Thursday, 23 January 2014

'Hands On' Half Term 15th at Beaulieu - 23rd February 2014

Museum Entrance Hall

Scalextric In The Museum
Get ‘hands-on’ at Beaulieu this February Half Term, 15th– 23rd February, with lots of interactive fun for all the family to take part in!

In the National Motor Museum, there is a rare opportunity to handle and learn about historical motoring objects at special ‘drop-in’ sessions running between 10.30am and 4.30pm daily. Take an up-close look at early motoring clothing, photos and unusual motoring items.

See over 250 vehicles on display, from the earliest examples of motoring and family cars of the 30s and 40s through to classic cars of the 70s and 80s and rare motoring oddities such as a giant orange on wheels! Jack Tucker’s Garage recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a typical country garage from the 1930s while ‘Wheels’ - a space-age pod ride - is a fascinating voyage through 100 years of motoring.

Also in the museum, you can try your hand at racing your friends and family on the giant Scalextric track. See if you can get to the top of the Leader Board for your chance to win a fantastic prize!

In Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, costumed guides will be talking to visitors in the Kitchen about what cooking in a Victorian country house was really like. You can also see fascinating exhibition, Royal Pageant, which explores the links between Beaulieu, its owners and royalty, going right back in time to before the foundation of Beaulieu Abbey in 1204.

In the Abbey, join the costumed Monk to discover what life was like for the monks that lived there in the 13th century and learn the secrets of medieval builders. Explore an exhibition on monastic life in the Abbey’s Domus and view historical objects from the time.

We are also offering a special Half Price Child Offer through February Half Term in exchange for your support of our world record-breaking attempt! On the 5th May 2014, we hope to smash the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous line of toy cars
... but we need your help to collect the 10,000 toy cars required.

Each child who donates two or more toy cars to our record attempt when purchasing admission tickets, in person, on the day of their visit, will qualify for half price child admission. We will not be able to return toys to their owners – but will be auctioning them off on completion of our attempt, in support of a local charity. T&Cs apply, see the website for details.

Beaulieu is open from 10am – 5pm daily. For more information, please visit

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