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Scalextric at The Spring

Scalextric at The Spring 15 September 2016

Scalextric at The Spring

On Sunday 2 October The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is holding a free open day to celebrate Scalextric, the quintessentially British toy that was created 60 years ago right here in Havant.

The fun-filled day is part of the Fun Palaces campaign, which encourages local people to initiate and take part in cultural events. The day starts at 10am and ends at 3pm and is open to everyone. There will be a gigantic Scalextric set to play on, racing games from old to new, and sessions to learn about how Scalextric cars are made. There will also be the chance to meet other Scalextric enthusiasts and talk to oral historians about any memories you may have of Scalextric in Havant. Local Artist Tom Bennett, creator of the Hayling Island Billy automata in our museum will also be here for the day with some of his other  automatas to chat to people about how they are made and how they work.

We’re also going to create a Scalextric room, so are looking for anyone that has their own track and cars to bring them along to the day and help us to fill the room!The Spring’s Café Bar will be serving snacks and tempting cakes throughout the day, and there will also be plenty of family-friendly activities to take part in.

This day is part of a heritage project that The Spring is running, titled The Story of Scalextric. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and includes events, exhibitions and workshops to celebrate the creation of Scalextric 60 years ago in Havant. From 26 September – 24 December there will be an exhibition in The Spring’s Upper Mezzanine that follows the story of Scalextric, including a professional documentary film featuring interviews with former factory workers and tracing the development of the company, which was originally called Minimodels Ltd. From 1 October – 30 November there will be a display of Scalextric cars in our Local Collection Cabinets, and we will be running half-term workshops from 24 – 27 October for children aged 5 – 10 with fun activities to take part in including making a moving car!

Fun Palaces is an ongoing national campaign for culture at the heart of the community with an annual weekend of events created by, for, and with local people. We’d love to hear from anyone that has suggestions or ideas for our Scalextric at The Spring Fun Palace.

For more information please call us on 023 9247 2700 or visit the relevant page of our website here

Image credit: James White Photography