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Parking in Beaulieu Village




Walking and biking around the Beaulieu area is a great delight, especially the walk along the river from Bucklers Hard to Beaulieu or vice versa.

However, the visit is often spoilt by both the difficulty of finding a parking spot and the cost of parking. But, there is a very simple solution to this – the “National Motor Museum” (

Beaulieu Estate allows the Museum’s free car parks to be used – the car parks are huge and never full – from these car parks there is a lovely walk, which takes you beside the pond to Beaulieu Village.  You can then take either Fire Station Lane or the pathway, (which is situated a few yards up the High Street, on the left), to Bucklers Hard.   

First New Forest Food and Drink Festival

First New Forest Food and Drink Festival

New Forest District Council prepares to stage its first ever food and drink festival week, 31 October to 6 November.

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of NFDC, said. "The festival will showcase the unique food and drink offer and attract visitors to stay in what is usually the first quiet week of our tourism and visitor season.

"The area's impressive array of food and drink businesses makes up part of our strong local business community, and I am very proud to be supporting the industry with what is sure to be an enjoyable event." 

Fifteen themes, including Glorious Game and Roaring Fires, Cheese and the Forest Larder and The Vegetarian Forest Feast will be headlined by a range of events including a six-course ‘Tastes of the Forest’ menu at Chewton Glen and the ‘Six Sausages Dishes’ and chef’s challenge at the New Forest Inn.

There’ll be a Mad Hatters’ tea party for young foodies, as well as a talk on The Very English Afternoon Tea at the Montagu Arms Hotel and events connected to Pannage pig, forest drinks including our wines, beers and ciders, sweets and chocolates, foraging, pies, the great New Forest Breakfast, charcuterie, plus fish and seafood from our 40-mile coast.

Free events include a Living and Learning Event at Beaulieu Road Pony Sales yard on Wednesday November 2 where locals and visitors can learn all about the forest’s rich history and cultural heritage – followed by some scrumptious outdoor food cooked by top chefs. There’ll also be a producer’s market and chef demonstrations at Brockenhurst College on Sunday November 6.

Anthony Climpson, Destination Manager and Chairman of the New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week said: “Local menus have long included venison, and the New Forest’s unique Pannage pork – and this made us realise that we needed to celebrate our food and drink heritage a little more formally.

“The festival week will not only be a showcase of the epicurean delights of our magical destination, but also a celebration of the distinctive personalities and characters who grow, cook and serve our fabulous forest food and drink.”

As research shows that more people are holidaying and travelling in the UK, a trip across the country to discover an interesting new area, try some locally-sourced dishes or learn from a Michelin-starred chef has become increasingly attractive to the British public.

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Community alarm launches new service


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Community alarm launches new service  


How a simple wristband will help keep New Forest residents safer

New Forest District Council’s community alarm service ‘Appletree Careline’ has an innovative new approach to keeping people safe away from home with the launch of their new wristband which quickly gets help to an individual.

The silicone band (see photo-attachment below) has a unique ID number on it and an emergency telephone number for Appletree Careline,  who are on the end of the phone 24/7.  Should someone need help, Careline staff can quickly alert the individual’s relatives or contacts who are registered as part of the wristband service set-up.

Cllr Jill Cleary, Portfolio Holder, said, “The wristband is comfortable and discreet and is ideal for anyone who wants to feel safer and more confident out of the home.

“It doesn’t replace the need to call 999 where urgent medical or police assistance is required of course, but the wristband service is there for those non-emergency situations that may arise.  Such as someone becoming lost or confused or feeling a little unwell and needing assistance to get home.“We have introduced this service because our existing community alarm customers have asked us how they can benefit from the same level of reassurance beyond their home and garden. I am pleased that the already excellent support Appletree Careline gives can now be extended for anyone who feels vulnerable.”

As an introductory offer, current Appletree Careline community alarm customers who sign up to the wristband service before the 31 October 2016 will get 6 months free.

New customers taking up both services will not pay an installation or administration fee, saving £30.

The wristband service costs 45p a week (£24 annually)* with a £10 registration charge for new customers.

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Private wing of Palace House opens with launch of new exhibition

A part of the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment in Palace House has been opened to visitors for the first time with the launch of a new exhibition. The Lady and the Rebel is a tribute to the present Lord Montagu’s grandmother Pearl Pleydell-Bouverie and his aunt Elizabeth Montagu and their stories are told through their own words and possessions.

The newly opened wing includes the library which the late Lord Montagu used as his sitting room and office. A great devotee of opera, this is where he would play his records or watch the early evening television news whilst enjoying a cup of tea. Visitors will enter the library through its false bookcase door.

Another section of the newly opened corridor, together, with a former bedroom, has become a gallery space for art from the Art Russe Foundation. About 25 paintings and sculptures will be on display until a permanent gallery opens in the grounds next year.

Coastal Access Talks

Natural England’s consultation with the Beaulieu Estate over the route of the coastal path is continuing. Their priority remains the protection of nature conservation interests across the estate, as well as the privacy of residents and the operation of any businesses which may be affected. To better inform Natural England’s thinking, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust working Beaulieu, Exbury and Cadland Estates, commissioned a study into the effects of public access on nesting birds, overwintering birds and flora. The findings have been presented to NE who are still holding meetings with local residents and land owners.

The Beaulieu Estate are also working with NE on a salt marsh survey of the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation. Work to classify and map salt marsh zones and their habitats will be taking place during August and September.