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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
  • 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

The 2017 Beaulieu Lights Switch-On

The Beaulieu Christmas Lights Switch on- Saturday 25th November 2017


Please Note-this is not our the usual Victorian Night.


The next Beaulieu Victorian Night will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018

Fireworks Spectacular 28th October 2017



One of the largest firework displays in the south, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family.

Arrive early and enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu before fireworks and live entertainment. For a great value extra charge enjoy old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy. We're all set to make this a firework party to remember.


  • Explosive 20 minute firework display set to a 'Beaulieu does Broadway' theme.
  • Presented by Wave 105's Rick Jackson and Michael Coombes
  • Traditional fairground rides, including big wheel, gallopers, coconut shy, children's swing boats and more.
  • Live entertainment from local band 'Subdued'

Please note: Extra charges apply to Fairground entertainment & Beaulieu Rides and Drives. 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)