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

Friday, 1st February
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street - Wildlife Photography, doors open at 7.00pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 1 hour. Ian Francis ARPS from the Highcliffe and Infinity Photography Club and IFY Images will talk about wildlife photography to coincide with the British Wildlife Photography exhibition at the St Barbe Museum. (This is a Friends of St Barbe event, entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others).
Sunday, 3rd February
  • Birdwatching tour of Normandy Marsh with Pete Durnell, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Meet Nature Reserve Manager Pete at Normandy Farm for a birdwatching tour of the Marsh. Please wear dark clothing and sturdy footwear, bring waterproofs and don't forget your binoculars! Suitable for all ages. Limited places available. £5 per person. Visit the St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, to book a place or phone 01590 676969.
Monday, 4th February
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 7th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 9th February
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Open Day - Christopher Tower Reference Library, 10.00am to 3.00pm. Would you like to find out more about your local area and what resources are available to help you with your research? Situated on the first floor of the New Forest Heritage Centre, the library contains an extensive collection of books, maps and ephemera. Highlights from the Felicite Hardcastle (1902 - 1988) collection will be on display. Find out about this remarkable Burley historian, lecturer and naturalist.
    The Open Day will also include the book launch of Sylvia Crocker's Hampshire Papers at 11.00am - 'Squatters and Social Crime: Encroachments in the New Forest in the Eighteenth Century'. Sylvia will be signing copies of her book, the latest in the series of the Hampshire Papers. This paper is concerned with the migration of people into the New Forest who settled as squatters on waste land.
  • St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Lyndhurst, Solent Concert Orchestra, 7.30pm.
    Solent Concert Orchestra
Friday, 15th February
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - Mama Mia! Here we go again (PG), 7.30pm.
    mama-mia
    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.

    Past and present intertwine as a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is busy re-launching her mother's tavern while husband Sky is away in New York. Flashbacks show us how the Dynamos were formed and how Donna (Lily James) met Sophie's three putative fathers. And Cher plays Sophie's maternal grandmother, Ruby Sheridan. If you loved the first film you'll certainly adore this one.

    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 February
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst and Sway Day Centre - Charity Fundraising, Valentine's Barn Dance, 7.00pm - 11.00pm.
    Brock Barn Dance
    In aid of Brockenhurst and Sway Day Centre for the Elderly. Tickets available from the Village Hall office (Mon-Fri, 9.00am - 1.00pm) or buy online via the Village Hall website. Please note, online tickets have an additional 50p PayPal charge per ticket. Tickets £20.00 which includes a Fish and Chip Supper.
    Woodsiders Live Band and Professional Caller, all dances taught, all ages welcome. Bring your own drinks or there will be a very reasonably priced bar serving a selection of refreshments.
Tuesday, 19th February
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Discovery Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm. The New Forest Heritage Centre's 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 day 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.
Wednesday, 20th February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Sue Kerrigan-Harrison, local artist, will be demonstrating an animal portrait using pastels. Members' mini exhibition - theme: animals. Visitors are always welcome - entry fee £4.
Thursday, 21st February
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Discovery Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm. The New Forest Heritage Centre's 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 day 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.
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Arts Society - Special Interest Day, Lord Leighton's Palace of Art, 10.00am - 3.30pm.
    Lord Leighton
    Presented by Dr Anne Anderson - Lord Leighton's Palace of Art: Artist's Studio-Houses in London. Tickets £35 which includes coffee and lunch. Book your place with Margaret Porteus - 01590 623703.
Friday, 22nd February
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Edie (12A), 7.30pm. 83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late - packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Stars Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie and Paul Brannigan. 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. Doors open at 7.00pm.

Longer running events

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.
Saturday, 19th January to Sunday, 17th March
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    All the leaves are brown
    The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the beauty and diversity of British wildlife as captured by amateur and professional photographers. This exhibition presents the winning pictures chosen from thousands of entries and is a showcase for the country's leading photographers.
    This stunning collection comprises around 90 photographs chosen across fifteen categories including coast and marine life, animal behaviour, plants, habitats, the seasons and urban wildlife. There are also categories for film and junior photographers. Each image is accompanied by the photographer's personal insights into the circumstances and inspiration behind the shot.
    These incredible photographs provide a chance to marvel at the wonders of British wildlife from the spectacular to the everyday, all presented in thought-provoking and eye-catching compositions.
    Admission with gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.55, Family £10.90, Child £2.70. Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free
Monday, 28th January to Friday, 8th February
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Exhibition - New Forest Wildlife - Children's Photography Competition Display, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    All the leaves are brown
    Photographs taken as part of the wildlife photography competition will be displayed in the McCarthy Room for everybody to admire - there is free access to this room.
    Admission with gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.55, Family £10.90, Child £2.70. Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free
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.
Saturday, 16th February to Friday, 22nd February
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Children's Wildlife Photography Trail, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Play the 'Wildlife Find and Match' game - build nature puzzles inspired by the wildlife exhibition and use your phone to take a selfie with special guests, popping straight out from the exhibition... careful, some may bite!
    Admission with gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (two adults and up to four children) £12, Child (under 16) £3. Without gift aid - Adult £5.45, Concession £4.55, Family £10.90, Child £2.70. Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free
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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%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
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