churchThe Church of the Blessed Virgin and Child at Beaulieu is the main church in the Parish. It is part of a combined benefice that includes St Mary's Chapel at Buckler's Hard as well as the Church of St Paul, East Boldre, and the Church of St Katharine, Exbury. The last two serve communities outside the Parish. The Abbey Church was the refectory of Beaulieu Abbey and was built in the early 13th century. The prominent stone pulpit was originally used for reading religious works church2to the monks during meals. The church has been subject to renovation over the years, the last being in 2005-2007 when the cost of repairs and refurbishment (mainly to the roof), together with new lighting and audio systems, amounted to over £300,000. The money was raised by the community, including generous donations from non-church goers. Music at Beaulieu, a charitable trust, arranges some 12 concerts in the Abbey Church each year and, as well as making a valuable award annually to a musician from the New Forest, has contributed considerable sums to the church and community since the first of its concerts in the early 1970s.

The Abbey Church in Beaulieu serves both those who live in the village and those who make Beaulieu their spiritual home, as well as reaching out into the wider community. According to the church electoral role, about 35% of members are from the village and 65% come from further afield. The adult choir is large for a village, with over 25 members. The church is a popular venue for weddings. The chapel at Buckler's Hard is in a cottage next to the Master Builder's House Hotel. church2The room was originally a dame school but was used for services in the 1880s, later being refurbished as a chapel. It has a special link with the sea (some of Nelson's ships were built at Buckler's Hard) and there is a memorial to Sir Francis Chichester who set out from here on his solo circumnavigation of the world. This beautiful chapel, with its magnificent altar cloth designed by Belinda Lady Montagu, is open to visitors