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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)

Sunday, 1st September
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Rhythm Tea Dance, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
    The Rhythm
    Sunday afternoon tea dances at Brockenhurst Village Hall. A wide range of music to suit different styles of dance with the emphasis on smooth jive and blues. Fun and friendly atmosphere. Plenty of parking and and only a 10 minute walk from the train station. Free water, tea, coffee and cakes. £6 entry fee payable on the door.
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am to 5.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 2nd September
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 5th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest History and Archaeological Society, 7.30pm. Sylvia Crocker, Historian and Group Member, will give a talk entitled 'Squatters and Social Crime: Encroachments in the New Forest in the Eighteenth Century'. £2.00 members, £4.00 non-members.
Friday, 6th September
  • Lymington Baptist Church, opposite the St Barbe Museum, New Street, General Pringle Taylor of Pennington House, doors open at 7.00pm, the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 1 hour.
    General Pringle Taylor
    General Pringle Taylor, KH, (1796-1884) was a British Army officer. His career spanned more than sixty years and included service in India, Africa, Great Britain and the West Indies. He also engaged in a long-running dispute with the military authorities. After his marriage, the family home was in Pennington, and he is buried in St Mark's churchyard.

    This is a Friends of St Barbe event, entrance is free for Friends and £5 for others - visitors welcome.
Saturday, 7th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show, 10.00am - 4.30pm. Featuring minerals, fossils, gems, jewellery, books for sale and also displays and refreshments.
Sunday, 8th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Royal British Legion Band Concert, 3.00pm. This is always a wonderful event so make sure you book your tickets - they can be bought at Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Friday, 13th September
  • 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. The hall has recently been refurbished as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Our Past Our Future scheme. 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, 14th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest for Europe, 12.00 - 5.00pm.
Wednesday, 18th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm. Lucie Cookson, international artist and teacher, will be demonstrating portrait painting in oil and pastels. Lucie's work has been displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. Members mini exhibition theme: portraits. Non-members welcome.
Friday, 20th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre (but a New Forest Heritage Centre event), 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.
Saturday, 21st September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 22nd September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Flea Market, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 27th September
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Green Book (12), 7.30pm. Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist.

    The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga's son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travellers written by Victor Hugo Green.

    Green Book received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards won Oscars for the Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and for Best Supporting Actor (Ali).
Sunday, 29th September
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, The Rhythm Tea Dance, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
    The Rhythm
    Sunday afternoon tea dances at Brockenhurst Village Hall. A wide range of music to suit different styles of dance with the emphasis on smooth jive and blues. Fun and friendly atmosphere. Plenty of parking and and only a 10 minute walk from the train station. Free water, tea, coffee and cakes. £6 entry fee payable on the door.

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 - 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.
Saturday, 20th July to Sunday, 15th September
  • Exbury Gardens, Look Twice Artists' Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
    Look Twice Artists Exhibition
    View a unique collection of art inspired by the local area. Local artists' group Look Twice will be exhibiting at Exbury throughout the summer. The 11 artists draw their inspiration from the the New Forest, local beaches and harbours, as well as well-known landmarks including our very own Exbury Gardens.
    Each member of Look Twice has a very unique and individual style, using a variety of different mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, inks and graphite pencil.

    Tickets: Free with gardens admission or Friends of Exbury annual membership.
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.
Friday, 6th September to Sunday, 10th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection, Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection


    Neo-Romantic art flourished in Britain from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was inspired by a particularly British strain of Romantic art that looked back to Turner, Blake and Samuel Palmer. This exhibition is drawn from a remarkable private collection developed by Nicolas and Frances McDowall since the 1950s. It will feature around 60 works by artists associated with the movement including Paul Nash, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.

    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.
Friday, 6th September to Sunday, 10th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Wellworthy, Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    Wellworthy


    One hundred years ago, John Howlett changed the name of his engineering company to Wellworthy Ltd. By the 1970s, Wellworthy employed 1,800 people in Lymington and had 5,000 employees overall working in factories in Lymington, Ringwood, Salisbury, Weymouth and Bridgwater.
    This exhibition celebrates that anniversary, exploring the history and impact of the company through objects, photographs and oral history interviews collected from past employees.

    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, 7th September to Sunday, 22nd September
  • Burley Village Hall, Woodlanders Art Exhibition.
Saturday, 14th September to Sunday, 20th October
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Exhibition - David Bailey: Wildlife Photographer, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    Kingfisher

    Born into a New Forest family that bred the famous ponies and worked in the ancient woods, David has always had a love for the countryside and the creatures who made it their home. He served an apprenticeship in engineering and never really picked up the camera until he moved to the Brecon Beacons in Wales during 2006. Self-taught in photography, he was quickly persuaded to turn professional in 2008 and won the Welsh Wildlife Photographic Award, hosted by the Welsh Wildlife Trusts in 2011.

    In 2016 he was presented the Brand Personality Award (equivalent to a Grammy) by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for being the World's Best Wildlife Photographer. David has donated work to the Wildlife Trusts, National Trusts and Red Squirrel Trust. His work has been published many times in newspapers magazines including the Forces News and featured online by the BBC's Wildlife Magazine. He is also a feature writer for the world's oldest countryside magazine, The Countryman.

    Admission to the New Forest Heritage Centre is free, although donations are welcome.
Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th September
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Rock and Gem Show, 10.00am - 5.00pm on Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm on Sunday.
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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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