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

Friday, 20th September
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, New Forest Fiction - Past and Present, 7.30pm - 10.00pm.
    New Forest Fiction - Past and Present
    World renowned author Edward Rutherfurd will be headlining this event. Edward was born in Salisbury, publishing his first novel, 'Sarum', in 1987, which became an instant bestseller. In 2000 'The Forest' was published. Set in the New Forest, this novel covers the lives of a number of families tracing their history from the Saxons and Normans in 1099 through a Jane Austen style world of the early 19th century to present.

    The first half of the evening will consist of a number of readings of fiction drawn from the works of deceased authors, whose writings are based in and around the New Forest, drawing their inspirations from the surroundings, history and characters. Following an interval, the second half will be a selection of authors reading and interpreting their own works, culminating with Edward sharing his thougths on his books and local sources of inspiration.

    Tickets - £15.00 (£12.00 Friends) - to book, visit the Heritage Centre website, phone 02380 286151 or call into the Heritage Centre shop.

Longer running events

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, 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.
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