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

Friday, 1st March
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street - Shipwrecks and Global 'worming', doors open at 7.00pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 1 hour. Paola Palma, the Learning and Engagement Officer at St Barbe, will share her knowledge of the British coast and the shipwrecks that pepper it, most of which are of historical or archaeological value. (This is a Friends of St Barbe event, entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others).
Saturday, 2nd March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00 - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 3rd March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Football MUGA fundraiser, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
    Football MUGA fundraiser
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Dolls House Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 4th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Film night, 7.30pm.
Tuesday, 5th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Print-making for beginners. One day workshop. Learn simple techniques to create beautiful prints. Check out the website for more information.
Wednesday, 6th March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, John Adams concert, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
    John Adams concert
    Singer/Songwriter, John Adams draws influences from the likes of James Morrison, Sam Smith, David Gray and James Blunt. With emotive and heartfelt narratives woven together as stories, John's expressive and nuanced vocals compliment his acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniments.
    £10 entrance - book on-line via the Village Hall website.
Thursday, 7th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am.
Sunday, 10th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 13th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 15th March
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Children Act (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    The Children Act
    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.

    As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) founders, eminent High Court Judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead) to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

    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.
  • Quiz and Chips, Lymington Community Centre, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. A Friends of St Barbe event. Quiz night and Fish and Chip Supper. Fish, Chicken and Vegetarian options, Licensed Bar, Raffle and Prizes. Returning by popular demand. Tickets - Friends £10 / Guests £12. Please note end time is approximate depending on if there is a tie break. Tickets are on sale at the St Barbe Welcome Desk.
Saturday, 16th March
  • Exbury Gardens, Friends of Exbury (Members) Pre-opening Tour, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
    Friends of Exbury (Members) Pre-opening Tour
    Exclusive to Friends of Exbury - those of our loyal visitors that have purchased an annual membership• - this rare event will give some very special guests the chance to see the first buds of spring and hear about the special projects our gardeners have been stuck into over the Winter.

    Head Gardener, Thomas Clarke, will be conducting two tours at 11am and 1pm respectively. Tours will last for roughly one hour, followed by complimentary refreshments in Mr Eddy's Restaurant.

    Please note that each group is limited to 30 persons and places will be booked on a first come first served basis. So don't delay and book your place today.

    To book this FREE event call 023 8089 1203 and to purchase your Friends of Exbury annual membership visit the Exbury Gardens website.

    •Must be valid (in date). Validity will be checked during booking process and attendees must bring their membership card to the event.
Friday, 22nd March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film night - Bohemian Rhapsody, 7.30pm. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

    They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

    Doors open at 7.00pm, tickets available from the Centre - £6.00 non-members and £5.00 members.
Saturday, 23rd March
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Welcome Spring, 2.30pm - 4.00pm. Art and craft activities to welcome spring in the museum and to help prepare the St Barbe window display. Pre-booked £3. Please call Paola Palma to book your place 01590 676969.
Sunday, 24th March
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Holistic Health and Vegan Fair, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 29th March
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire: Nature in Trust - talk by Mike Read, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
    Skipper butterfly
    The wide spread of locations and habitats shown highlights not only the excellent work of the Trust but also how fabulous the county is for wildlife. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £6 / £4 for members. Booking advised - please contact the Centre - 02380 283444.
Sunday, 31st March
  • Exbury Gardens, Half price for mums on Mothering Sunday, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
    Half price for mums on Mothering Sunday
    Exbury is the perfect venue for a family day out this Mothering Sunday. Stroll through miles of vibrant early-flowering rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, tumble through daffodil meadow and marvel at our stream of 100,000 spring bulbs.

    (Half price on entry to gardens only. Steam railway and buggy rides can be purchased at £5pp. Offers also available in restaurant).

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.
    British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
    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.
Saturday 16th March to Sunday, 7th July
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Forestry 100 exhibition, 10.00am - 4.30pm. In 1919 the government set up the Forestry Commission to replenish the nation's timber reserves in the wake of WW1. Since then the landscapes it manages have gone through significant change and now face very different challenges.

    This is particularly the case in the New Forest which in 2009 became A Site of Special Scientific Interest, and has become one of the country's most important habitats for many species of wildlife and plants.

    This exhibition looks back at the Forestry Commission's activities in the New Forest and the important role the New Forest plays in our local economy through timber and providing a wonderful place to visit. It also highlights future challenges to ensuring the Forest's conservation and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.
Saturday and Sunday, 23rd and 24th March
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday, 2nd June
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    St Barbe Open Exhibition
    In 2018 the St Barbe Open made a very successful transition to the new gallery spaces and a new online entry method with the largest ever submission and just under 100 works selected. The resulting exhibition was the best yet. Since it was established in 2000 the Open has become one of the highlights of the local arts calendar, attracting artists from Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.

    The 19th Open exhibition will include paintings, prints, drawings and three-dimensional works and is selected by a panel of professional artists and curators. The stiff competition for selection means that the standard gets higher every year, providing a treat for our visitors and a chance to buy high quality affordable art. This is a selling exhibition.

    (2018 also saw the inaugural Young Artist's Open exhibition to encourage budding artists to take part in the Open exhibition. It got off to a flying start with 89 entries, all of which were shown in a vibrant display alongside the main Open exhibition. The St Barbe Young Artist's Open 2019 will, we are sure, be similarly successful).

    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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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley