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

Saturday, 1st December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, St. Michael's Fair, 10.30am - 3.30pm.
Sunday, 2nd December
  • 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, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 3rd December
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night.
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Paint the perfect present (oil painting workshop) with Kim Whitby, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Create a still life oil painting for that special someone this Christmas. Bring along items which are significant or evoke memories of the recipient or maybe things that will remind the recipient of you, and you'll end up with the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Price £35, 1 hour break for lunch - not included, limited places available, pre-booking essential - tel 01590 676969.
Tuesday, 4th December
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Knit and Natter, drop-in between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Help to create knitted or crocheted farmyard animals for a soft play area in the museum. (Free event).
Thursday, 6th December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 8th December
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Christmas Badge Making, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Pop in to the museum and make yourself a festive badge. Choose from our various seasonal designs or create your own. Museum entry is free, badges by donation.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Mind, Body, Spirit and Craft Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 9th December
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Christmas Badge Making, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Pop in to the museum and make yourself a festive badge. Choose from our various seasonal designs or create your own. Museum entry is free, badges by donation.
  • Burley Village Hall, Burley Players pantomime tickets go on sale 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Big Enormous Present, 1.30pm - 3.00pm.
    Brockenhurst Village Hall, Big Enormous Present
    Doors open at 1.30pm and the show will start at 2.00pm. It is a 50 min show without intervals. It's big, it's huge, it's Enormous. A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? The Big Enormous Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving. Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website - adults £8.00, under 16s £5.00.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 12th December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 14th December
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Museum, 5.00pm - 7.00pm. An evening of festive fun and trails all with a Christmas theme. Join in our make and take activities - something to keep, something to give and something for the tree. Museum entrance is free, craft activities £1.50 a go or book in advance and get them all for just £5. Make a donation to have a go at the trail.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - The man who invented Christmas (PG), 7.30pm. In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in 'A Christmas Carol', forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Morfydd Clark and Valeria Bandino. Doors open at 7.00pm (film starts at 7.30pm), tickets are £4.50 for members of the Centre and £5.00 for non-members, available from the Community Centre reception.
Saturday, 15th December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Food and Gift Market, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 16th December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Chocolate Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 22nd December
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Angel Crafts, 10.00am - 2.00pm.
Thursday, 27th December
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Winter Wonderland, drop-in between 11.00am and 12.30pm, and 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Chase away the winter blues by creating some wonderful winter themed crafts. Entrance is included with museum admission or £3 per child without museum / gallery admission. Children must be accompanied. Booking is not necessary.

Longer running events

Saturday, 3rd November to Sunday, 6th January
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Exhibition: Commoners' Voices, 10.00am - 3.30pm. Explore the New Forest in this wonderful exhibition which celebrates the New Forest commoning community, its people, animals, knowledge, passion and skills. No charge, just drop in.
Friday, 30th November - Sunday, 9th December (excluding 3rd - 6th December)
  • Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens, 11.00am - 7.00pm.
    Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens
    Kickstart your festive fun with a traditional family visit to Father Christmas at Furzey Gardens this December. Father Christmas will be making a list, checking it twice and listening to your children's merry wishes. Tickets include access to Furzey Gardens during daylight hours, with a daytime Christmas trail, and early Christmas gift and an opportunity to listen to Christmas stories in Story Corner. Tickets: £10.00 per child. Please note, this year the main Gardens will be closed at dusk and there is not a light trail, although the Coffee and Gift Shop will stay open until 7.00pm each evening after Father Christmas' visits.
Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd December
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre.
Saturday, 1st December to Sunday, 13th January
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - Coast, Christmas opening times for specific days are on the St Barbe website. The first of a series of invited artist exhibitions in which we bring together leading contemporary artists working in a range of media to explore their responses to a common theme. Coast: its atmosphere, landscapes, wildlife, activities and communities are all examined in this first exhibition which includes work by Richard Bawden, Alison Bolton, Jeremy Gardiner, Angie Lewin, Ffiona Lewis, Howard Phipps, Pine Feroda, and Michael Porter. The exhibition will explore how aspects of the British coastline have inspired each artist's practice and its incredibly varied character will be reflected in an eclectic celebration of the shoreline. This will be a selling exhibition.
    Gallery 3 will host a local history exhibition exploring how the coastline has changed over time.
    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.
Tuesday, 4th - Thursday, 6th December and Tuesday, 11th - Thursday, 13th December
  • Christmas Lunches at Minstead Lodge, 12.30pm - 2.00pm.
    Minstead lunches
    Why not by give back this Christmas by holding your festive celebrations at Minstead Lodge, where all profits support adults with learning disabilities in the South West region to live more independently. Where you're looking for an office party venue, or somewhere to celebrate with friends, Minstead Lodge's oak-panelled Long Hall with roaring log fires is the perfect seasonal setting to get into the festive spirit. Enjoy a traditional two course Christmas dinner with a glass of wine, finished with coffee and mince pies for just £25.00 per head. More information and purchase tickets online or call 023 8081 7146.
Saturday, 8th December and Sunday, 9th December
  • Lyndhurst Christmas Fun Weekend, all day both days.
    Lyndhurst Fun Day
    Not long now and Santa will be at The Stag Hotel in his grotto, Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Don't forget to pop along to enjoy the shops, stalls and activities taking place in Lyndhurst. Santa Parade down the High Street and Carols outside The Stag and The Mailman's at approximately 5.00pm Saturday.
Monday, 17th December to Sunday, 6th January
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Crazy Christmas Trail, available all day (Christmas opening times for specific days are on the St Barbe website). Explore the museum, spot all the hidden Christmas crackers and collect a prize from our front desk. Included with admission. For families with children aged 4 to 12 years. No booking necessary.
    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%.
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley