Sunday 2 December 2018

Lord Montagu to start VW Santa Run to hospital

Lord Montagu will be waving off a festive convoy of over 100 VWs today, Sunday 2nd December as they set off from Beaulieu to deliver Christmas presents to youngsters at the Piam Brown unit at Southampton General Hospital.

Scores of brightly coloured VW campers and cars will start their journey as Lord Montagu waves the chequered flag to start the New Forest VW Santa Run in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Laden with gifts from kind donations, drivers will be accompanied by motorcycle outriders as they head to the unit for children and teenagers with cancer and haematological disorders. In the fifth annual charity run convoy, they will take presents for youngsters as well as the hospital doctors and nurses.

Event organiser Phil Ashby said: 
“We are very excited about this year’s Santa Run and really looking forward to another great day. With increasing numbers each year, we are expecting at least as many VWs as last year and, as always, the decorations get more creative every year.”

VW drivers will get into the Christmas spirit by decorating their vehicles and themselves in festive attire, with Lord Montagu presenting prizes to the best-dressed van and best-dressed family. Look out for Rudolf, elves and even Father Christmas!

Beaulieu will continue its festive celebration as its first Christmas at Beaulieu light trail transforms the grounds of the attraction until December 24th. Explore the Fire Garden Cloister, then walk through a Tunnel of Light festooned by a canopy of over 100,000 twinkling pea-lights on the one-mile trail. 

See the dancing lights on the walls of Palace House, follow a path of giant icicle shards, enter the Meadow of Light with thousands of fibre optics and listen to the ‘singing’ tree finale. Catch a glimpse of Father Christmas and his elves on the veteran bus and enjoy traditional fairground rides, with marshmallows roasted on a fire pit. For tickets and details see

From December 22nd to January 6th Beaulieu’s daytime visitors can enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas in Palace House, joining the Montagu family, played by costumed actors, as they rehearse the pantomime Aladdin and prepare for Christmas and New Year festivities in 1889. 

Feel the warm glow of carols and punch by a roaring log fire, see traditional decorations and towering Christmas trees in every room, then talk to Lord Montagu’s cook and her kitchen maid as they prepare for Christmas Day lunch. 

For more information see or call 01590 612345.

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