Feeling teased after my last post? I’m sure you are left wondering “what could truck mania be?” I shan’t leave you in anticipation any longer. Not with the final half term of learning to start writing about – I can’t believe It’s been a year since we left school: It’s flown by!
So Truckmania: This, clearly, was not a planned event. Trucks are really NOT my thing. House hunting is, and that was the plan for the bank holiday weekend. Until a sudden work commitment (or maybe not that sudden, but it was news to me) altered our plans. With Daddy now due to be entertaining the crowds at Beaulieu for two days with his music we decided to tag along and spend some time in the New Forest in the middle of our house hunting weekend.
I was pleasantly surprised. Truckmania was a two day event hosted at Beaulieu Motor Museum which, if you’ve never been, is well worth a visit in itself. It is beautiful. And has cars. Old cars, new cars, film cars, Top Gear cars, record breaking cars…
I’m still not really sounding convinced am I? In between operation butterfly watch the boys and I wandered around and explored enormous, and very shiny, truck cabs (the owners seem to spend a lot of time polishing) which they loved. Some of these cabs are like little camper vans themselves, and since reading Tough Trucks, the boys have been a little fascinated by the inside of truck driver cabs so this was great fun for them. We watched monster trucks jumping over and crushing cars. C had a go at pulling a truck, tackled an inflatable army assault course and dressed up in full combat gear. L loved watching the mini remote control trucks and diggers and I successfully managed to steer them away from the stalls selling these at over £200. So everyone was happy!
The motor museum houses over 250 vehicles, from early motor cars through to racing cars, steam cars and all kinds of memorabilia. Outside, we loved seeing some of the cars and memorable moments from Top Gear. Remember those caravans? The floating cars? They’re there! The house and gardens are beautiful, with a monorail to take you around the grounds – 3 times in our case, and there are lots of large outdoor games to play, you know the giant jenga, chess, connect four type things. We even had a go at croquet. We explored the abbey and learnt lots of amazing facts about the role of the secret army in WWII, who undertook some of their training at Beaulieu.
So while this isn’t my usual, learning from the week type of post I thought it was worth a share. I certainly didn’t know such a thing existed. I’ve been to Beaulieu and heard of the motor museum. Now I can confidently say that I highly recommend it, with or without Truckmania!