Beaulieu gets playful.

Beaulieu gets playful in 2020 when it throws open the doors to magical new adventure play area Little Beaulieu. Playtime continues as Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood shares memories of the toys that you loved in a new exhibition at the National Motor Museum.

There will be a buzz of excitement as two new events look to the future, with Simply Electric  as well as Blue Light Day showcasing emergency services vehicles. Looking to the past, Art Russe at the Clock House revives Beaulieu’s rich heritage amongst the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey by becoming the new home to Russian art. The award-winning attraction in the heart of the New Forest offers a great family day out, where memories can be made all together.

Big fun at Little Beaulieu
Playtime is coming to Beaulieu with the opening of the enchanting £½m adventure play area Little Beaulieu this spring. If you’re a small or big kid, let your imagination run wild as you storm up the bridge of the magical wooden palace, which draws on the heritage of Lord Montagu’s ancestral home of Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.

The fun fantasy play area is crammed with quirky features to try out and secret passageways to discover. Slide through grand fireplaces, peek out from behind portraits and crawl through a trick bookcase to explore every nook and cranny, from his Lordship’s library up to the clock tower lookout and turrets. Keep your eyes peeled for the secret staircase and change the time on the old-style clock faces, then take the easy way down through a giant spiral tube slide or fireman’s pole. Let off steam on the epic climbing wall or for a brain-teaser, match up pairs of pictures in a giant wooden game. Don’t get in a tangle as you tackle the tricky rope maze room, then follow the treetop boardwalk to the observation tower for a bird’s-eye view as the ‘Skytrain’ monorail rumbles past.

Crawl through a garden hedge in the secret tunnel and feel the wind in your hair as you ride along the zip wire on your marvellous day out. A roadway surrounding Little Beaulieu will keep you on track, as you get behind the wheel of a wooden car in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Younger tots will have their own zone of Little Beaulieu, packed with a sand pit for excavations as well as the wooden play bus, modelled on Beaulieu’s Veteran Bus which drives visitors around the leading visitor attraction. Then when you are all played out, settle down in a family-friendly seating area for a picnic from the cafe.

Little Beaulieu will be part of a ticket to Beaulieu from March 15th. A ticket also includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its world-famous collection of more than 250 vehicles which tell the story of British motoring, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, the Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets and details or call 01590 612345.

Christopher Macgowan


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