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New Forest What's On
January 2018

The New Forest National Park covers a relatively small geographical area, yet residents and visitors have access to an extensive New Forest Whats On programme that features a wide range of events and activities.

Find out about Whats On in the New Forest with the guide below.

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What's On - the January events programme
(single day events first, followed by longer running events)

Thursday, 4th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 6th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 10th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 19th January
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Moviola Presents Dunkirk (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm with a bar and refreshments available. It is May / June 1940 and 400,000 British soldiers are holed up in the French port of Dunkirk. The only way out is by sea and the Germans have air superiority, bombing the British soldiers and ships without much opposition. The situation looks dire and, in desperation, Britain sends civilian boats to try and evacuate the beleaguered forces. This is that story, seen through the eyes of a soldier amongst those trapped forces, two RAF fighter pilots and a group of civilians on their boat, part of the evacuation fleet. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance.
    Buy your tickets online from the village hall website, from the village hall office (Mon-Fri 9.00am - 1.00pm), or from Pot Pouri. Tickets are also available on the door for £6.50.
Saturday, 20th January
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Fundraising Book Sale, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Come along to find some second-hand book bargains and help raise money for the New Forest Centre Museum. (Tip, Leaf and Bean Cafe wil be open for refreshments if you can't wait to start reading you new books!) And if you have any books you'd like to donate, please bring them along to the Centre by 10th January.
Sunday, 21st January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Flea Market, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 22nd January
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Rosicrucian Order AMORC Open Meeting, 7.30pm - 8.45pm. A meeting for those wishing to meet local Rosicrucians and find out more about the Order. For more information, email www.amorc.org.uk or call 01892.653197.
    The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC is a worldwide mystical fraternity devoted to the study and practical application of natural and spiritual laws. The purpose of the Order is to enable everyone to live in harmony with the creative forces of nature in order to achieve health, happiness and peace. The purpose of these open meetings is to allow interested enquirers to meet with local members and to find out more about the nature of the Order and what they do.
Friday, 26th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Dunkirk (12A), 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
Saturday, 27th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Burns Night, 7.30pm.
Sunday, 28th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair, 10.30am - 4.00pm. The New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair brings together dozens of local groups to help budding volunteers find their perfect role. After another year of record attendance, hundreds of people are again expected to visit this free fair which showcases a whole host of roles, including recording wildlife, inspiring youngsters, restoring landscapes and helping some of society's most vulnerable.

Longer running events

Saturday, 14th October to Sunday, 14th January
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special Exhibition: From the Charter of the Forest to the Present Day, 10.00am - 4.00pm until 29th October, then 10.00am - 3.30pm. Explore the Forest's past, present and future. This exhibition by the New Forest National Park Authority will explore the story of the New Forest National Park's woods and trees. How can trees help us discover the New Forest's long and fascinating history? How did a nine year old boy, 800 years ago, help shape the place we know and love today? Free entry.
Saturday, 2nd December to Sunday, 18th February
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition: Art Of World War ll - John Noott Collection, 10.00am - 4.00pm. In this remarkable exhibition you will find rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life on the Home Front, the war at sea and in the air, the battlefronts in Africa, Europe and the Far East and the aftermath of this global tragedy.
    John Noott was 7 years old when war broke out in 1939. Later in life as a successful art dealer he began to collect art made during the war. It now includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by famous and lesser known artists including Felix Topolski, and Eduardo Paolozzi. After a brief showing at the Broadway Arts Festival in 2016, St Barbe is privileged to present the first major gallery showing of this remarkable collection of war art.
    Museum and Gallery admission prices:
    With gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3, Under 5s FREE. National Art Pass holders FREE. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.45, Family £10.90, Child £2.70.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 5th, 6th and 7th January
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Alice in Wonderland - the Pantomine. Friday: 7.30pm, Saturday: 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday: 2.30pm. Brockenhurst Players invite you to join them for this year's panto - Alice in Wonderland. We know you want to: oh yes we do! Tickets available from the Village Hall office or Spencer's Estate Agents in Brookley Road. Adults - £8.00, u16s - £4.00.
Sunday, 21st January to Sunday, 15th April
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special Exhibition: Maps - The New Forest Unfolded, 10.00am - 3.30pm until 29th March then 10.00am - 4.30pm. Discover the biography of the New Forest and its people through maps chosen from the Christopher Tower Reference Library. These maps of large and small scale, illuminate not only the landscape but the individuals and institutions that shaped the Forest as it is today. Free entry.
    (Curated by New Forest Knowledge Project Officer Dr Katharine Walker and library volunteer and map enthusiast Patrick Keane, the maps exhibited range from geological surveys and maps of Naval timber to Drivers' maps and route maps produced by organisations such as the Ordnance Survey, Forestry Commission and AA.)
Saturday, 27th January to Saturday, 3rd February
  • Burley Village Hall, The Burley Players pantomime - The Pied Piper.
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