Beaulieu launches a truly unique event.

Grab a picnic blanket and get ready to enjoy a summer’s evening at Beaulieu in the New Forest as it hosts its first ever Park & Picnic.

All visitors are invited to drive into the Beaulieu visitor attraction, park-up within the museum grounds and enjoy a picnic in the parkland with live music and exclusive access to the Beaulieu attraction including the National Motor Museum and new adventure play area, Little Beaulieu.

Grab a hamper and soak up the atmosphere in the serenity of the Beaulieu grounds, for what promises to be a relaxing evening for the whole family to enjoy together. Although we expect to see some beautiful classic cars in attendance, this evening is open to all. The Beaulieu Park & Picnic evenings will take place on Thursday 13th August, Thursday 20th August and Thursday 27thAugust 2020 from 5pm until 8pm when the attraction will close.

With tickets strictly limited, those visiting will be able to enjoy exclusive evening access to the National Motor Museum that hosts one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world. This now includes, ‘Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood’, a brand new exhibition which showcases more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars, and celebrates miniature motoring memories and much-loved playthings of the past.

To keep the younger ones busy, Little Beaulieu will remain open throughout the evening. This enchanting new adventure play area will allow younger visitors to burn off some steam, whilst parents can relax and enjoy live New Orleans style jazz music, performed by local group ‘Acoustic Jass’. Tunes by this dixieland jazz band range from well-known jazz and blues, to the great American songbook and popular tracks of the early twentieth century

For those wishing to unwind without the worry of packing a picnic, the Brabazon Restaurant will be open and offering take-away fish and chip suppers, freshly cooked pizza and a Ploughmans style picnic box (meat or vegetarian). The café will also be open for cold and hot drinks, light snacks and ice-creams.

Cars will be parked in the parkland surrounding the National Motor Museum with enough space to picnic alongside whilst ensuring adherence to social distancing. Since reopening to the general public on Saturday 4th July and following careful preparation and measures aimed at keeping both its visitors and staff safe, the Beaulieu attraction has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard from Visit Britain. This means they are following Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and have processes in place to ensure social distancing and cleanliness at all times.

Tickets for Thursday 13th August, Thursday 20th August and Thursday 27th August must be pre-booked online in advance. Entry is £28 per car and includes admission for 2 people. Additional passengers are £10 per adult and £5 per child (age 5 – 16), and under 5’s go free. Capacity for these new exclusive evenings at Beaulieu will be limited and sold on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information, or to buy your Beaulieu Park & Picnic tickets, please visit

Christopher Macgowan


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