The fantasmagorical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, the first sculpture trail with internationally acclaimed sculptors, brand new car events and a celebration of the work of Lord Montagu’s mother are all fresh reasons to visit Beaulieu in 2019.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years
See an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious and the original Child Catcher carriage in this new exhibition which will be open until November. Dress up for a selfie in the replica Grandpa Potts’ hut, see Sally Anne Howes’ life-size music box doll dress and the actual Spy Phone prop used in the film which is celebrating its golden half century.
Coggins’ Garage has even been recreated in the National Motor Museum to house the film’s inventive machines created by Rowland Emett, including the Humbug Major Sweet Machine, Clockwork Lullabye, Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.
Chitty memorabilia includes a solid silver Chitty model bought for producer Cubby Broccoli by his wife Dana and original film concept art by Sir Ken Adam, storyboard watercolour artwork by Robert Laing and technical drawings by Peter Lamont which have never been previously exhibited.
Don’t miss a glimpse of the iconic Land Speed Record breaker Babs that inspired the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang story and is on show at Beaulieu until February.
During school holidays and weekends* you can also see a stunning Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction being driven around the grounds of the attraction. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years can been seen as part of a general admission ticket to Beaulieu.
* Chitty driving outdoors will be weather dependent.
For the first time at Beaulieu, a sculpture exhibition featuring the work of more than 50 international and national sculptors will be on show throughout the grounds and gardens of Palace House. From the atmospheric ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey to the Victorian flower garden, 270 sculptures will be set in the perfect surroundings. The unique collection will include a trail of sculptures to suit all tastes and budgets. Beaulieu Sculpture will run from May 25th – July 14th.
Palace House exhibition
A new exhibition celebrating the painting, drawing and needlework of Lord Montagu’s mother, Belinda, Lady Montagu, will open at Easter and remain on display throughout 2019.
The exhibition in Palace House will include previously unseen work by the artist and embroiderer. Belinda, Lady Montagu undertook a wide range of work for the family business at Beaulieu designing posters and displays for the Montagu Motor Museum. Her embroideries include seven wall hangings recounting the story of Beaulieu Abbey. Commissions have included cushions for HM The Queen and HRH Prince of Wales and ecclesiastical work for a cathedral and churches. She also collaborated on a project to teach embroidery skills to local women in Bali, Indonesia.
Lord Montagu said: “For my sister Mary and me, it will be a great pleasure to stage this in recognition of all the wonderful work my mother has created through the decades.”
New Simply rallies in events line-up
The 2019 calendar for Beaulieu has been confirmed with the announcement of new Simply rallies joining the calendar of award-winning events.
Simply Mercedes will build on the growing success of Beaulieu’s popular Simply range of rallies, which celebrate car marques from Ford to Porsche in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. New club events also include Vanity Modified and Spring Alfa Day for Alfa Romeo owners.
Beaulieu’s 2019 season features a full range of motoring and family entertainment. The 50th Fireworks Spectacular will celebrate an Out of this World theme marking the first moon landing and summer fun includes Hot Rod & Custom Drive-in Day for Father’s Day and Beaulieu Supercar Weekend in August. The 25th anniversary Spring Autojumble will return on May 18th-19th, while International Autojumble will be held on September 7th-8th.
For tickets and more details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events or call 01590 612888.
The National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens are all included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu. Tickets can be bought in advance online. For tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.