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Visit to Hautvillers

 Visit to Hautvillers


 15th – 16th July 2017


Dear all  

Prue and I were fortunate enough to be invited to represent Beaulieu at this happy event, where we also met the Chairlady and the deputy chairlady of the Twinning Association of Kiedrich, Germany, which is also twinned with Hautvillers.

It was great fun to meet the folk from Alsace, also from a wine growing village – there were some 60 of them.

In true “altavillois” style, we were received with the utmost charm, kindness and hospitality  by Patrick and Catherine Lopez and their team, and treated to wonderful picnics and suppers with much champagne, and historical guided walks through the vineyards and the town.

It was particularly pleasing to visit the Abbey forecourt and see that the New Forest oak, planted by Lord Edward Montagu in 2015 to commemorate the 30thanniversary of the Beaulieu/Hautvillers Twinning is healthy and flourishing.

There is no doubt that our friends were very pleased that Beaulieu was represented on this occasion, and that it meant a lot to them.

I will post photographs shortly

Best to all

Andrew Rawlings

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Flower Festival

Beaulieu Abbey Church Flower Festival


Fri 15 - Sat 16 Sept - 10am - 5pm SUN 17 SEPT - 10:45am - 5pm  


sunday services:


 9:30am sung communion


5:30pm celebration choral evensong  








Beaulieu hits a new high with Gold Award

Beaulieu has been hailed as one of the country’s leading visitor attractions, winning a VisitEngland gold accolade for the quality experience it offers to visitors.

The Beaulieu attraction, which features the National Motor Museum, Montagu family home Palace House and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, was given top marks for its warm welcome to visitors, the presentation of its collections, story-telling, restaurant quality and going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable day out.

The gold accolade was awarded to Beaulieu as an all-round top-scoring attraction after its most recent VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme assessment.

Beaulieu Commercial Director Stephen Munn said: “This is the third year running that VisitEngland has awarded Beaulieu with a gold accolade and we are proud to continue delivering the best experience for our visitors. Maintaining the highest possible standards is important to both Beaulieu and to the New Forest.”



VisitEngland Senior Quality Schemes Executive Vicky Howell said: “This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessor felt were truly deserving of recognition.”

The gold accolade is assessed annually by VisitEngland and is only awarded to top-scoring attractions where visitors can expect a truly memorable experience. Beaulieu was evaluated for categories including its Welcome, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story and Quality Food & Drink.

Admission to Beaulieu includes entry to the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and its stunning grounds and gardens. Tickets can be bought in advance online, click here for more information.


Beaulieu Common Good Trust

Christmas Gifts and help from the Beaulieu Common Good Trust.

The Common Good Trust meets once a year during December to distribute some of the Beaulieu Village Fete revenue. The Chairman is Lord Montagu aided by five further trustees drawn from the village.All village organisations are invited to request an award and these can be as much as £500.

Due to the eclectic mix of village clubs and societies the requests come in all shapes and sizes.Some are for serious capital projects and others running costs for a fun event.

Requests this year include,new chairs for the village hall,funding for a bangers and mash old folks bash, help to publish a book on Tudor Beaulieu, a mower for the cricket club, a projector for the camera group, help with an 'out and about ' program for the playgroup, money to employ a carpenter to build a stage for the village school.

This year all village organisation have benefitted from a disdursement.

It is only by means of great community effort being put into the summer fete in July, held on the lawns of Palace House, that the Trust is able to deliver these benefits

Frederick Norris

Chairman Beaulieu Parish Council and Trustee