Little Beaulieu will be open to the public from tomorrow Sunday 15th March. A ‘must’ for Dorset families.
Little Beaulieu’s official launch was today and we were lucky enough to be invited to this grand opening, amongst local celebrities, bloggers and cool people we wouldn’t normally get to socialise with.
We’ve written a full personal review so you know what to expect on your next visit.
What is Little Beaulieu?
Little Beaulieu is a brand new and very impressive play area at Beaulieu, Home to National Motor Museum, at the heart of the New Forest. Costing a whopping £½m, it was inspired by Lord Montagu’s ancestral home of Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.
There are smaller sections, which appeal to children of all ages. A magical wooden palace with secret passageways and a lookout tower! A toddler area with a sandpit, and a wooden playbus, amongst others.
How much does it cost?
Access to the play area is included in your ticket, alongside other attractions at Beaulieu.
What’s special about it?
We were very impressed by Little Beaulieu. I only took my 4-yo Mini Mumbler, without her older brother, and I wondered if she would have a good time without him. But the play area has been designed with intricate challenges, secret passageways, hidden tunnels, and many little details that capture children’s curiosity and keep them busy. We stayed in the play area – only – for over two hours and she didn’t want to leave. Even the most active kids won’t be able to resist the maze room or having a go on the slides, climbing walls or the fireman’s pole.
The ramps on the main playhouse are wide enough to fit a wheelchair, making it ideal for kids with additional needs.
But what I liked the most is that everything is in one place. There are toilet facilities and a coffee shop inside the play area so mums don’t have to drag the entire family out every time somebody decides they need a wee (speaking from my own experience).
What ages is it suitable for?.
There’s something for every age, from toddlers to older kids.
I hope you find this review useful. Please get in touch here if there’s anything else you’d like to know.
Disclaimer: Although we were invited to Little Beaulieu’s opening, all the opinions in this blog are genuine. I have NOT been paid or endorsed in any way to express anything other than my honest views (though I did love the little scones with cream… but even then!)