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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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New Forest Gardens (open to the public in 2019 through the National Garden Scheme)
Fairweathers Nursery

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

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.

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.
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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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