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Beaulieu building restoration work

Building restoration work
Several important features on estate buildings have been the focus of repairs over recent months including the refurbishment of one of the two weather vanes on Palace House and the replacement of the wooden tower on St Leonards Farm buildings. The face of The Old Mill, for many years disfigured by surface wiring, has been improved with the removal of these cables from the roadside wall.

Repairs at Beaulieu Cemetery

Repairs at Beaulieu Cemetery
The first phase of repairs to gravestones in Beaulieu Cemetery at Grindingstones has been completed with a second phase due to be carried out by April. The New Forest District Council undertook to carry out the work as part of an agreement with the estate in which land for an extension to the cemetery was gifted to by Lord Montagu.

Sluice gates overhaul

Sluice gates overhaul
The Beaulieu Estate recently completed the refurbishment of another sluice gate on the mill dam, leaving the last of the five gates to be serviced next year. They have also instructed civil engineers to carry out the inspection of the mill pond and the dam which happens every 10 years in accordance with the Reservoirs Act.
                                                                             Mill Dam 

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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