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

Thursday, 1st March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 2nd March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - An Audience (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm with a bar and refreshments available. A special recorded NT Live broadcast of the West End production of this play. Dame Helen Mirren reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth II in this production, which won three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards. For 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve prime ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life. It is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said - not even to their spouses. Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website, from the Village Hall office (Mon-Fri 9am-1pm), or from Pot Pouri. Tickets are also available on the door for £8.50.
Saturday, 3rd March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Compendium Canvas Workshop, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Join Andy Skinner for this fabulous one day workshop to create a stunning Canvas. All materials, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Course fee £60.00. (Please bring a basic craft kit along with you, to include: Pencil, Pallette Knife, Stencil / Stipple Brush, Craft Knife, 1/2" Flat Soft Brush, 3/4" Flat Soft Brush, 1/2" Flat Hogs Hair / Stiff Dry Brushing Brush). More details and to book a place.
Monday, 5th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night.
Wednesday, 7th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, BHI Auction, 7.30pm.
Saturday, 10th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Robbie Williams Tribute Night, 7.30pm. Lyndhurst Junior Football Club are delighted to welcome you to this Robbie Williams Tribute Night. Tickets £10 each available from Joe White or through any of the Lyndhurst Jfc Managers (07900347663). Doors open at 7.30pm.
Sunday, 11th March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Grandma's Attic Fair, 9.30am - 4.00pm. Forty stands spread over two rooms, refreshments available, admission £1.50.
  • Exbury Gardens, Mother's Day, 10.00am - 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). Exbury Gardens are spoiling all Mums this Mother's Day with 50% off entry to the gardens. The newly refurbished Mr Eddy's Tea Rooms will be offering a brand new menu for all to enjoy, and across the gardens there will be plenty of early spring colour to see including our heather, magnolias and daffodils. It's something the whole family can enjoy - a treat not to be missed!
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Mind, Body, Spirit Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Forestry Commission event, The Foresters Guide to Trees and Timber, 10.00am - 12noon. Join this 3 mile walk, starting in the Standing Hat car park, for a chance to see and learn about the working forest, guided by your local Forester. Attendees should be 12 years +, £10 per person, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, sorry - dogs are not allowed, advanced booking is essential - book The Foresters Guide to Trees and Timber.
Friday, 16th March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm with a bar and refreshments available. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Woman in Gold) this film looks at the relationship between children's author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) and his nanny Olive (Kelly MacDonald) Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books. The enchanting tales brought hope and comfort to many after the First World War but the cost to the family may have been greater than any of them anticipated. Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website, from the Village Hall office (Mon-Fri 9am-1pm), or from Pot Pouri. Tickets are also available on the door for £6.50.
Saturday, 17th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Burley Scouts' Quiz.
Wednesday, 21st March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. The New Forest Art Society welcomes professional artist Gerry Dudgeon who will be demonstrating an abstract landscape in acrylic. Visitors always welcome (entry fee £4). Members are invited to bring a related themed picture for a mini exhibition.
Friday, 23rd March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Dad's Army (PG), 7.30pm. It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then - to patrol the Dover army base - is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits. Stars include Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Toby Jones, Blake Harrison, Daniel Mays and Bill Peterson. Tickets available from the Centre office and, as mentioned previously, if at all possible it would be helpful if you could purchase these between the hours of 9.00am and 1.00pm.
Sunday, 25th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Table Top Sale, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Good Friday, 30th March
  • Lymington Sea Water baths area, the 'Ocean Brothers' are welcomed home, 2.30pm. Come and join in the fun carnival atmosphere as the 'Ocean Brothers' are welcomed home. Having rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, broken a world record (at 19, Jude is the youngest person to row any Ocean in a pair) and raised almost £100,000 to fight skin cancer, local brothers Greg Bailey and Jude Massey will arrive home to a hero's welcome as they row the Lymington river accompanied by a colourful and noisy flotilla, followed by a reception at Lymington Yacht Haven.
    More information and details for those wishing to join the flotilla.
Saturday, 31st March
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Children's Easter Craft Workshops, 10.00am - 2.00pm. Six activities for £5 if booked in advance by 26th March or £1.50 per activity on the day. Come and have an egg-citing time with this children's Easter Crafts Workshop. You can book in advance and get a discount for all the activities or drop in on the day and pay individually.

Longer running events

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.)
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.
Sunday, 11th March to Monday, 2nd April
  • Exbury Gardens, Lachenalia and Orchid Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). The UK's pre-eminent collection of Lachenalias (the 'leopard lily'), alongside a selection of orchids from Exbury Gardens' glass houses, will be on display in the Five Arrows Gallery for visitors to enjoy when the gardens open.
    Lachenalias represent one of the fastest-growing collector plants in the country. The Genus is full of interest, with 133 (and counting) species offering a variety of colour during the dull winter months. For lachenlias, their size makes them the ideal plant for a kitchen pot, windowsill or conservatory, and they have an exceptionally long flowering season. Exbury's first Lachenalias will traditionally flower in October, and the last as late as May.
    The exhibition will also display a wonderful selection of wildlife sculptures created by Long Ly. Sculptor Long Ly was originally from Saigon, Vietnam, before escaping the communists, aged 8, with his family on a rickety fishing boat. He was settled in England and has come to being an artist after being 'discovered' by Nick de Rothschild. He now works and exhibits his work at the Palais des Vaches Gallery. His pieces are made from recycled metal, ranging from pots and pans to plumbing pipes and carpet dividers - his imagination shows no bounds.
    For more information about the exhibition, please email info@exbury.co.uk
Saturday, 24th and Sunday 25th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
Friday, 30th March to Sunday, 15th April
  • Forestry Commission Discovery Trail at Bolderwood, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Experience the seasons of the forest, on this Forestry Commission discovery trail, a 1 mile self-guided trail that will take you through the woods with activities and challenges for all the family along the way. You can start the trail anytime between 10.30am and 3.30pm, it is suitable for all ages and is a free event although there may be a small charge for the additional activity pack. Meet in Bolderwood car park and wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking is not required and dogs are allowed.
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley