Museums Day

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Our plans for today changed at the last minute. It was to be a visit to the seaside but I was let down – my food mixer sale fell through.

So as we had everything ready for a day out we decided to visit some local attractions that we hadn’t yet got around to. In fact as we were checking opening hours on the interweb we came across another TripAdvisor recommendation.

We set forth with Voyager but without Betty (just taking the wheelchair today) – first stop Tesco for fuel (cheapest in the area) then on a few miles to the REME Museum at RAF Lyneham. It only opened to the public in June 2017.

It turned out to be quite a find – lots of exhibits to check out and ponder over. My dad was in the REME for his National Service – spending time in Korea – but all I know is that he drove a truck. He would never talk about his time there. Years later I saw a scar on his leg and asked him about it – a shrapnel wound he said, but would not elaborate.

So our visit to the Museum brought memories of my father – we lost him in May last year – I’m sure he would have enjoyed a visit though.

After spending a couple of hours we returned to Voyager – their car park has 3 spaces large enough for Motorhomes.

It was still early so we decided to go to Lydiard Park in Swindon. We had our lunch when we arrived watching dog walkers and a few young families enjoying the fresh air as we sat in warm comfort looking through the windows.

After we had tidied up we went out for a look at the autumn colours as the trees lost their leaves.

We have visited the park several times over the years but never been into the house/Museum. Now was the time to put that right.

We spent a lovely hour or so looking around – another well maintained museum detailing the history of the house and St John family who lived there for 500 years.

The rooms are kept in their Georgian design with many Portraits of family through the year and some stunning plasterwork and fireplaces.

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Entry to the walled garden is included in the price but we left that for warmer weather – what we had seen had made for a lovely enjoyable day – which made up for the bad start.

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