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Summer Living History

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See famous vehicles in action...

Step back in time this summer! Join us from 20th July - 1st September to see characters and cars from the past spring into action. Plus there's a touch of magic in the air... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has come to Beaulieu!

From medieval monks to Victorian butlers... delve into over 800 years of history as you chat to costumed characters, get hands-on with traditional games and see cars in action, including some of your favourites from film and TV!

Plus, don't miss Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years, our fantasmagorical new exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the family-favourite film.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction in parade at Beaulieu


See daily parades of vehicles spanning motoring history - starring famous cars from TV and film, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Jaguar XKR from Bond film Die Another Day and Del Boy's Reliant Regal Supervan.

Falconry at Beaulieu

Watch FALCONRY Displays*

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.


See playlets*

See history come to life as costumed actors perform playlets with motoring marvels such as the 1904 De Dion Bouton and 1924 12/4 'Gumdrop'.

Summer living history traditional games on the lawns of Palace House

Play traditional GAMES*

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.

Summer Living History character cards

Collect Character Cards

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

Dressing up as a monk in Beaulieu Abbey

Dress up as a monk

Visit Beaulieu Abbey to chat to the costumed monk. You can even try on a habit for a selfie photo opportunity!

Creative Workshops in the National Motor Museum

Join Creative Workshops

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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Supercar Weekend

Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

Join us on August 3rd and 4th for a must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world's most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu.

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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

Photo opportunity in the National Motor Museum

Stay in touch

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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