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There’s nothing like Beaulieu for summer 2018

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Here's TEN new reasons to visit Beaulieu this summer

There’s nothing like Beaulieu for a fun-packed summer...

With incredible creations in a brand new customised car art exhibition in the National Motor Museum, magnificent birds of prey with Lord Montagu’s first falconer in 300 years at Beaulieu Abbey Cloister and over 800 years of history with Living History.

For the full summer line-up, see our exciting Top Ten:

1. Brand new exhibition: The Art of Kustom

Andy Saunders with Tetanus - Art of Kustom

A Citroen that looks like a spaceship, road-going speedboat, shortened Mini Ha Ha and speed-breaking Reliant Rialto raced on the Bonneville Salt Flats will be stars of the show in The Art of Kustom summer exhibition. Featuring cars from the imagination of customiser Andy Saunders, the National Motor Museum will display his most famous creations gathered from private collections across Europe. Andy's latest project Metropolis  will also be part of the the exhibition running throughout the summer until September 16th.

2. Bringing the past to life

Step back in time as Living history characters bring Beaulieu to life with sights and sounds of the past. Join Lord Montagu’s cook in the recently restored Victorian Kitchen at Palace House, listen to the pianist perform at the grand piano, then step outside to take part in traditional games on the lawns and see the penny farthing and historic motors in action around the grounds. Or dress as a monk and walk in their footsteps at 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. Living history will run from July 21st - August 31st.

3. First falconer and Abbot’s Mews


See magnificent birds of prey in flight and visit Abbot’s Mews, a new exhibition marking Beaulieu’s rich falconry history. The story of falconry at Beaulieu can be traced as far back as the 11th century and Paul Manning is believed to be the first falconer endorsed by the Montagu family for over 300 years. Learn more about the kings, queens and nobleman who practiced falconry and the falconer’s skills – which haven’t changed for 700 years!

4. Creative fun in the National Motor Museum

Commemorate 100 years of Votes for Women at Creative Fun sessions in the National Motor Museum. Supported by the Shell Heritage Art Collection and the Caravan and Motorhome Club, families can take part in these fun summer drop-in sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 31st to August 23rd, from 11am - 3pm. Be inspired by our collections and discover how the use of cars and caravans became central to spreading the message of the Suffrage campaign, then enter your creation in a competition. For details please see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk.

5. Colour the Muscle Mustang ‘Art car’


Andy Saunders is described as an artist who uses cars as his canvas – and Beaulieu is offering visitors the chance to get creative by colouring a real-life Ford Mustang ‘Art car’. Use our felt-tip pens to customise the muscle car, creating your eye-catching masterpiece with designs of your choice. Can you come up with a colour scheme fit for this legendary American car parked up on our Events Arena?

6. THE Volkswagen XL1


It looks like a supercar but the Volkswagen XL1 which has gone on show for summer visitors to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is one of the world’s most fuel efficient production cars.

Representing the cutting-edge of low emissions, this is a sheep in wolf’s clothing which can achieve more than 300 miles per gallon and is one of the most environmentally friendly cars on the road.

7. Rolls-Royces in: The Luxury of Motoring

See a brand new Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge in a display of some of the most luxurious cars ever built in The Luxury of Motoring. A stunning collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots is also on show for the first time as the glittering centrepiece in this new-for-2018 gallery. The National Motor Museum display spans the golden age of luxury motoring and tells the stories of car design, the people who owned them and chauffeurs who drove them. Perceptions of taste and class are explored through a range of fascinating objects, films and rarely seen images from the National Motor Museum Trust’s archives.

8. Sprite joins woodland tree carvings

Spot the new tree carving of a sprite in his woodland tree home on the Mill Pond Walk beside the picturesque Beaulieu River. He will join a collection of mythical creature tree carvings, including a giant Green Man, many-headed serpent and tree-top griffin, the mythical creature which supports the Montagu family coat of arms. Enter the realms of magic and find fairy doors in trees along the pathway. . . and imagine what magical creatures might be living behind each of the miniature door creations 

9. Jump on board the playbus

Let off steam in our new wooden replica playbus, with a fun slide from its top deck for children to enjoy. Beaulieu’s full-size Veteran Bus – the replica of a 1912 London double-decker bus – is a familiar sight as it carries visitors around the attraction. For our playground version, Hand Made Places took eight weeks to design and build this new feature which takes pride of place alongside swings and a climbing frame in the Mini Motor Play Area. 

10. And if there’s too much to see . . . then return again for free!

Visitors to Beaulieu are welcome to make a return visit for free within six days of their initial visit. There is so much to see and do and all summer activities are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu which includes entry to the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and the picturesque grounds and garden

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What time do you open?

We are open daily from 10am (except Christmas day). We close at 5pm during the winter months and 6pm during the summer months. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

When is last admission?

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. We close at 5pm during the winter months and 6pm during the summer months.

How does the Return for Free work?

We recognise that it can be difficult to see all of the Beaulieu attraction in one day, so we offer visitors with a Beaulieu attraction admission ticket the opportunity to come back for free within six days of their initial visit.  Visitors need to collect their pass from the Museum Information Desk or Visitor Reception before leaving the attraction.

Please note that the Return For Free pass is not accepted on Beaulieu’s major event days, including the Spring Autojumble, Supercar Weekend, International Autojumble or the Firework Spectacular.

Please note that the Return For Free pass is only available for visitors with a full attraction ticket or an equivalently priced event ticket.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, there are many places to picnic within Beaulieu’s picturesque parkland. Picnic tables are provided as well as an undercover area for all-weather dining.

What an amazing day out! Great value for money we come back every year, staff are super polite and very helpful, food from the restaurant was great value for money and fish cooked to order, so much for all ages to do great falconry display and talk... amazing day out would highly recommend.

  • Facebook Review
  • August 2017

Congratulations on yet another superb Supercar event, I would like to thank everyone involved starting with the event management team for organising the event with such a professional approach, panache and expertise, as well as all the staff who made the weekend go so well. Most importantly I would like to forward my gratitude to the Montagu family for graciously inviting us to their home and gardens for the weekend.

  • Supercar Driver
  • August 2017

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