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See history come to life!

From historical re-enactments to visits from famous vessels... There are lots of exciting events taking place at Buckler's Hard this year.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic and our temporary closure, some of our events planned for 2020 are now cancelled. We are sorry for any disappointment and hope to welcome you back to Buckler’s Hard later in the year.


A father and daughter learn to tie a bowline

EASTER HOLIDAYS: Cancelled

4 - 19 APRIL 2020

Step back in time this Easter... Follow the fun family quiz trail around the village and explore the Maritime Museum to learn about 18th century history. Plus visit over the Easter Weekend to take part in the Spot the Duck competition!

 


Southampton University archaeology student at work

Shipwrightry Weekend: Cancelled

23 - 25 May 2020

Watch as shipwrightry students learn traditional woodworking techniques. Be transported back in time by the smell of sawdust and the sound of sawing as they transform oak timbers from the Beaulieu Estate.


Activities for children at Buckler's Hard

May half term: CANCELLED

23 - 31 May 2020

Join us throughout May half-term to step back in time... Join characters from the past on daily living history tours and follow the family quiz trail around the village.


Activities for children at Buckler's Hard

Summer Holidays

18 July - 30 August 2020

Join costumed characters on daily living history tours to discover what life was like in this 18th century shipbuilding village. Plus follow the fun family quiz trail.

Stay tuned for more details.


Car rally at Buckler's Hard

Car Rally Langton Green

19 July 2020

We'll be welcoming a car rally from Langton Green to Buckler's Hard on Sunday 19th July. If you're visiting you may be lucky enough to see their vehicles parked up on the village high street (subject to ground conditions).


Art by the River on the banks of the Beaulieu River

Art by the River: cancelled

1 - 2 August 2020

Join us to celebrate the history of art and crafts from across the New Forest, from lesser known traditional crafts such as knotting and peg dollies, to contemporary jewellery makers and ceramicists.

Plus visitors will be able to admire a gathering of wooden boats from the Beaulieu River Wooden Boat Association.

 


Wooden Boat Weekend - Peter Hetherington Photo by Peter Hetherington

Wooden Boat Weekend

1 - 2 AUGUST 2020

In conjunction with our Art by the River weekend event, visitors will also be able to admire an informal gathering of wooden boats from the Beaulieu River Wooden Boat Association.

Find out more


Soldiers & Skirmishes - New France & Old England

Soldiers & Skirmishes: 18th Century Weekend

22 - 23 August 2020

Boom! Join us for an action-packed weekend as costumed re-enactors recreate skirmishes of the Seven Years War, a global conflict which involved Buckler's Hard-built ship HMS Kennington.

Find out more


HMS Medusa at Buckler's Hard

HMS Medusa Open Day

5 - 6 September 2020

Step aboard harbour defence motor launch HMS Medusa, which helped to clear the way to Omaha Beach for D-Day and has more recently starred in Kenneth Branagh's Dunkirk movie.

Voluntary donations to The Medusa Trust will be gratefully received.


Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce rally

17 October 2020

We'll be welcoming a Rolls Royce rally to Buckler's Hard on Saturday 17th October. If you're visiting you may be lucky enough to see their vehicles parked up on the village high street (subject to ground conditions).


Activities for children at Buckler's Hard - tying a bowline in the Maritime Museum

October half-term

24 October - 1 November 2020

Step back in time with daily living history tours and explore the village on the fun family trail.

Stay tuned for more details.


Regular Visitor? Save with an annual pass

Holders of the Buckler's Hard Annual Pass can enjoy unlimited access to the village, chapel, Shipwright's Cottage, Maritime Museum and The Buckler's Hard Story during normal opening hours.

Find out more


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