If you happen to be celebrating Easter in the UK this coming weekend, don’t miss the chance to visit the UK's National Motor Museum and enjoy a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme to celebrate the arrival of a new Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland topiary display.
Located in the picture-perfect village of Beaulieu, in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, UK, the National Motor Museum is home to more than 250 antique vehicles including cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia. It was founded by Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu and features numerous additional attractions, such as a vast playground, restaurant and part of Beaulieu’s Palace House.
Visitors can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the topiary characters and see them sat around their "thyme for tea" herb-planted table by taking a high-level monorail. Next, guests can experience a tea party at the Brabazon Restaurant that will feature specially crafted menus like White Rabbit biscuits, Cheshire Cat cupcakes and Marshmallow Caterpillars.
For more fun, families can follow the Beaulieu Easter Trail of hares, which will be hidden across the entire attraction, to claim a sweet treat at Palace House after they complete the quiz sheet. Other attractions include face painting at Palace House, a game of giant chess and an Alice-style croquet game out on the lawns.
Veteran cars will also be seen driving through the parkland, guarantees to give visitors a sense of nostalgia. Meanwhile, the National Motor Museum's new interactive display "Driving Change" will explore motoring innovations and technologies.
All Easter activities are included in the standard Beaulieu admission price, which also includes entry to the National Motor Museum, the World of Top Gear, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. Tickets can be bought in advance online at www.beaulieu.co.uk.
Fun Trivia: It’s a little-known fact that Alice Liddell, the real "Alice" in Lewis Carroll’s popular book, once visited Palace House herself for a tea party to celebrate the coming of age of John Douglas-Scott-Montagu in 1887.
Photo courtesy: UK National Motor Museum