We love travelling as a family and spending time together. Increasingly we are finding the girls need a little more from a hotel break – an activity of some sort, so they are also engaged and occupied. When we were asked to come and review the Brooklands Hotel Museum Discover break we were really excited to find out more…
The Brooklands Hotel Museum Discover break is a perfect way to combine a night away with an activity for the kids and one that’s also fun for the adults as well!
The package starts from £199 per room, per night and includes; one nights’ accommodation in a family room, a family pass into the Brooklands Museum, full use of the BSpa facilities, breakfast the following morning and the added benefit children eating free in the 1907 restaurant, bar & grill.
We arrived on Friday evening and immediately went to our room on the 4th floor. It was dark when we arrived but Amelie could see the lights in the distance and the race track, she was so excited to be high in a hotel room and look out below her.
We were staying in the family room which was huge and perfect for our family of four. We had two seriously comfortable kingsized beds and a travel cot for Evie. There was also a sofa and a big bathroom complete with shower and bath, perfect for little ones.
We loved the special touches form the team with Amelie and Evie colour in sheets and a Princess activity pack for them both. We hid these away ready for dinner as we hoped this would occupy them so we could all eat together.
Once we had settled in the room and unpacked a few bits from our bags we headed down to dinner in the 1907 restaurant. Amelie was very excited to be ‘up late’ and eating with Mummy and Daddy!
We had a wonderful meal in the restaurant and the girls were made welcome by the wonderful staff who were quick and attentive – everyone knows that toddlers don’t always sit still for long so we appreciate the speedy and delicious dinner!
I was really impressed with the menu for the girls, with starters like hummus and pitta and mains of roast chicken or sausages there was something for every child and both the girls ate really well.
After dinner, it was back up to the room for a quick bath for the girls and then bedtime. We have stayed in one room as a family before so we are quite used to putting them to bed together and having an early night. They both settled really well and slept through ready for the following days adventure.
We were up and at breakfast for about 7.30am and the girls loved the self-service of breakfast. Amelie tucked into chocolate croissants and Evie enjoyed a little of the cooked breakfast, especially the eggs!
We always enjoy the coffee, fruit and granola options at the hotel but we also had to try some of the delicious cooked breakfast!
After we had all eaten Nick took the girls for a walk outside to see the race track and I went for some much needed me time in the hotels BSpa. We have been on a spa break to the hotel before and I love the calmness of the spa and the outdoor hot tub!
After an hour or so in the spa we all met in the room, packed our bags and then headed off to the Brooklands Museum which is a short walk or two-minute drive from the hotel.
We haven’t been to Brooklands Museum before so we were all really keen to see inside and what they had to offer for us as a young family.
When we went in the first thing we loved seeing was all the history, around every corner was lots to learn for both adults and children and the staff were so knowledgeable and happy to explain everything to us.
Brooklands Museum is the Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation and is a fantastic place for a family outing with activities all year round. Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and was built by local landowner Hugh Locke King on 330 acres of farm and woodland on his estate at Weybridge in Surrey.
The first official race was held on the 6th July 1907 and was greeted by the press as a ‘Motor Ascot’. Now the land is run and owned by an independent charitable trust, established in 1987, whose aim is to conserve, protect and interpret the unique heritage of the Brooklands site.
After having a read on the history and having a look at our maps, we decided to head to the planes as the girls were really keen to see them and we were really excited to see a Concorde up close…
Seeing Concorde in real life was amazing, we didn’t go inside the plane this time as we didn’t think Amelie or Evie would listen on the 45minute tour but we were all really loved going inside the other planes, especially a private one which had beds!
After we’d seen the planes we went to the aircraft factory and shed where Amelie and I really enjoyed clocking in and then following visiting all the areas of the factory and gaining stamps. For her, it was a really enjoyable treasure hunt style game!
After exploring a little more of the various sheds and indoor attractions we decided to head to the cafe, complete with soft play for a drink and snack. Perfect for the girls and perfect for us as we could sit and watch them play!
Evie started to get tired so we decided to leave and have Brooklands down on our list to re-visit in the school holidays when they have lots of extra specially themed activities.
We had a wonderful experience with the Museum discovery package and would recommend it to families keen to try the museum but needing a stay locally.
A big thanks to Brooklands Hotel for having us.
*We were invited to the hotel to review the museum package but all thoughts and opinions are our own*