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February Half-Term

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We experienced a touch of luxury at Beaulieu

We had so much fun getting hands-on and experiencing a touch of luxury at Beaulieu during February half-term 2018! See what we got up to below...


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Inspired by the National Motor Museum's dazzling new display, The Luxury of Motoring, visitors were invited to enjoy a taste of the finer things in life.

We discovered what life was like for those at the top, then took a peek 'below stairs' to see how their chauffeurs, maids and cooks lived.

Visitors picked up their Hands-On Half-Term Pass Book and collected a stamp from each of the activity stations.

Designed our own Mascot

We took inspiration from the glittering display of Lalique car mascots in The Luxury of Motoring to create our own mascot design.

Lalique glass car mascot

struck a pose

Visitors draped themselves in luxurious fabric to recreate the iconic pose of the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy.

Spirit of Ecstasy mascot

Made a Top Hat

Rumour has it that one of the earliest top hats nearly caused a riot when it was first worn in public. We created a stir by making our very own top hats to take home.

Handled Historic motoring objects

We got hands on an array of motoring artefacts.

Met Lord Montagu's Chauffeur

Lord Montagu's chauffeur had so many tales to tell! We chatted to Mr Stephens about life as a chauffeur to the aristocracy. Some visitors even spotted him driving around the grounds in his historic vehicle!

Visited the Victorian Kitchen

We got hands-on in Palace House's Victorian Kitchen as Lord Montagu's Cook or her Kitchen Maid prepared traditional dishes.

Became a Medieval Builder

We visited the monk in Beaulieu Abbey to pick up some medieval building tips and learnt how to make an arch.

Arch building in Beaulieu Abbey

Dressed As A monk

Visitors even tried on a monk's habit in Beaulieu Abbey!

Culinary Touch Experience

We took a pit stop in the Brabazon restaurant and put our hands in each mystery box to guess what food ingredients were inside.

Please note: Timings and content may vary. We reserve the right to amend the programme without warning as circumstances dictate.


All Included in your beaulieu ticket!

All of our school holiday activities are included in your general admission ticket, which gives entry to The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

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Had a brilliant day out here during half term. Lots to see and do. The museum was really good, but also there is so much to do outside.

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