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What’s new at Beaulieu for 2018

Beaulieu’s stunning new display The Luxury of Motoring with glittering Lalique mascots, brand new group visit tours which take you behind the scenes and new events for next season’s calendar are all reasons to visit in 2018.

The National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, the new-look World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens are all included in a general admission ticket. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets or more information click here.

new for 2018

the luxury of motoring

A stunning collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots will be on show together for the first time as the glittering centrepiece of The Luxury of Motoring, a new display which opens early in 2018 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

This brand new gallery showcases a selection of the most luxurious cars ever built and tells the story of their design, the people who owned them and the chauffeurs who drove them. Spanning the golden age of luxury motoring to today’s aspirational cars, perceptions of taste and class are themes that are explored through a range of fascinating objects, films and rarely seen images from the National Motor Museum Trust’s archives.

The luxury of motoring

A stunning collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots will be on show together for the first time in 2018 at the National Motor Museum

group visit tours

New tours for 2018 offer expert guides who are keen to share their passion for the 800 years of history and heritage on show at Beaulieu, bringing together more than 60 years’ experience of welcoming group visits.

The Luxury of Motoring offers a tour of the new display with its stunning collection of Lalique glass car mascots, showcase of the most luxurious cars and the stories of the people who designed, owned and drove them.

In the exclusive new Chief Engineer Tour gain behind-the-scenes access to Beaulieu’s workshop and hear the stories of National Motor Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill, who started work as an apprentice at Beaulieu 40 years ago. Book early for this limited availability tour. For more details click here.

events calendar

An exciting new event and extra feature are part of Beaulieu’s 2018 calendar line-up for motoring enthusiasts and fabulous family entertainment. Building on a record-breaking Simply season in 2017, brand new Simply Audi on April 29th will be added to the rallies where owners of popular marques gather in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. In the 70th anniversary year of the Land Rover in 2018, Beaulieu will also add the new feature of Simply Rummage to its popular Simply Land Rover on June 24th.

Award-winning International Autojumble on September 1st-2nd and Spring Autojumble on May 19th-20th offer thousands of stands selling classic and vintage spares, memorabilia and cars for sale. While Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 4th-5th is a high octane two-day showdown of some of the most impressive cars on the planet. For tickets and more information click here or call 01590 612888.

Supercar Weekend Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 4th-5th is a high octane two-day showdown of some of the most impressive cars on the planet

recently opened

a new-look world of top gear

After an exciting launch with Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, the new-look World of Top Gear reflects the changes to the new-look BBC Top Gear. Amazing new exhibits from the world’s biggest motoring show include the impressive Ssangyacht built from the world’s ugliest people carrier, the longest limousine selfie opportunity ever and a marine feature displaying boat challenge vehicles. While the Enormodrome boasts a brand new studio in keeping with the style of the latest series. In homage to the past, there will still be plenty of vehicles and rarely seen images from the National Motor Museum Trust’s archives.

World of Top Gear After an exciting launch with Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, the new-look World of Top Gear reflects the changes to the new-look BBC Top Gear

working victorian kitchen

In an exciting recent project, Beaulieu has opened the newly restored Victorian Kitchen at Palace House where you can see Lord Montagu’s cook preparing authentic dishes on the range during school holidays. Her homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves are also on sale in the kitchen shop. The original kitchen from the Victorian era was gutted to make way for a motorcycle display in the early 1950s and has been fully restored to working order for visitors to Beaulieu.

Dena Saunderson in the new Victorian Kitchen Beaulieu has opened the newly restored Victorian Kitchen at Palace House where you can see Lord Montagu’s cook preparing authentic dishes on the range during school holidays

mythical tree carvings and fairy doors

A set of three mythical creature tree carvings have been added to the attraction. A legendary Green Man, many-headed serpent stretching out across the Beaulieu River and a tree-top griffin, the mythical creature which supports the Montagu family coat of arms, are all on the walking trail. Enter the realms of magic with a stroll along Mill Pond Walk and find fairy doors and statues in woodland trees along the pathway.

Green man

A set of three mythical creature tree carvings have been added to the attraction

Did you know?

The Victorians were the first to eat turkey at Christmas

Victorian Christmas Dinner

The roast turkey had its beginnings in Victorian Britain. Previously beef and goose were popular. The turkey was added by more wealthy families in the 19th century.

Beaulieu Victorian Christmas

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home. See what the family members would have been doing as they prepare for the festive season of 1889.

Snap up prizes in New Forest autumn photo competition

Autumnal photos of the New Forest could win photographers great prizes as the popular Seasonal Snaps photo competition returns.

Water s edge by hannah burrows won first prize in the autumn 2016 edition of the new forest national park authority s photo competition

 

The online contest run by the New Forest National Park Authority highlights the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of the Forest and inspires people to care for the area. Last year’s autumn competition attracted 350 entries that were viewed 30,000 times and over 7,000 votes were cast. 

Three winners will be chosen by a public vote, which will be open throughout the competition on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page, and an additional judges’ pick will be chosen by a judging panel. 

The results will be announced on Wednesday 22 November and the four chosen entries will win one of several exciting prizes, kindly donated by local businesses:

Entries can be submitted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 8 to 22 November and anyone can take part, whether you are an expert photographer or amateur snapper.

Photos need to capture autumn in the Forest, perhaps pigs rooting around for acorns, fiery autumn colours or your children playing among fallen leaves. 

Barry Rickman, New Forest National Park Authority member, said: ‘Autumn is a special time of year for the National Park as the pigs roam for acorns and the leaves turn from green to incredible shades of red, yellow and orange. It’s a fantastic time to be out and about with a camera, so why not take a moment to carefully capture a really great photo of what inspires you the most about this special place?

‘This competition is a great way for people to share their favourite moments, places and wildlife within the Forest. It is great to see social media being used to encourage people of all ages to join us in celebrating the New Forest in autumn, hopefully inspiring others to care for the area.’

Entering the competition takes only a couple of minutes and the process is very simple:

  • Post a new picture on Instagram or Twitter with #autumnsnaps17, or upload your snap at www.facebook.com/newforestnpa
  • Visit the Authority’s Facebook page to view all the photos and get your friends to vote for your entries.

For more on photography in the New Forest visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/photography

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