During our recent stay in the Cotswolds, we managed to squeeze in several activities to entertain the young man – one of which was difficult to prise him away from.
The Cotswolds Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
As with most boys, Monkey is obsessed with cars, motors and construction vehicles – so as we wandered around the pretty village of Bourton on the Water, it wasn’t hard to miss the topiary mini display of the Cotswolds Motoring Museum & Toy Collection, which had Monkey running in excitement. Before we knew it, he was dragging us by the hand and we were paying an entrance fee – which allows you to come and go as you please should you so wish to return for another look around on the same day.
The Brum Car Museum
The Museum is set in a converted 17th-century water mill and is famous for being the home to Brum, the popular kids’ BBC TV series about a radio-controlled car, narrated by Toyah Wilcox. Kids can have photos taken with Brum, ride on Brum, and make individual Brum brass rubbings. Monkey, however, wasn’t too bothered.
What to see in the Cotswolds Motoring Museum
He was more interested in the seven galleries packed with vintage car collections, a unique toy collection, History of Motoring exhibition as well as motorbikes, tractors, caravans and memorabilia. The museum may not look big from the outside, but it’s comparable to the TARDIS as the rooms seem to go on and on.
Monkey particularly enjoyed looking at the old toy collection from Meccano built into windmills, cars and cranes, scalectrix, push-along wooden and metal vehicles to the penny tin toys.
Meanwhile, it was nigh on impossible for Monkey not to jump into all the vehicles on display. I don’t think we were allowed to do this… as hubby got a few stern looks from the staff! But with over 30 vintage cars on show, it was hard stopping him.
The oldest car on display dates from the early 1900s to the latest addition, a Mini Clubman from 1972. From sleek Jaguars, quirky Austins to sporty, open-topped MGs the collection definitely wowed my husband. And with labels on all the vehicles, we could read the history of the car as well as who owned them.
The Cotswolds Motoring Museum is definitely worth a visit if you are already in Bourton on the Water – and even more so if you’re a car and motorbike enthusiast. If you take in each display properly and read all the fascinating history, I can imagine you’d spend quite a few hours inside.
For us, it was an extra special treat for Monkey to what was already a great day exploring the picturesque village. Luckily, the admission prices are very reasonable, so it didn’t feel like a huge expense and, of course, there was no refusing him from getting a toy car from the gift shop. We certainly weren’t going to get away with walking out empty handed!
Cotswolds Motoring Museum & Toy Collection Bourton on the Water Gloucestershire GL54 2BY; Adults £5.25; Children 4-16 £3.25; Family Ticket £16.50