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Events in the New Forest

Watching New Forest Deer, one of several regular events in the New Forest We have listed just some of the forth coming events in the New Forest National Park and surrounding area, so you can easily discover "what's on" in the New Forest over the coming months. If you would like your event in the New Forest added to this page free, please e-mail us on enquiries@explorethenewforest.co.uk we cannot guarantee all events will be added, but will do our best. Disclaimer. All the information below has been entered in good faith and we are not responsible for any errors-omissions or cancellations that may occur.

2017

Date Location Event Details Contact
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Saturdays Lymington Market Street market every Saturday from 8am till 4pm  
Sundays
- November
Lymington Car Boot Sales New Forest Carboot Sale will continue every Sunday until November. Opening times are from 6am to 1pm (weather permitting) Entrance fees for buyers are 25p per adult and kids go free. Entrance fee for sellers are £5 per car and £6 per van. Strawberry Field, Boldre SO41 8PT (A337) (between Brockenhurst and Lymington).
Contact us on 02380813655
Sundays New Forest Walking Picnic Nigel and Christine invite you to come and explore the New Forest with Walking Picnics. They will lead you on a guided nature walk through the forest, pointing out the amazing wildlife and history of the place, then we will finish with a home-produced gourmet picnic. (April - September) Walking Picnics
Mondays Christchurch Market Street Market in the High Street (closed to traffic)  
Tuesdays Hythe Market Hythe Street Market 8.30am-3pm St. John's Street Car Park with more than 30 stalls Information Gary Brown 07850 399781
Tuesdays New Forest Walking Picnic Nigel and Christine invite you to come and explore the New Forest with Walking Picnics. They will lead you on a guided nature walk through the forest, pointing out the amazing wildlife and history of the place, then we will finish with a home-produced gourmet picnic. (April - September) Walking Picnics
Wednesdays Ringwood Market Street Market in the High Street  
Wednesdays New Milton Market Street Market in Station Road  
Wednesdays Ashurst Live Jazz and Gin

Every Wednesday evening between 8-10 we have live jazz and any two gin & tonics from our gin list for £10

The New Forest, (pub) Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, SO40 7AA Tel: 02380 292721
Tue, Wed, or Thursdays Bashley Olde Time Music Hall Current alternating shows are ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ a tribute to Morecambe & Wise, Magic of the musical halls and The Good Olde Days Music Hall.
Nov to Dec will be Christmas Spectacula
Show and Cream Tea £14.50, 2 course roast lunch £7.00
Booking essential Tel: 01425 612830
Venue: Hoburne Bashley Holiday Centre, Sway Rd, Bashley.
Wednesday
(last Wednesday of the month)
Colbury
New Forest Militaria Fair
New Forest Militaria Fair, Colbury Church Rooms Deerleap Lane Colbury SO40 7EH 7.00-9.30 p.m. Cost £1 entry or £6 per table (to be booked in advance) Contact: Dave Curtis Mob: 07903 600 865 Email: david.curtis13@ntlworld.com
Fridays New Milton Live Music Every Friday night at the Old Barn Restaurant in New Milton, is a live Band. Come along and have an enjoyable evening out. Old Barn, New Milton, BH25 6SJ. Telephone 01425 678800
May - September
Lymington
Guided Walks

Three words give you the history of Lymington in a nutshell – Smuggling, Salt and Sailing. If you would like to know more then simply join us and let our guides take you on a fascinating walk through the town and it’s history.

Visit Web site for dates and locations
Various Dates New Milton Exhibitions, Shows, Films and classes A variety of different exhibitions, films, classes and artists hosted by Forest Arts Centre in New Milton. More details and bookings
Various Dates Beaulieu Forest Walks New Forest Activities will be running a vareity of themed walks and tours in the New Forest area with experienced and knowledgable guides. More details from New Forest Activities
22nd July – 1st September Beaulieu Living History – Summer Holiday Activities

‘Join us for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer from 22 July – 1 September. Transport yourself back to the middle ages and meet Brother Peter in the Beaulieu Abbey! It’s a great opportunity to witness amazing historic traditions with falconry demonstrations. Discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music in the stunning Palace House. See veteran and vintage cars driving around the grounds with their occupants dressed in period costumes. All of these living history inspired activities are included in your general admission ticket, which includes The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and World of Top Gear.’

More details - at Beaulieu,
New Forest, SO42 7ZN 10-6pm daily.
31st July to 5th August Hythe Waterside Art Group Annual Exhibition. 

Original paintings, artists cards, craft stall, raffle for original painting by a professional artist, 2018 calendar of original paintings of Hythe and Waterside by members.

10am to 4pm.  Hythe and Waterside Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe, Hants, SO456DU. 
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1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th and 31st August Lyndhurst Family Discovery Days Learn about the New Forest and have fun with family friendly activities. No need to book - just drop in between 10 and 4pm. £1 per craft activity - museum is free. More Details: New Forest Centre
4th August Beaulieu Woodland Adventure day Family Woodland Adventure day is a wonderful way to experience varied activities based on the Beaulieu Estate. During the morning you’ll get a taste of bush craft with a chance to light a fire and build a woodland shelter before testing your aim with a bow with some Archery. In the afternoon you’ll explore some of our woodland Low Ropes Challenges before taking to the trees for your High Ropes Adventure. Bushcraft | Archery | Woodland Low Ropes Challenges | High Ropes Adventure Price: Adults – £40, Children (under 16’s) – £30, Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £120 0 More details
5th August Beaulieu Countryside on Show

The Countryside Education Trust and the New Forest Tractor and Engine Club are holiding their annual "Countryside On Show" at Home Farm,Beaulieu. Main attractions include the Solent Dog Display Team and fun dog show in the main arena, Vintage vehicles and displays, a Craft Marquee and stalls,plus Shaun the sheep and sheep handling display,plus all the usual animal attractions plus much more. Free entry and parking.

More details
5th August Avon Tyrell Summer Campout Join us for the night on our Family Summer Campout! Pitch your tent and join us for an afternoon of competitive challenges and games before toasting marshmallows around the fire with stories from our camp guides. Spend time together under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors with fun activities and outdoor adventure for the whole family. More details
5th & 6th August Beaulieu Beaulieu Supercar Weekend:

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th August 2017 - See some of the world’s most prestigious supercars including special displays and a demo run.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieusupercar.co.uk

6th August Avon Tyrell, Bransgore Garden Pool Party Bring your friends and swimming gear and kick off your Summer at our Garden Pool Party. Music, field games and watersports in the outdoor pool will guarantee you make a big splash! Got a water pistol? Bring it along and join in our water fight. Come on, jump on in and make this Summer count! Fancy making a night of it? Why not pitch a tent and Camp under the stars? Or tag this on to our Summer Campout! More details
9th and 22nd August Beaulieu Adventure Day for Kids Stuck with how to entertain the kids at holiday time? Send them on a Holiday Activity & Adventure Day! They will meet new friends, learn new skills, and have fun in the New Forest with Archery, Ropes Courses and Bushcraft skills. Their full day of adventure comes with peace of mind for you, knowing they are in the safe hands of our well-trained team. £40 per Child Book 2 or more £35 per Child 09/08/17 22/08/17 More details
11th - 13th August Beaulieu VW T Fest:

VW Transporter owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu for VW T Fest!

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/vw-t-fest/

13th August Beaulieu Woodland Adventure day Family Woodland Adventure day is a wonderful way to experience varied activities based on the Beaulieu Estate. During the morning you’ll get a taste of bush craft with a chance to light a fire and build a woodland shelter before testing your aim with a bow with some Archery. In the afternoon you’ll explore some of our woodland Low Ropes Challenges before taking to the trees for your High Ropes Adventure. Bushcraft | Archery | Woodland Low Ropes Challenges | High Ropes Adventure Price: Adults – £40, Children (under 16’s) – £30, Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £120 More details
19th - 20th August Brockenhurst Forest Fayre The New Forest Fayre is a fantastic event for all the family in aid of the Air Ambulance. Adjacent to the new forest show ground New Park Brockenhurst so42 7qh 
19th - 20th August Milford on Sea Art on the Green Come and meet Members of the Lymington Arts Group when they exhibit for sale their paintings and crafts at their Art on the Green Exhibition at Milford on Sea the weekend of 19/20 August. Open daily from 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is free and access is suitable for disabled. Sponsored by Balmer Lawn Garages.  
19th - 28th August Lymington Art Sale & Exhibition

A group of three creative Artists whose aim is to produce an exciting variety of work in a wide range of media such as acrylic, pastel, collage, Batik and mosaic. Open daily 10a.m. - 5p.m. 132 High Street, Lymington, SO419AQ (between chip shop and Indian restaurant, tucked up small road, hall next to Catholic Church) Refreshments available and nearby public car parks

 
19th - 28th August Hythe Hampshire Open Studios Hampshire Open Studios by Peter and Mary York at 16 Atheling Road, Hythe, SO45 6BR. 19th to 28th August 11am to 5pm except Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Closed Wednesday 23rd August. Original watercolour and mixed media paintings, cards, woodturning. Teas in beautiful garden.  
19th - 28th August Sway Hampshire Open Studies As part of Hampshire Open Studios I am opening to visitors from 19th - 28th August 11am to 4pm daily (except 22nd and 23rd ) Handmade bespoke ceramics made in Sway, inspired by the flora and fauna of the new forest and the south coast visit my studio for a beautiful and varied display of my work. Sculptured birds, sea urchins, mugs, jugs, bowls and more... Venue 36, Just SO Studio, 17 Stanford Rise, Sway SO41 6DW Contact me on justsostudio@gmail.com or
19th - 28th August Milford Open Studio event. Joyce Grainger, Mary Williams, Christine Calder, Janet Wheat and Barbara Jones are exhibiting their artwork which covers a range of styles and media. Tea and cake served in aid of charity. Parking available. Wheelchair access. All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close, Milford on Sea, SO41 0SQ.
22nd - 26th August Lyndhurst Village Artists A group of 7 friends will be exhibiting for sale their paintings at the Lyndhurst Community Centre, in the Central Car Park, Lyndhurst from 22 to 26 August. There will be a wide variety of work and on most days an artist painting Open daily from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm with refreshments available. Contributions to charity. Admission is free and access suitable for disabled.  
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3rd - 4th September Beaulieu Beaulieu International Auto jumble

The largest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic!

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.internationalautojumble.co.u

9th September Romsey Romsey Show The Romsey Show, one of the oldest and largest one day shows in England, where town and country meet on the second Saturday in September every year. More details
15th September Lyndhurst An Audience with Simon King
7.30pm
(Doors open 7pm)
Join naturalist, author and TV broadcaster Simon King OBE for a talk (with Q&A session) at Lyndhurst Community Centre and help raise funds for the New Forest Centre.
Sponsored by NFU Mutual.
TICKETS £15 (£12 MEMBERS)
BOOKING REQUIRED
More Details: New Forest Centre
24th September Avon Tyrell Garden Pool Party Bring your friends and swimming gear and kick off your Summer at our Garden Pool Party. Music, field games and watersports in the outdoor pool will guarantee you make a big splash! Got a water pistol? Bring it along and join in our water fight. Come on, jump on in and make this Summer count! Fancy making a night of it? Why not pitch a tent and Camp under the stars? Or tag this on to our Summer Campout! More details
30th September Lyndhurst Weaving Trees
10.15 - 11.45am, ages 5 - 10
1 -2.30pm, ages 11 - 16
Come along and make your own tree of life by weaving different colours and textures onto a willow ring. (Adult accompaniment needed.)
£7 PER CHILD PER SESSION
BOOKING REQUIRED
More Details: New Forest Centre
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21st October Lymington Coastal Comedy Show / Come and enjoy a top night of entertainment. Coastal Comedy was a finalist for The Best Night Out as part of the Bournemouth Tourism Awards 2017 and we’re bringing the funnies to you in Lymington. Enjoy a fantastic night out and get to see TV Headliner Ben Norris Live: As seen on: They Think It's All Over (BBC1) Mock the Week (BBC2) Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) Ben has been performing on the comedy circuit since 1993, and has recently been supporting Ed Byrne on his national tour. He has appeared on a range of different television shows, is a regular at The Comedy Store, and has developed an incredibly relaxed stage persona with an innate ability to improvise as well as deliver sharply crafted material.
Proceeds of the prize draw on the night go to the RNLI.
The Lymington Centre, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ Tel: 01590 672337 Tickets £12 (£16 on the door) Available from the venue or online: Show starts at 8:30pm Doors open at 7:30pm
28th October Beaulieu Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular

An explosive and dynamic fireworks display set to a ‘Broadway’ theme.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieufireworks.co.uk

29th October Avon Tyrell Halloween Activity Trail Beware! The Halloween Trail is lurking and ready to scare the fangs off Dracula, the spook out of the Ghosts and the Evil from the Witch. Join us for some creepy challenges and gruesome activities if you dare! There’s a lot of tricks on this activity day that you can enjoy as a family. Fancy dress is encouraged! More details
November 2017        
4th November Avon Tyrell Bonfire Night Campfire Wrap up warm and spend the evening by our bonfire where our Guy Fawkes Guides will keep you entertained with stories, songs, games and challenges. Enjoy a hot chocolate, toast marshmallows and wave your sparklers – this is a great family event for younger ones. Hot food, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase on the night. Please Note: There will be no fireworks at this event More details
4th November Minstead Brilliant Composting Learn all about composting - Turn your garden waste into valuable compost with Rosie Yeomans by using the right ingredients and understanding how the heap works. We will review several types of compost systems including hot composting, wormeries and how to make perfect leaf mould. Rosie will be well known from her work with Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time, contribution to BBC Gardeners World Magazine and appearances on Radio Solent 'Good Life'. £30 per person More details
12th November Beaulieu Simply Smart Rally

A gathering of Smart Car enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN

www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-smart/

25th November Minstead Traditional Bread Making – For Beginners Come along to this beginner’s bread making class with a seasonal twist! We will be rolling up our sleeves again and getting stuck into producing three types of bread; wholemeal, white and Christmas stollen. You can take home what you make! Lunch, Tea/coffee will also be provided throughout the day. Your tutor, Paul Merry who has been an artisan baker for 40 years, and a teacher of bread making courses for nearly 20 years. Price: £75.00 More Details
26th November Minstead Nordic-Germanic Bread Making - For intermediates Come along to this intermediate bread making class with a Scandinavian twist. This intermediate level course features three items, involving bread types and baker’s techniques found from Germany to Scandinavia. The rustic rye bread (typically Germanic, Alpine, and Scandinavian) has very little wheat in the mix. From South Tyrol comes a spiced bread called breatl that is savoury. Both these breads feature sourdough leavens. You will learn about scalding flour, as practised in northern Europe and Scandinavia, with scalded spelt forming part of our mixed grains bread. Lunch, Tea/coffee will also be provided throughout the day. Your tutor, Paul Merry who has been an artisan baker for 40 years, and a teacher of bread making courses for nearly 20 years. Price: £75.00 per person More details
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2nd December Minstead Christmas Print Making Workshop You can make very beautiful Christmas and birthday cards using a few simple techniques, building up effects in layers until you have achieved something interesting and exotic. We provide everyone with the materials to produce 10 finished cards, complete with envelopes. Your cut offs can even be used as gift tags! All these ideas can easily be replicated at home with a few simple pieces of equipment. There will be a chance to try simple screen printing, block printing, stencils, metallic paints and collage. The workshop is lead by Gina Dearden who has been a printmaker and painter for...an incredible number of years. She has worked for Royal Shakespeare Company printing costume fabrics and backgrounds, and sold fabrics to Harrods and stores in New York's 5th Avenue. At present interested in water colours and printmaking she will bring some examples of her work, and demonstrate the techniques and materials so that you have a good idea of all the possibilities. Price: £25 per person More details
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3rd Februrary Minstead Fruit Pruning with Chris Bird Hands on practical day with Chris Bird. Senior lecturer at Sparsholt College, Chris coordinates the Colleges RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, winning seven gold medals. He has also recently published The Fundamentals of Horticulture for the RHS. Fruit trees that are not pruned become congested and unproductive. During the day you will learn how to improve the health and productivity of trees by appropriate pruning. The course will provide participants with practical skills through hands on experience of the renovation and ongoing pruning of trees and will cover all types of tree from recently planted to mature and trained examples. Although concentrating on apple trees Chris knows everything there is to know about fruit and there will be the chance to look at currants and berries as well. The course is limited to 12 places to ensure that all participants have ample opportunity for practical work. No prior knowledge is required. Please feel free to bring your own tools (for example secateurs/pruning saw) although some tools will be available at the Centre. Tea & Coffee provided and homemade soup for lunch More details
10th February Minstead Flatbreads for Beginners Bread Making Come along to this beginners bread making class to explore making ‘Flatbreads’, a day of contrasting skills and excitement. Using different flours and widely ranging techniques, explore flatbreads from Scandinavian rye crisp bread to the wheaten types of the Middle East, beginning with the pita bread baked in a punishingly hot wood-fired oven for the best result. You will learn about folding, shaping and docking. Also enjoy further earthy flavours provided by Italian focaccia. Lunch, Tea/coffee will also be provided throughout the day. Your tutor, Paul Merry who has been an artisan baker for 40 years, and a teacher of bread making courses for nearly 20 years. More details
11th February Minstead Sweet Doughs (Easter) for Intermediates– Bread Making Come along to this intermediate level bread making class to explore making Sweet Doughs just in time for Easter! Celebrate Easter with memorable Hot Cross Buns, and a plaiting session that will set you up to make a typical Greek Easter plait, with the red egg at its centre. On this course you will make these gorgeous Easter breads along with Chelsea buns, with the focus on learning about handling yeast skilfully as it encounters difficulties fermenting these rich and sugary doughs. Lunch, Tea/coffee will also be provided throughout the day. Your tutor, Paul Merry who has been an artisan baker for 40 years, and a teacher of bread making courses for nearly 20 years. £75 More details
24th February Minstead Willow Obelisk Workshop After the success this year, Louise Arthur from ‘Rough Around the Hedges’ will be delivering another willow workshop, you will learn a simple weave using long willow withies to create your own unique willow planter to take home with you. This is a fun workshop suitable for all abilities. You will be working from the ground upwards so there will be some kneeling involved and you may wish to bring a kneeler and wear work clothes. A pair of secateurs and some gardening gloves may also be useful. Tea & coffee will be provided. Pick either the morning or afternoon workshop to suit you. 10-1p.m. or 2-5 p.m. Limited to 10 spaces on each course £35 More details
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17th March Minstead Starting Your Very Own Vegetable Garden If you are new to growing vegetables, Rosie Yeomans will demonstrate some vegetable gardening techniques to give you the confidence to prepare, sow and plant your new vegetable patch ready for a bumper harvest. Rosie will be well known from her work with Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time, contribution to BBC Gardeners World Magazine and appearances on Radio Solent ‘Good Life’. £40 More details
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12th May Minstead Oil Painting at Minstead Study Centre This workshop is an introduction to oil painting. It will cover basic techniques, paint and mixing, colour and brush strokes, and all the tools and tips that you need to enjoy working in oils. We will supply everything you need if you do not have oil paints already, but if you do, it may be helpful to use your own as well as ours. If you can come with a few brushes that would be good too. Oil paints are easier to use than acrylic. They do not dry in the same way, and the rich colours can be laid down over each other, and built up into textures. Before the 1960's when acrylic paint arrived, the majority of artists used oil paint or watercolour. It is very hard to make the effects that interest many painters without using oils. This workshop should give you confidence to explore. Price: £25 per person More details
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