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

Sunday, 2nd June
  • Lymington Open Gardens, various locations, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
    Lymington Open Gardens
    Friends of St Barbe Museum event. The first Open Gardens day held in 2010 was a great success and the Open Gardens scheme is now an established Lymington summer event enjoyed by many Lymington residents and visitors. Visit the St. Barbe website for a full listing of Open Gardens.

    Entry to the gardens will be by programme (£6) on sale in advance at the St Barbe Museum in New Street, Lymington and at Moore Blatch, 48 High Street, Lymington; or can be purchased from any garden on the day. Many of the gardens are within walking distance of each other - or if you want to see them all a short bicycle ride.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Monday, 3rd June
  • Burley Village Hall, Film night, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 6th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 7th June
  • 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.
Saturday, 8th June
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Walking with Wise Women, 10.30am - 3.00pm. Walking with Wise Women - an introduction to herbal medicine, with Kate Scott BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine. Refreshments are provided but please bring your own lunch. Booking is essential and tickets can be purchased directly from the New Forest Heritage Centre website or telephone 023 8028 3444. Tickets are £40.
Sunday, 9th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Dolls House Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 12th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 13th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Film Festival - A Year in the Wild Wood, 7.00pm.
Friday, 14th June
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street, The Admirals of Milford with Barry Jolly, doors open at 7.00pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 1 hour. This is a Friends of St Barbe event, entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others.
Saturday, 15th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Film Festival Quiz, 7.00pm. This is a charity film quiz in support of the Minstead Trust. Tickets - £12.00 for a team of up to 6 members - are available from the Community Centre. (You should take your own drinks and snacks).
Tuesday, 18th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst Community Choir, 7.30pm. The members of Lyndhurst Community Choir invite you to their summer concert at Lyndhurst Community Centre. This will be an informal evening featuring some lovely folk songs from the British Isles and beyond. There will be no admission charge but a retiring collection and a raffle will be held in aid of choir funds. Do go along - you will be made very welcome.
Wednesday, 19th June
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm. Joel Waring, a practicing artist and teacher based in Surrey, will be demonstrating a painting of people in acrylic. Members' mini exhibition theme: people. Non-members welcome.
Friday, 21st June
  • Exbury Gardens, The Secret Garden - open air performance, 7.00pm.
    The Secret Garden
    For one night only, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing an adaptation of Frances Hodges Burnett's classic children's story The Secret Garden.

    Join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle's house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner. As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle's secret garden, and where has he hidden the key?

    This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in some of the UK and Ireland's most beautiful outdoor venues. Relive this tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer. Where is the secret garden? Mary Lennox must find the key.

    Tickets - Adults £16, child £11, family (2 adults and 2 children) £46, available via the Exbury website.
    Gates open at 6.00pm for a 7.00pm performance start time. Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.
Saturday, 22nd June
  • Blackwater, Sunset Safari, 8.30pm - 10.00pm. Forestry Commission event. Experience New Forest wildlife as the sun sets. Listen for Nightjars, keep your eyes peeled for bats and watch out for deer. £10 per person, 10 years+, 2 miles, sorry - no dogs allowed. Buy tickets via the Forestry Commission website or call 0300 068 0400 for more information.
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, All day.
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Family Fun Day, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
    Pete the Pony
    Join in the fun at the Family Fun Day! For one day there will be real animals in the Museum for visitors to meet - guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and ducks, courtesy of the Mill Cottage Farm Experience. And the Heritage Centre's very own Pete the Pony will also be making an appearance. There will be craft activities and games for all the family and a raffle; the library will be open with full access to a huge archives of photos, maps and books; and refreshments will be available from Tip, Leaf and Bean café. (Free entry).
Friday, 28th June
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Keeper (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm. 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.

    The extraordinary story of German POW Bert Trautmann. Talent spotted playing football in the camp by the manager of St Helen's Town, he stayed on in England at the end of the war and married the manager's daughter. Facing down hostility and abuse for being German, he went on to be signed by Manchester City, securing victory for his team in the 1956 Cup Final despite a broken neck. Starring David Kross and Freya Mavor. A story of forgiveness and reconciliation - Trautmann became the first foreign player to be voted England's Player of the Year.

    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.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Colette (15), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson and Denise Gough.
Sunday, 30th June
  • Burley Village Hall, Visions Lifeforce Day.

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, 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.
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.
Saturday, 25th May to Sunday, 2nd June
  • 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.
Tuesday, 4th June to Sunday, 14th July
  • Exbury Gardens, D-Day Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
    D-Day exhibition
    Did you know that Exbury was a naval base during the Second World War? View archive photographs from Exbury's time at war and watch video footage of first-hand accounts from Exbury veterans at this exclusive exhibition. Free with gardens admission or membership.
Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th June
  • New Park, Brockenhurst, Polo in the heart of the New Forest, Afternoons of exhilarating fast-paced polo.
    New Forest polo event
    Watch, learn and enjoy. Live commentating, children's activities, food, drink, stalls and music. Fun for all the family. VIP packages available. Gates open at 12.30pm, matches start at approximately 1.30pm. Free entry. There's more information here.
Saturday, 8th June to Sunday, 1st September
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Command of the Seas: The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon, Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

    Between 1793 and 1815, Britain was at war with revolutionary France. This exhibition will explore some of the key naval engagements in the run up to the decisive victory at Trafalgar in 1805, as well as what life was like in the navy at the time. It will focus on the important contributions of three local admirals, Cornwallis, Peyton and Man, all of whom are buried at Milford churchyard.

    Featuring items relating to these admirals on loan from both national and private collections, the highlight of the show will be JMW Turner's second sketch for the Battle of Trafalgar, on loan from the Tate. Gallery 3 focusses on the New Forest itself, exploring how timber from the forest was used to construct some of the warships that made up Nelson's Navy. There will be children's activities throughout the exhibition and a weekend of events in Milford on 5th - 7th July to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Admiral Cornwallis.

    This exhibition has been created in partnership with the Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and the New Forest National Park Authority.

    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 and Sunday, 15th and 16th June
  • Exbury Gardens, Model Railway Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
    Model Railway Exhibition
    Experience model railways in a unique location - Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway's engine shed. View an array of static layouts and live displays across variety of scales, gauges and eras. Free entry with gardens admission and membership.
Saturday, 29th June and Sunday, 30th June
  • Exbury Gardens, Summer Fair, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
    D-Day exhibition
    Browse a selection of local produce, including chutneys, soaps, clothing, furniture, cakes and cheeses. Plus a whole host of other unique merchandise, all lovingly made in the New Forest and surrounding counties. Free with gardens admission. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
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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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