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If you or your kids are motoring fanatics, or you just fancy a great day out with the kids this half-term, there’s plenty of car-related exhibitions and events you can visit.
Take a look below at our top 5 motoring musts to discover the best motoring events to visit this May half-term.
Beaulieu is a year-round favourite with car enthusiasts around the country and this half-term the programme is a jam packed as ever. From May 26th-June 3rd, visitors can be transported back to the time of the Special Operations Executive in World War II and enter the world of Spies and Soldiers. There are a number of missions and training exercises children can take part in both inside the museum and within the grounds, including a visit from the Royal Military Police on Saturday 2nd June. For more details visit www.beaulieu.co.uk.
2. British Motor Museum (May 28th – June 3rd)
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire is celebrating Land Rover’s 70th birthday this May half term. Activities will focus on Adventure, Animation and Land Rovers. Children can make their very own short animated film using animation software. Visitors can also follow the self-guided, family-friendly trail to discover the Museum’s collection of Land Rovers, or join the family adventure tour which describes some of the incredible adventures of some of the vehicles in the Museum. For more information, visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk
Visit the Yorkshire Classic Vehicle Show near Harrogate on May 28th and enjoy the splendid setting of Ripley Castle. This spring bank holiday Monday the 700 year-old Ripley Castle will be featuring a huge display of classic vehicles; not just classic cars but also motorcycles, vans, trucks and ex-military vehicles. Visitors can also enjoy Ripley Castle’s magnificent deer park or take a tour around the castle (tours run from 11am for an additional fee), or explore the castle grounds, gardens and parkland. Full details can be found at www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com
4. Coventry Motofest (June 2nd-3rd)
On June 2nd and 3rd, the annual, free MototFest offers a unique blend of motorsport demonstrations, static displays, live music and anything else with a connection to Coventry’s motoring and transport heritage. The festival includes sprint events and demonstrations of a range of superb cars and motorcycles on a circuit formed from the city’s inner ring road. This year’s event will host one of the largest collections of classic cars and bikes so far, with more than 1,000 machines expected to take part. For more details, visit the Coventry Motofest website.
MG Live is a two-day motoring festival dubbed ‘the world’s largest MG event’, celebrating all that’s great about the brand: from historic racing to displays of the latest models. Held at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, this year’s event promises to be even better and includes two days of racing on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, the Village Green with live music all weekend and over 3000 MGs on display! MGLive! is a friendly day out with attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Learn all about Britain’s most loved sports cars through a series of displays and exhibitions, and watch history come to life on Silverstone’s world-famous race track. Children aged 15 and under go free! For more information, visit www.mgcc.co.uk.