The British Motor Museum is inviting families to explore nature in their car collection this summer from 22 July – 2 September. Many car designers and engineers have taken inspiration from nature. Families can explore these fun facts with a 'nature trail' to seek out all that blooms, squawks and roars in the Museum. Along the way they may be lucky enough to bump into Adventure 'Annie' or 'Alex', the enthusiastic costumed explainers, and learn all about the cars that have been on jungle adventures and travelled across exciting parts of the world.
Visitors can also visit the new exhibition, 'Factor us in', which opens on the 22 July and uncovers the fascinating stories behind the motor industry and of the people who worked and lived around it. Will it be Brenda the tea lady or Malcolm the big boss from the factory that share their stories? Take a seat in Shirley's sitting room and listen to her stories while she does the ironing. The costumed characters may vary but one thing that will not is their engaging stories about their communities surrounding the car factories.
Younger visitors are also invited to collect a cut-out model Land Rover to take home and make, then colour, paint, or even restyle with recycled materials. Those not able to visit the Museum can still join in with the activities online with ideas of things to make and do, as well as test their knowledge about the collection.
Adventure 'Annie' and 'Alex', the Costumed Explainers said "We are looking forward to being able to interact with families again this summer - even if it has to be socially distanced and wearing a mask! We have so many exciting stories to share with our visitors, that even though we are not allowed to run our normal hands-on activities, we can still ensure every family has a fun filled day out and goes away knowing a little more about our fabulous collections".
The Museum will be open 7 days a week from 16 July – 2 September from 10am – 5pm with limited numbers per day. Pre-booking is essential for all visitors including those returning with an annual pass. There are 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1pm arrival slots available and once at the Museum visitors can stay as long as they wish until closing.
All activities are included in the Museum admission prices and are suitable for 4+years with adult supervision. 2021 admission prices are: Adults £14.50, Concessions £12.50, Children £9 (5-16 years), under 5's free, and a Family ticket £40 (2 adults & up to 3 children). If you Gift Aid or donate your entrance fee you receive an annual pass at no extra cost.