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📰 Creative fun at The National Motor Museum

During August, visitors to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, can take part in a range of fun and creative summer activities inspired by the Museum’s First World War commemorative project, Caravans & Charabancs – Leisure Motoring after the First World War.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and sponsored by the Shell Heritage Art Collection, The Caravan Club and Meccano, the sessions will take place in the museum on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the rest of the month, from 12-4pm.

Young visitors will discover the impact of this devastating conflict and how it changed the face of leisure motoring in the next decade. Participants will follow in the footsteps of post-war manufacturers who built vehicles and trailers from unwanted parts left over from the battlefield by building model charabancs – an early form of motor coach – from Meccano and caravans from recycled materials.

Families can also explore the Shell Heritage Art Collection’s ‘Visit Britain’ series of artworks, designing and collaging their own posters featuring popular day trip destinations of post First World War Britain. Participants can enter their fabulous creations into the Creative Fun Competition to win lots of great prizes from Meccano, Shell and the National Motor Museum.

The activities are included in the Beaulieu attraction admission price. No booking is needed for the sessions. See for more details.

    • Family making a caravan

    Family making a caravan - Photo Credit: Beaulieu Motor Museum