The Grampian Transport Museum is enjoying a successful Easter half term break of activities for children and adults alike, and is now open every day until late October.
For the duration of the school holiday period, the museum is packed with eggs to hunt for a special prize for children. As ever, the museum’s Mortier organ plays cheerful songs that bring the museum to life at regular intervals throughout the day.
The museum’s Easter celebrations are headlined by the ‘Easter Activity Afternoon’ on April 12th. The museum will put on Punch and Judy shows, craft activities and balloon modelling to entertain little ones while grownups can enjoy the myriad of freshly renewed exhibitions.
The two-week-long event is the continuation of events to mark the reopening of the museum for 2017. On Mother’s Day, families and couples were treated to horse carriage rides provided on the museum’s site, more usually used for high speed cars! Also on site was the ‘American Truck’ bouncy castle that, as the only one in the UK, delighted all who bounced in it.
Prior to this public reopening event, the museum enjoyed a successful preview evening for invited guests, including local cycling legends Struan Pryde and Jon Entwhistle. Both were tested on the GTM’s newly installed ‘Turbo Trainer Challenge’. These bikes test wattage output and speed, so cycling visitors are now welcomed by an interactive experience.
This year’s exhibitions at the GTM include many displays from the ‘Rich and Famous’ to tempt 30,000 visitors to the attraction.
Bentleys have been sold to thousands of wealthy individuals at home and abroad, but few are as famous as Cristiano Ronaldo. When told to buy a ‘sensible car’ by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo purchased his Bentley which is now on display at the GTM. Shortly after he bought it, the car again hit the headlines when its superstar owner used a disabled space to park it.
Returning in an enlarged exhibition is the collection of Guy Martin, TV presenter and famed TT motorbike racer, who has sent the GTM some of his most memorable pieces. A link can be found to his early life, when Guy was a young Lincolnshire lad, in his Saab 96 car.
Another piece from Guy’s collection is his reliable Transit van which no ordinary ‘White Van Man’ would be seen in. The van reached 164mph when performing in Nevada, USA, with Guy at the wheel. The events were documented by Channel 4’s ‘Speed with Guy Martin’. It’s believed to be the fastest Transit van in the world. It’ll lead a more sedate life at the museum for the 2017 exhibition. Other pieces include his ‘Tour Divide’ mountain bike, which carried Guy for over 2000 miles through the USA in 2016 in just 18 days, and his Triumph motorbike that Guy used in the 2015 Isle of Man TT race.
Billy Connolly isn’t to be left out, either, and displays his Bowtop Gypsy caravan in the museum. Typical of those envisaged in popular culture, this vehicle forms a crucial part of ‘Caravanning History’ exhibition.
Marketing Manager, Oliver Edwards, said ‘It’s lovely to be able to welcome visitors to the museum for 2017, and Easter provides the perfect chance for families to explore our new displays’.