SPRINGTIME FUN AT THE BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM
By Ann Evans
While the British Motor Museum at Gaydon is open nearly all year round there’s lots of new things to do and see this Spring.
As Easter approaches, you can plan some ‘cracking’ family fun at the Museum. Check the website for egg-sact details, but from 8 – 23 April, there will be interactive science shows to some egg-tastic fun with Shaun the Sheep.
Visitors can watch science being brought to life in a 25 minute Sublime Science Show, from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April, and Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 April, at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. These shows are full of cool interactive demonstrations and hands on activities where visitors will get the chance to make smoke rings, bubbles and slime!
Also on these dates is ‘Technic Challenge’, a drop-in activity (10am to 3pm) where children can get hands-on and design, build and test their own LEGOR Technic machines. They can then race them along the ‘Track’ with the fastest car of the day winning the title ‘Champion Designer’ as well as a small prize.
Also available each day throughout the Easter holidays is the Auto Science ‘Secret Trail’ which visitors can complete to discover the secrets of making cars, and Family Tours with the ‘Mad Scientist’ available every day at 10:45am and 1:30pm.
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a traditional Easter Egg hunt! So over the Easter weekend, 14-17 April visitors can help Shaun the Sheep and his flock find the eggs hidden around the Museum. And for those who like a crafty activity they can have a go at ‘hatching your own car!’
Easter visitors can also enter the world’s largest collection of historic British cars Museum’s Shaun the Sheep Selfie competition. Simply take a selfie in the Museum wearing a Shaun the Sheep headband to be in with a chance of winning Aardman’s brand new Shaun the Sheep DVD, ‘Spoilsport’. This new DVD, on sale from 10 April, offers even more outrageous inventiveness, sheepish shenanigans and panic in the pasture.
Emma Rawlinson, Life Long Learning Officer for the British Motor Museum stated: “With a whole host of family friendly activities including shows, trails and egg hunt, we have plenty on offer this Easter to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather!”
The Museum has also acquired a number of new vehicles adding to what is already the world’s largest collection of historic British cars. Two of the latest will be doing a lot more than just standing there on display however. These new ‘working’ classic vehicles will be assisting with the delivery of its extensive summer Shows programme.
One is a 1953 Austin K9, an ex-military truck that will be used as a Show Control hub for all the outdoor events. The other is a retired 1965 Morris Fire Tender which will be used as a First Aid point. Both vehicles will make their first appearance at the Classic Land Rover Show on 6 – 7 May 2017.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum said: “Our previous Show Control caravan had seen better days so I decided that an ex-services radio truck would be a natural replacement! It fits in well with the Museum’s British theme and also provides a link to our local history, as it would have been the type of vehicle in service at RAF Gaydon when it was an operational base during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The vehicle is also highly practical, easily manoeuvrable and the radio body on the back gives you a commanding view of the Show Arena.
“A paramedic is in attendance at all of our shows. The Fire Tender stands out as an emergency vehicle and is also mobile which means that we can drive it to anywhere on site to suit each show. Our Learning Department is also looking into using it as an outreach vehicle to take to schools.”
With so much on offer to the public, it’s not surprising that The British Motor Museum has recently been awarded a Visit England Gold Accolade, the highest quality accolade available to British attractions. The accolade is only awarded to a small percentage of venues each year as part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and is testament to the high standards achieved at the British Motor Museum since its relaunch in February 2016.
Julie Tew, Managing Director at the British Motor Museum said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded the top accolade. The team work exceptionally hard in delivering a first class visitor experience. It’s great to see their hard work, high standards and commitment to excellence recognised by this accolade from VisitEngland.”
For more information about any of the Shows and Events at the British Motor
Museum, and to book tickets online visit: http://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk