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Summer Living History

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See famous vehicles in action...

Visitors stepped back in time this summer! They joined us from 20th July - 1st September to see characters and cars from the past spring into action. Plus there was a touch of magic in the air... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang came to Beaulieu!

From medieval monks to Victorian butlers... visitors delved into over 800 years of history as they chatted to costumed characters, got hands-on with traditional games and saw historic motors in action.

Plus, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years, our fantasmagorical new exhibition was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

out and about


See daily parades of vehicles spanning motoring history - featuring Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from our fantastmagorical Chitty exhibition in the National Motor Museum!

SEE Motors in action - 11am-4.30pm*

For a taste of historic motoring, see one of several vehicles as they drive around the grounds throughout the day with their occupants dressed in period costume.

Palace House

See Playlets - 12pm - 4.30pm*

Listen as the pianist performs renditions of popular musical pieces from a bygone era in the Lower Drawing Room, typical of Victorian home entertainment.

Victorian Games - 11am - 4.15pm*

Summer living history traditional games on the lawns of Palace House

Escape from the pressures of modern life and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with Victorian games and puzzles on the lawns of Palace House.



Falconry demonstrations in the Beaulieu Abbey Cloister

Meet Lord Montagu's falconer and watch amazing falconry displays. Don't forget to visit the Abbot's Mews exhibition in Beaulieu Abbey to learn more about the history of these magnificent birds.

WALKING TOURS - 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

Monk with visitors outside Beaulieu Abbey

Join a walking tour of the Abbey Cloister and explore the history of its buildings and the life of the monks who lived, worked and died here. Kids also have the chance to dress up as a Monk.


Collect Character Cards

Summer Living History character cards

There will be lots of interesting historical characters to meet on site! Will you be able to collect all their character cards?


Join Creative Workshops

Creative Workshops in the National Motor Museum

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August, get hands-on with creative workshops in the National Motor Museum.

Take part in a range of activities inspired by the 90th anniversary of Golden Arrow breaking the land speed record.

Find out more

*Please note the parades, playlets, falconry displays and traditional games will not take place on 2 - 4 August, due to the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend event. In addition, the parades will not run in the event of bad weather or on the following event dates: 21 July, 28 July, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August.

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

Don't miss...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years

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 the four-wheeled stars!

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

Tickets & Prices

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.

Ticket prices & information


Share the snaps of your visit on our InstagramFacebook and Twitter pages. We love seeing them!

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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Our favourite part was the falconer - we learnt so much. The kids also enjoyed riding the bus, the monorail and seeing the costumed characters!

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