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

Wednesday, 1st August
  • Wild Wednesday, New Forest Reptile Centre, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Enjoy a date with nature at the Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see the "live" video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians. You can turn up anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm, the event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Thursday, 2nd August
  • Wild About Ponies, Bolton's Bench, 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. Meet in the Bolton's Bench car park. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 3rd August
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Photography exhibition, 6.00pm - 9.00pm. This exhibition features a selection of pictures from local photographers.
Saturday, 4th August
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Genetic Drift - Vibrant Forest Brewery, Summer Beer Festival, 11.00am - 7.00pm. Be sure to put this refreshing date in your diary as Brockenhurst Village Hall are thrilled to be hosting Vibrant Forest Brewery's annual Summer Beer Festival.
    Come along to celebrate, and sample, Vibrant Forest Brewery's locally produced beer. With music and festivities throughout the day you will be able to choose from 20+ of Vibrant's much-loved beers, as well as other guest beers and ciders.
    At just £5 a ticket (in advance only) you will gain entry to the event + a branded glass and Festival programme. Tickets in advance only (available from the Village Hall 09.00 - 1.00pm Monday - Friday) or from many of the local pubs or the brewery.
  • Burley Village Show, 1.00pm to 5.00pm. As part of Burley history, the show remains a small traditional country event that celebrates village life and brings together local people of all ages and visitors to enjoy shared activities. It has retained its original format of a vegetable, flower and produce show with locals engaging in friendly competition by entering classes.
    Not just for locals, the Burley Village Show also has loyal support from holiday-makers to the New Forest. There is lots to see including country crafts and pursuits, children's attractions, a display of vintage and classic vehicles and a programme of arena events which all go to make up an afternoon of fun and enjoyment for all ages.
    The Show is held in the Manor Park, behind the Queen's Head pub in Burley. There is plenty of parking in public car parks, and in the Park itself, although this is not managed by the Burley Village Show, so parking charges apply.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Photography exhibition, 10.00am - 7.00pm. This exhibition features a selection of pictures from local photographers.
Sunday, 5th August
  • 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.
  • Lymington Summer Spectacular and Classic Car Show, 10.00am. The 19th Lymington Rotary Summer Spectacular and Classic Car Show is being held at Woodside Park on Sunday 5th August. Enjoy the fun and excitement of a show that has activities for all ages and a Classic Car Show with over two hundred cars is one of the biggest in the South of England.
    There will be music to stir the soul and get your toes tapping along with interactive displays to both amaze and amuse. For the quieter moments there will be bargains to be had in the extensive Car Boot area and a range of trade and charity stalls that would complement any High Street.
    Food to suit a wide range of appetites and palates will be on sale.
    This year thanks to help from our show sponsors, come and join the food, fun and frolics for a modest £5 per adult with children under fifteen free - all profits are donated to charity.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Photography exhibition, 10.00am - 4.00pm. This exhibition features a selection of pictures from local photographers.
  • Hartwood House, Lyndhurst, Summer Fete, 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Features a wide range of activities for all age groups, including a bouncy castle and face painting as well as a range of outdoor games. Meet the animals at Pets Corner, have your photo taken in the Photo Booth by Infinity Photography and enjoy the entertainment from the Cavaliers Jazz Band.
Monday, 6th August
  • Heathlands of the New Forest, Shatterford, 10.00am - 12.00noon. Join the Forestry Commission's Open Forester manager on this 3 mile walk and discover how both modern and traditional management techniques have helped shape the heathlands of the New Forest. Suitable for people aged 12+, the cost is £10 per person, advanced booking is essential, meet in the Shatterford car park and wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Dogs are allowed.
Tuesday, 7th August
  • Discover the New Forest, Blackwater, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. Join a New Forest Ranger on this 3.5 mile guided walk and discover more about the New Forest and what makes it so special. Meet in the Blackwater car park. 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.)
Wednesday, 8th August
  • Wild Wednesday, New Forest Reptile Centre, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Enjoy a date with nature at the Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see the "live" video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians. You can turn up anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm, the event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Thursday, 9th August
  • Wild About Ponies, Whitefield Moor, 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. Meet in the Whitefield Moor car park. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Sunday, 12th August
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
Tuesday, 14th August
  • Discover the New Forest, Bolderwood, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. Join a New Forest Ranger on this 3.5 mile guided walk and discover more about the New Forest and what makes it so special. Meet in the Bolderwood car park. 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.)
Wednesday, 15th August
  • Wild Wednesday, New Forest Reptile Centre, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Enjoy a date with nature at the Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see the "live" video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians. You can turn up anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm, the event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Table Top Sale, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Sweet Charity Choir, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. The Sweet Charity Choir is returning to the Community Centre. This is a singing workshop open to all. To book your place and join in the singing, please email Jenny (sweetcharitychoir@gmail.com). Doors open at 6.30pm. This promises to be a very enjoyable evening.
Thursday, 16th August
  • Wild About Ponies, Beaulieu Road Special, 1.00pm - 2.00pm. A unique opportunity to explore Beaulieu Road sales yard with a New Forest Ranger. 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. Meet in the Beaulieu Road Sales yard. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Tuesday, 21st August
  • Discover the New Forest, Blackwater, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. Join a New Forest Ranger on this 3.5 mile guided walk and discover more about the New Forest and what makes it so special. Meet in the Blackwater car park. 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.)
Wednesday, 22nd August
  • Wild Wednesday, New Forest Reptile Centre, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Enjoy a date with nature at the Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see the "live" video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians. You can turn up anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm, the event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Thursday, 23rd August
  • Wild About Ponies, Hatchet Pond, 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. Meet in the Hatchet Pond car park. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)
Friday, 24th August
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Finding Your Feet (12), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. When "Lady" Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet. The film stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, and David Hayman.
    Tickets are £4.50 for members of the Centre and £5.00 for non-members.
Tuesday, 28th August
  • Discover the New Forest, Bolderwood, 2.00pm - 3.30pm. Join a New Forest Ranger on this 3.5 mile guided walk and discover more about the New Forest and what makes it so special. Meet in the Bolderwood car park. 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.)
Wednesday, 29th August
  • Wild Wednesday, New Forest Reptile Centre, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Enjoy a date with nature at the Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see the "live" video of birds on their nests as well as the reptiles and amphibians. You can turn up anytime between 10.30am and 4.00pm, the event is suitable for all ages, there is no charge, booking is not required and dogs are allowed. (Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.)

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).
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, 14th July to Saturday, 8th September
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, New Forest Open Art Exhibition, 9.30am - 4.30pm. Showcasing the best of the creative New Forest, the Open Art Exhibition returns for a 6th year. Run in partnership with the National Park Authority and sponsored by ExxonMobil, this free exhibition is open daily throughout the Summer and even gives you the opportunity to vote for your favourite piece of artwork.
    Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: 'The annual Open Art competition Exxon Logois a firm favourite with visitors and local artists alike, showcasing the great artistic talent within the Forest. The standard and diversity of artwork entered is increasing year on year and I am sure our competition judges will have a hard task ahead of them. We are delighted to be working with both the New Forest National Park Authority and ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery again to help support and encourage work within the creative community.'
Saturday, 21st July to Monday, 3rd September
  • 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, 21st July to Sunday, 23rd September
  • Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm. The Look Twice Artists are a group of local individuals who come together in the beautiful setting of Exbury Gardens to present their diverse range of work, which includes a variety of mediums from oil and acrylic paintings to glass work. Original artworks as well as prints and greetings cards will be available to purchase. The exhibition is in the Five Arrows Gallery and entrance is included with gardens admission.
    The artists include Hillary Bell, Christine Jones, Pat Hatchley, Sheila Reeves, Courtney Leggett, Marcia Hull, Jean Lock, Colin Lewis, Kate Thelwell, Margaret Wood and Jan Appleyard.
    Do come and have a look, there is literally something for everyone!
    For more information, please call 02380 891203 or email info@exbury.co.uk.
Sundays - 29th July and 5th, 12th and 19th August
  • Exbury Gardens, Summertime Family Fun. Discover a whole world of fun and adventure this summer in beautiful Exbury Gardens. Visit on the 29th July or 5th, 12th, and 19th August to take part in fun events that have been organised for you and your family. From storytelling and teddy bear trails to bug hunting, scavenger hunts and free adventure trails, there's plenty for you to get stuck in to and enjoy whilst exploring the gardens. You can also feed the fish, hop on the train, picnic by the Beaulieu River and enjoy an ice-cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy's Restaurant and Café. Under 3's are free, and baby changing facilities, high chairs and a children's menu are all available.
    Storytelling and Teddy Bear Trails - 10.30-11.30am I 12.00-1.00pm I 1.30-2.30pm I 3.00-4.00pm. Bring your teddy bear on the day and join in our interactive Teddy Bear Trails led by our guides, enjoying stories, songs, games and teddy bear puppet fun along the way. Then gather round in the shade as we open the magic book of stories to create new worlds, characters and exciting adventures together, all using the power of your imagination. No pre-booking is required, but as there is a maximum group size for each time slot we recommend arriving in good time to avoid disappointment.
    Bug-hunting - Become an Exbury Bug Explorer and see what wildlife you can find with our amazing bug-hunting kits (£2.50 each). Each kit includes a drawstring bag containing a pencil and activity trail, special bug tweezers, a bug sticker, and a small bug hunter pot to have a closer look at what you've found in the gardens. Bug-hunting kits are available on all of our Summer Family Fun Days.
    Adventure Trails - Explore the gardens at your leisure with one of our FREE Adventure trails. Fill-in the crossword, answer questions and complete the activities to become the ultimate Exbury Explorer. Adventure Trails are available every day of the summer holidays from Exbury's Visitor Entrance.
    Scavenger Hunt - What can you find in the gardens? Pick up a Scavenger Hunt bag FREE from the Visitor Entrance and explore high and low to collect items including twigs, leaves, petals and more. Take these items home with you to have a go at creating some wild art. You can then upload a photo of your creation using the #exburywildart hashtag which we can share to our wonderful followers on social media. Scavenger Hunt bags are available every day of the summer holidays from Exbury's Visitor Entrance.
Monday, 30th July to Sunday, 5th August
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre Week.
Starting on Tuesday, 31st July
  • New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Family Discovery Days, 10.00am - 4.00pm. The New Forest Centre's Family Discovery Days run every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays so why not drop in and have a go at some Forest-related crafts?
    There's a different theme each week for the crafts and plenty of quizzes, museum trails and colouring activities to keep the whole family busy.
    Museum entry is free (as is the WIFI) and craft activities are by donation - there's no need to book, just drop in!
Saturday, 4th August to Sunday, 12th August
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, Summer Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm. This summer exhibition is well known for the quality and diversity of original art work, prints and cards.
Tuesday 7th August to Thursday, 9th August
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Mad Science Party, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Brockenhurst Village Hall is thrilled to welcome back Mad Science during the summer holidays for three days packed with fun and science for 4 - 12 year olds.
    7th - Connect it Up, 8th - Jurassic Journey and 9th - Crazy Chem Works.
    Book a single class / day or receive a discount when booking all three days.
    Join in as we take off into space - To infinity and Beyond. Or maybe you would prefer to journey along our coastline and become a palaeontologist as we explore dinosaurs. Or time to get your googles as we get colour changing in a world of chemistry. Also, in store you can connect it up and make it move as we get to grips with circuits and radical robots. If that wasn't enough you might find you can be an entomologist and get bug hunting.
    To book - tel 01980 611807. Web - www.wessex.madscience.org
Saturday, 18th August to Thursday, 23rd August
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Village Artists' Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm. The Village Artists are a local group. Enjoy some home-made cake as you browse the artwork.
Saturday, 18th August to Monday, 27th August
  • Burley Village Hall, Art Club Exhibition.
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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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