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New Forest What's On
January 2019

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 January events programme
(single day events first, followed by longer running events)

Thursday, 3rd January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 5th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 9th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 11th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Aviation Group, 7.30pm. The Aviation Group meeting for January features a talk entitled 'Secret Spitfires - Director's Cut', which should prove to be very interesting. Tickets (£4, including light refreshments) are available from the Community Centre.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Peterloo (12A), 7.30pm.
    Peterloo
    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.

    Moviola has a special pre-release of Mike Leigh's new drama, Peterloo, which is his portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo massacre. Government forces charged into a crowd of over 60,000 people who had gathered in a peaceful protest against rising levels of poverty and to demand political reform. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression.

    The Peterloo massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of the Guardian newspaper. Starring Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear.

    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, 13th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 19th January
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Fundraising Book Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Come along to find some second-hand book bargains and help raise money for the New Forest Heritage Centre museum. If you have any books that you would like to donate, please bring them to the New Forest Heritage Centre by Friday 11th January.
Friday, 25th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film matinee showing - Mama Mia, 1.30pm. For the first time, there will be a matinee showing of the monthly film so do come along in the afternoon if you don't want to venture out on a cold, wintery night! Doors open at 1.00pm with the film starting at 1.30pm. Tickets are available from the Community Centre, £5.00 for members of the Centre and £6.00 for non-members. This includes light refreshments. New Forest ice cream may be purchased at £1.50 per pot.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film night - Mama Mia, 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm showing. Tickets are available from the Community Centre, £5.00 for members of the Centre and £6.00 for non-members. This includes light refreshments. New Forest ice cream may be purchased at £1.50 per pot.
Saturday, 26th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Burns Night, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12.50 for a fun evening with a buffet meal including haggis, neeps and tatties and Scottish Dancing. There will also be a quiz and raffle so it will no doubt be a great evening.
Sunday, 27th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Volunteer Fair, 10.30am - 4.00pm. If you're looking for something new to embark on in 2019 and fancy volunteering, do come along and see what are you might like to help with. There will be plenty to choose from!

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.
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.
Friday, 4th January to Sunday, 6th January
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst Players in Panto present Beauty and the Beast.
    Beauty and the Beast
Saturday, 12th January to Sunday, 10th March
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Photographic Exhibition by Cathryn Baldock - Reimagining the Forest, 10.00am - 3.30pm.
    All the leaves are brown
    An experimental and imaginative display of work by local photographer, Cathryn Baldock. Cathryn developed an interest in photography and subsequently the manipulation of images to produce more abstract images over a number of years and is obsessed with the landscape and in particular the magical qualities of the New Forest. Free entry.
Thursday, 31st January to Saturday, 2nd February
  • Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society, It's a Wonderful Life, 7.45pm. Members of LDMS are putting on It's a Wonderful Life, a live radio play based on the popular 1940s film starring James Stewart. This is a first for the Society and will make great entertainment with its on-stage sound effects and original musical numbers. Tickets (£8.00 Thursday, £9.00 Friday/Saturday) are available from the Community Centre Office.
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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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