Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a Royal Day Out at the British Motor Museum

Published: 06/05/2022

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place during May half term (28 May – 5 June), the British Motor Museum is inviting visitors to celebrate the royal cars in their collection. A number of vehicles from the Royal household are on display including the first bespoke royal Land Rover state review car, one of the fleet of vehicles used for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth Tour and a 1971 Rover P5B, the personal property of HM the Queen but on long term loan to the Museum.

Throughout the week, families can enjoy a range of right royal activities. There is a free Family Tour each day at 1.30pm where the children can help Jim & Claire, the ‘royal reporters’ find the next news scoop on their tour around the royal cars! 

The ever-popular craft activities are back in the Learning Space between 10am – 2.30pm where children will be able to make a ‘royal’ car to take home. They can also enter their creation into a competition to win a family afternoon tea. Entries will be judged at the end of the holidays with the winner announced on social media.

There’s a ‘Road Map’ Family Trail enabling children to explore the rest of the cars in the collection that are linked by name to different destinations around the world.

Emma Rawlinson, Life Long Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said “Families are in for a ‘right royal day out’ when they come along to join in our Jubilee jubilations this half-term! The Royal cars are the jewel in our crown, and the family tours and craft activities help bring them to life for the children!”

The half-term week is topped and tailed by the UK Slot Car Festival on 28/29 May and the National Metro & Mini Show on 5 June. The UK Slot Car Festival is a perfect family day out with plenty of hands-on activities on offer. Visitors can try out a variety of tracks from all the leading manufacturers such as Scalextric, Carrera, SCX and more and take part in the exciting range of slot racing competitions being held each day. There is a stunt show, incorporating the slot car wall of death, as well as club tracks and competitions, the opportunity to paint your own figures and even build and race a caravan! More details can be found at The National Metro & Mini Show is another family friendly event with hundreds of these popular little cars on display outside the Museum, along with a crowd pleasing stunt show!
Museum entry is just £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. All family activities are included in Museum admission and run on a drop in basis, just visit the Family Activity station on arrival to find out what is going on when. All activities are suitable for 3+ years with adult supervision, unless otherwise specified. 

To find out more information about May half activities please visit the website at

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