Characters from LIVING history are set to appear at Beaulieu midway through as part of a time travel experience to explore the attraction’s 800-year history.
From the Medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras to the early days of the automobile and WWII, to the latest James Bond gadgets and vehicles, the trail promises to take families on an adventure through time.
From 1204, a costumed archaeologist will meet visitors to 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 inhabited it.
Fast-forward to the turbulent Tudor era, when Beaulieu Abbey was destroyed in 1538 by order of King Henry VIII, and see the centuries-old skills of falconry in action, with demonstrations from Lord Montagu’s falconer.
Next stop is the Victorian era, as visitors enter Palace House to meet costumed servants who carry out their duties upstairs and downstairs in this grand country house, which was originally built as the gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey but became a bustling Victorian family home. .
The trail continues through the 1872 Victorian vegetable garden, teeming with seasonal vegetables and fruit before heading back to 1912 to board the attraction’s veteran bus for a gentle, nostalgic ride around the attraction grounds.
The Secret Army exhibition will highlight the extraordinary agents of the special operations department who trained on the Beaulieu estate during the Second World War.
Motor vehicle history is well covered at the National Motor Museum where visitors can see a pioneering electric car from 1901 that proves that alternative fuels were a very real prospect in the early days of the automobile.
Jack Tucker’s 1930s Garage features a costumed mechanic evoking life in a country garage.
The trail ends with gadgets in the Bond In Motion – No Time to Die exhibit featuring an Aston Martin DB5, complete with LED license plates, mini-gun headlights and bulletproof glass, up to Bond’s Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Improved Q Watch and Handpiece. Primo’s bionic eye.
For more information and tickets, visit www.beaulieu.co.uk