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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.
Friday, 12th July
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, Wild Rose (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    Wild Rose
    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.

    Glaswegian mother of two, Rose Lynn, must choose between her responsibilities to her children and her burning ambition to break into Nashville's country music scene. Meanwhile her mother, played by Julie Walters, wonders ruefully if Rose will ever really grow up. Rose is played by Jessie Buckley (War and Peace and The Last Post on television) and the film tells a story of choice, sacrifice and knowing who you really are.

    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.
Saturday, 13th July
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, iSing Concert, 6.00pm. The iSing Children's Choir are holding a summer concert at the Centre. The children would love you to come and support them as the evening will be great fun. Entry is free but donations will be gratefully received in aid of the FOLS ECG appeal.
Sunday, 14th July
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
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.
Friday, 26th July
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Green Book (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    The Green Book
    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.

    Based on a true story of companionship in a period of eye opening immense hardship in America. When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortenson), a bouncer from an Italian - American neighbourhood in The Bronx, is hired to drive Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) a world class black pianist, on a concert tour to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African - Americans. Confronted by racism and danger as well as unexpected humanity and humour, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on their journey. With a fabulous periodic soundtrack featuring jazz, crooners and artists of the time combined with the classical compositions played by Dr Shirley. Winner of three Oscars - Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ali) and Best Screenplay.

    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 - Stan and Ollie (PG), 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Laurel and Hardy - the world's greatest comedy team - face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy's failing health start to threaten their precious partnership. The film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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.
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, 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 - 4.30pm.
    New Forest Open Art Exhibition
    The ever popular New Forest Open Art Exhibition, sponsored by ExxonMobil Fawley, is now in its seventh year. The New Forest, with its timeless beauty, continues to inspire artists of all ages and to attract painters, sculptors and photographers from across the region. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their own favourite piece of work. As many works are for sale, the Open Art exhibition also affords visitors an opportunity to own a piece of their very own New Forest inspired art.

    Admission to the New Forest Heritage Centre is free, although donations are welcome.
Thursday, 18th July to Saturday, 20th July
  • Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society, Vernon Theatre (Sandy Lane, Lyndhurst), The Tin Woman. The Tin Woman, by Sean Grennan, is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humour and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.
    Curtain up at 7.45pm. Thursday - £9, Friday and Saturday - £10. Tickets are on sale at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Enquiries 02380 282729.
Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st July
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Pilgrim Harps, 10.00am - 4.00pm. This is a Harp 'Come and Try' weekend which provides a marvellous opportunity to try your hand at playing the harp - and who knows where that might lead? It was a most enjoyable event last year and is sure to be the same again this year.
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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, 30th July until Thursday, 29th August
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Summer Holiday Discovery Days, 10.00am - 4.00pm. The New Forest Heritage Centre's Discovery Days run every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays so why not drop in and have a go at some Forest-related crafts?

    There's a different theme each day for the crafts and plenty of quizzes, museum trails and colouring activities to keep the whole family busy. Museum entry is free (as is the wifi) and craft activities are by donation. And there's no need to book, just drop in.
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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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