Bookham and District U3A
Bookham and District University of the Third Age
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DateVisit
31 October 2017Brooklands Museum
19 September 2017Visit to Rochester
19 July 2017Visit to Brighton Pavilion
14 July 2017Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham
06 October 2016Northern Ballet Company's Romeo and Juliet at Woking
25 September 2016HOLIDAY by coach to DEVON & CORNWALL
13 September 2016Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Barnes.
24 August 2016Highgrove Gardens
11 August 2016Half A Sixpence
15 June 2016Borde Hill Gardens
21 April 2016Goodnight Mister Tom
10 March 2016U3A Network Family History Study Day
09 March 2016Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace dance THE LAST TANGO
02 March 2016Alan Bennet’s SINGLE SPIES
03 February 2016SLEEPING BEAUTY at Woking
15 December 2015As You Like It at the National Theatre
19 November 2015LIVING CRAFTS for CHRISTMAS FAIR at Blenheim Palace
05 November 2015The Nutcracker at Woking
01 October 2015Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre. See text for additional dates!
23 September 2015Before the Party at Woking
23 July 2015Mack & Mabel at Chichester
01 July 2015The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre
20 May 2015The Producers at Woking
06 May 2015Dead Simple at Woking
01 May 2015Visit to the Olympic Park and the Cathedral of Sewage
25 February 2015Arcadia
15 January 2015Edward Scissorhands

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Brooklands Museum
Tuesday 31 October 2017

A visit to Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Brooklands Museum is the birthplace of British motor sport and aviation.  Established in 1907 as the first purpose-built motor racing track, Brooklands rapidly became a world centre of technology and engineering excellence and the site of speed records by Malcolm Campbell, John Cobb and others.  Aviation followed swiftly, with powered flight developments by early pioneers including A V Roe and Tommy Sopwith.  Brooklands was a major aircraft factory during World War II.  In the post-war years it was responsible for a succession of military and civil aircraft, and contributed significantly to the design and manufacture of Concorde.  Since the end of aircraft production in 1987, much of the original site has been maintained to allow visitors to view this unique industrial heritage site.     

 

Highlights of the museum include: 

·          The AIRCRAFT PARK, with aircraft built at Brooklands including the Vanguard, Viscount and VC10
 

·          Parts of the original RACE TRACK and test hill
 

·          The STRATOSPHERE CHAMBER, built to test aircraft under extreme conditions and recently opened for exhibition
 

·          The LONDON BUS MUSEUM, presenting the history of bus transport since its earliest times
 

·          The newly-refurbished Bellman hangar housing the museum’s AIRCRAFT FACTORY, featuring the history of aircraft manufacture and a view on future technology**
 

·          The FLIGHT SHED with display of historic aircraft**
 

·          The MOTORING VILLAGE, with historic racing vehicles, the Grand Prix Exhibition and cycle and motorcycle displays
 

·          The 1907 CLUBHOUSE, evoking the atmosphere of pre-war Brooklands

We will travel by coach from Bookham (departing 9.30 a.m) and our visit will include an introductory talk on the museum, a voucher for coffee and cake and the opportunity to view the museum’s exhibits at your own pace.  Lunch may be purchased in the museum’s Sunbeam Café.  The party is expected to leave Brooklands at 4.00 p.m., arriving at Bookham by about 5.00 p.m. 

The cost for the day will be £22 per person plus £5 per person for the Concorde Experience and £5 per person for the 4D Theatre (or £9 per person for the two activities), if required. Places for Concorde and the 4D Theatre (which are limited) need to be paid for at the time of booking.   

**  The Aircraft Factory and the Flight Shed are part of an extensive development of the museum’s facilities and are expected to be open in time for our visit. 

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