Team at British Motor Museum in Gaydon looking forward to welcoming visitors

Pre-bookings will be essential for all visitors

The British Motor Museum is all set to reopen its doors on May 17 in line with Stage 3 of the Government’s roadmap.

Having been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark by VisitEngland, the museum says it is confident that everything is in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

The museum will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm with limited numbers per day and pre-booking is essential for all visitors including those returning with an annual pass.

May half-term at the British Motor Museum - Dougie and the E-Type. Photo supplied by the British Motor Museum.

There are 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1pm arrival slots available and once at the museum visitors can stay as long as they wish until closing.

New for 2021, the E-type Evolution Exhibition from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT) commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-type.

The exhibition tells the story of the car from the racing C and D-types of the 1950s, the E2A Prototype, its launch at Geneva on March 15, 1961 and finishes with two very successful Racing V12 E-types from the 1970s. The exhibition runs to the end of June and is included in the standard museum admission.

For the May half-term week from May 29 to June 6, the museum will be hosting a full programme of family friendly activities to celebrate the Jaguar E-type’s 60th Birthday.

British Motor Museum. Photo supplied

Visitors will have the chance to meet Dotty or Dougie, the car designers from the swinging 60s and explore the car.

Younger visitors will also have the chance to take home their very own cardboard cut-out Jaguar E-type.

There are also online celebratory activities for those not able to visit the museum.

The ‘Gaydon Gathering’, a free monthly evening gathering aimed at motoring enthusiasts, will return on May 11.

The first gathering took place last October and the museum plans to fun this friendly event on the second Tuesday of every month until the autumn. Pre-booking is essential.

The museum is also gearing up to run a full schedule of motoring shows and events this summer, all in line with Government advice.

More than 14 shows and rallies are being planned to include the return of several popular events such as the Land Rover Show, Retro Truck Show as well as some brand-new events including ‘Autolicious’ on August 29.

This event presented by Audi-licious is a rare opportunity to see an array of stunning cars on display including Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes, Lamborghini and VW.

Jeff Coope, managing director at the British Motor Museum said: “We are delighted to be able to re-open our doors and welcome back visitors after being closed for such a long period.

"Thanks to funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the success of the furlough scheme, the museum is in a good place and is now keen to get back to business.

"We’re looking forward to seeing the return of our much valued and loyal visitors as well as the staff, some of whom are already hard at work preparing to re-open the museum once again”.

For more information and to book tickets go to: www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/book-tickets