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Hands-On Half-Term

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See marvellous creations...

We got inventive for February half-term! We saw wonderful machines from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and then got inventing at the Invention Stations...

See what we got up to in February half-term 2019! Stay tuned for 2020 details...

To celebrate our Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years exhibition, we invited visitors to follow in the footsteps of Chitty's on-screen creator Caractacus Potts and dream up their own magical inventions.

We picked up our Hands-On Half Term Travel Log to create memories from our visit and completed the fun activities inside. We made sure we collected our stamps as we visited each area of the attraction. Did you collect them all?

Rowland Emmett invention in Coggins' Garage


We stepped inside Coggins' Garage to see the amazingly inventive machines featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Balloon car

Build your own balloon car

We visited the National Motor Museum to colour in and customise our creations. Then blew up the balloon and watched our car zoom into action!

Discover curious gadgets

We put our detective skills to work in Palace House to work out how strange gadgets from the 19th century were used.

Design a wacky invention

We then took a pit stop in the Brabazon Restaurant and put pen to paper to design our own invention before enjoying a Toot Sweet treat!

Became a Medieval Builder

We visted Beaulieu Abbey to pick up some medieval building tips and learn how to make an arch. You can even try on a monk's habit.

See Chitty in action

Some visitors were even lucky enough to see a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction being driven around the grounds (weather dependent).

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

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years

Explore the Chitty exhibition

Visit the National Motor Museum to see props, costumes and original costumes from the film... and meet the four-wheeled stars!

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For Britain and For The Hell of It Display in the National Motor Museum

All Included in your beaulieu ticket!

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

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Hands-On half-term was great. Full of fun packed things to see and do and we also returned to complete a second day of family fun!

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