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Shakespeare Themed Summer of Family Fun at Beaulieu

Beaulieu is celebrating a Shakespeare-themed summer of family fun to bring history to life with the sights and sounds of the past.

Discover Beaulieu’s connection to Shakespeare with a range of special activities to join the 2016 anniversary events marking 400 years since the death of the world’s most famous playwright.

Montagu ancestor Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton, was Shakespeare’s only acknowledged patron and the Bard dedicated two of his poems to the Earl. To tell the Beaulieu story, Shakespearean courtiers will perform Living History conversations at Beaulieu Abbey and its Domus, where Shakespeare may have first staged one of his plays.

Falconry demonstrations will be held in the Cloister of the 13th century abbey, where specially designed new panels will also tell Beaulieu’s Shakespeare story. Guided walks of the abbey will be led by Beaulieu’s living history monks, Brother William and Brother Peter.

Families can follow the new Shakespeare-themed summer trail with questions to lead them around the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, the gardens and grounds. Just pick up a copy when you buy your entrance ticket at Beaulieu’s Visitor Reception.

Throughout the summer, veteran and vintage vehicles will also be driven around the grounds by chauffeurs in period costumes. Why not take a closer look at the popular Austin Clifton 12/4 and eye-catching 1904 De Dion and talk to the drivers?

Spot the rider of the Penny Farthing in the grounds. Then enjoy singing and music in the Lower Drawing Room in Palace House, which Shakespeare may have visited when it was the Earl of Southampton’s hunting lodge. There will be more summer fun and games outside on the lawns of Palace House.

The Surrey Sculpture Society trail featuring 60 stunning sculptures in Palace House and throughout the grounds of the attraction will continue until August 11th. Sculptures range from beautiful, contemporary leaded glass to more traditional styles, to suit all tastes and budgets.

A great value ticket to Beaulieu includes entrance to all of the attraction. Don’t miss the National Motor Museum’s new Driving Change display, which explores motoring innovations, technology and safety throughout history and makes motoring predictions for the future.

Visit Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and stroll around the beautifully kept gardens and grounds. At the Secret Army Exhibition learn about the training of special agents at Beaulieu during World War II.

In the World of Top Gear, see some of the machines built for the challenges on the TV motoring show. In On Screen Cars see TV and film favourites including the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mr Bean’s lime green Mini and Wallace and Gromit’s Anti-Pesto Van.

All summer activities are included in the standard Beaulieu admission price.

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