Destination UK

Review: A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu

Posted on
December 18, 2023

This weekend we were invited along to Beaulieu to see an open air performance of A Christmas Carol, set against the stunning backdrop of Beaulieu Abbey.

Featuring a world-class cast of West End actors, this immersive journey through the Abbey ruins retells the heart-warming story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a wealthy but bitter businessman who prioritises his wealth over relationships and kindness.

The play is brilliantly done, with live music, song, dramatic lighting and great story telling, all done whilst moving around the Abbey ruins, which really adds to the drama of the story.


We saw the early performance at 2.30pm, but I can imagine it being more atmospheric in the dark during the 4pm or 5.30pm ones.

If you plan of seeing A Christmas Carol, I would recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand, to get your mulled cider and mince pie before the show starts.

As this is an outdoor standing performance, you will be on your feet for an hour and walking between locations, I would also recommend that you wrap up warm and wear appropriate comfortable outdoor shoes/boots.

These performances are separately charged, and do not include entry to the Beaulieu visitor attraction. The family ticket costs £68 and covers four people in total: 2 adults and 2 children up to the age of 16.

A Christmas Carol has three shows per day and runs until 24th December.

We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it had added significance for us as both Eliza and Isaac are studying the text at school. Sebby (10), doesn’t normally like plays but he enjoyed it as he was moving and getting to follow the actors around.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Beaulieu for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own


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