Get playful this Easter as Beaulieu throws open its doors to magical adventure play area Little Beaulieu and the start of new exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood for families to share memories together.
From Good Friday to Easter Monday (April 10th - 13th) Palace House will come alive with craft activities to make decorations for the Easter tree, try on Easter bonnets for a selfie, then help Lord Montagu’s cook cut out Easter biscuits in the Victorian Kitchen. Talk with costumed guides about Victorian country house living and see the grand dining hall table decorated for an Easter feast.
There will be extra excitement as amazing vehicles are driven out of the National Motor Museum for daily motoring parades. Discover the sights, sounds and smells as vehicles spanning motoring history take a turn around the Events Arena and talk to the guides about their incredible stories.
You may also be lucky enough to spot the larger-than-life Easter bunny hopping around the springtime grounds of the attraction over Easter weekend.
For the whole of the Easter holidays, families can enjoy letting off steam in Beaulieu’s enchanting new adventure play area Little Beaulieu. If you’re a small or big kid, let your imagination run wild as you storm up the bridge of the magical wooden palace, which draws on the heritage of Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.
The fun fantasy play area is crammed with quirky features and secret passageways to discover. Slide through grand fireplaces, peek out from behind portraits and crawl through a trick bookcase to explore every nook and cranny, from his Lordship’s library up to the clock tower lookout and turrets. Keep your eyes peeled for the hidden staircase, then take the easy way down through a giant spiral tube slide or fireman’s pole.
Climb up the climbing wall and don’t get in a tangle as you tackle the tricky rope maze room. Then follow the treetop boardwalk to the observation tower for a bird’s-eye view, as the ‘Skytrain’ monorail rumbles past. Crawl through a garden hedge in the secret tunnel and feel the wind in your hair as you ride along the zip wire on your marvellous day out.
Play continues inside the museum as the fun-filled exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood opens for Easter. Most of us have early motoring memories from before we learned to drive – and that’s the shiny toys we gazed at in the toy shop window and spent hours ‘driving’ across the living room carpet or in the garden outside. These were the toys you were told to clear up, the toys you were proud of and the toys that you loved.
From tin plate and wooden toys to die-cast and slot cars, see pull-alongs and pedal cars, radio control cars and scale models. Spot familiar car jigsaws, board games and computer games... these are the toys of your childhood.
Recollections of the Tufty Club road safety campaign are bound to make you nostalgic and the memories will come flooding back as you share stories of your motoring history with the exhibition that all of the family will enjoy.
All Easter activities are included in the general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which includes entry to the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Little Beaulieu, the Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey with its Abbot’s Mews falconry exhibition and the grounds and gardens. For tickets and details click here.