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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.

2016-2017

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 Sakes 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
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
Wednesdays Ringwood Market Street Market in the High Street  
Wednesdays New Milton Market Street Market in Station Road  
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
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1st October Pennington Macmillan coffee morning Join us for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Plus there’ll be plenty of cakes and other homemade goodies to buy. Raffle prizes to be won. Fun and games for all the family. There’ll also be a cupcake decorating competition station where you can buy a cupcake and enter the decorating competition with a prize to be won. Free entry but donations very welcome! Family and friends welcome!All funds raised go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Free parking available at the hall or on the surrounding roads. Saturday 1st October from 10am till 12noon - Pennington WI Hall, Ramley Road, Pennington
8th October New Milton Artisan's Autumn Fair A great opportunity to purchase the work of a number of local artists and crafters. New Milton Memorial Hall
8th October Minstead A Village Harvest Charity Concert A rare opportunity to be transported back in time will take place at All Saints Church, Minstead on Saturday 8th October at 7.pm. ‘A Village Harvest’ will be staged by The Madding Crowd, a local group established in 1975, who research and perform in costume, songs, hymns, dances and poems collected from C17th-C19th village manuscripts and books. The concert blends music and words to create the atmosphere of the old church bands. The music is often sung in wonderful four part harmony, and is close to traditional or folk music. It promises to be a lively, amusing and informative evening. The event is being held to raise funds for Minstead Training Trust’s 30th anniversary appeal. Established in 1986, the Trust works with over 150 people with learning disabilities, providing practical training in life skills, work-based skills and health and wellbeing from its base in Minstead, nr Lyndhurst. Tickets for the event cost £10 including refreshments Audience participation including wearing costume is positively encouraged! To book email or call 02380 812297. Tickets will also be available on the door. 7.00pm – 10.00pm Cost £10 All Saints Church, Minstead, nr Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7EX
9th October Beaulieu Fungi Foray Enjoy a beautiful 3 hour guided walk in The New Forest foraging for Mushrooms. Our experienced guides will help you with any queries throughout the duration of the walk, ensuring that you sort the bad ‘shrooms’ from the good ones. Witness the Autumn colours throughout the Forest whilst foraging for goodies. Our Fungi Foray includes: • 3 hour guided walk • Experienced and knowledgeable guide • Discover which mushrooms are good & which bad • Fantastic scenery • Suitable for all ages • No experience required £29 each per person More details and to book
9th October Minstead Minstead Wedding Showcase A new marquee venue for weddings, parties and other celebrations is being unveiled in the New Forest. The Wedding Showcase will take place at Minstead Lodge on Sunday 9th October from 11am – 3pm. The grounds of Minstead Lodge, in Minstead, nr Lyndhurst, provide a memorable setting for a wedding reception, private party or celebrations, particularly because of the magnificent Lodge providing the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' photos, and ample car parking with secluded enclosure for the marquee. Proceeds from the hire of Minstead Lodge for events will go to support the Trust’s work with people with learning disabilities. Entry to the Wedding Showcase is free. 11.00am – 4.00pm Free entry Minstead Lodge, School Lane, Minstead, Nr Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7FT
9th October Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
15th October Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Exploring the New Forest Join us for the opportunity to explore the New Forest with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk will take place both at Avon Tyrrell, and over the stile in to the New Forest. You will find out interesting facts and stories about the history and current usage of the New Forest, as well as about the birds, animals and plant life. Where applicable, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in national wildlife counts (such as Spring Watch, or Big Butterfly Count). More details
22nd - 30th October Beaulieu Halloween Hauntings

Spooky goings on in one of Britain’s most haunted places! Ride the moan-o-rail and hear spine tingling Beaulieu ghost stories!

Beaulieu Events
24th, 26th, 28th and 30th October Beaulieu Woodland Adventure Day 'A fantastic day of activities for all the family. Enjoy lighting a fire and building your shelter before testing your aim with a bow. In the afternoon you’ll explore some of our woodland low ropes challenges before taking to the trees for your high ropes adventure. The day will be based at our ropes course on the Beaulieu Estate and we will provide bananas and chocolate to cook over your fire. • A day of activities (10:00 – 15:30) • Learn Bush craft skills • Test your aim with Archery • Woodland low ropes challenges • High Ropes Adventure • All equipment provided • Family friendly fun • No experience required Price per person £32 | Family ticket £120 (2 Adults & 2 Children) More details
24th October Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Ghost Hunting Mini Activity Trail Become a Ghostbuster for the day and see how many ghosts you can catch? The more you catch, the more points you get. A themed taster day of some of our adventure activities with the opportunity to explore our grounds. Do you have what it takes to take on the ghouls? Fancy dress encouraged! More details
24th, 26th, 28th October Beaulieu Infected Battlefield LIVE Our Battlefield LIVE sessions are taking a scary turn for Halloween. As if the games weren't intense enough the two hours are now a fun-fuelled battle between the Infected Vs Survivor. All players will find out what kind of survivor they shape up to be. Once the alarm has been raised your survivors are set on a mission to escape the terrors that lie waiting, outrunning and out-gunning. Both teams have goals and victory conditions to meet through each phase of the battle as they make a run for freedom and survival! Dress up as the infected and enjoy Halloween treats on arrival. You must be at least 8 to take part. 24th 26th and 28th of October £25 Adult £20 Child (8-16) £80 Family More details
24th-30th October Exbury Exbury Ghost Train Be prepapered to be scared and join in the fun on the Exbury Ghost train. More details
26th, 28th October Beaulieu Spooky Halloween River Tour. Really get into the Halloween spirit this year and join us down the Haunted Beaulieu River for a tour along the water at sundown. Listen to the flourishing tales about the hidden secrets of the river and see if you spot the infamous ‘Gray Lady’ of the Beaulieu estate. Suitable for all ages, get dressed up as scary as you can and enjoy Halloween treats on arrival. 26th and 28th of October Adult £22 | Child £17 More details
28th October Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Creepy Arts and Craft Join us if you dare for our Halloween creepy crafts session. Dig into our box of tricks and see what spooky things you can make More details
29th October Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular

An explosive and dynamic fireworks display set to a ‘Night at the Movies’ theme.

Beaulieu Events
29th October Lymington Bonfire Night Come and enjoy the fireworks, burgers, facepainting and fancy dress - bring a box of firewords and they will set them off! Hurst View Campsite - free entry from 6pm, Lower Pennington Lane.
29th October Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Halloween Games and Disco Get dressed up in your spookiest Halloween costumes and join us at our Haunted house for a Halloween party to remember! Take a Journey through the grounds to take part in typical Halloween party games with one of our creepy night guides and if you survive that we have yet more fun and games at the Disco. More details
30th October Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Halloween Activity Day Trick or Treat? There’s a lot of tricks on this activity day that you can enjoy as a family. Have the chance to experience some of our spooky challenges and creepy activities. More details
November 2016        
2nd & 6th November   Paddle to the pub Join us on the Beaulieu River as we paddle in Canadian Canoes along the picturesque river, exploring as we go and ending our journey at either the Master Builders at Bucklers Hard or the Montague Arms in Beaulieu. Meeting at Baileys Hard we’ll do a quick shuttle run to drop your cars down at pub, before heading off for a paddle along the river. With an array of wildlife to be seen you’ll enjoy a unique journey to the pub for some amazing food and drink! Included in the price will be a 90 minute canoe tour with an instructor, with all equipment provided. More details
5th November Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Bonfire Night Campfire Wrap up warm and spend the evening by our bonfire to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Enjoy sparklers, stories, games and challenges. More details
5th November Lymington Lymington Fireworks Lymington Fireworks are held in Lodge Road Pennington and organised by Lymington Rotary. Lymington Rotary Fireworks
6th, 12th, 19th and 27th November Beaulieu Woodland Adventure Day 'A fantastic day of activities for all the family. Enjoy lighting a fire and building your shelter before testing your aim with a bow. In the afternoon you’ll explore some of our woodland low ropes challenges before taking to the trees for your high ropes adventure. The day will be based at our ropes course on the Beaulieu Estate and we will provide bananas and chocolate to cook over your fire. • A day of activities (10:00 – 15:30) • Learn Bush craft skills • Test your aim with Archery • Woodland low ropes challenges • High Ropes Adventure • All equipment provided • Family friendly fun • No experience required Price per person £32 | Family ticket £120 (2 Adults & 2 Children) More details
7th November Minstead Jazz on the Menu An evening of live Jazz music, celebrating 30 years of Minstead Training Trust. 7.00pm at Minstead Lodge. Hosted by BBC's Laura Trant. Jazz on the Menu Minstead Lodge, School Lane, Minstead, Nr Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7FT 7.00pm-10.00pm £15 (Early Bird £12) Tickets at £12.00 available by emailing info@minsteadtt.org or call 02380 817148. For full details, visit www.minsteadtt.org
13th November Beaulieu Simply Smart

A gathering of Smart Car enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

Beaulieu Events
19th - 20th November New Milton Open Studio Event We have a variety of handmade products available to browse and buy including hand weaving, felting, photography, painted artwork, dyeing, wirework and fused glass jewellery, fabric bags, doodle art work, ceramics & felting all made by hand plus lots more to discover in our garde based studio. Garden Studio, 62 Oakwood Avenue. New Milton, BH25, 5EA- 11am-5pm - More details
26th November New Milton Festive Crafts and Gift Fair Festival Crafts and Gifts Fair at The Memorial Centre - a great event with lots of lovely Christmas Gifts.  
26th November Minstead Furzey Gardens Christmas Craft Workshops Door Swags Furzey Gardens, Minstead, nr Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7GL Fun and informal workshop at Furzey Gardens! Learn how to create a beautiful door swag, using a variety of seasonal foliage. All materials provided but if you would like to personalise your design, bring along any Christmas accessories that you might like to use. No previous experience is needed. 10.00am – 12.30pm £30 to include mince pie, hot drink and entrance to Furzey Gardens Booking required by 11th November by emailing info@minsteadtt.org or call 02380 812297.
27th November Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Exploring the New Forest Join us for the opportunity to explore the New Forest with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk will take place both at Avon Tyrrell, and over the stile in to the New Forest. You will find out interesting facts and stories about the history and current usage of the New Forest, as well as about the birds, animals and plant life. Where applicable, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in national wildlife counts (such as Spring Watch, or Big Butterfly Count). More details
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3rd December New Milton Town Christmas Festival and Parade Town Christmas Festival and Parade - great fun, see Santa and discover your Christmas spirit!  
3rd December Minstead Furzey Gardens Christmas Craft Workshops Door Swags Furzey Gardens, Minstead, nr Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7GL Fun and informal workshop at Furzey Gardens! Learn how to create a beautiful door swag, using a variety of seasonal foliage. All materials provided but if you would like to personalise your design, bring along any Christmas accessories that you might like to use. No previous experience is needed. 10.00am – 12.30pm £30 to include mince pie, hot drink and entrance to Furzey Gardens Booking required by 11th November by emailing info@minsteadtt.org or call 02380 812297.
10th December Beaulieu Christmas Paddle to meet Father Christmas Join us for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River to find Santa! Enjoy exploring the stunning river on a 90 minutes guided tour with the added excitement of knowing you'll soon be meeting jolly old Saint Nick. All Children will receive a gift from Santa • 90 minute Canoe trip on the Beaulieu River • Meet Father Christmas • A gift for anyone under 16 • Hot drinks and mince pies on arrival • Warm layers & waterproofs available • Suitable for all ages • No experience required £22 Adults (16+) £17 Child £68 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) More details
11th December Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Christmas Adventure Trail The elves have been naughty and have hidden all of the Christmas presents. Santa has a few clues but you will have to take on challenges and solve problems to find them all. A great, fun Christmas themed trail for the whole family. Finish in our café which will be selling hot drinks and mince pies! More details
11th December Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Centre Christmas Crackers Arts n Crafts Join us in Santa’s workshop and get creative with our Christmas Arts n Crafts and play some cracking games! Make the perfect card or present for a parent or sibling or create decorations for your Christmas Tree, whatever you choose to make, just get creative, messy and have fun. More details
17th December - 2nd January Beaulieu Victorian Christmas

Experience the magic of Christmas past, with carol singing and festive games.

Beaulieu Events
17th December - 20th December Exbury Winter Wonders Christmas Event on the Exbury Railway. More details
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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