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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.
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).
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.

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.
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.
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.
Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Needlework Fiesta 2019.
    Needlework Fiesta 2019
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