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Vintage Vehicles and Transport Treats

Heritage Open Days events cover a huge range of topics and interests, but some of our most popular have always been the chance to get up close to historic vehicles and learn more about trains, planes and cars of the past. Whether you’re a train spotter, a budding engineer, or just fancy something a bit different, here’s our top picks of transport events!

© Winchester MG Owners Club - Catch a classic in Winchester this year!

Get nostalgic… with a classic and sportscar parade from the Winchester MG Owners Club. Also featuring vehicles from Austin, Rolls Royce, Austin-Healey, Lancia and Mercedes… maybe you’ll spot a model from your childhood!

Take to the skies! / © Army Flying Museum

Military vehicles: planes, tanks and… hot air balloons? Did you know the army once had a Royal Engineer Balloon Section? Find out all about it with this special webinar using artefacts, stories, archival video and uniforms from the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop.

Speed into the Jet Age… and learn about at the mechanics of flight. From engines and propellers, to RAF and passenger planes, this is a fascinating opportunity to discover the history of Gloucestershire's contribution to world aviation.

Made in Luton… see a curated selection of vehicles from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre with a unique opportunity for a close look at some of the iconic vehicles produced in the area by this manufacturer over the last 100 years. 

So what happened to all the trams? / © Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Time travel with trams… for 75 years, passengers could travel across Leicester by tram, so why were they abandoned? Hear their fascinating story with this online talk and Q&A from Leicester Transport Heritage Trust.

Unmask an impostor! This special talk and tour in Cumbria will show how restoration work to a vehicle once thought to be a North Eastern Railway Sand Wagon has been uncovering new evidence and discovering the true origins of this historic carriage.

Train on the tracks... Find out just what it takes to keep track of the trains on the line with a series of videos from St Alban's Signal Box.

The world’s only… hovercraft museum! With a collection of unique, irreplaceable and inspiring craft, including five listed on The National Historic Ships’ register, this quirky museum in Gosport is a great family visit.

Set sail in the Broads… and learn how to prepare a Norfolk Wherry – Maud – for sailing with this exclusive video. Discover the process, from memorising the names for parts of the vessel and learning how to use the rig, mast and ropes, before loading cargo and taking a virtual trip through the peaceful Broads landscape.

Be dazzled by this not so little Pickle! / © Hull Civic Society

A hull in Hull… new for 2020 and not normally open to visitors, this is a rare chance go aboard a re-creation of HMS Pickle – a 97ft topsail schooner which took part in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Model mania… the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team are ‘giving it large’ for HODs in Hampshire with a huge display of vehicular models from ships and boats to aircraft, tanks, cars and even some from science fiction! And with top tips on model making for all ages, it’s perfect for enthusiasts as well as those new to the hobby.

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PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but this year more than ever the details are subject to change. Please check the individual entries for more.