This museum was a grass act, certainly a cut above the rest and turf-rific! What I loved most was how quintessentially British it felt, from the crackly, slightly amateurish audio commentary (no fancy handsets here!) to the frankly bizarre 'celebrity' items (Lee Mack's dibber, Joe Pasquale's strimmer and Nicholas Parson's secateurs anyone?!). There were also sections on lawnmower racing (who knew that Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix for lawn mowers in '75 and '76!) and kiddies toy mowers.... The place was a tad ramshackle and chaotic but that really was part of its charm.
I'd been planning a visit to this museum for a while as mad museums are my thing and I came away after 2 hours with a smile on my face. It was great to meet the owner/curator, BrIan Radam, as he's a bit of a character and he took time to show me a replica of Edwin Beard Budding's first lawnmower and outline his plans for the museum expansion downstairs.
Practicalities wise, the museum is a straight 15 min walk from the beach, down Victoria way which leads to Duke Street and the museum is on a corner on your left hand side. Otherwise you can park anywhere around it on a side street, didn't seem to be any restrictions. Not sure about the entrance fee as I got in for free when I mentioned I had given the museum a plug on BBC television, but whatever it is -it's worth it believe me!
Mow see this place! Er... I mean go see this place.You won't feel for-lawn!
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