enough to take and pass my test first time. He also made the reverse manoeuvre really easy. I would definitely recommend Lilliput driving school.

Jenise Davies
3 September, 2021

C1 driver training

I had Martyn for my C1 course, he was a brilliant teacher who remained patient and calm. I don’t think I would have passed first time if I didn’t have such a good teacher!

Very reliable company to use for driver training, highly recommend:)

Eloise Leonard
2 August, 2021

A Certified Pass

Amazing experience learning to drive a category C1.

First time pass thanks to the patience and guidance from Dale. Honest, reliable and friendly service. With practice techniques that teach you to not only pass the test, but maintain a safe driving standard when out on the road. I’m so glad I chose lilliput driving school.

I passed with confidence and would recommend to everyone looking to upgrade to a C1 license.

Luke Bawden
26 July, 2021

The best you could hope for

I had the pleasure of learning with both Martin & Dale, both excellent teaching skills, very patient & knowledgeable. The overall experience was very enjoyable and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers! If you want to earn your C1, go with Lilliput Driving School! A++

Elliott Carter
13 July, 2021

Excellent Training and Instruction

I found Lilliput Driver Training after a long search of local C1 training and not only were they the best rates by a mile, they offered hours that would fit my needs. Dale is an excellent instructor and was able to get me ready for my test quickly and without feeling rushed. I couldn’t recommend Dale and Liliput Driver Training more.

28 June, 2021

Highly recommended

Fantastic instructor and very accommodating. I was recommended this school to complete my c1 course and glad I did. After getting a flat tyre on my way and ending up being 2 hours late, he still made those hours up for me in the three days so that I didn’t lose out. Very knowledgable and keen to have you pass.

Leigh-Anna Harris
20 June, 2021

First class training from an excellent instructor

I had the pleasure of completing a 10 hours course with Dale and successfully passing my Category C1 test.

The course was very well structured and the quality of training was excellent. Dale is very personable and extremely likeable. He provided a relaxed environment with tailored tuition to ensure I got the most out of the course and we had a few laughs on the way! I learned a lot in a short amount of time and didn’t feel rushed in any way.

Years of experience and knowledge of the test criteria made for a successful test day! I look forward to arranging my C1+E.

Thank you!

Chris Milburn
10 June, 2021

Great instructor

Dale is very knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed. I passed first time with no faults. He keeps everything simple and gave me full confidence. Thanks Dale

Adam Chatwin
22 May, 2021

Professional, reliable, outstanding service, great results

If you’re wanting to do your C1 license, then I highly recommend Dale and Lilliput Driver Training. Dale is very reassuring, and builds your confidence further. Dale has a lot of prior knowledge within the emergency services, which I think is a great for future/current emergency service employees.

As for the price, well the cheap price doesn’t reflect the tutoring provided. The tutoring is one of the best styles of teaching, I’ve experienced, and is of very high standard.

For both days, I was Dale’s sole focus, which really supported me throughout. I had only driven in the Poole/Bournemouth area once before, so wasn’t overly confident with the roads – particularly the roundabouts that they offer. However, I found that majority of the test route taken we had driven before, enabling me to pass first time.

Without reservation, I would 110% recommend Dale when it comes to completing your C1. Trust me, you won’t regret it! I know I have no regrets!

Thanks Dale.

Lawrence James
13 May, 2021

Professional, friendly, gets results!

I cannot recommend Dale and Lilliput Driver Training highly enough,

As with many, I was initially drawn to LDT due to the highly competitive price point – I promise, if you are looking around for cheaper, you won’t find it – I tried!
With this came some reservation that perhaps the cheaper price might mean a lesser service… NOT A BIT OF IT!

The tuition was progressive, adaptable and responsive to my individual needs. Dale was welcoming and friendly but the consummate professional throughout. At all times I was consulted as to the training delivery to ensure that I was happy and to adapt the focus to that which I felt least confident with. If I needed/wanted to do a skill again, we did – not questions asked.

I remained Dale’s focus all day – no phone calls on the side to other prospective clients that I have experienced in the past. This meant I didn’t feel rushed and could maximise the time we had on the road.

On test day I was put at ease (as much as you can be on test day), given time to relax and compose myself prior to the test and to ask any final questions/practice any skills i wished to.

On the test I found that most of the route we drove was covered during the course – in particular the tricky roundabouts that Poole offers. Nothing was a surprise on the test and I felt entirely ready when the time came.

I recommend LDT without reservation. If you are considering booking with LDT – do it now, you won’t regret it.

A big thank you to Dale.

Mike Rawden
11 May, 2021

Fantastic course

Dale was a very professional and engaging instructor. He is clearly very experienced and instantly put me at ease at the start of the course. He was very patient and helped to iron out any issues with my driving in a constructive manner. He tailored the 3 days around me and was very accommodating. He even provided water and refreshments to keep me going during the day. He explained in detail the assessment process and calmed my nerves before the test. A great instructor and a great course. Highly recommend and for that price it’s a steal! Cheers Dale!

8 May, 2021

Thank you Dale!!!

Dale is an amazing c1 driving instructor. He was very patient with me on my first day and I can’t believe how quickly I was able improve in just three days. He is friendly, funny and allowed me to build my confidence driving a van very quickly. He also gives great tips and advice to anyone who wants to become an ECA/ ambulance driver for the NHS. Would 100% recommend Dale to anyone looking to get their c1. Thank you so much!

6 May, 2021

A real confidence giver

After having a terrible experience with a previous company completely destroying my confidence Dale took me on and really got me where I needed to be confidence wise.
Took the time to explain things in a relatable way that can be transitioned into real life situations.
Boosted my confidence and got me that vital pass certificate needed to join the ambulance service.
Wouldn’t look anywhere else for your c1, Dale gives you everything you need to confidently take on that driving test.
Thank you Dale!

Hollie Lively
18 December, 2020

Highly professional and cheap!

I did the cheapest of the c1 courses dale offers under the circumstance of a very short deadline. Dale was really professional and has a great vehicle to learn in. Passed first try with 1 minor! And was quarter of the price of other recommended trainers! I can’t thank him enough for making my move to France possible! Thanks dale

Alex rowe
4 December, 2020

Honest, friendly and reliable.

If you are after gaining your C1 License than Dale is definitely the guy to go to. He puts 100% into helping you pass, he gives clear instructions in a friendly manner and helps build confidence.

He has lots of experience and guides you through all areas needed to pass your C1.

Excellent value for money and the best mentoring by far. If you or anybody is looking to pass their C1 than I cannot recommend lilliput driving school anough.

Thanks Dale 5 stars from me 🙂

3 December, 2020

Highly recommended

If you’re looking for a driving school that is honest, reliable, excellent value for money, fun, highly educational and an instructor that goes above and beyond – this is the school for you.

Dale is an excellent instructor. He explains things in a simple and clear way. Dale is extremely patient and answered all the questions I had, even ones I had already asked nine times! Dale has a great personality which helps to make you feel comfortable. This also sets a comfortable atmosphere to have a laugh and learn at the same time! Dale has a way of making you realise your full potential and boosts your confidence.

I passed (C1) first time with 0 minors thanks to Dales dedication to my course.

Roxanne Goodrem

Roxanne Goodrem
2 November, 2020

Fantastic C1 Driving Instructor

Dale is a brilliant driving instructor, and has the patience of a saint.
I arrived on my first day and I automatically said there is no way I can drive this van,
Well I did and I passed 🙂
Dale made me feel at ease and by the end confident.
Dale has a very good approach keeps you calm and encourages you to work through your fears (mine being hills)

Would highly recommend

30 October, 2020

C1 passed!!

Martin was very good with me, I recently failed my first attempt with a different company and all confidence was gone!! Within minutes of arriving for my first day they made me feel relaxed and at ease. They talked through my failures but from the off set they sat back and guided through hour by hour slowly building my confidence back up.

The next day I went into the test feeling relaxed and this helped massively. I passed and that was down to the training and the patience they provided. I can’t thank them enough.

I will highly recommend Lilliput driving school and of I lose confidence in driving a C1 vehicle, I would certainly be coming back to get a few hours.

Thank you Dale and Martin, you two are the best!

Abbie wilson
18 October, 2020

Fantastically accommodating

Dale really went the extra mile (pun intended) for me.
Able to facilitate my training and test at very late notice (after reworking his entire schedule) and gave me all the skills I needed to pass.
All of his teaching was clear and relatable and the vehicle great to drive and great practice as it was very similar to the ones I’ll be driving in my job.
Friendly, engaging and competitively priced.
Thanks Dale!

13 October, 2020

Great driving instructor

Dale is a great instructor with lots of patience! I felt at ease and learnt so much in the 3 days. Dale talks you through everything you need to know as you go. On test day he put me at ease by giving me all the information I needed before the test. Happy to have passed first time! Thanks Dale, I would throughly recommend you to anyone who needs their C1 licence.

hannah coltman
13 October, 2020

Dale goes above and beyond

Dale offers a personal centred approach to overcome areas of concern and does this with the patience of a saint. He’ll guide you through with excellent mentoring and coaching on areas until you feel confident on all aspects required for the C1 test.

Dale has a wealth of life experience and has a very likeable personality. His humour and calm temperament provides a comfortable and effective learning environment that will put you at ease but he’ll keep you on your toes to not just pass but to become a better and safer driver.

Dale provides a backdrop of becoming a high quality and competent driver and an opportunity to look back with fondness that learning to drive a C1 category vehicle was great fun.

Behind every good professional is a good teacher. Thank you for a memorable and enjoyable chapter whilst acquiring a C1 licence. James

8 October, 2020

Top bloke, top instructor!

Dale was fantastic, he included everything you need to pass! The man knows all the slips and trips you could make and gives you everything you need. An intense 2 day course followed by the test but Dale gives you so much nerves were not a factor!👍👍👍

Chris Wood
15 September, 2020

C1 License

Martin was a fantastic instructor, he eventually got me out of 30 years of bad habits & converted me from 20 years of driving on the continent.
Dale was very professional & had organised my lessons including being picked up & dropped off daily & very kindly quickly organised a retesting inside of the same week.
GUYS , you were awesome, if I have to do any more driving exams , I will be coming back to the UK too do it with you.
Thanks for all your time & patience.

13 September, 2020

Thumbs up for Martin at Lilliput Driving School

Thank you to Martin at Lilliput Driving School. Outstanding first class service!

I was in need of a two day course and test for my C1 at short notice. I work for Openreach and live in Birmingham…I needed a test ASAP to line up with an IPAF course at work for a platform/hoist and was unable to get a test in and around the Bham area so travelled to Poole to Lilliput Driving School.

Martin was professional and thorough and was happy to go over things again again on points I wasn’t quite clear on. Lots of banter and laughs along the way.I was nervous before the test and he kept my head straight with regular breaks and full logical explanations as to why we carry out certain manoeuvres on the open road.

Vehicle was lovely to drive, was clean and a perfect test vehicle!

I can’t recommend him enough!

Cheers Martin

I would recommend Lilliput Driving School to anyone!

Adam Seagrave
27 August, 2020

An Amazing Week!

Thank you Dale and Martin for such a fun week learning to drive with you! I was so nervous and you made the process so stress free. Would highly recommend to anyone who needs a C1 quickly and at a fantastic price!!

24 July, 2020

Top bloke

Let’s be honest, we all feel nervous driving. Somehow dale makes you feel at ease and everything falls into place. I highly recommend him over other driving schools in the south, he’s better value for money and a better bloke in general!

Jack Hogg
10 June, 2020

Amazing company!

I would highly recommend this company, professional yet friendly and reassuring.
I manage to book and complete my course within short notice.
I completed the 16h course which was recommended to me and sure enough I passed first time.
Martin and Dale are both excellent instructors, not only did they teach me they helped me develop my confidence.
I am a newly qualified paramedic and will definitely be recommending Lilliput Driving School to all my colleagues!

Thank you Martin and Dale for working through a difficult time to ensure the country has key workers!

Shantelle Maddocks
3 April, 2020


Dale and Martin were friendly, professional and extremely helpful through the process. Dale was flexible and approachable working with me to solve issues.

Martin’s instruction was first rate, clear and friendly guidance rather than criticism

Both genuinely nice guys – you won’t find a better price, would recommend to anyone who needs this training without hesitation!!

Cheers guys!

27 March, 2020


I had the 4 day course with test booked in the afternoon do the 4th day! Passed first time. Had the pleasure of having both Dale and Martin train me and they were both fantastic. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain their C1 qualification. Thank you both again, I definitely couldn’t of done it without you!

Amy Balmforth
17 March, 2020

Incredibly professional but friendly

I took my exam a few months back with Dale here at Lilliput driving school. Its important to note I failed the first time for a miss calculation that was ENTIRELY my fault. Dale took this mistake and transformed it back into a strength and I passed second time. He is a incredibly professional but friendly person whom puts you at ease straight away. if I ever need any other certificates for sure I’m going to Dale.

I am 21 – I have now been accepted as a Apprentice Emergency Medical tech. ONE of the factors that contributed to this was 100% the C1 and the fact of the matter is I’m not just “passed” and ok at driving them. I feel confident to do so and feel I’m capable and that is ALL down to Dale.

In terms of what this course provider is worth its 10/10 from me. he’s not going to just teach you how to pass he will teach you how to drive these things well and with confidence moving forward into the EMS.

Albert Churchouse
29 December, 2019

Met Dale for 2 day course after been let down by another course. Best decision I ever made. Dale was great and understanding has such a passion for his work. Such a funny two days and had lots of patience.

Travelled up from London just to see him. Would recommend coming from all over just to do a course with him.

Passed first time 1 driver fault.

Fin MacGregor
20 December, 2019

Passed first time!

During my 3 day course with Lilliput driving, I had the pleasure of meeting Dale and Martin, I normally drive my little Fiesta so didn’t hold out much hope of actually passing this test, let alone first time! But I did!! The guys are super friendly and put you at ease straight away. They are happy to go over the same thing a million times if you feel your struggling, without getting angry or annoyed! Thanks so much, can’t recommend you enough!

Lisa Paull
18 December, 2019

Exactly what you need!

Can’t rate Dale high enough. He immediately makes you feel comfortable, puts you at ease and explains things in a way that you can understand. You can chat with him, have a laugh and feel totally relaxed. Not like the old fashioned instructors, that sat in silence and made everything awkward. Dale will have you achieving what you thought impossible, in hours. He teachers you exactly what you need to pass your test, no extra fuss and nothing left out. Dale has the patience of a saint, though he will tell you straight. Great guy, thank you Dale, it was a pleasure to meet you.
Take the course with Dale, if its what you need, he will get you through and you will do it, having fun and feeling relaxed.

nadine bourne
14 December, 2019

Amazing value for money

Absolutely top class instruction from Dale. It is clear he has a passion for his job. Patient, clear and very friendly, I wouldn’t be able to recommend Lilliput highly enough. Amazing value for money, especially after being quoted nearly double elsewhere. If you live anywhere along the south central coastline (Dorset, Hants, Wilts) I would really consider using Dale, even if you have to drive a little way. I travelled from the New Forest and it is definitely worth the time. If you are doing your C1 for a career in the ambulance service, Dale is your man. His previously frontline experience is really helpful when teaching and also makes for some humorous stories along the way!
I passed first time, I’m confident to say that’s because of the 5* tuition pre test, that I received here.

James Channell
10 December, 2019

Absolutely brilliant driving school. Dale is a great instructor he made me feel very comfortable throughout my time training with him and made sure I was confident with every part of the test before taking it. I can’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks Dale!

Luke Hopkins
6 December, 2019

I passed first time with Dale. He is such an easy going bloke and puts you at total ease. He specifically tailors his C1 training to those who are aiming to join the ambulance service, being ex ambulance service himself. Obviously he caters to anyone wanting to take their C1 test, though. I couldn’t recommend him more! And his prices are the best around!

Abigail Alexandra
29 November, 2019

I couldn’t of asked for a better mentor

I’m really glad I went with Lilliput driving school for my C1, Dale is a really down to earth guy who was patient with me and taught me to a excellent standard of driving. I was very nervous but he put me at ease, I couldn’t of asked for a better mentor.

Lisa Avery
12 November, 2019

Great mentoring!

I recently undertook my C1 license with Dale, I opted for the 10 hour course and felt that the content was well focussed on the areas in which I needed to brush up on.

Dale was patient and informative, I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone wanting this license.

You will not get a better price than this locally either!

Thanks Dale!

Paul Darlaston
19 October, 2019

The best C1 instructor around.

I cannot recommend Dale enough. Right from the start he put you at ease with the whole process as it can be quite scary. He was very knowledgeable and had the best set up for teaching you every aspect of the C1 test – especially the reverse exercise. You will have the most enjoyable few days learning with him and will feel as confident as you can leading up to the test as you would have gone over everything. To top it off if you have any questions about the ambulance service he will most likely know the answer. Thank you again Dale! 👏

11 October, 2019

A1 training at Lilliput driving school

I’ve recently obtained my C1 driving license after a friend within the ambulance service recommended Dale. I was not disappointed, the service was second to none and miles ahead of similar companies in terms of affordability. The lessons were very informative and professional and knowing that Dale has many years experience within the ambulance service was a huge bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed my 5 day course and can only put passing first time down to nothing more than Dale’s talent at teaching. I shall be passing on Dale’s details to anyone looking at doing their C1. Thanks again for all your support.

8 October, 2019

5* driving courses

I have recently obtained my C1 licence with Dale at Lilliput driving school after recommendation through colleagues within the Ambulance Service. I cannot thank Dale enough for his amazing patience, professionalism and extremely supportive training. The knowledge that Dale holds is second to none, a wealth of experience and skills enabling me to pass the C1 practical. I have to say that Dale also provided me with understanding of the roles I am now applying for. I have passed your details to everyone I know requiring this type of training and will continue to do so. Thanks again for everything.

8 October, 2019

Great value and great training!

After being recommended by a friend I approached Dale to obtain my C1 Licence before starting my new role in the Ambulance service. From the first time I rang Dale he was very helpful and friendly and gave me good advice on which course to take. I found Dale’s teaching very good and thoroughly enjoyed the whole course, also a great location to do the course down in Poole. I found Dale very good value for money and I achieved my aim of gaining my C1 licence. Dale used to work for the Ambulance service and I found his knowledge of the service and different job roles invaluable. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to gain their C1 licence!

Thomas Bosley
8 October, 2019

c1 training

Dale was an amazing instructor learnt so much in the 2 days training I did Dale has an amazing knowledge with driving and ambulance service thanks Dale

Stephen Wood
8 October, 2019

C1 Training

Thanks to Dale’s teaching I recently passed my C1, whilst having fun too!! Lilliput driving school was recommended by many fellow students and from first contact, Dale was friendly, accommodating and informative. Contact with Dale was straight forward and the website offered non-confusing information. The prices that Dale offers are extremely generous in comparison with others in the area, which as a student is so helpful. The driving training was enjoyable; exploring Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. Dale has years of experience within the ambulance service and this was both practical and insightful, the vehicle used was also very similar to an ambulance again making this course so applicable to Ambulance personnel. I felt 100% ready for the test, showing that Dale had covered all areas in depth with such professionalism, patience and support.

Ruth Scott-Farnell
8 October, 2019

C1 Training (10hrs)

I passed my test first time thanks to Dales expert tuition. I would highly recommend his services to anyone needing C1 on their license for the ambulance service. Great value for money. Thanks.

Simon Gill
8 October, 2019

C1 Training

Dale is a perfectionist and a genuine professional. His tuition was easy to follow and effective. I passed first time and more importantly saw a huge improvement in my driving. I am a more conscientious and safer driver following his instruction. Dale took care of everything and ensured I was more than prepared for my test. I was nervous before my training began, but going into the assessment I felt organised and well-equipped to pass. It is without reservation that I recommend Dale Miller’s Lilliput Driving School.

Dominic Burke
8 October, 2019

C1 Training

Dale is a great instructor and thanks to him i passed my C1 test first time!Very friendly and helpful person as well! Highly recommend his driving school! Thank you Dale!

Monika Grabka
8 October, 2019

Brilliant Training

Dale’s training is excellent, he makes sure you know exactly what to expect in the test and prepares you for it brilliantly. Couldn’t fault any part of it and thanks to him I passed first time. Would recommend Dale to anyone looking for a C1 course! 🙂

Anna Williams
8 October, 2019

Great Training, Great Price

Dale is a great instructor; calm, knowledgeable and works on your weak points to make them strong. Passed first time with one minor just goes to show I was in safe hands. Would recommend to anyone who wants C1 training.

Dan Cherry
8 October, 2019

Excellent C1 training

Thanks to Dale I have just passed my C1 test on the first attempt with just two minors. I chose the 10 hour course as I had previous experience driving a PTS size vehicle. Dale quickly got rid of all the bad habits I had picked up and got me driving to test standard very quickly. From initially enquiring ,through to passing the test, the whole process has been simple. Dale always responds quickly to any issues and enquiries you have and is always willing to help. Great training with a friendly and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended.

Danny P
8 October, 2019

5* C1 Training

What can I say?! Dale did a fantastic job in ironing out any bad habits that I had to prepare me for test. Very professional throughout the training and a genuinely nice guy. Vehicle is exactly what a frontline vehicle is and so prepares you for what you will be doing in the future and on the plus side it’s a nice vehicle to drive. Dale not only trains you on how to drive the vehicle under normal circumstances but prepares you for the ambulance service by pointing out little tips that will help you when you suddenly get a 999 in the middle of traffic! (No I don’t mean speeding or anything but positioning on the road to stop yourself getting stuck). So to end this little review… I highly recommend Dale and thank him for every piece of knowledge and skill he opened my eyes to. Cheers Dale!!

Jonathan Sampson
8 October, 2019

5**C1 training

From the commutation before booking a course with dale till the test day it’s self dale has been very responsive to messages and questions. training itself is very relaxed yet very informative i would recommend dales training to anyone wanting a C1 for the ambulance service with the price true value for money.

Lloyd Shorting
8 October, 2019

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