Back in November I was kindly invited by Sotonbloggers to ‘Christmas at Beaulieu’ a lovely event. This is taking place in the grounds of Beaulieu National Motor Museum. On selected dates between 23 November – 24 December, the tree-tops will glisten as the gardens and buildings shimmer with seasonal sparkle. There’s something for everyone as a one mile illuminated path winds its way through the grounds in a magical after dark experience. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour.
There is a number of special elements to the ‘Christmas at Beaulieu’ light trail, which includes:
Tunnel of Light
The Tunnel of Light is beautiful, an array of over 100,000 lights that you are able to walk through. A lovely places for selfies and that extra special photographs with the children.
Scented Fire Garden
Explore the stunningly lit ruins of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey before pausing at the flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden Cloister for a moment of reflection. The naked flames are amazing to watch, along with the sweet sounds of a Christmas carol. This should get you in the mood.
As you come out of the cloister do not forget to check out the old veteran bus. You may even see Father Christmas there waving.
The gardens are full of lit up benches, a wishing tree where you can leave a wish that you have for Christmas. Also you’ll find a couple of foodie stalls which I am sure you will be tempted by! There’s a couple of fire pits if you fancy toasting a GIANT marshmallow.
The gravel yard outside Palace House is full of colourful projects. Showing a light display onto the palace along with lit Christmas trees and music. It’s so pretty to watch.
White icicle lights will greet you as you continue the light trail. It’s definitely a great way to get some pretty photographs of Christmassy scenery for the gram! As you walk around the Mill pond walk you will see lots of lovely dangling lights from trees – but do look out for the beautiful fairy (she may be hidden). As you come near the museum entrance there will be a brightly coloured Christmas tree – that even plays music.
I had a lovely experience visiting the Christmas at Beaulieu event – it is great for all the family (even bigger kids like myself) Do not forget it is only open until Christmas Eve!! The whole event was well organised, parking was easy, the food smelt amazing from hot dogs to mulled wine to toasted marshmallows.
I hope you enjoyed reading all about my Christmassy experience at Beaulieu, Hampshire. Did you catch yesterdays Blogmas#5 ?
*I was kindly invited to this experience and all thoughts are my own.