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Hot Rod and Custom Drive in Day

Make it an unforgettable Father’s Day at the Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day on Sunday 17th June.

The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom event features hundreds of cool, colourful custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!

You can see more photos of last year's event here.

NEW: Andy Saunders The Art of Kustom

We are proud to announce our brand new summer exhibition, The Art of Kustom, featuring incredible creations from the imagination of car customiser Andy Saunders. You can catch a first glimpse of the new exhibition at a launch on Sunday 17th June, when Andy will drive one of his stunning machines around the grounds of the attraction. The full showcase of Andy’s most famous jaw-dropping creations will be on show inside the museum.

Read all about the exhibition here.

Andy Saunders with Tetanus

Amazing vehicles

Hot Rods, Customs, American Muscle, Chops & Bobbers will be among the hundreds of vehicles on display.

You can expect a stunning display of American motors from our local club sponsors, Solent Renegades. From classic Camaros to modern Mustangs, can you spot your dream car?

If you own a Hot Rod, Custom or American vehicle and want to display it at our Drive-In Day simply click here for more details.

Once again there will be a fantastic range of prizes up for grabs in the following categories:

  • Best Custom
  • Best American (In association with Solent Renegades)
  • Best Hot Rod
  • Best Bike/Scooter
  • Best in Show

In addition all vehicles taking part will be entered into the People’s Choice Award with the winner, selected by public vote, receiving a coveted Beaulieu trophy.

Vintage Village

The Bows and Braces Vintage Village will be choc-a-block with a variety of high quality vintage traders celebrating decades of all things vintage. It will be an opportunity to purchase unique items from the 1920s to the 1980s for your wardrobe and decorating your home. Glamorous ladies fashion & menswear, an array of vintage jewellery, upcycled furniture, vibrant homewares and kitchenalia. Look out for Vintage luggage, maps, records and curiosities.

Vintage Hair Parlour

From Vintage hair styles to full makeovers, Paulas Vintage Parlour and Dolly's Beauty Parlour will be there to make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Over the weekend you'll be able to visit the pop up salon for Victory Rolls, Marcel Waves or a 60's Beehive.

Why not take out the stress and book in advance? For pricing and bookings please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best Dressed Competition

Get your glad rags on and enter our Best-Dressed competition to show off your style! We've prizes for three exciting categories:

  • Best-dressed Male
  • Best-dressed Female
  • Best-dressed Family or Group

Live Entertainment

The Shakeups are Lucy, Dave, Pat, Sara, Kev and Joe-a diverse range of talented musicians, dedicated to bringing Music's Golden era to 21st Century audiences.

The lovely ladies of Company B UK are back by popular demand to fill the parkland with their nostalgic harmonies.

Jitterbug Jive, part of the Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club, will be back for 2018. Enjoy Swing Dance Demonstrations and pull on your dancing shoes for their free Lindy Hop dance tutorials throughout the day.

Mariachi El Mexicano will be on hand to delight visitors with rousing performances as they roam the event with their vibrant costumes and traditional music bringing a 'fiesta' feel to the day.


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Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on arrival. If you own a custom, hot rod or American Classic and would be interested in taking part in the event please see the participant section.


As well as being an opportunity to see an array of custom cars and hot rods, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer... Your entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions including; The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

Watch the Video

This video features coverage from a previous Hot Rod and Custom event at Beaulieu.


Are tickets per person or per vehicle?

Tickets are charged per person.

Is camping available?

Camping is available for all participants attending the Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day, please see the 'Camping' section for details.

Can I photograph/ film the event?

Whilst Beaulieu welcomes visitors to take their own still images and film whilst at an event, these should be for personal use only and not for commercial resale without the prior consent of Beaulieu. All commercial requests must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to attending an event.

Can I bring my drone?

No, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones by visitors for film and photography purposes whilst on the Beaulieu attraction car parking and other related parkland and grounds is strictly prohibited.

Can I use my return for free?

If you are visiting the event you can use your return for free however it is not valid for those wishing to show their vehicle

For more frequently asked questions please visit our FAQ page.

Photo Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. 1. There will be one winner. 2. The prize will be a family ticket for next year's Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. It cannot be used for anything else or exchanged for monetary value. 3. By submitting your photo to Beaulieu, you give us permission to use it for our advertising in the future. 4. Only one entry per person, per competition. Each photograph may only be entered once and may not be re-entered in subsequent competitions. 5. Photos must not contain nudity or any offensive material. Entries of an unseemly nature will not be entered into the competition. 6. We reserve the right to not upload entries which we deem to be inappropriate. 7. The closing date for entries is midnight on 25 June 2018 BST. 8. The winner will be determined by whichever entry has the most likes on the Beaulieu, National Motor Museum Facebook page by 12pm Friday 29 June 2018. 9. In the event of a tie, Beaulieu will make the final decision on the winning photo. 10. Please note any defamatory comments on the entries will be deleted and you will be banned from the Facebook page. 11. The competition is being run by Beauileu Enterprises Ltd, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN.

This was our 3rd visit to the Custom and Hot Rod show and it was the best yet! … The live music from the stage all day was brilliant, we especially enjoyed the two girls duetting they had simply amazing voices... We love the tea tent with traditional cakes and china… We definitely recommend to all ages and so lovely to be able to bring the doggie.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • June 2016

A really excellent day once again, well set out, will be back again for this show next year.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • June 2016

Beaulieu Community Speedwatch

Volunteers Needed

In order to address the issue of speeding HGVs and other traffic in the village we are trying to establish a community speedwatch scheme with the backing of the local parish council and police community support officer (PCSO)

Full training will be given you just need to be able to commit to a couple of hours per month.

To register your interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating ‘Community Speedwatch Volunteer’ in the title line of the email.

Coastal access Report; Highcliffe to Calshot.

On Wednesday 14th March 2018 Natural England submitted its report to the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out proposals for improved access to the coast between Highcliffe to Calshot. These proposal form part of a programme to establish a continuous waking route around England's coastline, as set out in the Marine and coastal Act 2009.

If you are someone with a relevant interest in the land , you have an opportunity to make representation to the Secretary of State about these proposals.

You will find online at  further details and maps.


On Sunday 22nd April join us for the biggest and best Boatjumble in the South. Boasting hundreds of stalls and stands selling both new and used kit, clothes, and craft there's something for every boating enthusiast.

You can see more photos of last year's event here and read about it here.


You can be sure of picking up some real treasures with old and new wares available. Boat parts, nauticalia, clothing, gadgets, rope and general jumble.


Boatmall is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers, retailers and outlets to display and sell their products in a dedicated area.


This bonus sees amateur jumblers selling from their boots, you can book a large or small plot to sell your wares (and try not to come home with more than you started with!)


The Boatmart is where individuals can sell their boat at the Boatjumble. From restoration projects to nearly new, boats of all makes, models and styles are welcome.


Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on arrival. A £1 handling charge per order applies when purchased by telephone.

Tickets include entry to all the Beaulieu attractions, including The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

*Advance tickets available until 5pm on 12th April 2018. Standard tickets are available from 5pm on 12th April 2018. 

  Adult Youth (13-16)
Advance £8.80 £5.00
Standard/ On the Day* £9.80 £6.00

Children 12 & under are free of charge however do still require a ticket- Available online and on the day.

Buy Boatjumble Tickets


If you are interested in exhibiting at this event please complete and return a booking form or alternatively you can now book online.

Booking instructions are available here.


Brittany Ferries: 10% off crossings between 20/04/18 and 24/04/18 when you use the code 'Beaulieu'. This offer is available from 01/02/18 and is not applicable with any other promotions or offers. Call Brittany Ferries on 0825 828 828.10

Stena Line: 10% off crossings for those travelling to Beaulieu jumble events by car or motorhome on Irish Sea routes in 2018. Simply visit and enter the code 'JRP185'. Those travelling will have the option of booking Economy, Flexi or Premium motorist fares (terms and conditions vary for each) and the prices shown will include the agreed discount.  Discount is not given on any extras booked i.e. cabins, meals, etc.


This video features footage from a previous Boatjumble at Beaulieu.


As well as being an chance to browse hundreds of stalls and stands, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer... Your entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions, including The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.


For updates on this event and others like it, join our mailing list to receive our monthly e-newsletters and more.

I loved it... There were so many stalls that sold items that you could not get elsewhere.

  • Boatjumble Visitor
  • April 2016

A really great day out and not really sure if it can be improved much more! Thank you.

  • Boatjumble Visitor
  • May 2016

Easter at the National Motor Museum

Nature Detectives


Pick up your magnifying glass and put your detective skills to the test this Easter!

From Friday 30th March - Sunday 15th April we're inviting all our visitors to become nature detectives and explore the wonders of the natural world on our bird-themed Easter trail.

Pick up your trail bag and explore our beautiful gardens to collect all the items and complete the activities. If you get stuck the Nature Detective will be on hand to give you some clues!

Go On A Nature Hunt

Collect a trail bag and go hunting for natural treasure in the Beaulieu gardens. Collect all the clues and complete the trail to pick up your Nature Detective bug prize.

Meet the Nature Detective

Come and say hello to the Nature Detective. Make sure you wave as he drives by in his Willys Jeep!

The Nature Detective by his Willys Jeep

Make dough bird shapes

Join Lord Montagu's cook in the Victorian Kitchen and help her create bird shapes out of dough.

See Amazing Tree Carvings

Can you find the tree-top griffin, the magnificent green man or the many-headed serpent?

Griffin Tree Carving at Beaulieu

Free Face Painting

Go incognito with our free nature-themed face painting. Running 11am - 4pm daily.

Fun Easter themed face painting

Bird-Themed Crafts

Join in with bird-making and colouring crafts in Palace House.

Learn about falconry

Find out about the ancient art of falconry in the brand new Abbot's Mews display. You might even be lucky enough to meet Lord Montagu's falconer!

Spot Woodland Fairies

If you tiptoe quietly down the Mill Pond Walk you might be able to spot the homes of the woodland fairies.

Feeling peckish?

Fly over to the Brabazon Restaurant to tuck into seasonal Easter treats. Have a go at the 'Guess the number of eggs' competition for a chance to win a jar of chocolate eggs.

Plus... even more activities over the EASTER WEEKEND

Visit us over the Easter weekend (Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April) to take part in even more fun activities!

See Vehicles in Action

See amazing historic vehicles from the National Motor Museum motoring around the grounds.

Meet The Easter Bunny

Don't miss your chance to meet the larger-than-life Easter Bunny.

Golden egg hunt

Join the Golden egg hunt at Beaulieu this Easter weekend, from Good Friday March 30th to Monday April 2nd. Find the symbols on the golden eggs hidden around the Beaulieu attraction and crack the code for a chance to win!

The lucky winner of the Golden egg hunt is in for a real treat, with an indulgent overnight stay for two at the Master Builder’s hotel on the picturesque banks of the Beaulieu River. The prizes don’t end there. Four runners-up will each receive a pair of tickets to the Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular on October 27th.

Terms and conditions:

  • • The prize is based on two people sharing a room on a date to be arranged during 2018.
  • • Dinner in the Riverview restaurant (£30pp)
  • • Bar bill and drinks are not included and will be payable when checking out
  • • The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given
  • • The competition closes at 5pm on Monday April 2nd. Only entries received before the closing date will be included in the free prize draw
  • • By entering the competition you agree to the use of your details in publicity relating to the competition

The runner-up prize:

  • • Each runner-up will receive two free tickets, valid for entry to the Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular from 3pm on Saturday 27th October.

Please note: Timings and content may vary. We reserve the right to amend the programme without warning as circumstances dictate.