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OCTOBER HALF-TERM

This October half-term join us for fantasmagorical Chitty-themed fun at Beaulieu!

Visit us between Sunday 27th October - 3rd November 2019 to celebrate the much-loved musical film and a last chance to see the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, with fun activities for the whole family.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE:

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG 50 YEARS

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years

It's your last chance to see a truly scrumptious collection of never-before-seen props, costumes and original artwork from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the National Motor Museum!

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WHAT'S ON...

Trail

FUN FAMILY TRAIL

Follow the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang family trail around the attraction. What will you find?

Palace House crafts

CREATIVE CRAFTS

Head to Palace House to hear storytelling and then discover your creative side with special Chitty-themed crafts.

Character cards

COLLECT CHARACTER CARDS

There will be lots of Living History characters to meet on site! Will you be able to collect all of their character cards?

Chitty 50 years

SEE ROWLAND EMETT'S INVENTIVE MACHINES

Step inside Coggins' Garage to see The Visivision Machine, Humbug Major Sweet Machine, Clockwork Lullabye, the Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

Start your half-term holiday with the Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 26th October. One of the biggest in the south, the fireworks display is choreographed to music with an Out of This World theme!

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SHARE YOUR CHITTY MEMORIES

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Do you have fond memories of watching the film as a child, singing along to the musical, marvelling as Chitty’s wings unfolded for the first time or hiding from the Child Catcher?

Share your favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang memories and photos of memorabilia on our social media channels for a chance to win a VIP experience as part of Beaulieu’s Chitty-themed October half-term.

For details on how to enter, click here.

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

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

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Join us for one of the largest firework displays in the south on Saturday 26th October, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family.

In association with Wave 105, be wowed by a spectacular fireworks display set to a top-secret playlist based on the theme, Out of this World, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Arrive early to enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu, enjoy live entertainment and have fun on old time fairground rides (extra charge applies). We're all set to make this a firework party to remember!

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Explosive 25 minute firework display set to music based on the theme, Out of this World.
  • Presented by Wave 105s Rick Jackson and Michael Coombes.
  • Traditional fairground rides.
  • Live entertainment.

Please note: Extra charges apply to the fairground entertainment, Monorail and Top Gear Simulator ride when operating. All event details are provisional and subject to change. We advise you to bring cash with you as most rides and food outlets only accept cash. Extra cash facilities will be available (charges apply)

WATCH THE VIDEO

This video features coverage from a previous Fireworks Spectacular- features are subject to change.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

  • 3:00pm - National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens and Beaulieu Abbey will be open. Ride the Monorail and have fun on the traditional fairground rides.* World of Top Gear will close.
  • 5:00pm - Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and play area will close.
  • 7:00pm - Live music on the Wave 105 stage.
  • 7:40pm - Fireworks!
  • 8:05pm - Live music on the Wave 105 stage. Enjoy the fairground rides and Monorail until 9pm.*
  • 9:30pm - Event ends. National Motor Museum closes.

*Extra charge applies for the Monorail after 3pm and for the fairground rides.

Please note timings are approximate.

 

Beaulieu Twinning and Beaulieu School begin a new cooperation

On 1st July2019. The Beaulieu Twinning Association presented the Beaulieu Village Primary School with a cheque for £420 to fund the purchase of a new programme for teaching French to pupils at the school.

 

Headteacher  Katherine Jones was delighted to receive the contribution for this excellent French language Key Stage 2 teaching aid for children aged 7 - 11,which it is hoped will prove to be fun and a motivating way for them to start learning French.

 

On presenting the cheque, BTA Chair, Jenny Graefe also expressed the  Twinning Association's great pleasure at being able to support  this exciting new venture and help assist the introduction of French language tuition at an early stage through this important educational tool.

 

The Beaulieu Twinning Association, which covers the areas of Beaulieu, East Boldre and Exbury, has been promoting and fostering friendship and understanding with the people of Hautvillers in France since 1986.

 

Jenny

Shakespeare at Beaulieu

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The University of Durham’s Castle Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s lesser known, but most charming comedies; ‘Love's Labour's Lost’ on Thursday 11 & Friday 12 July.

This hilarious comedy explores the classic trope of the forbidden fruit being the sweetest, as men and women meet and fall in love, despite their better judgement. Shakespeare at Beaulieu is the perfect entertainment for a sunny July evening.

King Ferdinand of Navarre and his friends vow to devote themselves to scholarly learning for three years. They forswear women for this period in order to keep their minds solely focused on learning. Unfortunately for them, they have forgotten that the Princess of France and her ladies are scheduled to visit on diplomatic business - when boys meet girls, romantic chaos ensues as their vows are tested.

For over 30 years Castle Theatre Company has taken its annual summer Shakespeare tour around the south of England and the USA, performing classic comedies on the lawns of stately homes, gardens and abbeys across these countries. Renowned for its high-standard, Castle Theatre Company promises an afternoon of light-hearted family entertainment.

Information & Tickets

The performance will begin at 7pm. Entrance to the Abbey will be from 6pm and the audience are invited to picnic before and throughout the performance. You're welcome to bring rugs or picnic chairs. Arrive early to grab the best spots!

In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead inside the Abbey's Domus.

  Price
Adult £12
Concessions* £10

*Concessions include seniors (over 60s), students and children. Please be aware you may be asked to provide proof of your concessionary status.

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‘A wonderfully youthful, vigorous production – with some stand out performances. Please bring CTC back next year – they’re brilliant.’ – The Buckingham Literary Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017).

‘The outstanding cast and creative team provided a delightful afternoon of theatre that should not be missed.’ – First Night, Much Ado About Nothing (2016).

‘The production succeeded in being energetic, cohesive and hilarious while making the complexities of Shakespeare’s writing completely understandable.’ – The Palatinate, The Comedy of Errors (2015).

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Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

Beaulieu & The Bard

Montagu ancestor Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton, was Shakespeare's only acknowledged patron and some of his plays may have been performed for the first time in Beaulieu Abbey.

Find out more about Shakespeare's Beaulieu.

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Sculpture at Beaulieu

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See works from more than 60 sculptors

A sculpture exhibition featuring 350 works from international and national sculptors will be showcased in Palace House, its gardens and surrounding parkland from 25th May - 14th July.

New to Beaulieu for summer 2019, this unique collection features works by over 60 renowned sculptors, including Heather Jansch, Tom Hiscocks, Richard Cresswell, Jilly Sutton, Nicola Godden and Diane Maclean.

Each piece has been carefully selected to take full advantage of their unique backdrop; from the atmospheric ruins of Beaulieu Abbey to the serene beauty of the Victorian Flower Garden and the intimate setting of Palace House.

Ranging from figurative to abstract, and covering a diverse range of mediums, the exhibition provides something to suit all tastes.

All sculptures are for sale, with prices starting from £25 and ranging to £120,000. A catalogue of all the exhibition sculptures can be purchased on arrival at Beaulieu.

Rebecca Newnham's Fledge: Increments of Flight at Sculpture at Beaulieu

Sculptors

For a full list of sculptors, please visit the sculptors section.

Whispers through my Soul by Penny Hardy in Beaulieu Abbey for Sculpture at Beaulieu

Dates & opening Times

25th May - 14th July 2019. Open daily 10am - 6pm.

John Williams 'Metamorphoman' at Sculpture at Beaulieu

Tickets & Prices

Entry to Sculpture at Beaulieu is included in your general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which also includes entry all the Beaulieu attractions, including the National Motor Museum.

Ticket Prices & Information

Buying a Sculpture

All sculptures are for sale, with prices starting at £25 and ranging to £120,000.

The exhibition guide provides information and prices. Your piece will be available to collect on designated collection days after the exhibition.

Exhibition Guide

Enhance your visit with an exhibition guide for only £3. Includes sculptor highlights, a map of the Beaulieu grounds, sculptor directory and price list.

Available to purchase online in advance or on arrival at Beaulieu.

Special offer: Purchase the Sculpture at Beaulieu Exhibition Guide together with our Beaulieu Souvenir Guidebook for only £5.

Get a taster of the exhibition guide with a few example pages here:

Featured works

With 350 works from over 60 sculptors, there's something to suit all tastes and styles. These are just a few of our favourites.

Heather Jansch sculptures in 'Tribute to the Horse' at Sculpture at Beaulieu

Tribute to the horse

Featuring a full-size bronze horse by world-renowned contemporary sculptor Heather Jansch, the theme of this special display was chosen to celebrate Beaulieu's setting in the heart of the New Forest.

Spitfire by Richard Cresswell outside Palace House for Sculpture at Beaulieu

Spitfire

Standing at 11ft high, Richard Cresswell's kinetic stainless steel Spitfire can be seen turning in the wind.

Jilly Sutton's Harle-Queen in Beaulieu Abbey for Sculpture at Beaulieu

Harle-Queen

Jilly Sutton's striking, hollowed out heads are carved from a single piece of wood and mounted on slate.

Icarus Rising by Nicola Godden in Beaulieu Abbey for Sculpture at Beaulieu

Icarus Rising

A full-size bronze Icarus figure by Nicola Godden, whose work graced the Olympic Village in London.

Guy by Joy and John Cox. Sculpture at Beaulieu.

Guy

This bronze gorilla by Joy and John Cox was popular with athletes in the Olympic Park. Joy also completed the National Motor Museum's bronze of Edward, Lord Montagu for her husband John.

Diablo by Diane Maclean at Sculpture at Beaulieu

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Diane Maclean's 35ft stainless steel creation, Diablo, appears purple because of oxidisation and the way it transmits light from its surface.

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Key event information

Taking place on:

25May 2019

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Until

14July 2019

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Ticket Prices

Visitors
Normal admission applies

Don't forget your ticket includes entry to all the Beaulieu attractions!