On Good Friday, I visited Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow with my Mum, Dad and boyfriend. We arrived just in time for lunch which was planned, as we had heard fantastic things about Café Ambio, from several local people so we knew sampling the menu was a must. The food was excellent and we will be returning to sample the highly regarded Sunday lunch at some point.
The attraction itself is fantastic with an amazing mix of vintage cars and bicycles as well as memorabilia. It was the old signs that I couldn’t stop admiring as it was like stepping back in time. I also loved the street of old shops down one side of the building.
The first vehicle that caught my eye was an amazing Johannesburg Fire Engine. The condition of the vehicles was unbelievable considering the age of them.
As you walk around the attraction you can learn about each of the vehicles. The cars ranged from; Minis, Citroens, Fords, Aston Martins, Messerschmitts and even an amphibious vehicle.
We kept seeing children filling in quiz sheets and they were having a brilliant time and it kept them on task and interested in learning about the cars. My favourite car was this fantastic White Jaguar (below) which is in stunning condition.
Once you have looked at the cars you can learn about the Leven Valley and the history of the area. Then you can head upstairs where there are bicycles through the ages followed by a fantastic section all about the Isle of Man TT (see picture).
What really strikes you about the Lakeland Motor Museum is the passion that the proprietors have put into the place. The attention to detail that is displayed throughout the attraction and hearing one particular member of staff telling visitors about the cars with such enthusiasm was really refreshing.
Once we had finished looking around the main part of the attraction we headed up to the Bluebird Exhibition. The exhibition charts the land speed and water speed records and in particular Malcolm and Donald Campbell’s record attempts with replicas of their vehicles.
It was a fantastic day and we all really enjoyed the attraction and would highly recommend a visit. There was such a wide variety of things to look at in the attraction which made it a great day out for all the family.