Friday, 30 May 2014

Bluebird Cn7 50th Anniversary Celebration Evening On Saturday 19 July

Donald Campbell with Bluebird Lake Eyre 1963
On 17 July 1964, despite mechanical problems and unpredictable weather, Donald Campbell and his team persevered to set a new British Land Speed Record of 403.10mph in Bluebird CN7, at Lake Eyre in Southern Australia. 

Fifty years on, this iconic vehicle is an integral element of a new display, For Britain & For The Hell Of It at the National Motor Museum, telling the story of British Land Speed Record achievement.

What better way to mark the 50th anniversary than to spend an evening in the company of both the iconic Bluebird CN7, and Donald Campbell’s widow, Tonia Bern-Campbell.  The evening will include a first public screening of the digitally re-mastered film ‘How Long a Mile…’, on Donald Campbell’s world record breaking year of 1964 when he took both the land and water speed records – a unique double that has never been equalled. 

The screening will be followed by an exclusive dinner in the National Motor Museum and a talk by Tonia Bern-Campbell, recalling that magical time. There will also be an opportunity to explore the Museum including the new For Britain & For The Hell Of It display.

This evening is a must for any Campbell or Bluebird enthusiast. Tickets for the evening are now available, to book your individual tickets or a table, contact Leith’s at Beaulieu on 01590 614605 or email corporate@beaulieu.co.uk.

For more information & ticket prices visit http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/cn7

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

James May’s Meccano Bike On Display At The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

James May Toy Stories

James May bike
Beaulieu is delighted to announce that James May’s Meccano Bike, created on BBC’s James May’s Toy Stories, is now on display in the National Motor Museum.

The bike, made from real Meccano, is a one-off design created during the filming of the BBC programme. The challenge was to produce a bike capable of completing the 37.8 mile Isle of Man TT circuit over three days during TT week. It had to be able to reach a speed of at least 15mph and survive the punishing long climbs and sharp descents that the historic course is famous for.

It took months of problem-solving and head-scratching to design the bike before the actual build could start. There are more than 600 nuts and bolts in each wheel alone and over 15,000 pieces of standard Meccano were used in the build, which took nine weeks to complete.

James May, who was accompanied by TV personality, Oz Clarke, on the run said: “There was a certain amount of flexibility and a couple of minor problems with bearings, steering, comfort, electricity - and the passenger - but apart from that it was a very smooth run and very heroic, I think.”

The arrival of the Meccano bike coincides with the opening of the museum’s brand new display, The Motorcycle Story, which takes visitors on a journey through motorcycling history. Machines are displayed in their historical and cultural context; tying technological developments to changing trends in fashion, style and sport. Memorabilia including clothing and trophies won by sporting greats can be seen in displays which cover a wide range of racing disciplines, road safety and British youth culture of the 1950s and 60s.

The Beaulieu attraction is also home to the World of Top Gear, which features many more unusual vehicles created by James and his fellow Top Gear presenters, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson, on the BBC TV motoring show. The newly updated and refreshed exhibition includes a scaled-down version of the Dunsfold Park track where fans can drive remote-control models of some of the most popular Top Gear challenge cars in the World of Top Gear Test Track Challenge and enjoy a ride in the Top Gear simulator.*

The Enormodrome recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio, with regular features from the programme, including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board, kept up to date in line with the show. Visitors can watch behind-the-scenes footage from the Top Gear production area and clips from some of the best Top Gear moments.

Admission to Beaulieu gives you access to all areas of the attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House and gardens. For more information, please visit www.beaulieu.co.uk or telephone 01590 612345.

You can also join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter using #meccanobike

*A good value extra charge applies to both these activities.


About Meccano

Invented in England by Frank Hornby in 1901, Meccano was conceived as a model toy construction system comprising re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. The toy has sold under the “Erector Set” brand in the U.S. since 1913. Meccano enables the building of working models and mechanical devices and has inspired countless engineers, designers, architects and creative minds of all ages. Modern versions include new technologies to accelerate construction for even the youngest children. Meccano/Erector set toy products are currently sold in more than 50 countries. A large part of the Meccano range is manufactured in France in the historic factory of Calais. www.meccano.com

About Spin Master Ltd.

A multi-category children’s entertainment company, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994 and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy’s action phenomena and 2009-2010 Boy’s Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, and award-winning brands Air Hogs®, Aquadoodle™, Spin Master Games™ including the popular Hedbanz™, Tech Deck™, Zoobles™ and Spy Gear™. The company has also marked an entry into children’s media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Munich, and Milan. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com

Success For Woburn Abbey And Gardens At National Tourism Awards

Receiving the award
Woburn Abbey and Gardens won a major award at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2014 on the 15th May.

The awards, held at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, was organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly and recognises excellence and innovation across coach tour operators, tourist destinations and attractions, and industry suppliers. Woburn Abbey and Gardens won the award for “Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction of the Year”.  
    
In giving Woburn Abbey and Gardens the award, the judges said "Woburn Abbey’s comprehensive approach to providing an excellent service to tour planners, the appointment of a dedicated groups co-ordinator, free coach parking, and a clear and easy-to-use groups section on the website stood out in a sector where competition to attract groups is strong." The judges also commented on Woburn Abbey’s offer to arrange out-of-hours experiences, and the free entry and generous £10 refreshment voucher for drivers.

Lisa Weaver, Groups Co-ordinator, and Stephen Manion, Operations Manager, collected the award in front of more than 400 tourism industry professionals. The awards presentation was hosted by the editor of Coach Monthly magazine, Stuart Render, and ex EastEnders actress and television presenter Brooke Kinsella MBE.

“The National Coach Tourism Awards is the only national awards scheme to focus specifically on the coach tourism community,” says Stuart Render. “This is therefore a well-deserved and a significant achievement. Our winners are at the forefront in delivering excellence across all sectors of the industry, helping to raise the quality of customer service and quality across coach operators, destinations, visitor attractions and tourism industry suppliers.”

Commenting on the award, Stephen Manion said: "It has been an incredible month for the Woburn Estate with this award coming soon after success for The Woburn Hotel at the MK Food and Leisure Awards. It is a credit to everyone who works here and the hard work that everyone puts in to provide the highest quality experience for our visitors."

For further information on group bookings visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk or call Woburn Abbey and Gardens on 01525 290333.

Simply Porsche

Beaulieu - Simply Porsche Rally
Beaulieu - Simply Porsche Rally

Beaulieu - Simply Porsche Rally
On Sunday 22nd June, Beaulieu’s popular Simply Porsche rally, in association with the Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club, will be welcoming Porsche owners to display their vehicles in the grounds of the National Motor Museum for the day.

This fantastic rally is open to all Porsche owners, with all ages and models of the marque eligible to join the display. This is a great opportunity to view hundreds of Porsches, meet other like-minded enthusiasts, browse a selection of trade stands and enjoy a great day out at the Beaulieu attraction.

See the museum’s stunning collection of over 250 vehicles and its two brand new displays. The Motorcycle Story takes you on a journey through motorcycling history, covering road safety, British youth culture of the 1950s and 60s and a wide range of racing disciplines. For Britain & For The Hell Of It is a fascinating multi-media display featuring the museum’s iconic Land Speed Record cars and a temporary exhibition of alternative Land Speed Record vehicles.

Check out the newly updated and redisplayed World of Top Gear with actual vehicles from the TV motoring show. The exhibition includes a scaled-down version of the Dunsfold Park track where fans can drive remote-control models of some of the most popular Top Gear challenge cars in the World of Top Gear Test Track Challenge and enjoy a ride in the Top Gear simulator.*

Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, visit Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, and enjoy the peaceful serenity of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, plus explore the grounds with a ride on the high-level monorail or open-topped veteran bus.

As with all Simply Rallies, visitors to Beaulieu on the day of the event will be invited to vote for their favourite vehicle in the People’s Choice Awards. The owner of the winning car will receive a Beaulieu Trophy in an afternoon presentation ceremony and will be given the opportunity to lead a cavalcade of Porsches through the attraction.

For entrants arriving in a Porsche and joining the event on the Beaulieu parkland, entry prices are adult £10 and child £5. Tickets are available to purchase on the day or you can buy advance tickets up until 5pm on the 20th June either by telephone on 01590 612888 or online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk. For all Porsche-related trade stand enquiries, telephone 01590 614614. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu via the Admissions Hall at normal Beaulieu attraction admission prices.

Entry into the Beaulieu parkland with your Porsche is from 9.30am with catering available.  The event opens to the public at 10am. Admission to the event includes entry to the whole Beaulieu attraction; the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and gardens.

Simply Porsche is part of Beaulieu’s calendar of Simply events, which includes a wide variety of themes covering a range of makes and models.

For more information please visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter using #simplyporsche.

*A good value extra charge applies to both these activities.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Top Ten Places to Enjoy Afternoon Tea


Afternoon Tea at Castle Howard
For a fittingly fine way to enjoy the quintessentially English custom of afternoon tea, visit the Treasure Houses of England’s consortium of historic homes, palaces and castles to indulge in this traditional pastime in spectacular surrounds and inimitable stately style.

Woburn Abbey
- The quintessential English tradition of Afternoon Tea is said to have been popularised around 1840 by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends at Woburn Abbey.  Visitors today can experience Afternoon Tea at Woburn at the Duchess’ Tea Room or at the Estate’s hotel The Inn at Woburn (pre-booking required).


Beaulieu – Enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea with a wide selection of cakes and pastries all baked in-house in the Brabazon Coffee Shop and Restaurant.  Some produce comes from Lord Montagu's own Victorian Kitchen garden; beetroot is transformed into a delicious moist cake and plums made into jam, to eat on scones with lashings of Dorset clotted cream.

Blenheim Palace
is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings only a palace could provide.  Tea is served in the palace’s Indian Room, or Champagne Bar, overlooking the beautiful fountains on the Water Terraces for a truly inspired setting.  Choose from a delectable selection of menus including a traditional Blenheim Tea, a Churchill Champagne Tea or a luxury Winston Churchill Premier Tea, inspired by the great leader it includes his favourite tipple Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV.


Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace
Afternoon tea at Burghley House
Burghley House – Enjoy a range of Afternoon Teas in the Orangery Restaurant at Burghley, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century. The ornate gothic windows provide a bright and elegant space to indulge in homemade scones, cakes and a range of teas while overlooking the peaceful and romantic Rose Garden.

Castle Howard – Enjoy an afternoon treat at Castle Howard in either the bistro style Courtyard Cafe or the more traditional Fitzroy Room.  On offer are seasonal menus prepared by their incredible chefs that include a generous selection of freshly made sandwiches, salads and heavenly homemade cakes.
    

Afternoon tea at Chatsworth House
Chatsworth – Enjoy a British tradition at Chatsworth with an afternoon tea in the Cavendish Restaurant (from 16 March 2014) built within the 18th century Stables designed by the famous architect James Paine. Enjoy homemade dainty finger sandwiches, a selection of cakes and pastries freshly baked at Chatsworth every day and a wide choice of carefully selected leaf teas. Afternoon teas are available throughout the day and are pre-bookable online.

Harewood House – Treat yourself to a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea at Harewood. Experience the high life, relax on the south facing Terrace with spectacular views over the award winning formal parterre and “Capability” Brown’s landscape as Red Kites soar overhead. A place where sophisticated Georgian architecture meets contemporary style, quality and high standards are guaranteed. Sample succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, as well as a choice of freshly baked cakes from the trolley. A perfect indulgence to savour and enjoy.

Hatfield House – Take tea to new and dizzy heights with Hatfield’s Helicopter Discovery Tour where you can escape on an eight mile helicopter pleasure flight over the estate to snatch spectacular aerial views of the stunning architecture of the house, rounded off by a delicious homemade cream tea at the house.

The Holkham Estate has two cafés offering afternoon tea.  As part of a visit to Holkham Hall, discover the Stables Café in the adjacent sunny courtyard, perfect on a summer’s afternoon. Or there’s the Beach Café just a stone’s throw from the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea.  Whichever you opt for you can be sure to find plenty of mouth-watering homemade treats to indulge in.

Leeds Castle – Enjoy an afternoon treat with a cream tea in the 17th Century oak-beamed Fairfax Hall or outside in the sunshine on the Terrace overlooking the castle.  There is an excellent choice of freshly prepared hot and cold dishes on offer, along with cakes and other sweet treats, all of which can be enjoyed in a rustic farmhouse kitchen style setting featuring oak and wrought iron finishes.

www.treasurehouses.co.uk

Treasure Houses of England
The Treasure Houses of England are ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.  Each has its own unique charm and all combine together to give a fascinating insight into life in England over the centuries

One of the most compelling features of the Treasure Houses of England is that they all offer the visitor a living history. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Others keep their heritage alive by re-creating scenes and events that have dominated and shaped England from the 9th century to the present day.

Between them they house some of the most important art collections in the world with famous works from artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough and priceless antiques including Chippendale, Wedgwood and Meissen.

Discover hidden gems and dark secrets, follow walks and adventure trails in beautiful parklands and gardens, enjoy classical concerts, outdoor theatre, family fun and relax over afternoon tea:  the Treasure Houses change with the seasons, move with the times and always have something unexpected to offer, something new to discover.


Monday, 19 May 2014

Perennial Announced as Official Show Charity for the 2014 Woburn Abbey Garden Show

The Woburn Abbey Garden Show, which takes place on the 21st and 22nd June, will have an official 'Show Charity' for the first time this year. Woburn Abbey is delighted to announce that the Show Charity for 2014 will be Perennial, a national charity supporting people who work in horticulture when they are facing adversity in their life. Perennial was established in the 19th century and is celebrating their 175th anniversary this year.
Woburn Abbey Garden Show


Perennial will be offering unique VIP experience packages at the show that support their fundraising efforts which provide information on the assistance they can offer to those working in horticulture.

Martin Towsey, Estates Gardens Manager, is delighted to be working with Perennial: “We are pleased to be able to support this charity, especially in this anniversary year, and hope that visitors to the Garden Show will enjoy finding out more about what they do. Perennial was born out of the great estates like Woburn, supporting the estate gardeners in times of need, so it’s fantastic that we are able to help with their fundraising campaign.” 

Visitors to the Woburn Abbey Garden Show will be able to learn new gardening skills, talk to experts, and purchase an array of unusual plants and garden items, all within the stunning grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey. Gardening experts Pippa Greenwood, Martin Fish and Alistair Fraser will share their knowledge through a series of talks and Q&A sessions during the event. Top UK nurseries will be there, including Heucerholics, Nobottle Nurseries, Flit Bonsai and Palm Exotics. Whether you have a courtyard garden, a window box or a large country garden, there will be inspiration for every outdoor space.

The Food Hall will be filled with various refreshments from stalls including Breckland Orchard, Buckingham Brewery, Deli Vegetaria, and Friar's Farm. Pet Piggies are returning to the show with a chance to see some very cute micro pigs, and a range of artists will be exhibiting their work including Rachel Carter, Alistair Howie and Abigail Mill.

For the past ten years The Duchess of Bedford, along with Martin Towsey and his team, have been working hard to restore Humphry Repton’s original plans for the ‘Pleasure Gardens’. A newly restored feature from these original plans and a contemporary addition to Woburn Abbey Gardens will both be opened by The Duchess of Bedford at the Garden Show on the 21st and 22nd June 2014. Woburn Abbey’s RHS qualified gardeners will also offer guided tours of the gardens throughout the weekend, included within the admission price, giving visitors a behind the scenes look at the ongoing restoration project.

Tickets for the Woburn Abbey Garden Show are now available to purchase online. For more information, visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk or call 01525 290333.

Beaulieu’s International Autojumble Wins Silver At The 2014 Visitengland Awards For Excellence

Beaulieu’s International Autojumble has won a Silver Award in the Tourism Event of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 Ceremony.
Beaulieu’s International Autojumble wins Silver


The Silver Award is one of the highest accolades for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow. Beaulieu was presented with their Silver Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 12 May 2014 at The Jockey Club, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said: "We received hundreds of applications of an extremely high quality this year.  Winning Silver is therefore a considerable achievement and one of the highest accolades for excellence in tourism which VisitEngland can bestow.  I warmly congratulate Beaulieu on their achievement.”

Beaulieu received their award from Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland.

Judith Maddox, Beaulieu’s Events Manger said: “The International Autojumble, now in its 48th year, is the oldest and most prestigious of our events and held in high regard within the motoring industry so it is especially rewarding for it also to be recognised by the tourism industry as one of the leading tourism events in England.”

Meet Transformer Optimus Prime At Beaulieu’s Truckmania!

With over 230 fantastic trucks now confirmed to attend, Beaulieu’s popular Truckmania event, on Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year.

Every type of truck imaginable will be on display, from film branded vehicles and brand new modern eco-friendly lorries to commercial heavyweights and more traditional models, plus some unique, one-off designs.

Do you love Transformers? To celebrate the launch of the new movie and toy line, the most iconic Transformer of all time – Optimus Prime – will be rolling into Truckmania to meet all his fans. Come and have your photo taken with Optimus – both in his truck and robot form – ready to defend the earth from evil!
Optimus Prime

The British Army will be trooping in with a large display of modern Army trucks, ranging from a Challenger 2 tank carrier to a ‘roller-coaster’ troop deployment carrier and will be taking part in special activities and action displays throughout the weekend. They will also be encouraging visitors to have a go on their inflatable assault course.

World-famous monster truck, BIGFOOT, will be performing two action-packed displays each day in the Beaulieu parkland, featuring power demonstrations, gravity-defying stunts and car-crushing.

In the Grand Marquee, see Mini Truck World with a wide range of remote-control model trucks driving around highly detailed mini construction sites and road networks, recreating everything that full-size trucks do on a daily basis.

Meet TV trucking personality, Mark Dixon, who will be joining the action on both days and talking with event commentator, Kevin Harris.

Optimus Prime Truck

Each day in the Beaulieu Arena, watch as truck drivers take on the Truckagility challenge. The professionals will attempt to score ‘nil points’ whilst driving around the tricky obstacle course with a bath full of water and plastic ducks on the back of their truck. The aim is to avoid gaining faults and keep as many of the ducks in the bath as possible!

Enjoy free rides on traditional fairground dodgems and test your strength in the Beaulieu Truck Pull. Both individual and team participants of all ages are welcome, with all those taking part receiving a very special ‘I Pulled at Beaulieu’ badge of honour.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite truck in the People’s Choice Award, with the owner of the most popular truck winning a Beaulieu Trophy in an afternoon presentation ceremony each day.

Admission to the event also includes entry to the whole Beaulieu attraction, featuring the National Motor Museum and two brand new displays for 2014 – For Britain & For The Hell Of It and The Motorcycle Story, the newly updated World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House and gardens.
Big Foot Car Crushing!


Budding drivers can get in the driving seat on Dipstick’s Driving Circuit, whilst younger visitors can get physical onthe Mini Motor PlayTrail with its Veteran Bus climbing frame, swings and Little Tykes ride-on-cars.

Families can enjoy some extra special school holiday activities, not just for the two days of Truckmania, but throughout the May Half Term, 24th May – 1st June. Play Giant Games in the gardens, including Draughts, Chess and Connect Four, and in Beaulieu Abbey, join the costumed monk in a fun game to discover how medieval arches were built.

Specially discounted advance visitor Truckmania event tickets are available to purchase online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk until 5pm on Saturday 24th May, or you can buy tickets at standard attraction admission rates on arrival at Beaulieu.

Free parking for visitors is available onsite, with the event opening from 10am – 6pm each day.

For more information about Truckmania, visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter using #truckmania.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Elemental at Burghley Sculpture Garden 26th April - 2nd November, 2014

Pete Rogers, Lunicycle
The 2014 exhibition of sculpture at Burghley explores elemental geometry, the activation of kinetic sculpture through the elements, as well as chemical and alchemic associations.
Exciting kinetic sculptures include ephemeral apparitions by Andrew Lee that shimmer and dissolve from presence to absence on the slightest breeze. His Wind Ball 1 is spherical, yet its silhouette frequently softens and blurs when the wind re-orientates its silvered elements. The sculpture’s dance is a balletic and mesmerising sight, especially when sparkling in the sun. According to the artist the wind “becomes the art object” so “the sculptures are more like the instruments that make it possible.”Maggie Rose’s Twinkle Twinkle is composed of hundreds of lightweight reflective discs. A shimmering slice of funky disco, whose fluidity changes intensity according to the wind and viewing angle.

Wind also provides the locomotive power for a sculpture floating on Burghley’s lake. Lunicycle by Pete Rogers references the eight phases of the moon’s wax and wane, and similarly rotates in a circular fashion. The moon discs function as sails and the sound of them switching over their booms serves to increase the sculpture’s sailing connotations, as well as giving sonic expression to the wind’s speed and direction.

Several artists explore elemental form, akin to the singular and monolithic geometry of prehistoric sculpture, architecture and veneration. Sheila Vollmer often exploits the repetition of a unit to build a whole, but this doesn’t result in coldly formal compositions; quite the contrary. For example, the rhomboid Beast Line is vibrant and animalistic as the title suggests. It is further enlivened by its silver grey exterior encapsulating a bold red interior.

Mark Beattie’s Global Odyssey draws a centrifugal maelstrom of energy. The external definition of form is more tightly restricted to its spherical extents, whereas the interior implodes into darting linear spirals. A similarly elemental geometry is present in the sculpture of Julian Wild. His Uglifruit is a vertiginous and minimal sculpture with a twist, whereby its strict geometry has literally been knotted into itself.

Sheila Vollmer, Beast Line


More orchestrated relationships are punctually delivered by Time Piece, a neon sculpture by Andrew Stonyer. Located in the ice house, the clock face of the work’s temporal content reflects the circular architecture. His luminous sculpture charts the passage of time: a simultaneously archaic and contemporary concern. The seemingly simple means of delivery creates a rich work in which varying hues and tones of coloured light merge to illuminate one of the more fascinating buildings on the estate: an antique refrigerator that fought the advance of warming seasons.


The final group of sculptures explore the representation of the four ancient elements believed to comprise all matter on our planet, namely: earth, water, air, and fire. Here, they give cause to several sculptures that seek to give them a contemporary equivalent, including those by Nita Rao and Stuart Ian Frost.
Julian Wild, Uglifruit


Nita Rao’s On The Threshold is linear essence that seeks to depict watery concerns; a fluid sculpture that evokes both a spindly boat and skeletal leaf. It hovers and swings thanks to its suspension from a lime tree. This airborne sculpture is further distinguished by its bold colour, which derives from having been wrapped in Indian muslin ordinarily used for turbans. This sculptural mummification infuses her sculptures with a kind of latent spirituality.

A burning dynamic that reveals the transformative power of fire has been scorched by Stuart Ian Frost into the dual trunks of Iris. His pyrotechnic drawing adorns two halves of an oak felled from Jubilee Wood in Burghley’s parkland. Each has been branded with the fleur-de-lis, a heraldic motif present on some of the Elizabethan textiles in the house. The smaller trunk depicts the regal flower as a positive motif, whereas its larger counterpart converts it into a negative pattern. The burnt twins strike a powerful pose, leaning against the downward slope of the land to frame the surrounding laurels and shrubs.

Nita Rao, On The Threshold

The show comprises 24 intriguing sculptures by 16 artists that give vision to how the elements can influence sculpture’s motion and appearance. Combined with the remaining sculptures of elemental geometry, they demonstrate how a single word such as elemental can illicit many varied and significant sculptural responses, extending from the ephemeral to the permanent and to the terrestrial and cosmological.

Spitfire and Hurricane Display Pays Tribute to WWII Airmen at Chatsworth Country Fair

Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair

Chatsworth Country Fair

Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair
Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 August 2014

The famous roar of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine will herald the arrival of the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes in a thrilling display over the heads of thousands of visitors to the Chatsworth Country Fair this summer.


Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the two planes are part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and will be making an appearance on Saturday and Sunday at the three day event which opens on Friday 29 August.

Chatsworth hosts one of England's biggest Country Fairs, held in the beautiful parkland surrounding the house in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. This year, Chatsworth Country Fair promises even better entertainment, bigger performances and more activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Celebrating the best in traditional country pursuits alongside some spectacular showground entertainments, highlights this year include cookery demonstrations from Michelin chef Tom Kerridge, baking queen Mary Berry CBE and ‘This Morning’ regular Lesley Waters. The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, the White Helmets, will gun their 750cc Triumph engines through a daredevil display while the Knights of Arkley will spur their horses into a spectacular demonstration of medieval jousting and swordplay in an action packed schedule of entertainment in the fair's Grand Ring.

The Grand Ring: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Knights of Arkley, the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, the Band and Bugles of the Rifles, CJ’s Birds of Prey, the Steve Carver aerobatic display and the Silver Stars freefall parachute display team feature in the three day programme.

Showground Events: Lots to see including cookery demonstrations, pony rides, Highland dancing, hot air balloons, vintage cars, dog agility, lurchers, gun dogs and plenty more countryside and animal entertainment.

Have A Go: With clay-pigeon shooting, archery, salmon and trout fishing, children's fairground, air rifles, a climbing wall, dog shows, catapults and much more - there’s plenty to do as well as to watch.

Taste, try and shop: The Fine Food Village has dozens of producers representing the very best in regional and artisanal food – all of this in addition to the 300 plus trade stands selling everything from country clothing to vintage cheddar.

Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm. The box office is now open for advance tickets. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free. For more information and ticketing options, including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found at www.facebook.com/ChatsworthCountryFair

Chatsworth house and garden are open throughout (normal admission applies). The farmyard & adventure playground are closed during the Fair. www.chatsworth.org


www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

Chatsworth Country Fair was established in 1981 by Andrew Cuthbert MBE, at the request of the eleventh Duke of Devonshire.  It is now the premier Country Fair in Britain and is organised by Sarah Green, Tim Acheson and the Red Sock stewards on behalf of the Chatsworth House Trust.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

New Look World Of Top Gear Welcomes The Kia Cee’d Reasonably Priced Car

Michael Fassbender is the Star in
a Reasonably Priced Car
Top Gear’s Kia cee’d Reasonably Priced Car, often referred to by presenter Jeremy Clarkson as the “Kia C Apostrophe D”, has finally arrived at Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear.

The cee’d appeared in series 15 to 19 of the popular TV motoring show and, despite being retired in 2013, has only just made it into the exhibition - rumour has it that The Stig may have driven it home from the last episode, making it very difficult to track down.

The celebrities who have graced this car’s humble driver’s seat include Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Rowan Atkinson, Matt LeBlanc, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller, Alice Cooper, Chris Evans, will.i.am and John Prescott.  

The Kia cee’d joins a whole host of vehicles at Beaulieu created by the Top Gear presenters in the newly updated and redisplayed World of Top Gear exhibition.

The ‘Enormodrome’ recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with regular features from the programme, including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board, kept up to date in line with the show. Visitors can watch behind-the-scenes footage from the Top Gear production area and clips from some of the best Top Gear moments.

The exhibition also features a scaled-down version of the Dunsfold Park track where fans can drive remote-control models of some of the most popular Top Gear challenge cars in the World of Top Gear Test Track Challenge and enjoy a ride in the Top Gear simulator.*

World of Top Gear can be seen as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction which also includes the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.

Not to be missed is the museum’s exciting new Land Speed Record Breakers display, For Britain & For The Hell Of It, featuring Beaulieu’s iconic land speed record cars. It tells the story of British pluck, technological mastery and national pride – alongside new vehicles with a more alternative land speed heritage. A moving audio-visual presentation transports you back to a golden age of invention, courage and patriotism and introduces you to those who are keeping the record breaking dream alive today.

Beaulieu is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 10am. For more information telephone 01590 612345 or visit www.beaulieu.co.uk

*A good value extra charge applies to both these activities.

The Queen's Beasts at Blenheim Palace

Using a mix of more than 1,000 discarded tin cans, car parts, water boilers and even a fire extinguisher, contemporary British sculptor Tom Hiscocks has created a stunning new interpretation of the ‘Queen’s Beasts’ - a set of 10 heraldic animals depicting the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II.
'The Queen's Beasts'


The original sculptures were commissioned by the Ministry of Works to stand outside Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation back in 1953.

Made from plaster, they were later given to Canada and stone replicas made in 1958 which now reside in Kew Gardens.

Tom’s newly-imagined ‘Beasts’ were first introduced to the Queen during her 2012 Diamond Jubilee tour, and they have now taken up residence in The Pleasure Gardens at Blenheim Palace as part of a new outdoor sculpture exhibition which opens this week.

He was inspired to recreate the ‘Beasts’ to reflect their traditional values encompassing strength, harmony, purity, power, wisdom, swiftness of purpose and military might, in a contemporary context.

Tom’s use of recycled materials is also a comment on the use and sustainability of resources today where so much is considered disposable.

‘The Queen's Beasts’ by Tom Hiscocks are on display in the Pleasure Gardens at Blenheim Palace from May 1st - June 30th.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Custom and Hot Rod Festival - Father's Day, Sunday 15th June

Custom Car
Custom vehicles in Beaulieu Arena

Victory Wheelers
On Father’s Day, Sunday 15 June, bring Dad to Beaulieu for a fun-filled family day out at the Custom & Hot Rod Festival. This popular event, in association with Victory Wheelers, the South Coast’s leading Custom, American and Hot Rod club, features colourful displays of hundreds of custom cars and motorcycles, live music and entertainment, as well as all the features of the Beaulieu attraction.

Buy your tickets now to take advantage of the fantastic Earlybird discount rate for visitors - but hurry, as these heavily discounted tickets are only available until 5pm on Friday 16 May at www.beaulieushop.co.uk


Anyone owning a Hot Rod, Custom or Classic American car or motorcycle can drive to Beaulieu and display their vehicle alongside hundreds of others in the beautiful grounds of the National Motor Museum.


Admire some of the quirky and unusual designs that can only be found on the colourful custom scene, and enjoy some great entertainment, as well as free rides on the fairground dodgems*. You can also browse a number of trade stands selling clothing, Americana memorabilia, merchandise, accessories and the latest custom magazines.


Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite vehicle in the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Willydog Hotdogs, with the winner receiving a special trophy in an afternoon prize-giving ceremony. Prizes will also be awarded in a number of categories to include Best In Show and Best In Class.


Admission to the Festival includes entry to the whole Beaulieu attraction, which features the National Motor Museum with two new displays for 2014 – For Britain & For The Hell Of It and The Motorcycle Story, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and the grounds and gardens, plus unlimited rides on the high-level monorail and open-topped veteran London bus.

The show opens to the public on Sunday from 10am, with entry at 8am for those participating in the event with custom vehicles.

All-inclusive advance event admission tickets are available to buy at an Earlybird rate until 5pm on 16 May (visitor tickets only) and at an advance discount rate until 5pm on 14 June (visitor and participant tickets) online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk or on Ticket Hotline 01590 612888.

On the day ticket prices for participants with Custom vehicles are £10 per adult and £5 per child**. On the day ticket prices for visitors are priced at normal on the day Beaulieu attraction admission rates.

Whether you are bringing a custom car or not, you are welcome to join Beaulieu for the whole weekend, to enjoy camping on the Friday and Saturday nights, live music and entertainment. Those with custom cars can also enjoy the Saturday Cruise Out. Weekend tickets must be booked in advance by submitting a booking form available to download from www.beaulieucustomfestival.co.uk


For more information about the Custom and Hot Rod Festival, visit www.beaulieucustomfestival.co.uk or join the conversation with @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter using #customfestival

Simply Ford 2014 - Beaulieu

Cavalcade
Main arena
The first of Beaulieu’s 2014 calendar of Simply rallies, Simply Ford, was held in the grounds of the Beaulieu attraction on the 4th May. Participants of this popular event which is now in its fifth year, had a perfect day to show off their motors and relax in the sunshine.

A bumper number of over 1,700 joined the event with around 1,000 Ford cars, from early models to custom and modern classics, on display in the Beaulieu parkland.  The event this year celebrated 50 years of the Ford Mustang, one of the marques most iconic cars with a special display of owners’ Mustangs.

Judith Maddox, Beaulieu’s Events Manager said: “Simply Ford goes from strength to strength with 25% more participants this year. The fine weather certainly brought Ford owners out in force and it was lovely to see such a wide variety of cars on show.”

Clubs attending included the Ford Probe Club UK, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Second Generation ‘Gen 2’ Ford Probe, South West Ford, the Escort Cabriolet Club and the XR and ZS Owners’ Clubs. In addition, there were a number of trade stands selling Ford related parts and accessories.

Show regulars, the Ford Heritage Collection supported the event again with a number of their superb vehicles including an Escort Mklll Ghia, a Granada Scorpio 2.9 Auto Estate and an S-Max Titanium MPV. The Hendy Ford dealership also attended with a variety of vehicles from their new Ford range.

A People’s Choice Best in Show trophy was awarded to Mark Hudd, who is currently chairman of the Swindon RS Owners’ Club and a regular attendee at Simply Ford, for his 1986 Ford Escort RS Turbo.

An additional People’s Choice trophy for the Best Mustang was awarded to Terry Bridle from Reading for a1966 black and gold Mustang which he has owned for ten years.

After the trophy presentations by Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn, the top People’s Choice vehicles took part in a cavalcade around the grounds.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Spring into summer at Beaulieu this May Half Term (24th May – 1st June 2014)

During the May Half Term, 24th May - 1st June, spring into summer at Beaulieu and enjoy all the fantastic features of one of the south’s leading visitor attractions, as well as special activities for all the family.

Giant Chess
Giant Connect 4
Giant Drafts

In the grounds, have a go on some Giant Games! Get tactical with giant sized Noughts and Crosses, checkmate the king on the super-size Chess board and test out your logic skills with larger than life Connect Four. Budding drivers can get in the driving seat on Dipstick’s Driving Circuit, whilst younger visitors can get physical on the Mini Motor PlayTrail with its Veteran Bus climbing frame, swings and Little Tykes ride-on-cars.

In Beaulieu Abbey, join the costumed monk in a fun game to find out how medieval arches were built and discover how herbs were used in medicines in monastic times.

Visit the National Motor Museum and see over 250 vehicles on display, including Land Speed Record Breakers, F1 racers, classic family cars of the 30s and 40s, plus rare motoring oddities such as a giant orange on wheels. Walk through Jack Tucker’s, a 1930s country garage, and take a ride on Wheels, a fascinating journey through 100 years of motoring.
Don’t miss the first opportunity to see the brand new Motorcycle Story, which takes you on a journey through motorcycling history, showing the developments in technology and the changing trends in fashion, style and sport. The displays cover road safety, British youth culture of the 1950s and 60s and a wide range of racing disciplines.
Also new for 2014, For Britain & For The Hell Of It is a fascinating display featuring the museum’s iconic Land Speed Record cars; Bluebird CN7, Golden Arrow and the Sunbeams 350hp and 1000hp. These stunning vehicles are showcased alongside a stirring audio-visual presentation and a temporary exhibition of alternative Land Speed Record vehicles.

Visit World of Top Gear to see actual vehicles created by presenters Jeremy, Richard and James during some of their most memorable challenges. The ‘Enormodrome’ recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with regular features from the programme, including the Cool Wall and the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board, kept up to date in line with the show. Visitors can also watch behind-the-scenes footage of the Top Gear production zone and clips of some of the best Top Gear moments.


Visit Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538 and meet costumed staff who will tell you what life was like in the house during Victorian times. Take a ride on the high-level Monorail or hop onboard the open-topped veteran London bus for a different way to explore the grounds.


Visitors to Beaulieu on the 25th and 26th May can also enjoy Truckmania, an event taking place in the parkland which celebrates all things truck-related. See displays of trucks spanning 100 years, from horse-drawn carriages through to modern, environmentally-friendly lorries, watch the amazing BIGFOOT monster truck crushing cars and watch as truck drivers’ skills are put to the test in Truck Agility.


All-inclusive attraction admission tickets can be bought on the day of your visit, or take advantage of the 10% discount offered on tickets bought in advance online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk


Beaulieu is open daily, 10am – 5pm. For more information, visit www.beaulieu.co.uk

Spring Flower Festival Celebrates Chatsworth’s Love of Art

Visitors to Chatsworth can expect a flower-filled journey through the Chatsworth art collection during May as celebrated floral expert Jonathan Moseley transforms the house with more than 10,000 spring blooms.

The Florabundance flower festival runs from Friday, 9 May to Tuesday, 13 May with rooms throughout the house decorated by Jonathan Moseley, currently to be seen on TV starring in the BBC’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’. Taking ‘flowers in art’ as its theme Florabundance will reflect Chatsworth’s art collection, which boasts an array of paintings and sculptures from ancient Egypt up until the present day.

Visitors will start in The Painted Hall where four Dutch-master wall paintings will be re-created on marble tables in the centre of the room using delphiniums, peonies, tulips and tropical flowers including ginger lilies.

The riot of colours and floral scents is spread throughout the house: the Sculpture Gallery will be dressed entirely with red roses; the State Drawing Room, currently hosting a wartime exhibition, will be dressed in white flowers including amaryllus and white daisies suspended from silver birch trees; whilst in the Chapel, Damien Hirst’s sculpture ‘Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’ will be re-created in black anthuriums, calla lilies and blood-red amaranthus.

The Florabundance festival is included with a house and garden entry ticket but for visitors who are looking to get more hands-on, Jonathan Moseley will also be holding demonstrations and workshops in which he will share tips and advice about growing and arranging flowers at home.

Floral demonstrations: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May – Jonathan Moseley will reflect on how historical pictorial evidence gives us clues about flowers used in ceremonies and rituals from the art of the Ancient Egyptians, Greek and Romans. He will recreate the floral visions of masters including Van Gogh and Monet.

Floral workshop, flowers in art: Monday 12th May - Jonathan Moseley will guide you as you create two floral designs, one inspired by a classic Monet canvas and another by the famous Dutch flower paintings. He will teach several floral design techniques including textured floral embroidery to create a living floral canvas and contemporary techniques to construct a modern table design.

For more information and online booking, visit www.chatsworth.org


Jonathan Moseley works as a freelance floral designer, based in Derbyshire. The world of flowers is a passion for him and he employs his love of nature and his garden as a focus for many of his designs. His humorous and friendly approach make him one of the UK’s most popular demonstrators and he can currently be seen as one of the stars of the BBC’s show  ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’.

Beaulieu Hosts Popular Sculpture Exhibition For Fifth Year

Agent Provacateur - Maggie Butler
Sculptures created by some of the most talented amateur and professional sculptors from across the south of England will form one of the largest sculpture trails in the country from 23rd May until 20th August, featuring figurative, abstract, floral and animal pieces created by the members of the Surrey Sculpture Society.
Set within the picturesque grounds of the Beaulieu attraction, the exhibition begins at the entrance to the world famous National Motor Museum and draws visitors along its trail, through the Victorian Ornamental Kitchen and Flower Gardens and Abbey ruins to Palace House and tranquil waterside setting. Smaller sculptures will be displayed within Palace House, which is one of just ten designated Treasure Houses of England.


It will be the fifth year that Beaulieu will host this popular exhibition and also the 20th anniversary of the Surrey Sculpture Society, a well-established regional arts organisation with over 350 members, which has been featured on national radio and television.

Belgian Barge Horse - Carol Orwin
“The Surrey Sculpture Society is delighted to be invited back once again to Beaulieu.  It is such a prestigious location and Beaulieu’s beautiful gardens provide the perfect setting to showcase our artists' work. The exhibition will also form part of our society’s 20th anniversary celebrations,” commented Sue Cundell, Chairman of the Surrey Sculpture Society.

Commenting on the success of the Sculpture exhibition last year the Hon. Ralph Montagu said: “The artworks add an extra element to the attraction for the thousands of visitors coming to Beaulieu and has become a much anticipated annual summer feature.”

Baby Elephant - Gilbert Wyman

Sue Cundell continued: “The sculptures range from traditional to contemporary styles offering broad appeal to suit all tastes and budgets. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from smaller works to major pieces of sculpture and all pieces in the exhibition are for sale.”

The exhibition can be seen as part of a visit to the Beaulieu attraction, which is open from 10 am every day.


For further information telephone 01590 612345 or visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk.  For more information on the Surrey Sculpture Society visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Blenheim Palace Flower Show is set to bloom

The much-anticipated Blenheim Palace Flower Show is set to burst into bloom in June to celebrate the very best of gardening in the UK.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show


Thanks to the overwhelming success of its debut in 2013, the stunning show, which is organised by Aztec Events, will return to the grounds of the Oxfordshire stately home from 20-22 June 2014.

Packed with inspiration and vibrant colour, the sweet-smelling event will feature over 150 floral and garden exhibitors. Some of the UK's finest landscape designers such as Nicholsons, Green Art, Slate Grey and Prime Design will be displaying breath-taking outdoor spaces to showcase their exquisite design work.

Elsewhere the stunning 25,000 sq ft Grand Floral Pavilion, which forms the main centerpiece of the show, will play host to a selection of the UK's finest nurseries including D’Arcy Everest, Eagle Sweet Peas and Oska Copperfield Nurseries. It will also provide the perfect place to speak to the show’s growing crop of celebrity experts.
Monty Don


On hand to open the three-day show will be horticultural expert Monty Don. Best known for presenting the BBC television series Gardeners' World the writer and speaker will be welcoming and sharing his extensive gardening knowledge with visitors.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, June 21, presenter, author and gardener Joe Swift will be joined by ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter Frances Tophill in the Experts Theatre.

Joe will be talking about landscaping, garden design and home gardening while Frances will be encouraging people to get out into their gardens and to make the most of whatever space they have.

The ever-popular Ground Force television duo Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh are back in action on Sunday, June 22. Charlie will be entertaining visitors with expert advice on choosing and installing water features and Tommy will be sharing knowledge and tips on various garden building projects.
Charlie Dimmock


“No summer flower show could hope for a finer setting than Woodstock’s Blenheim Palace,” said Aztec Events director Matt Upson who, given the success of the 2013 show, expects to attract 40 thousand this year.

“Once again we’re expecting visitors of all ages from across the UK and not just keen gardeners. Our show is also popular with those passionate about food, local heritage and the great British outdoors as the elegant palace provides a stunning backdrop to rival those offered by the Chelsea and Hampton Court shows,” added Upson.

Built by Vanbrugh and now home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and his family, visitors to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show can also visit the beautiful surrounding landscaped parkland and gardens free of charge. The inspirational World Heritage Site, which was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out in its own right.

For more information or to book discounted advance tickets to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, visit: www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk. Tickets are priced from £12.50 adults and £6.50 for children at the gate. Concessions and family tickets are also available.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show


When: 20-22 June 2014
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Doors: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Parking: FREE

Dogs: Allowed on a lead (no dogs are permitted inside the Palace building)

Beaulieu Gears Up For Another Weekend Of Truckmania

Big Foot

Tug a truck!
Dalton's Rocky, Hangover and Avengers Trucks
On Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, Beaulieu will be super-sizing its offering to visitors with its popular, family-friendly event, Truckmania. This exciting show, which burst onto the scene last year and proved to be a resounding success, is now back for 2014 with even bigger displays and more trucking action.
Custom Trucks


In the picturesque surroundings of the Beaulieu parkland, trucks and lorries of all shapes, sizes and ages will be on display for visitors to get up close to. Vehicles on display will include eco-friendly lorries, themed and specially decorated trucks, plus many commercial and traditional models.

Visitors can vote for their favourite truck in the People’s Choice Award, with the owner of the winning truck receiving a Beaulieu trophy.

World-famous monster truck, BIGFOOT, will be leaving visitors open-mouthed during two mesmerising, action-packed displays each day, featuring power demonstrations, gravity-defying stunts and car-crushing.

A special feature for 2014, the Transformer truck, Optimus Prime, will be appearing at the event. Do not miss seeing this superhero of the truck and film world in all his full-scale, real-life glory.

In the Grand Marquee, an even larger Mini Truck World will be whirring into action with a wide range of remote controlled model trucks. From a construction site to a road network, these RC trucks will recreate everything that full-size trucks do on a daily basis.

TV trucking personality, Mark Dixon, will again be joining the action on both days, talking with event commentator, Kevin Harris, sharing his knowledge of trucks and saying hello to visitors.

Always fun for both participants and spectators alike, the Truck Agility Test sees truck drivers manoeuvring their cab around a number of awkward obstacles, with a Beaulieu Trophy awarded each day to the most skilled driver.

Enjoy free rides on the traditional fairground dodgems and test your strength in the ‘Beaulieu Truck Pull’. Both individual and team participants are welcome, with all those taking part receiving a very special medal.

Truckmania can be enjoyed as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction. See the National Motor Museum and its two brand new displays for 2014. For Britain & For The Hell Of It features iconic Land Speed Record cars and celebrates the history of British Land Speed Record breaking with a stirring audio-visual presentation. The Motorcycle Story takes you on a journey through motorcycling history, featuring motorcycles and memorabilia covering a wide range of racing disciplines, road safety and British youth culture of the 1950s and 60s.

Visit World of Top Gear, displaying actual vehicles used in the popular BBC television motoring show, On Screen Cars with genuine vehicles from TV and film, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and the gardens.

Beaulieu attraction admission tickets are available to buy on arrival on the day of your visit, or in advance online from www.beaulieushop.co.uk at a special web discount rate.

Free parking is available to visitors in the attraction car parks with the event opening each day from 10am – 6pm.

If you have a truck which you would like to bring along to Truckmania, or if you would like to have a trade stand at the event, please download an entry form from http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events/truckmania or contact the Events Team, by email at events@beaulieu.co.uk or by telephone on 01590 614614.

For more information about Truckmania, please visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk or join @Beaulieu_Hants on Twitter, using #truckmania.