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Live your Dreams at Brooklands Museum this Summer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Concorde at Brooklands

An Extraordinary range of FAMILY Fun until 25th August

Build a giant tower from everyday objects, or a Bellman Hangar from paper while watching the real thing being refitted; ride the famous Brooklands Banking in a vintage-style car or tour the area in an iconic Routemaster London bus; take a “Kids Special” experience on Concorde; get a special deal on Brooklands Top Trumps. These are just a few of the things that families can tackle this summer at Brooklands Museum – and their souvenir photographs of the day could win younger visitors prizes in the Brooklands Young Photographer 2017 competition.

Weekday workshops running in this period will explore themes connected to Brooklands’ exciting past. Youngsters and parents will be able to participate in a variety of activities from archaeological digs in the sand and pendulum painting to helping the team with the Great Brooklands Build-Off to create a giant structure using a variety of shapes and materials. Sessions run from 11.00am to 12.00pm and from 1.00pm to 3.30pm; all materials are supplied and no extra charges or booking apply – just turn up.

From 24th July to 24th August, the now-legendary Brooklands Car Rides* will run every Monday to Thursday, allowing visitors to experience a blast up Test Hill and a cruise along the Banking in an open top vintage-style car, courtesy of the Car Rides Team volunteers. There are morning and afternoon sessions and the minimum donation of £1 per passenger offers exceptional value for this exhilarating experience. Alongside the car rides, the resident London Bus Museum will be offering tours of the local area by Routemaster or other historic bus every day*.

For youngsters who like flying, Kids Tours on Concorde* run every weekday until August 25th. The tour has been specially tailored for our younger visitors with participation encouraged, making this half hour virtual supersonic ‘flight’ experience something not to be missed. For those who are excited by all the amazing machines on display at Brooklands, the Museum is offering a special summer deal on Brooklands Top Trumps, with packs available at just £4 each for the holidays.

Any or all of these activities could provide inspiration for budding photographers entering The Brooklands Young Photographer Competition. Children are invited to get their cameras out when they visit the Museum with a chance to win a prize. There are three age categories from 3-16 years and theme of the competition this year is ’Built at Brooklands’. Entries need to reach by 8pm on Friday 1st September 2017. For details of categories, prizes and other information, see the ‘Summer’ page at

For those who want to really experience speed and exhilaration without leaving their seats, there are three fantastic rides running in the 4D Theatre* EVERY day including weekends. Sit behind the driver of the Napier-Railton and race around the banked circuit, join the RAF Red Arrows in the cockpit with the display team as they embark on one of their breath-taking aerobatic routines or go back to 1956 with British racing legend Mike Hawthorn for a lap at Le Mans in his Jaguar D-Type.

The Sunbeam Café will be open for refreshments all day, Bertie the Brooklands Bear will be making guest appearances and the Museum Shop will be selling games, toys, books and Brooklands-related memorabilia. So, bring your camera, take a ride, take a flight and hold on to your seats as Brooklands Museum offers a day out that is like no other! Certainly, there is so much to do at the Museum this summer that visitors might find themselves wanting to return, in which case they will find our annual Membership packages very attractive.

Admission prices for Brooklands Museum (including London Bus Museum) are:
Adults £11, Seniors & Students £10, Children (5-16 yrs) £6.00, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £30. Under 5s are FREE. The Concorde Experience is £5 for adults, £3 for children. Rides in the 4D Theatre are £4 for adults, £2 for children.

For full details of events, directions and general Museum information, please visit or telephone 01932 857381. The Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm during the summer (last entry one hour before closing).

*Extra charges and restrictions apply. Car and Bus Rides are subject to weather, Track and operational conditions.

Live Taxi Run and Guided Tours for Special Open Day for the Brooklands VC10 at Dunsfold Aerodrome

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Brooklands VC10

A special open day which includes a spectacular taxi run demonstration of one of the most iconic airliners ever to grace the skies takes place at Dunsfold Aerodrome on Saturday 15th July. ‘ZA150’ was the very last VC10 of 54 built at Brooklands in the 1960s and was one of the last two to fly with the RAF from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. On its retirement in September 2013 it was acquired by Brooklands Museum and flew in to Dunsfold, where a team of dedicated volunteers maintains it in running order.

As well as seeing the full-bore-acceleration taxying demonstration, visitors will be able to tour inside the aircraft, chat to the VC10 Volunteers and see for themselves how it was converted from a commercial airliner to an air-to-air refuelling tanker for the RAF. Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only and the timetable for the day is as follows:

12.00-14.00 Pre-booked visitors will arrive via the Stovolds Hill entrance to Dunsfold Aerodrome
13.00-13.15 Taxi run on the Dunsfold Aerodrome
13.45-15.30 Group visits on board the aircraft
14:00 Last entry to Dunsfold
16:00 Event closes

Tickets are available from the Brooklands Museum website:

The VC10’s graceful ‘T-tail’ and four rear-mounted Rolls-Royce Conway engines made it one of the most distinctive and elegant aircraft of its era. Only the supersonic Concorde amongst airliners was quicker, and the VC10 remains the fastest subsonic airliner across the Atlantic. With its quiet, spacious cabin and exceptional performance, the VC10 was a favourite of passengers and crews alike, fully justifying its epithet of Queen of the Skies.

The last heavy airliner ever to be completely built at Brooklands – and indeed in the UK – its eventual retirement in 2013 marked the end of an unbroken century of front-line service by Brooklands-built aircraft with the British armed forces. That is a unique record, unchallenged by any other factory-customer relationship anywhere in the world.

July is a special month for Brooklands and the VC10: 6th July marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the Sultan of Oman’s VC10 into retirement at Brooklands, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said having most generously donated the aircraft from his Royal Flight to the Museum in 1987. It quickly became, and remains, one of the most popular exhibits in the Museum’s collection as it retains its luxurious gold-highlighted interior. Also on the Museum site is the fuselage of VC10 G-ARVM “Victor Mike”, which has been restored inside to commercial passenger jet standard, along with a special exhibition and video presentation charting the unique legacy of this aircraft.

For more information, contact Paul Stewart on 01932 857381 ext 249 or e-mail:

Robots take centre stage at Brooklands Museum!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Brooklands dance video

Brooklands Museum Staff have once again stepped up to the challenge, wound up the gramophone and discovered their inner dancing robot around the Museum site to Daft Punk’s hit Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

The video, featuring Staff, Volunteers and the Museum’s own mascot, Bertie Bear, has been entered into the annual international Museum Dance Off Competition. The competition is now in its fourth year and sees 41 Museums from around the world compete in three rounds to be crowned winner of Museum Dance Off 4: A New Hope.

After reaching the quarter final of the competition last year, there are high hopes that this year’s entry will make it all the way through to the International Thunderdome Final. Despite a Harder task this year of taking on fellow local competitor, Egham Museum, the Museum’s dancing crew are looking Better than ever before, and believe that this year’s entry will shoot to the top Faster, but to achieve this the Museum will need to get even Stronger support from all its supporters.

Themed around the Re-engineering Brooklands work taking place at the Museum, the video follows the dancers on an exploration of the exhibits currently being worked on, with a grand finale in the newly reconstructed Bellman Hangar.

The competition will take place in three rounds, across the next few weeks. The first two rounds are done by region, and Brooklands Museums will be going up against Norwegian entry MiA, museene i Akershus and fellow UK entries The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Egham Museum.

The winner of each round is decided by public vote, but voting is limited to a 24-hour time slot of between 1pm on Wednesday 26th April until the same time on Thursday 27th April. Votes can be cast at, where all the entries can be seen, or just search for ‘Brooklands Museum Dance’ on YouTube to see what a fantastic routine has been created.

Head over to YouTube now to watch the Brooklands Museum’s Museum Dance Off Entry. Or get a preview of the competition at

Easter Trail, Half-Price 4D Experiences and Family Fun Galore at Brooklands Museum

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Concorde Experience

1st – 23rd April

There is some speggtacular Easter Family Fun at Brooklands this April with an Easter Trail that will keep visitors entertained every day from 1st – 23rd April. During this period visitors will be able to collect their free Trails on arrival, head off around the Museum to solve the hidden clues, and then back to the Shop to claim their FREE Easter-egg prize.

And there are loads of other Easter attractions at the Museum to keep visitors absorbed for the rest of their visit once they’ve solved the Trail clues. In fact, the offering is so varied that the Museum has created a special mini-calendar (see below) to remind visitors of the attractions available on each day.

Also from the 1st – 23rd April visitors can experience one of the three exhilarating rides in the 4D Theatre for HALF the normal price between 10am and 1pm – that’s just £2 for Adults and £1 for Children. Once seated and strapped in, the motion simulator provides a thrilling experience to make visitors feel as if they are taking part in the real-life action. ‘Race’ around the Brooklands track in the awesome Napier-Railton Special, ‘fly’ with the Red Arrows or ‘drive’ with legend Mike Hawthorn in his Jaguar at Le Mans in 1956. The rides run all day and last around 8 minutes each. For rides taken after 1pm, normal prices will apply (£4 and £2).

The Concorde Experience is a half-hour virtual supersonic ‘flight’ on the Brooklands Concorde and runs every day, but on each weekday from 3rd – 21st April, special Kids Tours will be running twice a day. And don’t forget to look out for the Museum’s larger than life mascot, Bertie Bear, who will be roaming the site looking for fans to have his photograph taken with weekdays 3rd – 13th April.

The Museum’s long-established and hugely popular rides in vintage-style cars and on London Bus Museum’s iconic double-decker buses will also be operating during weekdays from 3rd – 13th April. Car rides take in the challenging summit of Test Hill and the Members’ Banking, the steepest part of the original Race Track, as long as it’s not too wet or slippery. Or, for a more relaxed journey, hop on board a real double-decker bus for a bus trip through the surrounding streets. Car and bus rides will run in the mornings and afternoons with a short break for lunch and are subject to crew and vehicle availability.

The Brooklands Learning Team will be running two FREE drop-in workshops for youngsters: from 3rd – 7th April they can find out about how forces and friction work by making Bertie Bear bounce up and down on his elastic string while from 10th – 14th April and again on 17th (Easter Monday), they can look for various objects around the museum in Brooklands Bingo with the first one to fill in their sheet and shout ‘Bingo’ being the winner. All materials will be provided for these workshops and no pre-booking is necessary.

Add to this a visit to the Museum Shop to pick up a souvenir and a “refuel” in the Sunbeam Café and Brooklands Museum offers the recipe for a perfect Easter day out. Normal admission prices apply: Adults £11, Seniors £10, Children (5-16 yrs) £6, Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £30. The Concorde Experience is £5 for adults, £3 for children. A minimum donation of £1 per passenger is requested for car and bus rides. The main visitor entrance for the Museum is via Mercedes-Benz World, on Brooklands Drive off Wellington Way between Weybridge and Byfleet.

For full details of events, directions and general Museum information, please telephone 01932 857381 or visit The Museum is open daily from 10am.

VC10 ZA150 Open Day at Dunsfold Aerodrome

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

VC10 at Dunsfold Aerodrome

Date: Sat March 11th 2017
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm
Price: £5 per person
Location: Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey

On Saturday 11th March we will be holding an Open Day at Dunsfold Aerodrome for our VC10 ZA150, which lives there. This was the very last VC10 of 54 built at Brooklands in the 1960s and was one of the last two to fly with the RAF from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. On its retirement in September 2013 it was acquired by Brooklands Museum and flew in to Dunsfold, where a team of dedicated volunteers maintain it in running order.

Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only and the timetable is as follows:

10.30-12.30 Visits on board the aircraft – morning session ticket holders
12.30-13:30 Aircraft closed to prepare for engine run at approx. 13:00
13.30-15.30 Visits on board the aircraft – afternoon session ticket holders

Tickets must be booked for either the morning or afternoon session. Afternoon session ticket holders may arrive from 12:30pm.