For May half-term 2019 we trained to become secret agents!
Beaulieu was a top secret school for agents of the Special Operations Executive during World War II. We invited visitors to follow in their footsteps for May half-term and learn espionage skills before graduating as a fully-trained SOE agent.
2020 May Half-Term activities to be confirmed... stay tuned!
Your Training Programme
Visitors were instructed to head to SOE headquarters to make contact with their Commanding Officer and begin their espionage education.
We followed clues and hidden messages around the Beaulieu attractions and learnt to see through deceptive disguises, inspected household items that hold remarkable secrets, located the site of a parachute drop and more.... Everyone who successfully passed their training received a graduation certificate.
Try out disguises
We tried on 1940s-themed clothing to hide our identity.
We used codes to decipher secret messages and follow clues around the Beaulieu attractions.
See Wartime vehicles
We saw wartime vehicles driving around the grounds, plus found the Norton 16H motorcycle in the National Motor Museum to obtain vital information to aid our training mission.
See Falconry demonstrations (25 - 31 May)
From 25th - 31st May, we visited Beaulieu Abbey to watch amazing falconry demonstrations as Lord Montagu's falconer shared stories about the role of falconry during World War II.
Learn about wartime rationing
We talked to Lord Montagu's cook about wartime rationing and learnt how secret agents and civilians would have lived off the land.
Visit the Secret Army Exhibition
We discovered the true story of Beaulieu's role as a wartime finishing school for special agents in the Secret Army Exhibition.
Don't Miss: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 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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Tickets & Prices
All of our May half-term 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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Caring for our local wildlife
The New Forest National Park is home to some amazing animals and we share the roads with horses, donkeys and more. Please drive carefully on your way to Beaulieu.
Falconry demonstrations are run responsibly by Lord Montagu's falconer, Mr Paul Manning of Amews Falconry (licence TAE/2019/01)
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A fantastic day out... we were enthralled by the marvellous falconry expert... the kids enjoyed the spies exhibition... and we rounded off the day with a trip on the excellent vintage bus.