With the first half-term holiday of the year on the horizon, Car Finance Made Simple takes a look at some of the UK’s best car-themed days out to keep young car enthusiasts entertained during the break. Where will you be heading with your kids?
The site of the world’s first ever purpose-built race circuit, established in 1907, the historic Brooklands Museum in Surrey provides a unique opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of Britain’s motorsport heritage.
As the birthplace of British car and motorcycle racing, this interactive visitor attraction is accessible to all, young and old.
From the Mini Aces Under-5s Club to science and technical workshops for teens, there’s plenty going on for kids year-round. Special half-term activities include exciting classic car rides on the original Test Hill and Banking.
Further attractions include the Motoring Village and sheds, extensive car, motorcycle and bike displays and the new Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed, and the fabulous London Bus Museum. The Concorde Experience and 4D Theatre cost extra, but they’re unmissable.
Instil a sense of adventure into your kids; let them share ‘the Spirit of Brooklands’ for a day out they’ll never forget.
Find out more at www.brooklandsmuseum.com
Is your youngster keen to get behind the wheel? Mercedes-Benz World, located next door to the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, provides the perfect opportunity with its programme of Under-17s Driving Experiences.
The venue has an extensive handling circuit, 10-acre off-road course and wet straight and skid circle. Your child can be let loose on these with no experience or licence necessary in the care of an approved driving instructor, of course.
Mercedes-Benz World has other kid-friendly activities, exhibitions and attractions, too, including the AMG Performance Centre and Tour, classic car displays, Driven simulator, Accelerate interactive racing challenge and the Silver Arrows display team.
Meanwhile, Little Learners gives three-to five-year-old petrolheads their first drive using miniature battery-powered Mercedes-Benz cars on a specially designed indoor circuit. With friendly coaches, it’s the ideal way to spark an interest in smart driving.
More information at www.mercedes-benzworld.co.uk
Car museums around the UK
Britain’s automotive museums are second to none, and wherever you end up over half term there will probably be one within reach.
A day out with the kids will undoubtedly prove a hit, and these indoor locations are an ideal solution if the weather isn’t great.
Our favourites include the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire (www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk); Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset, (www.haynesmotormuseum.com); and National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire (www.beaulieu.co.uk/attractions/national-motor-museum).
Also check out the Coventry Transport Museum in the West Midlands (www.transport-museum.com) and Lakeland Motor Museum in Windermere, Cumbria (www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk). On a smaller scale, there’s the quaint Cotswold Motoring Museum in picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire (www.cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk).
They’re all very child friendly and many stage special events during school holidays.
Why not take them to a motorsport meet for the ultimate exhilarating spectator experience. Whether it’s circuit racing, off-tarmac rallying or arena-based competition, nothing beats the excitement, anticipation and atmosphere of cheering on your favourite challenger as they battle head-to-head against their rivals.
Check individual motorsport series itineraries to see which meets are on over half term. For the ultimate in stunt driving and monster trucks, head to Stunt Fest at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire (www.santapod.co.uk/stuntfest.php).
Meanwhile, many major motorsport circuits offer added visitor attractions. Spring 2019 will see the opening of the Silverstone Experience at the Northants circuit (www.silverstone-experience.co.uk), featuring state-of-the-art interactive displays and an immersive show telling amazing stories of engineering innovation, sporting rivalries and human endeavour.