A POPULAR Lake District attraction has a new Customer Service Manager at the steering wheel.

Carol Phillpotts has exciting plans for Lakeland Motor Museum, which draws in more than 80,000 visitors each year.

“As soon as I walked into the museum, I could feel how special the place is,” says Carol.

“It’s already a fascinating attraction with so much to interest visitors of all ages. I can’t wait to get involved in shaping its future development.”

Working alongside Museum Curator Chris Lowe, Carol is keen to make visits even more memorable by adding to the many experiences available at the museum.

With her background in education, you can expect fresh developments to encourage new visitors and widen the museum’s already popular appeal to families.

“It goes without saying the collection of vehicles and automobilia here is second to none,” says Carol. “But I’m keen to build on the museum’s potential as a venue for gift shopping, for hosting events, or even just as a place for friends to gather and relax by the river with a nice drink and something to eat from the cafe.

“I’m keen to make it a location in its own right. I’ll work to improve the already wide range of wonderful gifts we sell in the shop – from jewellery to books to collectibles, toys and games.”

Carol says the museum is also a perfect venue for “An Evening With” style talks, music evenings, workshops and entertainment. “I’m looking forward to attracting more visitors here to experience events like that.” she said.

Thoughts now are turning towards Christmas with the museum organising a Boxing Day gathering open to all interesting classic, vintage, retro and modern cars, motorcycles and trucks. Visitors can come along between 10am and 2pm on Boxing Day and visit the museum, it’s gift shop and Café Ambio.