Time Travelling Trail at Beaulieu this half-term
LIVING history characters are set to pop up at Beaulieu during half-term as part of a time-travelling trail to explore the attraction's 800-year history.
From medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras to the early days of motoring and Second World War, up to the latest James Bond gadgets and vehicles, the trail promises to take families on a whistle-stop adventure through time.
Beginning in 1204, a costumed archaeologist will meet visitors at Beaulieu Abbey to share fascinating facts about the remarkable ruins, from the founding of the abbey in the 13th century by King John, to the Cistercian monks who once called it home.
Fast-forward to the turbulent Tudor era, when Beaulieu Abbey was destroyed in 1538 on the orders of King Henry VIII, and watch age-old falconry skills in action, with demonstrations by Lord Montagu’s falconer.
The next stop is the Victorian era, as visitors step inside Palace House to meet costumed house servants go about their duties upstairs and downstairs in this grand country house, which was originally built as the Beaulieu Abbey gatehouse but grew to become a bustling Victorian family home.
The trail continues in the Victorian kitchen garden of 1872, packed with seasonal vegetables and fruit before travelling on to 1912 to hop aboard the attraction's veteran bus for a gentle, nostalgic trundle around the attraction grounds.
The Secret Army exhibition will shine a spotlight on the extraordinary Special Operations Executive agents who trained on the Beaulieu Estate during the Second World War.
The history of motor vehicles is well covered in the National Motor Museum where visitors can see a pioneering 1901 electric car that proves alternative fuels were a very real prospect in the earliest days of motoring.
Jack Tucker’s 1930s garage features a costumed mechanic reminiscing about life in a country garage.
The trail ends with gadgetry in the Bond In Motion – No Time to Die exhibition featuring an Aston Martin DB5, complete with LED number plates, mini-gun headlights and bullet-proof glass, to Bond’s Q-enhanced Omega Seamaster Diver 300M watch and henchman Primo’s bionic eye.
For more information and tickets visit www.beaulieu.co.uk