These five Easter motoring activities guarantee a wide range of fun for all the family. Whether they’re under five and content with meeting the Easter bunny or older and motoring racing obsessed, here’s something for all the family.
What? Huge range of motor racing
Where? Silverstone, Northants
When? April 4/5
How much? Adults: £9; Under 15s: free
More info? British Racing and Sports Car Club
Motor racing doesn’t often come cheap but this weekend’s racing at Silverstone won’t break the bank for a family. Parking, grandstand and paddock access are all free and it’s also free for kids under 15. What makes this event so attractive for petrolhead and casual watcher alike is the great mix of motorsports on offer, some running simultaneously on Silverstone’s International and National circuits. The action is courtesy of the British Racing and Sports Car Club. It includes the Formula Ford Championship, kart racing, plus one-make races featuring Mazda MX-5s, Ford Fiestas and sporty Hondas, so on-track action should be frantic to say the least.
What? Shaun the Sheep activities
Where? Heritage Motor Centre, Warwicks
When? April 1-12
How much? Adults: £12; Children 5-16: £8; Under five: free
More info? Heritage Motor Centre
Anyone in your family like Shaun the Sheep and cars? Go to the Heritage Motor Centre and while the kids are enjoying a variety of activities centred on the new Shaun the Sheep movie, adults will be able to get their fix of some incredibly rare cars. Every day over Easter there’s a Flock on the Block trail to follow. You can help write the opening scene of the Shaun the Sheep The Movie sequel and kids will enjoy colouring sheets from the film. Over the Easter school holiday, the entertainment schedule includes interactive story telling days and Lego model building.
Where? National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hants
When? April 3-19
How much? Adults: £24; Children 5-17: £12; Under five: free
More info? Beaulieu
Everyone can get behind the wheel this Easter. Friends and family can battle with each other around the giant Scalextric track. And if you uncover a hidden talent and end up at the top of the leader board there are prizes to be won. The Scalextric racing is to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: Grand Prix Greats and Road, Race and Rally. Budding engineers can create their own balloon-powered car and see how far they can race them; there’s a car hunt around the grounds; and over the Easter weekend, the Easter Bunny will be on site.
What? Activity Trail
Where? Coventry Transport Museum
When? April 3-19
How much? Admission free, activity prices vary
More info? Coventry Transport Museum
The family activity trail is part of the museum’s Land Speed Record Exhibition. Visitors can find fascinating facts, answer questions and even design their own 1000mph car. There are also workshops for younger visitors aged six upwards. Throughout the Easter holidays various sessions have been designed to keep young kids entertained, including clay car modelling, flying toy gliders and ceramic money box making.
What? Top class motor racing
Where? Brands Hatch, Kent
When? April 4/5
How much? From £26
More info? Brands Hatch
When it comes to national motor racing, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) sits at the top of the tree. And it doesn’t get much more exciting with close racing and a dose of personal antipathy between the drivers to spice up the action. A full entry of 32 cars features 13 different models and includes former champions Jason Plato, Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington who will all doubtless be indulging in the BTCC’s trademark on-track panel bashing. One driver who threatens to rattle some cages is Andy Priaulx a former three-time world touring car champion. Prices include free parking plus entry to the driver autograph session. And there are a handful of support races on a crowded bill.