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Press Release

Contact: Luke Dunne or Stella Morris at Royal Gunpowder Mills

(t) 01992 707 375 – Luke Dunne

(t) 01992 707 360 – Stella Morris

(e) luke.dunne@royalgunpowdermills.com

(w) www.royalgunpowdermills.com


For immediate release

Classic Cars come to The Royal Gunpowder Mills

National Drive It Day 2017

April 23rd 2017 – Open 10am – 5pm (Last Entry 3pm)

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is proud to host the Charity Classic Vehicle Club & Chelmer Valley Car Meet as the end point for National Drive It Day 2017 on April 23 2017.  Visitors to this event get ample opportunity to get up close and personal with all the classic cars which are due to arrive dating back from the 1930’s throughout to the 1970’s.

The vehicles will be making their way from RHS Gardens at Hyde Hall through the streets of Essex and culminate at The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. Visitors will be able to view the vehicles arriving on site as they begin to gather on Queens Mead. There are opportunities to speak to the drivers of each vehicle and learn about each one’s story, explore the story and capture the spirt of each proud owner.

Events & Marketing Coordinator Luke Dunne said: “We’re thrilled to be the culmination point for this event.  Car clubs have such a high level of commitment to the history of motoring, and in this event we are guaranteed of both passion and a wide variety of Classic Cars.”  For the keen photographer there are sure to be excellent photographic opportunities.    

This event will run at a special price of £5 for adults and £3 for children giving enthusiasts and families alike the chance to admire a beautiful selection of vintage cars with the serene and picturesque Royal Gunpowder Mills as its backdrop. 

Please note that the site is given over to the exciting car show and not all of our regular offer is running (no science shows for example), so visit the website or phone 01992 707 370 to check.   

As well as the fabulous classic vehicles on show, The Royal Gunpowder Mills be offering visitors the chance to visit our Exhibitions which include an introductory film, Theatre, Women At War Photo Exhibition & 1940’s exhibition.  Also, our wildlife tower and playspace make children very happy.  View this fantastic historic site on a Guided Land Train Tour.  Great food is on offer in our Gunpowder Café.

Doors Open 10am, Last Entry 3pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day or booked online at https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/gunpowder-plot-rally/

Notes for Editor:

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is an internationally important heritage site with 300 + years of history of production of gunpowder and other explosives, propellants and rocketry.   Nowadays it is a visitor attraction which runs popular events, education and exhibitions.  The site played a major part in WW1 munitions production with around 3000 women working here for the first time.  Shortly after World War II it became a Defence Research Establishment.   Visitors can learn more about its history on site at the many exhibits.  A must is a guided landtrain tour through 170 acres of parkland and woodland, streams and dry canals.  The site features over 20 listed buildings and mysterious structures peeping through the beautiful alder woodland once important for charcoal production and now a haven for herons, siskins, badgers, kingfishers, deer and much other wildlife.  It is a Scheduled Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  Visitors range from enthusiasts of history, nature and science to young families who can enjoy our award-winning family-friendly exhibitions and activities and have a fun time learning.  We are part of the Children’s University scheme and were awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016.     

The Charity Classic Vehicle Club attends and organises classic car events to enable money to be raised for national and local charities by collecting donations from  classic car owners when they enter rallies.  The club can be contacted at  http://www.ccvcuk.co.uk

The Chelmer Valley Car Meet is a Chelmer-based classic car club – for more information visit www.chelmervalleycarmeet.co.uk/

National Drive It Day 2017 is the flagship of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles. The Federation encourages clubs all over Britain to celebrate the anniversary of the historic 1000 Mile Trial.   More information at http://www.fbhvc.co.uk/heritage-culture-and-museums/drive-it-day/

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