Being Sebastian Vettel

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Lovers of cars and bikes, insultingly called petrolheads, head to places like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans, Silverstone, Monte Carlo or the Nürburgring. When there is no racing or festival taking place they might head to Beaulieu or the Haynes International Motor Museum instead.

But now when they go to Haynes, younger petrolheads can go into Motorland, a new outdoor activity just for them. You might think that this is just another fairground type area where your kids go round in circles in something that vaguely looks like a car but you’d be wrong.
Kids will have fun exploring the many realistic adventure play vehicles including a jeep, ice cream van and a camper van. The construction zone has a host of impressive looking, large scale adventure play JCB diggers in a giant sand pit, with the coin operated Super diggers where you can operate an actual digger bucket. There is a play petrol station, garage and realistic road layout where there’s a world of high octane fun for youngsters to discover and a go-kart racing circuit.

For adults, Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. More than 400 amazing cars and bikes from the earliest motoring pioneers to nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s and glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220. There is also the new Motorcycle Mezzanine a fascinating new home for the museum’s two-wheeled collection of around 70 motorbikes including motorcycles from around the world and the Forshaw Speedway Collection, the world’s largest and most complete speedway display. Created with its very own banked track and filled with precious artefacts and information it brings the thrilling sights and sounds of speedway through the ages.

Some people would easily be able to spend a day at Haynes. But if you really want a full day head a few further miles down the A303 to Ilchester and visit Fleet Air Arm Museum which has Europe’s largest naval aviation collection.

That should tire out even the most energetic petrolhead!

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