(Photographs courtesy National Motor Museum, Beaulieu).
Beaulieu’s landmark 50th International Autojumble has won a second top tourism award by winning the Best Event/Exhibition category in the UK Heritage Awards.
A panel of tourism industry experts picked the internationally-acclaimed International Autojumble as a shining example of a heritage-themed event, offering the best visitor experience and celebrating history.
Held by leading heritage, tourism and destination marketing company Visit Heritage, Hudson’s best-selling heritage guide and independent hotel guide Signpost, the awards recognised industry tourism leaders in 13 categories including the finest historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites, as well as the best places to stay. The highly prized trophy was presented to Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox, at a presentation ceremony at Goldsmith’s Hall in London on March 6th.
Beaulieu’s 50th International Autojumble, which celebrated its half century with a special gold themed event, also recently won the top gold accolade in Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards.
Beaulieu Events Manager Judith Maddox said: “We are thrilled to have won not only one but two top tourism awards for one of Beaulieu’s biggest, most popular and longest running events. We are particularly delighted that it has been recognised in its landmark 50th year, especially as it brings so much enjoyment to motoring enthusiasts and promotes automotive heritage across the world.”
The International Autojumble, which is held in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, is the largest autojumble this side of the Atlantic and attracts visitors from across Europe and beyond. More than 36,000 visitors turned out for last year’s landmark event to scour the 2,378 stands which are crammed with motoring treasures and elusive spare parts for restoration projects and to keep classic cars on the road. The event created a local economic benefit of £3m to the New Forest and surrounding area.
The anniversary event invited exhibitors to join in with a special gold theme and a trophy was awarded to the best gold stand, which was topped with a ‘birthday cake’ which could be seen across the Beaulieu events fields. A special display of vehicles showed what can be achieved with parts bought at the autojumble and loyal exhibitors and visitors recorded five decades of memories in a commemorative booklet.
Beaulieu’s 2018 International Autojumble will be held on the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.
Prior to that, over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, will be held the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble – always on a slightly smaller scale than the International Autojumble that takes place each September, but still with thousands of stalls, plus many classics for sale, and again this year, on the Sunday only, including the ‘Land Rover Rummage’.
For the latest information on these ever-popular diary dates, and for the full Beaulieu events calendar, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/.