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

Wednesday, 2nd October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, BHI Auction, 7.30pm.
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Book Launch: 'In the spirit of Godshill' introduced by Sonia Aarons-Green, 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
    Wood carving
    An opportunity to discover the curious wood carvings of Tom Charman, a friend of Ernest Westlake and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His story, and that of his intriguing bohemiam family, is told in the newly published memoir of Tom's son, Master Potter Christopher Charman of the well-known Godshill Pottery.

    Copies of the new book will be available, priced £20.

    Admission to the New Forest Heritage Centre is free, although donations are welcome.
Thursday, 3rd October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 5th October
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Hedgerow Berries and Winter ills, 10.30am - 3.00pm. Hedgerow berries and winter ills - an introduction to nature's medicine chest with Kate Scott Bsc (Hons).

    The workshop is an introduction to simple herbal remedies that you can prepare yourself at home from plants native to our gardens and hedgerows. There will be lots of things to make and a handout with information and recipes for you to try and hopefully, weather permitting, a herb walk where Kate will show you some simple plant identification.

    The last workshop run by Kate was incredibly popular and oversubscribed so book now to ensure your place - £40.00.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Mind, Body, Spirit Fayre, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 6th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday, 7th October
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30 pm.
Wednesday, 9th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Friday, 11th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film matinee - Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War, 2.00pm for 2.30pm. After the death of her bullying husband, the not-so-aged and downtrodden housewife Thelma Caldicot (Pauline Collins) is shipped off to the Twilight Years Rest Home by her money grabbing son and manipulative daughter-in-law. Appalled by the conditions, Mrs Caldicot decides to take matters into her own hands.
Sunday, 13th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Teddy Bear Fair, 10.30am - 4.00pm.
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, All Day.
Tuesday, 15th October
  • Setley Pond, A Walk Through Time, 10.00am - 1.00pm. A walk of contrasts, learning about the Bronze Age people, their burial customs and their lasting impact on the New Forest landscape. £6 per person, 10 years+, 3.5 miles, dogs welcome on a lead. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.
Wednesday, 16th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Alison Board, Dorset artist and teacher, will be demonstrating flowers and natural forms in watercolour and brusho. Members mini exhibition theme - flowers. Visitors welcome.
  • Wilverley Plain, A Walk on the Wild Side, 10.00am - 2.00pm. Join a Volunteer Ranger on this beautiful walk to learn more about the roles of the Verderers, Agisters and Keepers, and the management of the four-legged architects of the New Forest - the ponies. £6 per person, 12 years+, 7 miles, dogs welcome on a lead. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.
Thursday, 17th October
  • Beaulieu Road, Walk with a Commoner, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Enjoy a guided walk with a volunteer ranger who has ponies on the Forest. £6 per person, 15 years+, 5 miles, dogs welcome on a lead. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.
Friday, 18th October
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, Rocketman (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.

    This musical explores Elton John's early years as a young boy with his piano, leading to his famous, extravagant, superstar life. Rocketman delivers an exuberant and flamboyant dramatic punch, featuring the Elton John songbook.

    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.
Sunday, 20th October
  • Eyeworth Pond, Autumn in the Forest, 9.30am - 2.00pm. Spend the morning with two Volunteer Rangers on an autumnal walk as part of this year's Walking Festival. Savour the colour, sights and sounds of the forest at this special time of year. £6 per person, 16 years+, sorry no dogs. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.
Thursday, 24th October
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, John Buchan's, The 39 Steps, a live radio drama, 7.30pm - 9.00pm.
    39 Steps
    Following the enormous success of their award winning play, Bully Beef and Whizzbangs last year, BlackBox return with a stunning new adaptation of John Buchan's classic ripping yarn, The 39 Steps.

    The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Drama is an irreverent and affectionate take on one of our best loved stories. Full of thrills and spills, it'll keep you on the edge of your seats and crying with laughter.

    Buy your tickets online via the Village Hall website or from the Village Hall office (Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm).
Friday, 25th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film night - Rocketman, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story - set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton - tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
Saturday, 26th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Photography Exhibition, 9.30am - 5.00pm.
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Sunday, 27th October
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Photography Exhibition, 9.30am - 4.00pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Dolls House Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Anderwood car park, Autumn through a lens, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Bring your camera along on a gentle 4 mile walk with lots of opportunities to photograph the autumn scenery. £6 per person, 12 years+, sorry no dogs. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.
Monday, 28th October
  • Verderers Hall, Lyndhurst, Things you might not know about the New Forest, 10.00am - 12.00 noon. Join a Volunteer Ranger in the historic setting of the Verderers Hall for an illustrated talk that will provide a general introduction to the New Forest. £6 per person, 10 years+, sorry no dogs. A Forestry England event - tickets are available via the Forestry England website. For enquiries, call 0300 068 0400.

Longer running events

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 until the clocks change; then Monday - 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 until the clocks change; then Monday - 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, 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.
Tuesday, 1st October to Sunday, 3rd November
  • Exbury Gardens, Nerine Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
    Nerine Exhibition
    View a stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis 'Jewel Lilies'

    Originally found on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town in South Africa, Jewel Lilies flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, scarlets, copper and bronzes. They scintillate in the sunshine with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle. Exbury Director, Nicholas de Rothschild has produced well over 100 new hybrids, many of which visitors can purchase at this exhibition.

    Entrance - free with gardens admission or Friends of Exbury annual membership.
Wednesday, 9th and 23rd October
  • Exbury Gardens, Bird Watching Walks, 11.15am - 2.45pm. Ever fancied bird watching but not sure where to start? Our volunteer bird expert, Tony, will be taking small groups through the gardens, showing them where Exbury's bird wildlife resides. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, these bird walks are a great way to experience Exbury from a new perspective.

    Guided bird watching walks will take place at 11.15am and 1.30pm, and will last approximately 1hr 15mins.

    Attendees are asked to bring their own binoculars or they can purchase a pair at the gift shop. Entrance - free with gardens admission or Friends of Exbury membership card. No need to book, simply meet at the Visitor Entrance 5 minutes prior to start time.
Saturday, 12th October to Sunday, 3rd November
  • New Forest Walking Festival, various times and locations To celebrate 2019 being the Year of Green Action, the New Forest National Park Authority are running an extended three week New Forest Walking Festival to help more people discover the National Park's amazing landscapes and wildlife.

    The festival has run annually since 2013 and each year boasts dozens of guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts to help you discover more about the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest.

    The 2018 festival saw 1,600 people enjoy 75 behind the scenes family strolls, history hikes, wildlife walks and more. All walks were expert-led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, helping people learn more about the National Park.

    For further information, check out the National Park website.
Saturday, 12th October and Sunday, 13th October
  • New Forest Cider, Pound Lane, Burley; Annual Steam Apple Pressing Weekend; 11.00am - 4.30pm. This annual open weekend is a chance to see cider making as it was done in days gone by. The art of cider making the old fashioned way will be demonstrated with a variety of vintage presses, ranging from a 'workman' steam driven mobile press to the simplicity of a hand operated twin screw press using straw as a filter. There will also be opportunities to sample the finished product in the farm shop and traditional country craft demonstrations.

    Admission £3 - children under 14 free. Parking in village centre with free tractor and trailer rides to the farm. All profits divided between local charities and community fundraising projects.
Saturday, 26th October to Friday, 1st November
  • Exbury Gardens half-term activities. Halloween Ghost Train, Spooky Skeleton Trail, Pumpkin Carving, Haunted Craft Workshop and Halloween Face Painting. All the details are here.
Saturday, 26th October to Sunday, 5th January
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Exhibition - Marine Paintings of the New Forest, 10.00am - 4.00pm, but please note, on 26th October the exhibition opens at 12 noon and on 5th January, closes at 12 noon.
    Marine Paintings exhibition
    A stunning collaboration that celebrates the New Forest's marine environments, featuring realistic paintings of the New Forest National Park coasts and estuaries by five local artists - Barry Peckham, Peter Frost, Richard Tratt, Colin Richins and Barry Miles.

    Admission to the New Forest Heritage Centre is free, although donations are welcome.
Tuesday and Thursday, 29th and 31st October
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, October half-term Discovery Days, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Learn more about the New Forest and its heritage by making simple take home crafts with an Autumn in the Forest theme. Fun for all ages.

    Discovery Days can be counted towards Children's University Hours. Museum entry is free (craft activities by donation). No need to book - just drop in.
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** New Forest ponies **
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.
** Always take care when driving **
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