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New Forest What's On
February 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 February events programme
(single day events first, followed by longer running events)

Thursday, 1st February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 3rd February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Nightstop, 9.00am - 1.00pm.
Monday, 5th February
  • Burley Village Hall, Film night.
Friday, 9th February
  • Burley Village Hall, Korean Cooking evening.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Danceexplosion, Evening.
Saturday, 10th February
  • Burley Village Hall, Argentine Tango.
Tuesday, 13th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, St Michael and All Angels Church Pancake Supper for Shrove Tuesday, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Tickets £8.50 or £4.00 for under 10s available from Betsy (02380 282362) or Suzanne (02380 292414).
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Beatrix Potter - Dispelling the Myths, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. David Stocks was formerly a room guide at Hill Top, Beatrix's house in the Lake District. His talk is about her life and family, giving insights into her upbringing, her conservation efforts, the writing of her children's stories and her involvement with the National Trust. Our talks are open to all. Please come along if there is a topic that interests you. If you join the association at the meeting, you will only pay the members' admission rate.
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Family-friendly Discovery Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Looking for some fun half term activities? Then pop along to our family-friendly Discovery Days and take part in some Forest-themed crafts. Entry to the Museum is free (donation for craft activities) and there's no need to book - just drop in between 10am and 3pm.
Wednesday, 14th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB meeting, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 15th February
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Family-friendly Discovery Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Looking for some fun half term activities? Then pop along to our family-friendly Discovery Days and take part in some Forest-themed crafts. Entry to the Museum is free (donation for craft activities) and there's no need to book - just drop in between 10am and 3pm.
Friday, 16th February
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - Moviola presents Victoria and Abdul (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm with a bar and refreshments available. The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) reign. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes.
    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.
Friday, 23rd February
  • Burley Village Hall, Little Deers' Quiz Night.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film night - Victoria and Abdul (PG), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. An Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels to London to present Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) with a ceremonial coin for her Golden Jubilee. The pair form an unexpected bond upon meeting, but the lifelong friendship that develops is threatened by the disapproval of Victoria's inner circle. As the Queen contemplates what her life of service has meant and the restrictions it has placed on her, Abdul brings her joy as he indulges her fascination with the country she rules over from half a world away.
    Tickets are available from the Centre, £4.50 for members and £5.00 for non-members.
Saturday, 24th February
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Vibrant Forest Brewery Winter Beer Festival, 11.00am - 7.00pm. Don your drinking boots for the winter installment of this popular Beer Festival. Multi Award Winning, Vibrant Forest Brewery are proud to showcase their new winter beers, together with some beer food brought to you by Bark and Brisket and beer music by DJ's from Gimme a Break. Tickets £5 and includes a Vibrant Beer glass to take home (and drink your beer from) and festival programme.
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Christopher Tower Reference Library Open Day - Maps, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Come along to the reference library open day and take the opportunity to study a selection of rare and unique maps from the collections. Run in conjunction with the current exhibition, Maps - The New Forest Unfolded, there will also be supporting materials on show, such as books and photographs, providing context to the maps and the stories behind their creation. Entry is free and there is no need to book - just drop in. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with any questions.
Sunday, 25th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Dolls House Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, Spring Concert by Marchwood Orchestra, 4.00pm. Tickets £10 on the door or from the church office (02380 283175).
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and Green Space Grand Opening, 2.00pm - 3.00pm. You are invited to attend the official opening of the Brockenhurst MUGA and Green Space. Come and meet some special guests, enjoy a number of sport demonstrations and watch (or take part in) the Inaugural Brockenhurst Football Competition - winners will be awarded the Stuart Ross Trophy. Refreshments available.

Longer running events

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.
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.
Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, 'Kidnapped at Christmas'. Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society will be putting on this fun-filled play which is suitable for all ages from 4 upwards. There will be two matinee performances on both days and also an evening performance on Saturday. Tickets are available from the Community Centre office - £9.00 adult and £6.00 child.
Monday, 5th February to Tuesday, 20th February
  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 4.00pm (final day 3.00pm) The New Forest Art Society are pleased to announce this, their second art exhibition of members' work. Original art work, prints and cards will all be for sale.
Friday, 9th February and Saturday, 10th February
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, 'Made in Cornwall', 7.30pm. 'Made in Cornwall' is a dramatic story about society's interaction with mental health, prejudice and passion. Many of the cast and back stage personnel have worked with the playwright before and all are, or have been, associated with one or more of Minstead Players, Lyndhurst Drama Society or one of the Churches in the Benefice. Tickets are £5 from Minstead Village Shop or Costa Coffee, Lyndhurst. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Tower Repair Fund, All Saints Church, Minstead.
Saturday and Sunday, 17th and 18th February
  • Burley Village Hall, Carpet Sale.
Friday, 23rd February to Sunday, 15th April
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, The 18th Open Exhibition, 10.00am - 4.00pm. The Open Exhibition returns for its 18th year, bigger and better than ever. With more than £1,000 cash prizes up for grabs, a new online entry process, and a new category for three-dimensional works, there will be a fresh look to the exhibition to match the new gallery spaces at St Barbe.
    Over the years the Open has become a popular highlight in the region's arts calendar drawing entries from artists across Hampshire and Dorset and further afield. A panel of professional judges select the exhibition with the bar being set ever higher to match the quality of the work submitted. A range of prizes are offered through the generous support of local business partners.
    This is a selling exhibition.
    This year also sees our first Young People's Open which encourages budding artists aged up to 17 to submit two-dimensional artworks on a standard sized board provided by the museum.
    For details of how to enter both Open exhibitions please visit the museum's website.
    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.
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