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

Monday, 1st July
  • Burley Village Hall, Film night, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 4th July
  • 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.
Friday, 5th July
  • Milford-on-Sea, Commemorative Event - 200th Anniversary of the Death of Admiral Cornwallis, organised by Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and The 1805 Club.
    Cornwallis Memorial Event
    A church service, starting at 2.00pm and finishing at around 3.15pm, at Milford-on-Sea parish church will be conducted by the Bishop of Basingstoke. The Cornwallis grave and memorial will be re-dedicated and a new stained-glass window blessed.

    A two horse post-chaise with riders in full costume will visit the village school and then proceed to the church service before a re-creation of the arrival of the news of Nelson's death and victory at Trafalgar.

    The post-chaise will then move to the village green where from around 3.00pm until 5.00pm there will be a variety of themed entertainments, live music, Royal Navy and Trafalgar Way stands and refreshments provided by local village groups including the Primary School and Royal Navy Catering.
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street, Amazing History of Lighthouses with Mark Lewis, 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.
Wednesday, 10th July
  • 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.
Saturday, 20th July
  • Burley Village Hall, Visions Lifeforce Day.
Wednesday, 24th July
  • 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.

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, 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.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4th, 5th and 6th July
  • Burley Village Hall, Burley Players' Summer production (Amateur Dramatics), 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th July
  • 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, 13th July to Saturday, 7th September
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, New Forest Open Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry is 30 minutes before closing).
    New Forest Open Art Exhibition
    Admission to the New Forest Heritage Centre is free, although donations are welcome.
Saturday, 27th July to Sunday, 1st September
  • 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, 28th July to Sunday, 4th August
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am to 5.00pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 30th and 31st July, and 1st August
  • New Forest Show, New Park, Brockenhurst.
    New Forest Show
    The New Forest Show is a three day celebration of Farming, Food and Fun which is rated among the top agricultural shows in the country. From food and flowers, music and main ring attractions to cooking, crafts and county pursuits, you're guaranteed to find something different in every corner of the showground.

    And there will be a brand new Canine Arena and Live Music Stage added to the mix of attractions this year.

    Buy your tickets online before 23rd July to receive a 15% discount.
    Visit the New Forest Show website to find out more.
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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