This October half-term, from 24th October – 1st November, the village of Buckler’s Hard will come alive as Living History characters take on the roles of residents who lived and worked in the village during the 18th century….reports Asian Lite News

Shipwright's Cottage at Buckler’s Hard
Shipwright’s Cottage at Buckler’s Hard

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard. The exciting Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story gives an insight into the history of this 18th century shipbuilding village focusing on its vessels including those built for Nelson’s Navy.

Buckler’s Hard has been voted by Visit England as one of the ‘101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad’. Located in the New Forest within easy reach of the popular tourist destinations of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester

Meet Arabella Burlace, the Shipwright’s wife and Mary and Ann, the wives of Master Shipwrights, Edward and Balthazar Adams. Join their daily tours to learn what life would have been like in this thriving shipbuilding village in their days.

Maritime Museum at Buckler’s Hard
Maritime Museum at Buckler’s Hard

Visit historic displays in the labourer’s and shipwright’s cottages to see how homes would have looked in the early 1800s and in the New Inn, you can hear residents from the time gossiping about local matters. Explore the Maritime Museum to learn the history of this unique village and the ships that were built here, including some that took part in the Battle of Trafalgar!

Make sure you take a moment to admire the replica 18th century shipwright’s workshop at the bottom of the village street before strolling along the Woodland Walk to learn how local timber was used to build ships in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on one of the last River Cruises of the season. This tranquil 30 minute journey wends its way along the Beaulieu River with an accompanying commentary revealing the river’s history and the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks.

End your visit with a cream tea in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms and maybe some early Christmas shopping with lots of nautical themed gifts and homeware, children’s toys and festive food on offer in the attraction’s gift shops.

Village - Buckler’s Hard
Village – Buckler’s Hard




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