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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.


Date Location Event Details Contact
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Saturdays Lymington Market Street market every Saturday from 8am till 4pm  
- 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.
(last Wednesday of the month)
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
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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7th October Sopley Plouging Match

Ploughing match. Enjoy free tractor and trailer rides around the site and learn from the commentary about the skills required to produce the champion ploughmen of the day. Vintage tractors from 1939 using a trailed plough to modern day giant tractors using eight furrow ploughs are all competing to achieve the best ploughing. Also heavy horse ploughing and demonstrations competing for the best turned out horses! Details/entries Hon. Secretary Jenny 01590 612107/ Tania 01590 612874.

Derritt Lane, Sopley, CH23 7AZ - 9am-2.30pm, Admission £2.50
21st, 26th and 27th October Beaulieu Spooky Halloween River Tour

A family fun Spooky Halloween Tour exploring the Beaulieu River at dusk. Come in fancy dress and see what lurks in and around the estuary at night. With so much history and stories of resident ghosts…are you brave enough to venture out onto the Beaulieu River after nightfall? You’ll also enjoy a spooky woodland walk back to base!

Click for more details - £22 per Adult £17 per child
23rd - 26th October Hurst Castle Ghost Stories and activity trail Get suitably frightened this Halloween with spooky Ghost Stories from Treehouse Theatre Productions on Monday 23rd October and Thursday 26th October only. Online pre-booking essential. Plus KIDS GO FREE ON THE FERRY with every full paying adult ferry ticket, only available online and must be booked 24 hours in advance of visiting. And everyday from Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October, Halloween arts and crafts, storytelling and a pumpkin activity trail will be available. More details
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
22nd, 24th and 29th October Beaulieu Infected Battlefiled LIVE Our popular Battlefield LIVE is taking another spooky twist this Halloween, with spine-chillingly themed games that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention! Come dressed in your spookiest and take on your devilish opponents for 2 hours of frighteningly good fun! More details: £25 per Adult and £20 per adult
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


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
9th, 16th and 22nd December Christmas Canoe Paddle Beaulieu

Join us this Christmas for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River to find Santa! Enjoy exploring the stunning river on a 90 minute 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 picked especially for them by Santa’s elves. It’s the perfect thing to make every child’s Christmas extra special.

Click here for more details - £22 per Adult £17 per Child
10th and 17th December Battlefield LIVE Moor Valley Country Park Why not bring the family along to one of our Battlefield Live open sessions at Moors Valley Country Park this December? Choose your weapon, discuss tactics with your team and take out your opponents in this live action, digital combat experience. We’ll equip you with one of our high tech infra-red guns and send you and your comrades out into the field to hunt down the opposing team.

Book now using discount code ‘Moors10’ to get 10% off your booking!
Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
16 December – 1 January   Victorian Christmas ‘See what the Victorian Montagu family members would have been doing at Beaulieu as they prepare for the festive season of 1889. Pose next to the colourful life-size Gingerbread House for the perfect festive picture as you arrive at Beaulieu. Follow the dazzling fairy lit pathway to Palace House to see preparations for a traditional Victorian Christmas day panto in action! Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a themed Christmas tree in each room - including a 25ft tree in the entrance!’ 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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21st April Lyndhurst LOve Chocolate

Love Chocolate.....then you'll love this! Cuatro Events presents the Chocolate Fair this April 21st in Lyndhurst! There will be something for everyone including international chocolates, shakes, pastries, drinks, desserts, cakes, chocolate makers, decorators and so much more! We will have a range of exciting stalls and activities throughout the day.....and no doubt some delicious delights to share too! Entry is free, but there maybe charges on the stalls and activities

Lyndhurst community centre 11am-3pm
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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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