February 5, 2020

Get behind the scenes of the emergency services at Beaulieu’s brand new Blue Light Day on Sunday April 26th and see fully kitted-out fire engines and ambulances, as well as the vehicles of the police, Coastguard, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and other vital services.

Meet the crews who drive and ride in the fast response vehicles and learn about their incredible work. Be impressed by a line-up of larger-than-life fire engines of all ages, spanning from the mighty machines in service today, right the way back to a preserved 1965 Morris FG40 fire engine at the show in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Sit in a police car and talk with officers about their front-line duties. Then for a nostalgic blast from the past, see a selection of historic police cars from the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group – can you remember seeing these distinctive motors with their ‘blues and twos’ on the beat?

Clamber inside the fully kitted-out ambulances used by the Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service, then see their vintage counterparts in the impressive display. You may even be lucky enough to spot a 1950s Green Goddess fire engine or maybe a 1960s police ‘panda’ car.

Teams from Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and HM Coastguard will be talking to show-goers about their rescues and showcasing vital equipment. New Forest Verderers and Agisters will bring a New Forest pony and chat to visitors about their important work to protect the forest, while Hampshire Fire Dogs will be accompanied by canine colleagues.

Become a big kid for the day and enjoy all of the feature displays. The action-packed event takes place on National Drive It Day, as historic vehicles take to the road up and down the country – so why not make Beaulieu your destination.

Blue Light Card holders (for members of the emergency services, NHS and Armed Forces) can claim a 30% discount on their on-the-day ticket to Beaulieu both for the event and visits throughout 2020. Just show your card on the day of the event to apply for the discount.

Blue Light Day will run from 10am – 4pm and tickets are available in advance online, as well as on the day. Tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the Secret Army exhibition, Montagu ancestral home of Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens. Also open from March 15th is the adventurous new play area Little Beaulieu, for family fun all together.