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Have a Very Beaulieu Christmas

For those missing Downton Abbey on their TV screens, Beaulieu offers a chance to recreate some period drama this Christmas.

Between19th December and 3rd January 2016, you can experience the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas at this beautiful historic house. You may not see Lord Grantham, Lady Mary or even Carson, however you will be able to enjoy a variety of vintage treats at this motor museum with a difference.

Visitors can talk to characters from yesteryear and discover what life was really like ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ at Christmas time. In the Lower Drawing Room there will be colourful carol singing and musical entertainment while the Victorian-style decorations and the magnificent Christmas trees throughout the house will add to the flavour and charm of the season. And if it gets too cold, guests can warm themselves in front of the yule log in the hearth of the great fireplace while enjoying a glass of hot fruit punch.

Outdoors the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the New Forest are adorned with seasonal decorations and light the path to Palace House, the home of the Montagu family since 1538. Children can follow the Christmas Cracker quiz trail, hear how festive traditions have developed over the ages and play parlour games.

In the very special National Motor Museum, the Victorian theme continues as visitors can see what driving was really like in those early days of discovery. Don’t miss ‘Wheels’, a pod-ride transporting you on a journey through one hundred years of motoring history.

And if you would like a memento all the family can wrap up in beautiful coats, hats and scarves and climb aboard the stunning full-size sleigh to pose for a photograph – perfect for that family Christmas card – Victorian style of course.

What would Lord Grantham make of it? Well, he would no doubt find it all rather tickety-boo!

For more information visit the Beaulieu web site.

By Tracey McBain