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

Friday, 1st November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Knowledge Conference, 9.45am - 4.30pm. A New Forest Heritage Centre event. 'Built Environments in the New Forest: Past, Present and Future'.

    Today's New Forest is a largely woodland and heathland environment, yet integral to its special qualities and unique sense of place are its many buildings and structures. Built environments are both shaped by and shape the people who inhabit them, work in them, admire them and ignore them. They are integral to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our local communities and our visitors. They are at the heart of some of the current opportunities and challenges we face in creating a sustainable future for the New Forest, its people and space.

    Inspired by the publication last year of the revised Pevsner architecture guide to southern Hampshire, this conference will consider the built environment of the New Forest. The focus will be on how buildings and structures have shaped and themselves been shaped by the Forest.

    Lunch is provided. For more information and tickets (£20) please contact the Heritage Centre on 023 8028 3444. Or book via the Heritage Centre website.
  • Friends of St Barbe, Lymington Baptist Church (opposite St Barbe), New Street, Lymington, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Archaeology from the air: A History and New Discoveries - a talk by Damain Grady, Historic England Aerial Reconnaissance Manager. Aerial reconnaissance is a very effective method of discovering and recording archaeological sites and involves archaeologists flying in a light aircraft, searching for and photographing archaeological sites and landscape. Speaking from a national perspective but with plenty of local examples, Damian will take a fascinating look at England's history and archaeology as seen from the air.

    Doors Open at 7.00pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. This is an annual fundraiser so there is a charge of £3 for Members and £5 for Guests.
Sunday, 3rd November
  • 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.
Monday, 4th November
  • Burley Village Hall, Film Night, 7.30pm.
Wednesday, 6th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, BHI Auction, 7.30pm.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Overweight or Underweight? Managing extremes of weight in horses and ponies, 7.30pm. Seadown Vets will be giving this talk. Tickets are £3 each and include a buffet and glass of wine. To book please call 023 8084 5586 or email the Practice - there is limited availability so be sure to reserve your tickets asap. All proceeds will go to charity.
Thursday, 7th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Paraphernalia Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 8th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Climate Emergency Meeting - turn challenge into opportunity, 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
    Climate Emergency
    Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times. It is vital that action is taken to avoid dangerous climate breakdown and damage to the natural world. Yet action also brings opportunities for energy independence, unpolluted water and air, reversing wildlife decline, better health for humans, liveable towns and cities, and jobs created in sustainable technologies.

    The meeting will include an introduction to Climate Emergency by Kate Chapman, Local Environmental Consultant, an address on Zero Carbon Britain by Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales, and a general discussion centred on action we can take. The meeting seeks to equip everyone with plans for action that will benefit them, society and the environment.

    The meeting is free, but to attend please Register. You do not need to bring a copy of your registration with you, as names will be checked as people arrive. Doors open at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Matinee - Roman Holiday (U), 2.30pm. Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European Princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench... Starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert and Hartley Power.
Saturday, 9th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Children's Panto - Dick Whittington, 2.00pm - 3.15pm.
    Dick Whittington
    Bursting with energy, magic and adventure. This fun filled, animated production actively encourages audience participation, expertly combining the tradition of theatre pantomime with up to date and age appropriate humour, music and themes.

    When Dick and his cat Tommy arrive in London and meet the Alderman's daughter, Alice Fitzwarren, he thinks all of his dreams have come true...until the jealous and nasty Captain Hawkseye hatches an evil plan to have Dick thrown out of town.

    Buy your tickets online via the What's On section of the Village Hall website - £6.00.

    Suitable for all the family this pantomime will having you cheering, booing and clapping along.
Sunday, 10th November
  • Remembrance Day, Lyndhurst. The service at St Michael and All Angels Church will commence at 10.45am. The Parade will form at midday outside the Primary School and parade down the High Street to the War Memorial where there will be a short service to finish by 12.35pm. Any volunteers to help steward traffic would be very welcome, please contact Adrian Wiltshire on 023 8028 4134.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Foresta Artisan Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 13th November
  • Verderers Hall open morning, Lyndhurst, 10.00am - 12noon. Come and visit the Verderers Hall, for an exclusive opportunity to visit this historic building and learn more about the important role it plays in the New Forest. This event, which is suitable for all ages, is organised by the New Forest Heritage Centre and Forestry England.

    No booking is required. You can just turn up.

    Parking is in the main Lyndhurst car park only. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group Meeting, 7.30pm.
Thursday, 14th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Bramshaw RDA Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Friday, 15th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night - Fisherman's Friends (12A), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
    Fishermans Friends
    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.

    Ten fishermen from Cornwall achieve a Top 10 hit after they are signed by Universal Records for their canny talent of being able to sing a sea shanty or two. With Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton, this film is based on a true story.

    Buy your tickets online via the What's On section of 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, 16th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Charity Mind Body and Soul Fayre, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 17th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lady Cynthia's Fleamarket, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, St Michael's Christmas Market, 10.30am - 3.00pm.
Sunday, 24th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Sweet Charity Choir, 11.00 - 6.00pm.
  • Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Friday, 29th November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Red Joan (12A), 7.30pm. English born Joan Stanley, a Soviet and communist party sympathiser, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid-1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union (Russia), which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century. Starring Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore and Tom Hughes.
Saturday, 30th November
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst Christmas Market, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
    Christmas Market
    The Brockenhurst Christmas Fair is a traditional day out, full of local produce and gifts and festive atmosphere - a great event for all of the Family. Come and support local charities, meet up with friends and buy your Christmas gifts all under one roof. We look forward to seeing you.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • Burley Village Hall, Christmas Bazaar, 2.00pm.

Longer running events

Friday, 6th September to Sunday, 10th November
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection, 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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society - Autumn Art and Craft Sale, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Art works and a wide selection of crafts for sale. Stalls manned by the artists. Free entry.
Friday, 15th November to Sunday, 19th January
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Romantics, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Following on from the Neo-Romantic show, this exhibition explores what Romantic art might look like at the beginning of the 21st century.

    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.
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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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