Over the weekend of the 6th & 7th April KIDS GO FREE* at Buckler’s Hard, the 18th century shipbuilding village on the banks of the Beaulieu River, where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Maritime Museum in 1964, KIDS GO FREE* as the village comes alive with fun activities including Victorian games and Fun Trails with lots of prizes to be won. Learn about life in the village from Living History characters, hear rousing sea shanties from the strolling Shantymen and watch traditional craft demonstrations.
Visit the refurbished Maritime Museum which reveals the story of this unique village at the time of Henry Adams, the Master Shipbuilder at Buckler’s Hard in the 18th century when over 50 ships were built for the British Navy. New displays in the museum explore Smuggling and Village Life at Buckler’s Hard. Additional displays include the SS Persia Exhibition and a film telling the story of the role played by Buckler’s Hard during WWII.
Historic displays in the Labourer’s and Shipwright’s cottages show how the village would have looked in the early 1800s and in the New Inn, you can hear gossip from residents of the time.
On display at the edge of the Beaulieu River you can also see the Indigenous boat used by Daniel Craig in the James Bond film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
As you follow the nearby Woodland Walk you will discover how the local timber at Buckler’s Hard was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to construct ships for the British Navy.
You can take a River Cruise (at a small extra charge) which transports you on a tranquil journey along the River, revealing the abundant wildlife that inhabits its banks.
Don’t forget to visit the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms which serves a range of light refreshments and drinks, including delicious cream teas, throughout the day.