As well as the main attractions, the holiday periods offer something special for our younger visitors.
Hands-on Half Term
Come to Beaulieu during the February half-term holiday and enjoy lots of interactive activities for all the family. As well as exploring and enjoying the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey, there will be a rare opportunity to handle and learn about historical motoring objects. All included in your admission ticket.
Race down to Beaulieu over the Easter holidays for an adrenaline-fuelled day of motorsport themed activities. Challenge your family on the giant Scalextric track, create your own F1 balloon car, get in the driving wheel on our Go-Karts and Mini Car Driving Circuit, and much more! Plus visit over the Easter weekend for a chance to meet the Easter bunny!
On the arena get in the driving seat, put your foot down and take the chequered flag in a Go Kart race. Available during the school Easter and summer holidays.
A good value extra charge applies to this ride. The minimum height to be able to drive the Go Karts is approx 137cm (4'6"). Children under this height can ride as a passenger.
Join us during the May Half-Term for 'Spring into Summer'. As well as all of our usual features, there will be special activities available for the family. Enjoy playing Giant Games in the grounds of the parkland including giant Jenga, Noughts and Crosses and Connect Four.
Living History characters give an insight into life in days gone by all year round at Palace House but during the summer it comes to life with a Victorian House Party with music in the Drawing Room and Victorian playlets and games outside on the lawn. Real Victorian characters give a fascinating insight into the workings of a Victorian household, showing their life ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ with tales from the butler, cook and housemaids. Adding to the atmosphere veteran and vintage cars motor around the grounds in a display of motoring in days gone by.
Cistercian Monks and Falconry
During the school summer holidays, visitors can watch falconry displays in the historical and atmospheric setting of the Abbey Cloisters whilst those interested in the lives of the Cistercian Monks who lived there can find out about the folklore of the herbs they used in their foods and medicine.
Summer Creative Workshops
During August visiting families can join in our drop-in creative activities, inspired by the museum's First World War commemorative project, Caravans and Charabancs - Leisure Motoring after the First World War. Activities include building charabancs from Meccano, caravans from recycled materials and inspired by the Shell Art Collection's 'Visit Britain' series of artworks, designing their own collage poster.
Ghosts & Ghouls
Beaulieu is reputed to be one of Britain’s most haunted places and ghosts have often been seen and heard in the Abbey and Palace House. During the October half term children can hear spooky stories from the costumed guides in Palace House, take a lucky dip in the mysterious box of delights or be given a gruesome face painting.
During the festive season you can catch a glimpse of Christmas Past. Palace House is a place of enchantment at this special time of year. Children can delve into a box of delights and dress up in period costumes whilst in the Lower Drawing Room there will be carol singing around the Grand Piano for everyone to enjoy.