New reasons to visit Buckler’s Hard for spring and Easter

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New reasons to visit Buckler’s Hard for spring and Easter ©Beaulieu Enterprises ltd.

From the season’s first River Cruises to a free art exhibition and fun with the Buzztastic Bee-Balancing Blundershow at Family Conservation Awareness Day, here are new reasons to visit Buckler’s Hard this spring and Easter.

  • First River Cruise of the season.

Are you looking forward to getting back on the water? Feel the breeze in your hair and explore an unspoilt New Forest haven as the River Cruise starts on Good Friday and runs for the rest of the season. The family will love looking for wildlife and hearing fascinating tales about Buckler’s Hard and the Beaulieu River.

River cruises run daily from March 29 and sail from the jetty at the bottom of Buckler’s Hard High Street from 11 am – 4.30 pm. Tickets can be bought on board. For details and prices, visit

  • The Art of Buckler’s Hard Exhibition.

A free art exhibition inspired by Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year semi-finalists’ paintings of Buckler’s Hard and artworks from the Montagu family collection is now open in the maritime village. See the semi-finalists’ original paintings, watercolours, oil paintings, sketchbooks, textiles and other works of art from the Montagu archives. The Art of Buckler’s Hard can be seen in the Shipyard Office on the High Street from now until November 3.

  • Enter an art competition.

If you are a budding Picasso, Monet or Rembrandt – or enjoy capturing the beauty of Buckler’s Hard – this is the competition for you!

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To celebrate the opening of The Art of Buckler’s Hard exhibition, amateur and professional artists are being invited to enter their artworks – and chosen entries will be put on display.  Capture the natural charm of picturesque Buckler’s Hard and its maritime past as the place where ships were built for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar. Then, enter your drawing, painting, print, sculpture, ceramic, or textile under the theme of ‘Sailing by’, ‘Where time flows differently’, or ‘Step back in history’ to win awards and prizes. For more details, see

  • Join the first Easter egg hunt.

Come for the egg-stra special first Buckler’s Hard Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday from 11.30 am. They will help with clues as you explore the village for large eggs, then collect your prize from Henry’s pub at the Master Builder’s House from a special Easter guest 🐰

Pic by Samantha Cook Photography 160814. Bucklers Hard, ©Beaulieu Enterprises ltd.

Book your free place on the hunt here: What’s on | Master Builder’s ( Park at Buckler’s Hard car park, head down the village to Henry’s to get your hunt card, then get hunting…!

  • The Great British Dog Walk.

Dogs are welcome on a lead at Buckler’s Hard—even inside the museum! So they proudly host The Great British Dog Walk on Saturday, 13th April. The charity dog walk raises money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and you can walk the shorter 4km or longer 7.5km route. Park at Buckler’s Hard car park, then register from 10 am to 11 am to start. For details and tickets, which include a free dog bandana, visit

  • Visit the new pub, Henry’s.

Spring is the perfect time to get out and about, and Henry’s is the new pub to visit at the Master Builder’s House. It was named after the 18th-century shipbuilder Henry Adams, who once lived there. Try their new menu for the best local seasonal produce, Sunday roasts and daily specials.

  • Re-opened riverside walk.

Now is the ideal time of year for a riverside walk, so choose from two walking loops with stunning views across the Beaulieu River. There is even a bird hide at Keeping Marsh to spot wildlife. To keep nesting birds safe, they ask that you keep dogs on a lead, and there are boxes to borrow a lead from at either end of the walk between Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu. Download the route, then spot landmarks along the way. For more details, visit and see the preview:

  • Family Conservation Awareness Day – with the Buzztastic bee show.

Discover how you can help protect the environment while enjoying fun activities and informative displays at Family Conservation Awareness Day on Sunday, 12th May, from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Entry is free.

Meet and chat with local conservation groups as experts from the RSPB, New Forest National Park, the Countryside Restoration Trust, Natural England, Forestry England, and British Divers Marine Life Rescue gather for the Buckler’s Hard event.

You may have heard of a flea circus, but what about a bee circus? The Buzztastic Bee-Balancing Blundershow brings Dr Albinele and his travelling hive to the event. Learn the waggle dance, join in with sticky ball pollination and watch out for the exterminator while you learn how important bees are!

Face painting is not just for children; a sustainability trail leads around Buckler’s Hard Apple Orchard, and New Forest Marque members share some of their produce.

Visits to Buckler’s Hard

Entry to Buckler’s Hard is free, with free access to exhibitions The Art of Buckler’s Hard and HMS Agamemnon – Navigating the Legend, as well as the original Shipwright’s Cottage and St Mary’s Chapel.

With an admission ticket to Buckler’s Hard Museum, you can discover more about Buckler’s Hard’s maritime past and follow residents’ stories in the village life exhibition.

Buckler’s Hard is also a great place to meet with family and friends. Drop anchor for brunch, lunch or a delicious cream tea at The Captain’s Table before exploring the rest of the village.

Buckler’s Hard, in the heart of the New Forest, is accessible by foot, car, motorbike – or boat! For more details, see or call 01590 616203.



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