The British Motor Museum is celebrating 30 years at Gaydon! To mark the occasion, they will be running a 30th Anniversary Celebration week from 14-20 August, jam-packed with fun activities and events, from old favourites to rare experiences. There really is something for everyone! For example:
• A Raffle, which offers a rare opportunity to take a ride in one of five legendary vehicles from the collection.
• A 30th Anniversary Quiz Night and BBQ will take place on the evening of Friday, 18 August
• Cars on the Move, offers visitors the chance to glimpse some of our famous cars in action.
• “Our Story – 30 Years of the British Motor Museum”, will be on display, featuring photos and materials from across its 30-year history.
• Bonnets Up, Doors Open will also take place every day, from 10:30 to 11:30 and from 14:30 to 15:30, when visitors can see inside a selection of cars.
• The Volunteers will also be giving a selection of History Talks from Monday to Friday.
• Family activities with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)
• An opportunity to ride in a selection of the Museums famous cars;
– 1952 Riley RMA
– 1960 Standard Ensign
– 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III
Plus many more events and activities for enthusiasts and families alike! Our birthday celebrations have something for everyone.
For a full schedule of events and activities, please visit our website
Taking place from 6 October 2023 – 14 January 2024, ‘…like a short cut through the brambles’ presents the work of 15 different artists and groups and explores humankind’s relationship to the natural world.
Presenting in art galleries and historic buildings, the fourth Coventry Biennial investigates our relationship to the natural world around us. The programme brilliantly illuminates avenues for cultural engagement, offering exhibitions, events, and renewed opportunities for participation to UK audiences.
The chosen artists cover a wide range of themes and mediums, spanning from portraiture and sculptural installations to the innovative realm of urban gardens. Midlands-based Janet Tryner, Jo Gane, Paul Lemmon, and Ania Bas are joined by international artists Dinh Q. Lê, A History of Frogs, Can Altay and Clémence Lollia Hilaire amongst others.
‘…like a short cut through the brambles’ takes its title from a line by Coventry-based poet, Antony Owen, suggesting the risk and excitement inherent in the act of exploration. Visitors will be invited to engage with thought-provoking enquiries about belonging, protest, and survival in a complex world.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Coventry’s waterways, attend creative writing workshops and share their ideas on what the future of the city may look like through collaborative art-pieces. Further highlights include a film screening by a Turner Prize nominated artist, guided tours on foot and by bike, and arts-and-crafts workshops. The events programme primarily operates on a “Pay What You Can” basis. This allows for free access to tickets while also enabling audiences to contribute based on their individual capacities.
An unmissable weekend show for modern classic truck fans!
With hundreds of trucks coming to the Museum each year, this is one of the largest truck shows in the calendar. The show is mainly dedicated to trucks produced between 1972 and 2002 and hails the legendary names of the industry, from the UK and across Europe.
For the truck owners, this annual weekend makes for the perfect trucking holiday and the chance to enjoy a catch up with friends and like-minded people.
Tickets to this event include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre- where Truck fans will be able to find the very first Morris One-Ton truck, produced in 1924. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Indoor Model Show and trade area. Those who plan on camping will have access to a bar in the evening too.
The British Motor Museum welcomes everyone to its 30th Anniversary celebrations and is committed to being accessible to all. Join us on Access Day on 16 August to enjoy a welcoming visitor experience for the widest possible audience!
Touch and sensory access tours allow visitors to get up close, bringing the collection to life. We will also be offering 15-minute accessible taster sessions with Young Driver for people aged 10 and over (pre-booking is required), as well as the chance to get creative with air-drying clay. Plus don’t miss our object handing sessions for the chance to get hands-on with a selection of artefacts from Britain’s motoring past.
We will be enabling those who need a quieter environment to enjoy our fantastic collection with Quiet Hours between 9am and 10am and 5pm and 6pm. A mobile changing places toilet will also be on-site all day.
This major two day show is dedicated to N GAUGE and is THE show not to be missed. There is a full range of modern image, steam, continental and American layouts on display; along with society displays and demonstrations.
Over 30 specialist suppliers are expected to attend, showcasing all the latest models and products, making it THE place to visit and stock up on all the models and materials any model rail enthusiast could ever need.
This is a hugely popular specialist railway exhibition and totally focuses on N Gauge. Nowhere else can you see and enjoy the N Gauge scale in such volumes of either layouts or exhibitors making it the only place to see all things N Gauge.
UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK – where all aspects of the tabletop gaming hobby are represented under one roof. The event consists of 2 trade halls with hundreds of exhibitors showing, demonstrating, and selling tabletop games of all types including board games, roleplaying games, card games, miniatures, family games and party games. There are tournaments, seminars and workshops and live entertainment shows. There is a large family area with activities for all ages, costumed groups portraying characters from TV and movies, Viking reenactors and a children’s treasure hunt. Other features include one of the world’s largest bring and buy market for second hand games, a massive open gaming area and board game library and a shop and drop. In 2023 it will be held 2nd to 4th June. It will be held in the UK’s largest convention centre- The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham and the Hilton Metropole Hotel. In 2023 we will be using Halls 1, 2 and 3 of the NEC.