BROOKLANDS - the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.
Brooklands Museum is a fantastic place for a family outing. We offer a range of fun, interactive activities for families, all year round. During school holidays and many event days we run extra specially themed activities. Children can explore the Museum using one of our free trails, which can be collected from the shop on arrival.
The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.
Brooklands Museum also incorporates the London Bus Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of around 35 buses and coaches, the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world. Some buses have been fully restored and have won many awards, while others will be restored in the restoration workshops in the new building. Admission to the London Bus Museum is included in the entry cost to Brooklands.
On week days during the school holidays, there is a range of hands-on activities for all ages. The programming varies, but activities can include: Car rides, Kids Tours on Concorde, London Bus Museum bus trips, family workshops, Bertie Bear, Summer Science Clubs and Pedal Planes.
Our family friendly Sunbeam CafÃ© on the lower ground floor of the Clubhouse offers a lunchbox menu for children. We offer a range of freshly made sandwiches, a mouth-watering selection of cakes and cookies throughout the day. Hot food including main meals and soup is served at lunchtime from 12 o'clock until 2.30pm, half portions can be ordered. High chairs are available in the cafÃ© and nearby you will find the under 5s soft play area and microwave for heating baby bottles.
We don't allow food or drink in the galleries, but please feel free to picnic on the Museum lawns.
Experience a "ride" on the Original Brooklands Race Track,a Lap around Le Mans or a flight with the Red Arrows
Inside the Balloon Hangar building, we have created a 4D Theatre that provides the closest experience any living person will have of "driving" around the Brooklands Race Track at 100mph, driving a lap of Le Mans, or "flying" with the Red Arrows. Visitors to the Museum can now take their seats for the ride of their life in a brand new, state-of-the-art 4D Theatre and we have three fantastic rides for you to enjoy.
The Napier-Railton Race Experience
Just as John Cobb and Sir Malcolm Campbell did in the 1930s, you can now see, hear, feel and even smell what it would have been like to race around the concrete banked circuit in a pre-War racing car.
Red Arrows in 3D
Discover the thrill of flying with the RAF Red Arrows during one of its sensational aerobatic displays in 'Red Arrows 3D'. With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it is like in the cockpit as the 'Reds' fly in amazing close formation and solo manoeuvres.
A lap of Le Mans in Mike Hawthorn's Jaguar
British Racing legend Mike Hawthorn is your driver as you take a lap with him in his Jaguar D-type around the circuit at Le Mans. What makes this a unique experience is that you are seeing the actual film and commentary made by Mike at the track on a blistering sunny day in 1956. With an introduction from Tiff Needell who reveals the original car he drove in, this time piece is a gem that will make you believe that you were there.
The final results are stunning and are a welcome addition to the Museum's growing number of attractions. Visitors are transported on a multi-sensory journey around Brooklands, Le Mans or with the Red Arrows.
The 4D Theatre is located opposite Concorde and bookings can be made in the foyer there. Height and other restrictions apply to this ride. You need to be 3ft 6inches or 107.2cm to take part.
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