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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
Weekly       Top
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
January 2016       Top
6th January - 13th February New Milton Landscapes by Vicki Golden and Well Trodeen by Keith Rogers Landscape has been a constant theme in Vicki Golden’s paintings; her daily views from her home at Barton on Sea cliff top have inspired much of her work. Striving to find a balance between reality and fantasy she is influenced by naïve and surrealist landscape painters. Keith’s current interests lie in documenting things we see around us that often go unnoticed and bringing them to the viewer’s attention in unique ways. This exhibition features a selection of works created with hi-resolution photographs and 3D decoupage. More details and bookings
19 September - 9 January
Lymington
Shorelines: Artists on the South Coast
This year's major exhibition takes the Channel coast as its subject, exploring how artists from the 18th century to the present have drawn inspiration from the cliffs, beaches and harbours of England's southern border. The exhibition looks at the contrasting approaches taken by residents and visiting artists who drew inspiration from the shoreline between Cornwall and Kent. Many celebrated artists have portrayed these shores including Constable, Turner, Brett, Nash, Nevinson, Ravilious, Eurich and more recently Kurt Jackson and Jeremy Gardiner. This unique exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
St.Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, 01590676969.
19 December - 3rd January Beaulieu Christmas Celebrations Join us at Beaulieu for our annual Christmas Celebrations with festive activities for the whole family.
16th January Minstead Sophisticated Cooking made easy

The dynamic duo are back! Learn how to prepare a range of starters, mains and desserts for easy dinner parties. Jan & Di will demonstrate their simple techniques to produce tasty, stylish meals.

More details - 1-4pm, £20
23rd January New Milton Car Boot Sale in the Warm Table Top Sale in New Milton Open from 9.30am - at New Milton Memorial Centre, BH25 6DE
24th January Barton on Sea Burns Night Supper A Scottish themed evening to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Featuring a recital of a Burns poem at 8pm and an evening of Scottish food accompanied by bagpipes and live entertainment. With wine suggestions by our Pb sommelier for each course. More details - Booking advised.
29th January Fordinbridge POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO Since giving their debut concert for the City of London Chamber Music Society in 2014, the POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO has quickly established a reputation for fine performances. As highly successful musicians in their own right, the highlights of the last year have been at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein Vienna, La Salle Cortot Paris and the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. 7.30 pm The United Reformed Church, Salisbury Street Fordingbridge SP6 1AB
30th January Lyndhurst Volunteer Fair People looking for new challenges and new friends are invited to the annual New Forest Volunteer Fair. Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, the fair showcases a variety of stands and talks from local volunteer organisations on projects running in 2016 Lyndhurst community Centre - 10.30-4pm
February 2016       Top
6th February Brockenhurst Vibrant Beer Festival Vibrant Beer Festival - see web site for more details. More details
7th February Brockenhurst Wedding Fayre Planning a Wedding. Balmer Lawn Hotel are hosting a wedding open day - why not pop along to find out more. More Details
13th February Minstead Fruit Pruning with Chris Bird Hands on practical day with Chris Bird. 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. More details - 10-3pm, £45 each
13th February - 21st February Beaulieu Hands On Half Term To celebrate the opening of Driving Change, a brand new display in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu are inviting visitors to get ‘hands-on’ this February half term with interactive activities for the whole family. Handle historic motoring objects, learn how to become a medieval builder, get ‘hands-on’ with Victorian utensils and much more… Collect stamps at each ‘hands-on’ station to complete your pass book! More details
14th February Beaulieu Valentine Activity Special New Forest Activities are offering a very special deal on Valentines Day: 20% off all activities for couples! We offer great activities such as archery, canoeing, kayaking and cycle hire, all in the heart of the beautiful New Forest. If you book on any available sessions on Sunday 14th February 2016 as a couple you’ll receive a loving 20% discount on activities that take place on the 14th. More details from New Forest Activities
17th & 18th February New Milton Half Term Children's Activities A fun filled day with Disney Heros, children's theatre, art workshops and a Frozen singalong... see web site for more details. More details and bookings
17th February Lymington Family Story Telling Join Treehouse Theatre for an exciting and interactive storytelling of ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ with plenty of opportunities to dress up. Performances at 10:30am & 1:45pm; suggested ages 4-11years. Tickets are £4.00 children, £3.00 adults, advance booking required More Details
17th February - 2nd April New Milton JustImagine by Sandi Hitchens

A fascinating exhibition of imaginative and quirky paintings, such as this robin, which sits upon a wheel of an ancient bicycle with an equally ancient lamp.

More details and bookings
18th February Lymington Family Explorer Day

Discover life in Ancient Egypt and handle authentic objects from the period. We will also be making decorative Egyptian cuffs, circlets and mini scarab beads. All ages are welcome and normal admission applies.

More Details
20th or 21st February Minstead Frech Bread Making Get to grips with French bread on this course. Learn how to make an authentic baguette and splendid croissants are on the programme, using a one-day method. With another dough you will make other French shapes, and some rye flour will be added to make rustic pain de campagne loave More details

10-5.30p.m. £75 each

26th Feburary Fordinbridge AURORA ENSEMBLE (wind quintet) The AURORA ENSEMBLE present a diverse programme of music from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Prize winners at the European Chamber Music competition, ‘Musique d’Ensemble’ in 2001, the AURORA has performed in many of the major venues worldwide and last visited us in 2008. 7.30 pm The United Reformed Church, Salisbury Street Fordingbridge SP6 1AB
27th Febrary Minstead Continuous Hazel Weave Fence Try your hand at making a continuous weave hazel fence with Andy Birnie from ‘Copsework More details- 10-4p.m. £50 each including lunch
March 2016       Top
5th March Lymington Boat Jumble 9th Lymington Sea Scouts are raising money for a new RIB and are hosting a boat jumble this weekend. More details
6th March Beaulieu Mother's Day Activity Fun We say “thank you” to Mums with 50% off their activity! Book an activity taking place on Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March and get Mums place half price! Make it a day they’ll remember! Activities include archery, canoeing, family adventure day and cycle hire. To book your Mums Mother’s Day treat call 01590 612377 today This offer is only available on activities booked to take place on Sunday 6th March 2016. More details from New Forest Activities
12th March Minstead Sing for Spring

This 3 hour workshop will get you singing joyfully in parts, a selection
of easy to learn songs that herald the coming of Spring and the
joy of new seasons from exciting new places.

More details

2-5p.m. £15 each

12th March Exbury Exbury Opens Exbury Gardens reopens for the 2016 season More details
12th March - 3rd April Exbury Lachenalia Exhibtion Come along and enjoy our Lacnenalia Exhibition More details
13th March Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
18th March Christchurch Avon Valley Concert MARTIN ROSCOE makes another visit to Avon Valley Concerts, this time in the company of acclaimed violinist, KATHERINE GOWERS. With a career spanning over four decades, Martin is one of the UK’s best-loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility, he is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. KATHERINE GOWERS studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Guildhall School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and with Joey Corpus in New York. She has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad as a soloist, recital and chamber musician. 7.30 pm The Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH
18th March Minstead Learn to Sew - Parent & Child Workshop. Bring along your daughter (or son!) and join The Make Arcade for a session of sewing and making to make a simple Tote Bag and cute framed purse. More details 10-1p.m. or 2-5p.m. £40 per adult with child
19th March Exbury Camellia Breakfast Walk Book in and enjoy an early morning Breakfast walk at Exbury Gardens More details
25th March - 10th April Exbury Easter Activities Easter Activities and family fun at Exbury Gardens More details
25th March - 10th April Beaulieu Easter Activities Mad Hatter themed fun, including face painting and quiz trail with a sweet treat at the end Beaulieu Events
26th March Minstead Hedge Laying Learn the art of Hedge Laying with Andy Birnie from ‘Copsework’. More details. 10-4p.m. £50 per person including lunch
27th and 28th March Beaulieu Canoeing Easter Egg Hunt Join New Forest Activities for a Canoeing Adventure on Beaulieu River Nature Reserve in the Easter Holidays. Get to grips with your canoe before heading out to explore the river to discover the secret Easter Egg stash. Your 2 hour Easter Canoe Tour will be guided by an expert from our team and all the boats fit two or three paddlers. You will receive some tops tips and once your comfortable and in control use your Easter Egg map to navigate you way to your hidden reward. Your map will include an eater quiz and the location of an Easter Egg for all the kids who take part. More details from New Forest Activities
28th March - 3rd April Milford Milford Food Week The amazing Milford Food Week is back - a week of fantastic activities and fun for all ages. Milford Food Week Info
April 2016       Top
1st, 5th,6th and 7th April New Milton Children's Easter Activity Workshops Family Theatre, Children's wokshops, magical crafts, animated film days and more to keep the children busy - wee web site for details. More details and bookings
3rd April Exbury 10k Run Hardley Runners 10km run at Exbury. More details
4th-10th April 2016 Milford on Sea Milford on Sea Food Week During Food Week our village will be alive with Celebrity Shows, Dining Offers, Themed Dining Evenings, Professional Cookery Theatre, Cooking Demonstrations, Educational Talks, Wine Tastings and the unique Great Dining Bus and more... More details
6th April - 14th May New Milton Take Four Painters

Having met through their enthusiasm for painting, these four artists have exhibited with Christchurch Art Guild, The Red House Museum Open Exhibition, Hampshire Open Studios and Carlsen's Lymington. Their chosen mediums are watercolour, acrylic gouache and pastels while subjects vary from animals, landscape to floral.

More details and bookings
9th April - 5th June Exbury Art Exhibition Four Seasons Art Exhibition at Exbury Gardens and Eddy's Tea Room More details
10th April Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
10th April Beaulieu Simpy Aston Martin

A gathering of Aston Martin enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

Beaulieu Events
16th April Minstead Designing and Planting Borders Rosie Yeomans will demonstrate different planting styles, go through the fundamentals of design and deal with the practicalities of planting. More details. 10-3p.m. £50 per person including lunch
16th April Exbury Season Tour & Tea Why not enjoy a seasonal tour of the gardens and a Cream Tea. More details
16th April New Milton Artisan's Spring Fair A great opportunity to purchase the work of a number of local artists and crafters. New Milton Memorial Hall
24th April Beaulieu Boatjumble 2016

Browse thousands of new and used boating bargains.

Beaulieu Events
May 2016       Top
1st May Beaulieu Simply Ford

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

Beaulieu Events
2nd May New Milton May Fair The Lions Club of New Milton May Fayre - a fantastic family event. New Milton Recreation Ground
7th May Exbury Roaming through the Rhodos Come and enjoy the beautiful flowers at Exbury. More details
8th May Beaulieu Simply Jaguar

A gathering of Jaguar enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award

Beaulieu Events
8th May Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
21st-22nd May Beaulieu Spring Auto Jumble

Over 1000 stands selling motoring parts, automobilia, literature and accessories.

Beaulieu Events
22nd May Beaulieu Landrover Rummage

Stands selling every conceivable item for a Land Rover from a washer to a complete vehicle.

Beaulieu Events
28th May Exbury Season Tour & Tea Why not enjoy a seasonal tour of the gardens and a Cream Tea. More details
28th May - 5th June Beaulieu Half Term Holiday Fun

Family fun with giant outdoor games, plus from 31 May discover what life was like in medieval times with archery and falconry displays.

Beaulieu Events
29th-3oth May Beaulieu Truck mania

Stand amongst the giants of motoring and enjoy a day of all things trucking

Beaulieu Events
June 2016       Top

4th &5th June

Exbury Wartime Weekend Wartime Weekend - themed weekend at Ebury Gardens. More details
5th June Beaulieu Simply Porshe

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

Beaulieu Events
10th-13th June Exbury Woodland Wonders Woodland Wonders - Flower Show. More details
11th June New Milton Family Day and Sports Promotion The Rugby Club Family Day and Sports Promotions Ashley Recreation Ground
11th June - 26th June New Forest New Forest Arts Festival A forest wide art festival  
12th June New Milton Special Town Celebration New Milton's Special Town celebration for HM Queen's 90th birthday! The Town cente and rectration ground
13th June Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
13th June Barton on Sea Charity Golf Day The Lions Club of New Milton are hosting a charity Golf Day. Barton on Sea Golf Club
18th June Beaulieu Simply Classis and Sports

A gathering of classic and sports car owners with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

Beaulieu Events
19th Junne Beaulieu Dad's Day Activity Fun We say “thank you” to Dads with 50% off their activity! Book an activity taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June and get Dad’s place half price!* Make it a day they’ll remember! Activities include archery, canoeing, kayaking and cycle hire. To book your Dad’s Father’s Day treat call 01590 612377 today! This offer is only available on activities booked to take place on Sunday 19th June 2016. More details from New Forest Activities
19th June Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive Day

A colourful display of hundreds of hot rods and custom cars, with a Vintage Village, live music and entertainment.

Beaulieu Events
24th June Minstead Summer Solstice. Barbara Driscoll is an experienced international teacher and she will be leading us through some simple dances which we will dance together in a circle - no partner is necessary. So please join us as we dance to a variety of music and rhythms from around the world - celebrating Summer time, community and oneness. 7.30-9.30p.m. £8 per person More details
25th June Exbury Doggy Day Devoted to dogs - bring along your pooch and enjoy Exbury Gardens, More details
26th June Beaulieu Simply VW

A gathering of VW enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award

Beaulieu Events
July 2016       Top
2nd July New Milton Artisan's Summer Fair A great opportunity to purchase the work of a number of local artists and crafters. New Milton Memorial Hall
9th July New Milton New Milton Town Show A wonderful family event - the New Milton Town Show. New Milton Recreation Ground
10th July Beaulieu Simply Bikes

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

Beaulieu Events
10th July Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
21st July - 5th September Beaulieu Summer Living History

See history come to life with costumed guides, Victorian games, falconry and much more.

Beaulieu Events
22nd - 24th July Netley Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show A briliant event with steam engines, sheep dog trails, live entertainment, transport parades, crafts, children's entertainers and more. More details
23rd July - 25th September Exbury Look Twice Artists Exhibition Enjoy this wonderful exhibition as well as the gardens at Exbury More details
26th -28th July Brockenhurst New Forest Show The New Forest Hampshire and County Show at New Park. More details
31st July Beaulieu Simply Japanese

A gathering of Japanese vehicles of all shapes and sizes. With a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

Beaulieu Events
August 2016       Top
7th August Beaulieu Simply Landrover

A gathering of Land Rover enthusiasts, with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award

Beaulieu Events
13th -14th August Burley New Forest Fairy Festival Come and join us for a friendly uplifting fun weekend. Enjoy the magic of the enchanting home of the New Forest Fairies, Nestling in the lea of a hill where time stood still for hundreds of years surrounded the mighty oaks, tree spirits and woodland creatures, live the Forest Folk, under every leaf, behind every tree you might see them. Listen for the fairy bell and they will appear, their gossamer wings glinting in the sunlight. Walk on the ley lines and gather the amazing healing energy the Forest gives to all of us, talk with the wise women of the Forest who teach the fairies their secrets More details
14th August Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
21st August Beaulieu Supercar Showdown

See some of the world’s most prestigious supercars on the Beaulieu demonstration run.

Beaulieu Events
September 2016       Top
3rd-4th September Beaulieu International Autojumble

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

Beaulieu Events
11th September Christchurch Car Boot Sale Pop along to Christchurch and enjoy a very popular car boot sale - bargains to be had! More details and location
October 2016       Top
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
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
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-30th October Exbury Exbury Ghost Train Be prepapered to be scared and join in the fun on the Exbury Ghost train. More details
29th October Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular

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

Beaulieu Events
November 2016        
13th November Beaulieu Simply Smart

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

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December 2016       Top
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
Ongoing