By Ann Evans

Photos courtesy of Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography and the British Motor Museum.

Thunderbirds FAB 1

Thunderbirds FAB 1

If you love your cars and are looking for somewhere to go this weekend, then the newly named British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire has plenty of family fun things going on.

 

This Sunday, 15th May there’s the nostalgic Gaydon Spring Classic gathering. Owners of classic cars which are aged 20 years and over are invited to go along and display their car at the event. Those arriving in a qualifying vehicle will be able to get into the Museum at the special discounted rate of £9 per person, opposed to the normal £14. This also allows entry into the new Collections Centre where over 250 reserve collection cars are stored. Plus entry to the UK Slot Car Festival which also takes place over the weekend.

 

The British Motor Museum has recently undergone a major refurbishment,providing an even more exciting day out. It’s the perfect place for the family to have fun together and discover the history of the British Motor Industry.

E-type Jag

E-type Jag

There’s a family trail which you can follow or make your own way through the magnificent displays and exhibits. You’ll learn all about the very early days of motoring on the Time Road. Get a feel of life in bygone times with period displays and make use of technology with the touch screen panels and interactive opportunities. Visit the Under the Skin zone, where all ages can discover what goes on under the bonnet every time you drive.

 

There is a multitude of beautiful cars to see such as sports cars manufactured by Morgan, Lotus, Triumph, McLaren and Aston Martin. You can even see a 1965 MGB GT which has been dissected into two halves. There’s also Jaguar sports and racing cars. Film and TV cars that you’re sure to recognise, such as the fabulous pink FAB 1 from Thunderbirds; the Land Rover Defender from the opening sequence of the James Bond movie, Skyfall. There’s a replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future 2, and lots more.

 

There’s also cars used by members of the royal family. Such as the first bespoke royal Land Rover state review car – one of the fleet of vehicles used for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth Tour; and a 1971 Rover P5B, personal property of HM the Queen but on long term loan to the Museum.

Heritage Motor Centre Gaydon

Heritage Motor Centre Gaydon

SLOT CAR FESTIVAL

 

And when you’ve had your fill of the full sized cars, go upstairs in the museum and enjoy the UK Slot Car Festival which takes place over this weekend. There will be collectors, racers, cars, slot car sets, kits, tracks and spares to buy and plenty of opportunities to try your hand at slot car racing, or simply watch the experts. All the big manufacturers will be there including Scalextric, Carrera, SCX, Slot it, NSR Slotfire and more.

 

And should you build up an appetite as you explore, breakfasts, lunches, beverages and snacks are all available in the café.

 

Photo courtesy British Motor Museum

Photo courtesy British Motor Museum

HALF TERM BREAK

 

Make a note in your diary too, to head back to the British Motor Museum during the half term break, 30th May – 3rd June, for a very special opportunity to get into the world of animation. The Museum has teamed up with Aardman Animations Ltd and Animate-It to enable visitors to make their own short animation film. First visitors will learn how to create a storyboard and then how to build their model car to star in their short stop motion film.

 

Model building and storyboarding workshops take place daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm. Animate-It workshops take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. All sessions are bookable on arrival on the day. To avoid disappointment please check on arrival as places are limited and subject to availability.

 

Plus each day through half term visitors can explore the Museum with the family newspaper trail and discover more about the British motor industry. Shaun the Sheep ears are also available for a selfie and those sending their pictures to Shaun could be in with a chance of winning some prizes!

Spring classics. Photo British Motor Museum

Spring classics. Photo British Motor Museum

Emma Rawlinson, Lifelong Learning Officer for the British Motor Museum said, “Yet again we have plenty going on over the half term holidays. Our animation workshops look set to be a popular activity and we would encourage our younger visitors to start thinking about their film plot as the script is everything!”

 

All activities are included in the normal Museum entry fee: Adults £14, Children £9 (5-16 years) under 5’s free, Concessions £12 & Family £39 (2 adults & up to 3 children). Buy one day and get 12 months free if you Gift Aid your entrance fee.

 

To find out more information please visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.

To find out more about Animate-it visit www.animate-it.com.

For more details about Shaun the Sheep please see www.shaunthesheep.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-Writer-Step-Guide/dp/1907670246 Blogs:http://annsawriter.blogspot.com