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

Monday, 1st April
  • Burley Village Hall, Film night, 7.30pm.
Tuesday, 2nd April
  • Burley Village Hall, Print-making for beginners, 10.00am - 3.00pm. One day workshop. Learn simple techniques to create beautiful prints. Check out the website for more information.
Thursday, 4th April
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, British Horse Society, 6.30pm - 9.30pm. The British Horse Society are holding a free information evening to help keep your horses, yourselves and your equipment safe and secure.
Friday, 5th April
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street, Xtreme Everest - going to extremes to understand critical illness, doors open at 7.00pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 1 hour. Kay Mitchell - Senior Research Manager, Critical Care Research Unit, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Kay works with Xtreme Everest. This group has undertaken field, laboratory and clinical research on human responses to low oxygen levels. She will outline how this improves understanding of critical illness and improves patient outcomes. She will present results: some leading to changes in practice, and what may be next. She will share anecdotes of her three visits to climb Everest.

    (This is a Friends of St Barbe event, entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others).
Sunday, 7th April
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 10th April
  • New Forest Reptile Centre, Wild Wednesday, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Forestry Commission event. Enjoy a date with nature at the New Forest Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and making activities for children. See nestcam video from a bird of prey's nest as well as the reptiles and amphibians. Drop in event, no booking required, suitable for all ages, dogs welcome on leads, call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 11th April
  • Boltons Bench, Lyndhurst, Wild about Ponies, 1.00pm - 2.00pm. Forestry Commission event. Meet a New Forest Ranger and learn about New Forest ponies and other livestock which live in the forest. Enjoy a fun, free information session and learn all the answers to your questions about the four-legged icons of the New Forest. Suitable for all, one mile walk, dogs welcome on leads, no booking required. Call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
Friday, 12th April
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Wife (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    The Wife
    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.

    After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) complement each other. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her very considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. His literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage many years later - a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.

    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.
  • Bolderwood, Forestry Commission information unit, Easter Eggstravaganza, 11.00am - 3.00pm. Meet the Forestry Commission rangers, help spot the early signs of spring and celebrate our feathered friends. Take part in our Easter Trail at Bolderwood and learn about what special ground nesting birds we have here in the New Forest. If you manage to solve all the clues you can claim a prize. £2.00 per entrant on entry, no booking required, suitable for all ages, dogs welcome on leads, prizes subject to availability. Call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
Sunday, 14th April
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Uptown Markets Spring Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Wednesday, 17th April
  • New Forest Reptile Centre, Wild Wednesday, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Forestry Commission event. Enjoy a date with nature at the New Forest Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and making activities for children. See nestcam video from a bird of prey's nest as well as the reptiles and amphibians. Drop in event, no booking required, suitable for all ages, dogs welcome on leads, call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm. Peter French, a professional artist from Wiltshire, will be demonstrating landscape painting in acrylic. Members mini exhibition theme: landscape.
Thursday, 18th April
  • Hatchet Pond, near Beaulieu, Wild about Ponies, 1.00pm - 2.00pm. Forestry Commission event. Meet a New Forest Ranger and learn about New Forest ponies and other livestock which live in the forest. Enjoy a fun, free information session and learn all the answers to your questions about the four-legged icons of the New Forest. Suitable for all, one mile walk, dogs welcome on leads, no booking required. Call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
Friday, 26th April
  • Lyndhurst, Verderers Hall Open Day, 11.00am - 3.00pm. Forestry Commission event. Visit the Verderers Hall, for an exclusive opportunity to see this historic building and learn more about the important role it plays in the New Forest. Parking in main Lyndhurst car park only. Free of charge event, suitable for all, sorry - no dogs allowed, no booking required. Call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Jason Bourne (12A), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counter-insurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.
Saturday, 27th April
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Waterside Warriors Diabetes - Spring Fayre, 10.30am - 3.30pm. There is free entry to the fair which will have over 30 stalls and will include a raffle and tombola. Refreshments will also be available.
  • Exbury Gardens, Woodland Gardening with Kenneth Cox, 3.30pm - 7.00pm. Join woodland gardening expert and plant hunter Kenneth Cox, Exbury trustee Lionel de Rothschild and Head Gardener Thomas Clarke on an exclusive walk and talk on woodland gardening.
    The tour will meander through Home Wood, taking in the beauty of Exbury's magnificent woodland gardens and expertly-designed ponds. Followed by wine, canapes and a presentation on woodland gardens by Ken, with the chance for attendees to ask questions, and then a signing of Ken's new book Woodland Gardens.
    Attendees will be invited to enter the gardens through a separate entrance by the Five Arrows Gallery (parking available). Tickets - £15 or £40 for a book and ticket combo available via the Exbury website. Books will be available for purchase at the event, although card payments cannot be accepted.

Longer running events

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.
Friday, 22nd March to Tuesday, 23rd April
  • New Forest Spring Clean, various times and locations. The New Forest Spring Clean is part of the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy, that brings people together to collect and dispose of the litter that spoils our environment and poses a threat to wildlife.
    New Forest District Council is offering practical support to people, community groups, clubs or schools who want to organise a litter pick in their community, whether it's a tidy up of your local park, beach, school or neighbourhood.
Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday, 2nd June
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019, Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday, 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 (up to 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 (under 16) £2.70. Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free.
Saturday, 6th April to Sunday, 21st April
  • Discovery Days at Bolderwood, 10,30am - 3.30pm. Take part in seasonal activities at the Forestry Commission's Bolderwood Information Unit. Free of charge event, suitable for all, dogs welcome on leads, no booking required. Call 0300 067 4601 for more information.
Sunday, 7th April to Wednesday, 29th May
  • Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
    Four Seasons Art Exhibition
    Now in its 14th year at Exbury Gardens, the Four Seasons Art exhibition showcases the work of 11 talented artists from Hampshire and Dorset. The pieces exhibited interpret nature through different artistic methods including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and wood turning. Books, cards and giclee prints also for sale.

    Located in the Five Arrows Gallery, an atmospheric old brick building adjoining the Herbaceous Garden, the exhibition is free to enter, so long as day admission to the gardens has been purchased or visitors have a Friends of Exbury annual membership.
Saturday, 20th April and Sunday, 21st April
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Thursday, 25th April to Saturday, 27th April
  • Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society, Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst, Steel Magnolias. This amateur production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling and directed by Michele Arkle is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Tickets are available from Lyndhurst Community Centre: Thursday £9, Friday and Saturday £10.
Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Needlework Fiesta 2019.
    Needlework Fiesta 2019
Tuesday, 30th April to Sunday, 2nd June
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Textile Exhibition, Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    Textile Exhibition
    This exhibition brings together local textile artists working in a variety of different media. From felting to lace-making, weaving, patchwork and collage, we are seeking to highlight the range of work being created by talented local artists. There will be weaving, spinning or lace-making demonstrations most weekends throughout the exhibition. Visit the St. Barbe website nearer the time for more details. The works in this exhibition will be available for sale.

    (Textile by Pippa Crouch).

    Admission with gift aid - Adult £6, Concession £5, Family (up to 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 (under 16) £2.70. Under 5s free. National Art Pass holders free.
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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%. 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