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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
Weekly       Top
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
March 2017       Top
18th March 2017 Minstead Getting the best crops out of your vegetable garden Rosie will be well known from her work with Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time, her contribution to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Radio Solent show is called 'The Good Life’. She has been allotment gardening for more than 20 years. The day will cover; choosing the best crops for your plot, adapting crop rotations to suit you, growing a succession of healthy produce and how to sow, plant and maintain the plot. Rosie will demonstrate some techniques used in soil preparation and we will all have a go at planting out a raised bed. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors with boots & rain gear. It would be useful to bring along your gardening gloves. Lunch in included, please let us know of any dietary requirements as lunch will be homemade vegetable soup & bread. £50 Minstead Study Centre - 9.30am to 3.30pm
20th March Furzey Gardens Flower arranging Basket Arrangements 10am and 2.00pm Spend a fun relaxed morning or afternoon with an experienced tutor and make a beautiful, seasonal basket of flowers, ideal for Mother’s Day! No experience is necessary and all resources, flowers and equipment will be provided. Our experienced instructor will provide step by step guidance so that you can develop your floral skills and successfully create your own stunning arrangement. Refreshments are provided and your ticket also includes entrance to Furzey Gardens for the day, so you can make the most of your visit and enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Gardens in all its spring glory. Price: £40.00 (£37.50 Furzey Gardens and RHS members). You can choose to include a delicious light buffet lunch to make the most of your day at Furzey Gardens for just £6.00 extra. More details
25th March Lymington Flower arranging Come and join us for a fun informal morning where you will learn how to create a beautiful basket arrangement bursting with scented spring flowers. Treat your Mum to a very personal hand-made gift this year or why not come along with your Mum and spend some relaxing time together? Places are limited to 8 people and will need to be booked by 19th March. More details
26th March Avon Tyrell Have a go Mothers Day Special Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre Have a Go day means exactly what it says…Have a Go! Never tried Archery, have a go…Fancy climbing our tower…Have a Go! It’s a great day to try out different things with your mum and other family and you never know, you might find a new passion or hobby that will get you outdoors. More details
April 2017       Top
1st April 2017 Minstead Designing and Planting Garden Borders A practical master class with Rosie Yeomans on designing and planting garden borders. 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 ‘The Good Life’. The day will demonstrate different planting styles, go through the fundamentals of design and deal with the practicalities of planting. Participants are limited to 12 people to ensure everyone gets the opportunity for hands on participation. £50 Minstead Study Centre. 9.30am - 3.30pm
3rd April Furzey Gardens Photography with your smartphone If you've ever wanted to take better photographs with your mobile phone, come and join us for a photography workshop using your mobile phone. Learn how to get better exposures and make the most of the lens in your camera phone to look at better ways to photograph different subjects. This session uses the wonderful setting of Furzey Gardens to put your skills into practice. It includes basic photography; working with the exposure to get better pictures, and looking at the quality of the pictures to use the best settings. Refreshments are provided and your ticket also includes entrance to Furzey Gardens for the day, so you can make the most of your visit and enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Gardens in all its spring glory. Price: £25.00. Choose from a morning or afternoon session, each lasting approximately 2 hours. You can also choose to include a delicious light buffet lunch to make the most of your day at Furzey Gardens for just £6.00 extra More details
8th April - 9th July Lyndhurst All Trees are Clocks by Professor Adrian Newton of Bournemouth University A multimedia exhibition of art and science profiling the results of recent research into the ecology of the New Forest and the potential impacts of climate changes.
Part of the Forest Arts Festival.
More Details: New Forest Centre
9th April Beaulieu Simply Aston Martin Rally

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

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-aston-martin

11th, 13th, 18th and 20th April 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
15th - 17th Beaulieu Easter Egg Hunt by Canoe Treat the family to a fantastic Easter activity this April! Join our Canoeing Easter Egg Hunt, not only to you get to enjoy a fantastic canoeing session along the Beaulieu River, you also get to hunt for delicious chocolate eggs to take home with you More details
16th April Avon Tyrell Easter Egg Hunt Keep your little chicks entertained this Easter and join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The Easter bunny has a challenge for you this year so before you get your treats, there’s some work to do. Activity challenges, problem solving and hidden clues will send you on a massive hunt so make sure you all work together so you get your reward. More details
23rd April Beaulieu Beaulieu Boat jumble: Sunday

Browse thousands of new and used boating bargains at the biggest boatjumble in the South.

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

27th - 29th April Beaulieu, Dibden & Totton Those were the says - Spring Concert The late 1960s and early 1970s were a great time for entertainment: musical theatre and film were riding high; the charts were full of songs with great vocals and melodies; and sitcoms were gaining enormous viewing figures on TV. We’re even nostalgic about many of the adverts from that time! Join us for an evening of fun and wonderful music - guaranteed to have you whistling as you leave. More details and to book tickets.
30th April Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally

: Sunday 30th April 2017 - A gathering of Ford owners and enthusiasts with a People’s Choice Award.

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

May 2017       Top
3th & 14th May Beaulieu Beaulieu Spring Auto jumble

Over 1000 stands selling motoring parts, automobilia, literature and accessories. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN

www.springautojumble.co.uk

7th May New Milton Plot. Ride. Remember. The Despatch Rally event aims to bring together the motorcycling community to celebrate and honour the Despatch riders from whom motorcycle culture descended. The day will consist of themed destinations and challenges throughout Dorset. Rider challenges will include shooting, motorcycle control and navigation skills. Points will be allocated to each activity and prizes presented at the event finale. The Finale will boast live music, BBQ and drinks for all. Event Tickets: £25 per vehicle (solo rider or with pillion) - 8.30-17.30 More details: www.despatchrally.co.uk
13th May Lyndhurst Children's workshop Mixed-up Mini Beasts! 10.15am - 11.15am & 11.45am - 12.45pm Be inspired by bugs of all shapes and sizes! View them up close with microscopes and magnifiers before creating your own mixed-up mini beasts out of clay. (Age 5 - 11, adult accompaniment needed.) £5 PER CHILD PER SESSION BOOKING REQUIRED More Details: New Forest Centre
13th May Avon Tyrell Fairy Treasure Hunt Avon Tyrrell is a magical place that is home to some truly spectacular creatures. Do you believe in fairies? Because we do and if you follow some clues, you might just believe! Enjoy some crafts, outdoor art and bushcraft elements as part of this magical adventure. More details
14th May Beaulieu Land Rover Rummage

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

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/land-rover-rummage

20th May and 1st June 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
June 2017       Top
3rd June - 30th July Romsey Primitive hunting equipment and weaponry Learn how our evolutionary history has shaped us and how we and our distant ancestors have evolved and hunted for over 2.6 million years during this 7 hour day course. To understand where we, the human race, is going, we need to understand where we have come from. On this course we will cover primitive bow making including making natural cordage, Atlatl's (primitive throwing spears) and willow fish traps. For ages 14 plus. More details: School Beneath the Pines
4th June Romsey Natural awareness and identification Ever wondered what animal made a specific print in the ground, which way is north, what type of berries are these or how to tell how much daylight there is left? Join us for a walk through the grounds and learn all about identifying animal tracks and signs, useful plant and tree names and how they used both in the past and present as well as other outdoor clues, signs and natural navigation. For ages 6 plus. More details: School Beneath the Pines
4th June Beaulieu Simply Porsche Rally

Sunday 4th June 2017 - A gathering of Porsche enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-porsche

11th June Sway Open Gardens Sway open gardens event in aid of Oakhaven with over 20 gardens to explore. More details.
14th June Lyndhurst Drawn from the Forest Drawn from the
Forest: An Artist’s View
7pm - 8.30pm
The New Forest’s landscape has always inspired artists and writers. Many recorded their heritage, some made it their livelihood; for outsiders, such as the bohemian Sven Berlin,
it was more: A spiritual retreat and place of sanctuary. Join writer Sonia Aarons as sheexplores why Berlin and others were irresistibly drawn to
interpret what he called ‘The Green City’. This memorable evening of art and literature includes a Q & A session and the opportunity to discover all the New Forest Centre has to offer. Part of the New Forest Arts Festival.
TICKETS £6 (£4 MEMBERS)
BOOKING REQUIRED
More Details: New Forest Centre
17th June Beaulieu Simply VW Rally:

A gathering of VW enthusiasts with a cavalcade, Vintage Village and People’s Choice Award.

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

17th June 2017 Minstead Be a Mid Summer Drummer Join us for an evenings introduction to drumming lead by the vibrant Ghanaian Kwame Bakoji-Hume. The workshop will be held outside in the grounds of the study centre and is suitable for all levels of ability/experience (open to anyone 10+). Drums will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Drumming is a unifying force, connecting people through rhythm and putting us in touch with ourselves. In Ghana drumming is used at traditional ceremonies but also in every part of modern life to celebrate, heal, and invigorate. Helpful tip - bring a cushion! £12 Minstead Study Centre. 7.00pm to 9.00pm
17th June Avon Tyrell Fathers Day Campout Celebrate a night with dad this year for our Father’s Day 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
17th and 18th June Romsey Small game and deer butchery Wild game is incredibly good for you, as well as being cheap to buy compared to supermarket meats.
Spend the day learning how to gut, skin, butcher, prepare and cook a range of small game including deer, rabbit and pigeon. A great course for any field sportsmen, chefs and anyone else who loves the taste of wild game. Age 12 plus
More details: School Beneath the Pines
18th June Beaulieu Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day

A colourful display of hundreds of hot rods, custom and American cars, with the Bows and Braces Vintage Village, live music, dancing and more!

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

18th June Brockenhurst New Forest bike ride

A beautiful ride through the New Forest, helping to raise money for the breast cancer charity Coppafeel. There's a choice of four routes for all ages and abilities, all starting and finishing in Brockenhurst. Quiet roads and gentle hills make the shorter rides ideal for families. In aid of:Coppafeel

For more details and to sign up online, visit: www.bike-events.co.uk/newforest
22nd June Lyndhurst All Trees are Clocks: A live multi-media Performance A unique opportunity to see a live performance of 'All trees are clocks', a multi-media piece specifically composed to accompany the exhibition
displayed in the New Forest Gallery until 9 July. The
concert will be given by Emily Burridge (cello) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinet), who will accompany a presentation of sound and video documenting how the New Forest wood-lands change throughout the year. Part of the New Forest Arts Festival. TICKETS £7
BOOKING REQUIRED
More Details: New Forest Centre
24th or 25th June Romsey Feast from the forest: foraging and cookery class Enjoy a two hour walk around the grounds and discover all the goodies in natures larder. We will cover plant and tree identification and discuss their uses both past and present. When we arrive back at camp you will be treated to a feast of dishes all of which include wild seasonable food . For ages 6 plus. More details: School Beneath the Pines
24th June Lyndhurst All Trees are Clocks: Family Workshop Join Professor Adrian Newton of Bournemouth University for some hands-on activities to help learn about the
ecology of the New Forest. Come and play with the
ponies in our model diorama. Count the tree rings on an ancient beech tree. Explore the interactions between
ponies and plants in a
computer game. Learn what research can tell us about how the New Forest is
changing. Part of the New Forest Arts Festival.
FREE DROP-IN EVENT
BOOKING NOT REQUIRED
More Details: New Forest Centre
25th June Beaulieu Simply Land Rover Rally

A gathering of Land Rover owners and enthusiasts with Land Rover Experience West Country, a People’s Choice Award and an opportunity to try Beaulieu’s very own Forest Drive.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-land-rover

July 2017       Top
1st July Lyndhurst Christopher Tower Reference Library Free Open Day Situated on the upper floor of the New Forest Centre, the Christopher Tower Reference Library contains a large collection of New
Forest publications, maps and
ephemera. Come along and
discover our local history resources.
More Details: New Forest Centre
9th July Beaulieu Simply Jaguar Rally

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

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-jaguar

15th July - 8th October Lyndhurst New Forest Open Art Exhibition The ever popular Open Art Exhibition returns for another season to showcase the best of the creative New Forest. In partnership with the National Park Authority
and sponsored by ExxonMobil.
More Details: New Forest Centre
22nd July 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
23rd July 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 July Beaulieu :Simply Japanese Rally

A gathering of Japanese vehicles of all shapes and sizes with club stands and a People’s Choice Award.

National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-japanese

August 2017       Top
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
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
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/

September 2017       Top
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
October 2017       Top
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
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/

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