Last May half-term we entered the daring realm of World War II spies and soldiers!
Throughout May half-term we tested our mettle as a secret agent by heading off across the Beaulieu grounds on our very own SOE training mission.
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The Special Operations Executive were running a training exercise before sending their trainee agents into enemy-occupied France - and they recruited us to join them!
Blueprint plans for the new Citroen 2CV were concealed in Palace House and parts of the car were hidden around the grounds. Our mission? We tracked down the parts, collected the cryptic symbols and then made a cipher wheel to crack the code...
Track Down hidden car parts
We found all the Citroen 2CV parts and noted down the cryptic symbol on each one. Then headed back to the mission briefing room to match them back to the secret blueprints.
Make A code-breaking gadget
Did you crack the code? We created our own gadget and deciphered the cryptic symbols to find out!
Dress up as a soldier
Visitors tried on 1940s clothing in Palace House.
See Wartime vehicles
Saw a selection of wartime vehicles driving around the grounds and in the National Motor Museum.
Discover the role of falconry during World War II
Visitors got the chance to meet Lord Montagu's falconer and learn about the role of falconry during World War II.
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.
Solve a puzzle to win prizes
We then put our code-cracking skills to the test in the Brabazon Restaurant to solve a fiendish puzzle and be entered into a prize draw. Each day a winner was chosen to receive a fun spy or soldier pack!
ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR BEAULIEU TICKET!
All of our May half-term 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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We were enthralled by the marvellous falconry expert. The kids enjoyed the spies exhibition and the tin snail hunt, which looked well thought out and fun.