Beaulieu is launching its first magical Christmas illuminations with a series of eight special Winter’s Tales evenings to be held in December 2016.
See Palace House come to life after dark as the stunning light installations show friendly mice scuttling along the kitchen plate shelf, snow falling on family portraits and a festive seascape of the popular Christmas carol I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In at the Montagu family home.
Walk under the illuminated archway at the entrance to the Victorian garden and follow the beautifully lit pathway to enjoy the unique opportunity of exploring Palace House by candlelight on December 9-11, 16-18 and 21-22.
As you enter the house, pass the warming flames of two towering flambeaux before experiencing the festive magic inside.
Step into the Portrait Gallery to see the Montagu family album Christmas table, where a light ‘time machine’ shows family childhoods of the past and present using toys from Beaulieu’s collection.
To complement Beaulieu’s Victorian Christmas, see the fairy tale winter scene of a life-size, snow-dusted gingerbread house in the courtyard with swirling light-show snow flurries falling on the scene.
Spot the shadow of a cat in the larder as it stalks the mice ‘dancing’ on the kitchen shelf. Upstairs in the Upper Drawing Room, see the model of Buckler’s Hard-built Agamemnon, which is joined by HMS Euryalus and HMS Swiftsure from the Battle of Trafalgar, for a lyrical light show version of I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In.
Then head outside to see one of the largest outdoor illuminated Christmas trees in the New Forest, which stands beside the National Motor Museum in the grounds of the attraction.
For Christmas shopping, Beaulieu’s Kitchen Shop at Palace House and the main Visitor Reception Gift Shop will be open, offering traditional country house gifts, tasty preserves, silverware, motoring memorabilia, books, children’s toys and inspirational gift ideas.
Winter’s Tales event tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child and £29 a family (two adults and up to three children or one adult and up to four children) if bought in advance online. Advance tickets are available until 5pm on December 7. To book or for more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or call 01590 612345. On-the-door tickets are £12 an adult, £6 a child and £32 a family.
Each of the evenings is open from 3.30 – 7pm. Arrive before 5pm to enjoy the rest of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.