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

Saturday, 1st September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show, 10.00am to 4.30pm. There will be over fifty tables selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewellery and books. Displays this year include Dinosaur Isle from the Isle of Wight, Dorset Geologists' Association and Important Dorset Geological Sites, a 'Junior Collectors Corner', plus individual displays by members of Southampton Mineral and Fossil Society.
    Sellers include both local collectors and high quality dealers with a wide selection of fine specimen minerals, fossils, crystals, jewellery and books.
    The show takes place in two halls at the centre, all on one level, so is suitable for visitors with mobility disabilities. Admission is £1 for adults, with accompanied children under 14 years and Junior Rockwatch members free. Refreshments are available throughout the day.
    The show is organised by the Southampton Mineral and Fossil Society. For more information about the club and this year's show, visit their website www.sotonminfoss.org.uk or telephone Gary Morse on 01489 787300.
Sunday, 2nd September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Artisan Fair will take place as usual but with the added bonus of the Christchurch District Scouts who will be running the Artisan Fair kitchen and craft café to help raise funds for their trip to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in July 2019. They will be joined by Sophie, a very talented young harpist who will play in the café area.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Persian Rug Sale, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Monday, 3rd September
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night.
Thursday, 6th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Saturday, 8th September
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, New Forest Bead Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm). Everything for every beader - traders exhibiting and selling beads and jewellery supplies, Bead-workers Guild Stand, demonstrations and light refreshments. (Although most people enjoy the ease of being able to order goods online it still remains important to be able to visit a show and see the beads and accessories in their true light.) £3 entry.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Food and Gift Market, 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Sunday, 9th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Brass Band Concert and cream tea, 3.00pm.
Tuesday, 11th September
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time recording, 5.15pm to 9.00pm. With Chris Beardshaw, Christine Walkden and Pippa Greenwood. Recording starts at 6.15pm. £4.50 entry which includes a drink on arrival. Tickets can be purchased on-line via the Village Hall website and are also available from the Village Hall Office which is open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 1.00pm.
Wednesday, 12th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Saturday, 15th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 16th September
  • 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. 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, Sweet Charity Choir, 2.00am - 6.00pm. 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 ).
Friday, 21st September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Memories - An Illustrated Talk by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Dr Manny Hinge, 7.30pm - 10.30pm. The New Forest has been painted, filmed and written about for centuries by those that know it and those just passing through. Now, writings and art from past centuries, local films of historic interest and extracts from the Burley Living History Project have been brought together by Lord Montagu and Dr Manny Hinge who will jointly present the evening's programme.
    Come along and enjoy a host of memories and raise money for the New Forest Centre Museum.
    Doors open at 7.00pm (for a 7.30pm start) and tickets are £15 (Friends of the New Forest Centre £12), available from the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst Community Centre, by calling 023 8028 3444 and via EventBrite.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (12A), 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.
    A young English writer (Lily James) forms an unexpected bond with some Guernsey residents just after World War II, when the islanders are recovering from the German occupation. Adapted from the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, director Mike Newell uses his considerable skills to weave together a richly layered film that is both uplifting and moving.
    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.
Sunday, 23rd September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Flea Market, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 28th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 historical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Newell and written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The screenplay is based on the 2008 novel of the same name, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The film stars Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton. Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was under German occupation during World War II.
    Tickets £4.50 for members of the Centre and £5.00 for non-members.
Sunday, 30th September
  • Brockenhurst Sixth Form College, New Forest bike ride, start time 8.00am - 10.15am. A late summer ride through the beautiful New Forest. There is a choice of four routes - 15, 30, 45 or 60 miles - for all ages and abilities, all starting and finishing in Brockenhurst. Quiet roads and gentle hills make the shorter rides ideal for families. For more details and to sign up online, visit the Bike Events website or contact Bike Events on 01179 897080 or email euan@bike-events.com

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.
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 and Sunday, 1st and 2nd September
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
Saturday 8th September to Sunday, 23rd September
  • Burley Village Hall, Woodlanders Exhibition.
Saturday 15th September to Sunday, 28th October
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Barry Peckham - A Retrospective, 10.00am - 4.30pm. Enjoy the work of one of the New Forest's leading artists in this retrospective exhibition celebrating 50 years. A New Forest native, Barry paints in oils and watercolours and prefers to take his inspiration directly from the nature surrounding him. Free entry.
Saturday, 29th September to Sunday, 25th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt, 10.00am - 5.00pm (Monday - Saturday), 10.00am - 4.00pm (Sunday). A unique exhibition based around two of the greatest exponents of colour woodcut prints: Allen William Seaby (1867 - 1953) a regular visitor to the New Forest, and John Edgar Platt (1886 - 1967) in partnership with the artists' estates.
    This exhibition also includes paintings by Platt's son Michael, and the prints of Seaby's grandson Robert Gilmor.
    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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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