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Edward Lord Montagu and Lord Montagu as a child in model Vauxhall at Beaulieu

LOCAL attractions which were forced to close when coronavirus hit have begun reopening to visitors.


At Beaulieu Motor Museum, the childhood toys of Lord Montagu are among more than 800 items to feature in a new exhibition celebrating motoring in miniature.

The collection of toy cars, pedal cars and playthings went on display when the attraction reopened to the public on Saturday in line with Covid-19 social distancing and cleaning regulations.

The museum has also released a revised calendar for its remaining 14 ‘Simply’ car rallies, which feature different makes of vehicle at each event, including Jaguar, Ford, Audi and Vauxhall.

Landspeed record toys, Beaulieu

To ensure visitors’ safety, capacity will be limited to 500 participants for these events. All tickets to Beaulieu must be pre-booked.

Visitors to Exbury Gardens can now enjoy a trip on the railway, which covers a one-and-a-half-mile route around the 200-acre attraction.

New measures include operating the train at 50% capacity, with alternate train compartments in use and protective screens in place. Passengers are also required to wear face masks and must book tickets for the train on arrival.

Exbury was one of the first garden attractions to reopen in the UK on 30th May and has since safely welcomed thousands of visitors. A daily visitor limit is in place and all tickets must be booked in advance.

The historic Eling Tide Mill was due to reopen on Friday (10th July) along with the café and visitor centre, known as the Eling Experience. To begin with, it will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

To ensure social distancing is maintained, visitors will need to pre-book by calling the town council’s office on 023 8086 3138 or the Eling Experience on 023 8086 9575.