Beaulieu Gives Budding Inventors Some Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Hands-on half-term at Beaulieu gives budding inventors some Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Become an inventor for a Hands-on half-term at Beaulieu, get inspired by the wonderful machines from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and take part in activities to make your own creations from February 16th-24th.

In the National Motor Museum follow in the footsteps of Chitty’s on-screen creator Caractacus Potts and build your own balloon car. Colour in and customise your car before racing – how fast can yours go?

Discover the film’s amazingly inventive machines of Rowland Emett as they whir into life in the recreated Coggins’ Garage – including the Humbug Major Sweet Machine, Clockwork Lullabye, Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.

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Chitty in Coggins garage
Inside Coggins’ Garage. The opening of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Don’t miss the rest of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years exhibition with the fantasmagorical original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious and the original Child Catcher carriage. Dress up for a selfie in the replica Grandpa Potts’ hut, see Sally Anne Howes’ life-size music box doll dress and the actual Spy Phone prop used in the film.

All of the February half-term activities are included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles from throughout motoring history, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. For tickets or more information see or call 01590 612345.

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