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

Saturday, 2nd June
  • Burley Village Hall, Cycle Jumble.
  • Bolton's Bench, Lyndhurst, National Volunteer Week - New Forest Litter Pick, 10.00am - 12.00noon. As part of National volunteering week, please come and help Forestry Commission staff to clean up our beautiful forest. Litter pickers, bags and gloves will be provided. Suitable for all ages, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking is not required - you can just turn up. Sorry, dogs are not allowed
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Food and Gift Market, 9.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 3rd June
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Rhythm - Tea Dance, 2.00pm - 6.00pm. Sunday afternoon tea dances at Brockenhurst Village Hall. A wide range of music to suit different styles of dance with the emphasis on smooth jive and blues. Fun and friendly atmosphere. First Sunday of the month. Plenty of parking and and only a 10 minute walk from the train station. Free water, tea, coffee and cakes. £6 entry fee payable on the door.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 4th June
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night.
Thursday, 7th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 9th June
  • Blackwater Sunset Safari - Forestry Commission event, 8.30pm - 10.00pm. Join this 2 mile dusk walk to experience New Forest wildlife as the sun sets. Listen for Nightjars, keep your eyes peeled for bats and watch out for deer. Suitable for people aged 10+, the cost is £10 per person, advanced booking is essential, meet in the Blackwater Car Park, wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, and bring insect repellent and a torch. Dogs are allowed.
Sunday, 10th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Dolls House and Miniatures Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 13th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 15th June
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Darkest Hour (PG), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. The Cinema is in the Forest Hall. The doors open at 7.00pm and the evening programme begins at 7.30pm. After a short film or two and a trailer for the next film, there is an interval when you can chat with friends while enjoying a glass of wine, ice creams, coffee, tea, cake etc. before settling down to watch the main film.
    Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Germany or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the threat of invasion is imminent and with an unprepared public, a sceptical king and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of history. Gary Oldman won the Oscar for Best Actor for this performance.
    Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website, from the Village Hall office (Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm), or from Pot Pouri. Tickets are also available on the door for £6.50.
Saturday, 16th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 20th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Features an appraisal of members' work led by professional artist Mike Bragg. Always such a good learning opportunity. Visitors are always welcome (entry fee £4).
Friday, 22nd June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Murder on the Orient Express, 7.30pm. Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot probes the mystery of a murdered American tycoon aboard the legendary Orient Express as 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon bring Agatha Christie's classic whodunit back to the big screen. Tickets are available from the Community Centre, £4.50 for members of the Community Centre and £5.00 for non-members.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Moulded Theatre presents Ribbet Ribbet Croak, 11.00am - 12.15pm and again from 2.00pm - 3.15pm. Ribbet Ribbet Croak is an interactive sensory performance suitable for families and groups, including complex needs audiences, lasting 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 1-6 years. Come and join Grandma and Grandpa Frog as they leave the pond to plan a big surprise. You can also help them keep an eye out for their cheeky Grandfrogs, who pop-up in unexpected places along the way. Featuring puppetry, The Makaton Language Programme, songs and plenty of audience interaction, Ribbet Ribbet Croak is a multisensory playful exploration of life as a frog.
    Places are limited to ensure everyone can participate in the production and get close to the performers. Tickets are available online via the Village Hall website and from the Village Hall Office, Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm. Adults £5.00, Children £3.00 for each performance. Doors will open at 10.30am and refreshments and snacks will be available.
Saturday, 23rd June
  • Wild About Ponies, Tilery Road Car Park, Brockenhurst, 1.00pm - 2.00pm. Come and meet a New Forest Ranger and learn about New Forest ponies and other livestock which live on the forest. Why are they here? Why are they important? Who owns them? Come along to a fun, free information session and learn all the answers to your questions about the four-legged icons of the New Forest. The walk will cover about 1 mile. This Forestry Commission event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required - you can just turn up, and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Emerald Crafts, 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 24th June
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Free Family Fun Day, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Help celebrate the New Forest Centre's 30th birthday by attending this Family Fun Day, kindly sponsored by Ringwood Brewery, which will have a craft beer stall at the Centre on the day. Entry is free and there will be craft activities and a chance to personalise a leaf for the 30th anniversary tree. Raffle prizes have been donated by The Woods Cyclery, Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers and Tip, Leaf and Bean Café. The Centre's mascot Pete the Pony will be on hand to blow out the candles on the birthday cake, baked by Jenny Angel from Rosedale Bed & Breakfast in Lyndhurst.
    (The Centre's free museum, gallery, gift shop and the Tip, Leaf and Bean Café will all be open, too.)
Tuesday, 26th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst Community Choir, 7.30pm. Lyndhurst Community Choir will be performing a concert of popular songs in the Pine Hall at the Community Centre. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Please come along and support the local choir.
Thursday, 28th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust - A Passion for the Planet, 7.00pm. What will it take to save our wild and wonderful world? Join Nick Baker, TV presenter, author and brilliant bug man along with other leading environmental gurus to debate what's at stake and why it's time to go wild.
    Nick will be joined by guests Debbie Tann, Chief Executive at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust; Dominic Couzens, Bird Expert, best selling nature author and commentator; Sir Ghillean Prance, world famous botanist and ecologist; Charlie Burrell, re-wilder and the man behind Knepp Wildland and Tiffany Francis, young, nature obsessed author of 'Food you can Forage'.
    Full details are on the website. Tickets £7.00 - £10.00.

Longer running events

Friday, 30th March to Sunday, 2nd September
  • New Forest Reptile Centre, Date with Nature, 10.00am - 4.30pm. Visit the New Forest Date with Nature to find out more about brilliant birds of prey, from mewing buzzards, speedy goshawks and hovering kestrels, and much, much more. There is a large flat screen TV showing live and recorded footage from the nest, and another TV showing a film about other brilliant birds that nest in the New Forest.
    There is also an interactive touchscreen; perfect for children (or even adults) who want to know more about the species that call the New Forest home. The Reptile Centre is also home to every native species of lizard, snake, frog and toad in the UK! Come and meet them - you'll be able to see them all in special reptile 'pods'. If you're lucky you might even arrive for feeding time!
    There are miles of nature trails to explore too, keep your eyes peeled for deer, squirrels, mice and the notorious New Forest ponies as you wander the site, or stop for a picnic near the bird feeders, and marvel at the flashes of colour as tiny birds come searching for treats.
    Entry to this event is free, but donations for parking are welcome.
    (Brought to you by the RSPB with the help of the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority).
Sunday, 8th April to Sunday, 10th June
  • Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm. The Four Seasons Artists group will once again be in residence at the Five Arrows Gallery during the spring season for visitors to enjoy their work. The group, headed by local artist Marianna Kneller, first exhibited at Exbury in April 2005 and have proven to be a bit of a hit!
Friday, 20th April to Sunday, 10th June
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Springlines: Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and Clare Best, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Springlines is a collaborative project between poet Clare Best and painter Mary Anne AytounEllis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the south of England. For several years Clare and Mary Anne have been working from nature, from memory and imagination and in response to one another's creativity.
    Together they have made a body of work that tells the story of the complex and fragile relationship between human life, surface water and groundwater.
    The exhibition features paintings by Mary Anne and poetry by Clare based on their explorations in Sussex, Kent and the New Forest as well as relevant items from the museum's local collections.
    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.
Saturday, 21st April - Sunday, 8th July
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Special Exhibition: Ancient and Remarkable Trees of the New Forest, 10.00am - 4.30pm. Discover and appreciate these ancient treasures of the New Forest in this unique exhibition by local photographer David Russell. David moved to the New Forest as a child and, after going to school in Southampton and studying photography at Bournemouth School of Art, has worked as a professional photographer in and around the area ever since.
    'The intention of this exhibition is to encourage the appreciation and respect for these often hidden treasures of the New Forest. They are deeply important for our wellbeing both mentally and physically,' explains David. 'These surviving hulks of living history are now under threat from climate change, disease and development. We need to have an awareness of the fragility of these eco systems that are so vital to us all.'
    The exhibition, which is free, is supported by the New Forest National Park Authority and dedicated to the memory of Senior Policy Officer Nick Evans. 'His enthusiasm and belief in the importance of these ancient woodlands gave me the impetus and encouragement to start this work', says David.
Saturday, 26th May to Sunday, 3rd June
  • 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.
Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th June
  • Exbury Gardens, Model Railway Expo, 10.00am - 5.30pm. Across the weekend of the 16th - 17th June, Exbury Gardens will be hosting a Model Railway Expo in the Engine Shed - just in time for Father's Day! The models on display will be both modern and from the steam era, including a selection of mainline 00 and end to end 00 gauges. The event will showcase a variety of track layouts in different sizes with running models, and there will also be a trade stand on both days. No pre-booking is required, as entry is included with standard admission into the gardens.
  • Burley Village Hall, Sweet Pea Society.
Saturday, 16th June to Sunday, 23rd September
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, 10.00am - 5.00pm (Monday - Saturday), 10.00am - 4.00pm (Sunday). In 1917 U-Boat attacks threatened to knock Britain out of the war. Artist Norman Wilkinson persuaded the Admiralty that the answer lay in patterns painted on the side of ships which would confuse U-Boat commanders as to the vessel's direction and speed. A team of artists were recruited to create these 'Dazzle' designs and soon ships were sailing out looking like exhibits in an avant-garde art show.
    This unique exhibition looks at the development of Dazzle and features original ship models, Dazzle plans and artworks made to record and celebrate the scheme. The exhibition includes works by Norman Wilkinson, Edward Wadsworth, Montague Dawson, John Everett and many more on loan from the national, regional and private collections.
    This is the only exhibition on the topic being mounted during the First World War Centenary commemorations.
    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.
Saturday and Sunday, 23rd and 24th June
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%.
** Always take care when driving **
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley