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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
February 2017       Top
11th February 2017 Minstead 'Let's Cook Vegan' Winter Warmer Following on from a very successful first 'Let's Cook Vegan' event in October we are pleased to offer a second opportunity to cook your own supper! Once again the event is open to all but may be of special interest to those who want to know more about a plant based diet or are just setting out to go vegan and are looking for a little guidance. Richard Barnett and Juliet Lynn, who are experienced vegan cooks, will lead you through the preparation of a full three course vegan meal, answering questions, offering information and sharing the odd tip along the way. Then we will all settle down to enjoy the fruits (and veg and pulses etc!) of our labours. A major (though not exclusive) theme for the menu will be seasonality and preserving with dishes providing warmth and comfort against the chill of winter..... It's a hands on event.....the prep and cooking will be shared by everyone and we hope this will make for a really enjoyable and social occasion. You're welcome to bring a bottle of your favourite tipple if you wish....we'll provide water if you don't want to. There is a maximum of 15 places so early booking is advisable. £22 Minstead Study Centre- 5.30p.m.- 9.30p.m.
11th-26th February Beaulieu Hands on Half Term Get ‘hands-on’ at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum this February Half-Term with interactive activities for the whole family. Handle historic motoring objects and race your own balloon-powered car in the National Motor Museum. Become a medieval builder in Beaulieu Abbey and dress up as a Victorian in Palace House. Collect stamps at each ‘hands-on’ station to complete your pass book! Don’t forget your ticket includes entry to the entire Beaulieu attraction, including Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and the world-famous National Motor Museum. More details
18 February 2017 Minstead Fruit Pruning with Chris Bird Hands on practical day with Chris Bird. A 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 and lunch provided. £50 Minstead Study Centre. 10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
20 - 24th Feburary Furzey Gardens Make your own Fairy Door. Children visiting Furzey Gardens this half-term can get inspired by finding some of our special fairy doors in the Gardens and then make their own design & take their door home. This is simple and fun children's activity - drop into the Bug Barn any time from 11am on the day you have booked to decorate your own fairy door template. Last visit time is 3pm. Cost: £3.50 per child for advance bookings, plus normal garden entrance also applies. Payment on the day £3.75 subject to availability. Free drink and biscuit included in the price. Please book. More details
22nd February Lyndhurst Introduction to Beekeeping for Beginners New Forest & District Beekeepers Association are hosting an "Introduction to Beekeeping for Beginners" course comprises eight classes on Wednesday evenings from 22 Feb to 12 April 2017; 7:30-9:30pm; at Duration - 8 evenings Date - 22nd February 2017 Lyndhurst Community Centre SO43 7NY. More details
25th February Pennington St Marks Church Wedding Fayre Are you planning a Hampshire or Dorset wedding? Looking for a lovely village church for your ceremony? Looking for a hall to hire for your reception? Come along and discover a beautiful church, while meeting a wide range of wedding specialists all in one place? St Marks Church of Pennington, Lymington are hosting a wedding fayre on Saturday 25th February from 11am till 3pm. You'll find brilliant wedding professionals who are experts in their field waiting to help you make your special day perfect. The wedding fayre will be split between the Church itself and the Church Centre. Come and join us to find inspiration for your special day? The St Marks Church is on Ramley Road in Pennington (Lymington post code SO41 8GQ) and the Church Centre is just a couple of minutes’ walk away. 11am until 3pm - SO41 8GQ
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4th March Lymington Boat Jumble Lymington Boat Jumble is organised by 9th Lymington Sea Scouts raising vital funds for the group. Now in its 5th year, items are sold on a commission basis. If you wish to sell any nautical items please contact infoboatjumble@gmail.com for further information. 0930 - 1200, TS Kent, Scout Hut, Kings Salterns Road, Lymington Hants, SO41 3QD - Details
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
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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
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

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

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


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
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

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

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 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
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
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

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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

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

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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

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
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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

November 2017        
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


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