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New Forest What's On
January 2020

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 January events programme
(single day events first, followed by longer running events)

Wednesday, 8th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, RSPB Group meeting, 7.30pm.
Sunday, 12th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Healthy Living Event, 10.30am - 3.30pm. This will no doubt be good for all of us who have eaten too much over the Christmas break! There is a £1 entry fee supporting Canine Concern and they will be in attendance with their therapy dogs.
Saturday, 18th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Christopher Tower Reference Library Open Day and Fundraising Book Fair, 10.00am - 3.00pm. The New Forest's past can be discovered at the Christopher Tower Reference Library's Open Day - if you've ever wondered what the New Forest looked like 100 years ago, this is your chance to find out.
Sunday, 19th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Chris Wood Photography, 10.00am - 4.00pm. If you are interested in photography, Chris Wood is holding a photography workshop at the Centre. Please see his website for more details.
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Sweet Charity Choir, 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
Friday, 24th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Film Night - Balloon (12A), 7.00pm for 7.30pm. In summer 1979, after two years of preparations and planning, the Strezlzyk and Wetzel families want to escape from the GDR in a self-built hot-air balloon. The Strelzyk family goes first, but has to make an emergency landing before they get to cross the border. The damaged balloon gets carried away by the wind. While the family can make it back home safely, both, the Strelzyks as well as the Wetzels know it won't be long before the Stasi are onto them. Feverishly, they start building a new, more stable balloon to undertake another attempt to escape.
  • Friends of St Barbe, Lymington Baptist Church (opposite St Barbe), New Street, Lymington; Reverends, Royalty and Robberies - a talk by Sarah Newman, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. The Famous and Infamous Guests at the Royal Bath Hotel (Bournemouth), 1882-1896. Doors Open at 7.00pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. Free entry for Friends of St. Barbe, £5 for Guests.
Saturday, 25th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, Burns Night, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. The Burns Night event is always very popular so make sure to buy your tickets early - they are available from the Community Centre and the Workmen's Club, priced £13.50.
Sunday, 26th January
  • Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Volunteer Fair, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Please come along to the annual New Forest Volunteer Fair. Volunteers are always needed in a wide variety of areas and you may find something in which you feel you would like to be involved.

Longer running events

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.
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.
Friday, 10th January to Sunday, 12th January
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst Players present - Cinderella and the Velvet Slipper, Friday and Saturday - 7.30pm - 9.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday - 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Brockenhurst Players invite you to join them for this year's panto - Cinderella and the Velvet Slipper. We know you want to ... Oh yes we do!

    Tickets are available from the Village Hall office, online via the Village Hall website and from Spencer's Estate Agents in Brookley Road. Adults - £8.00, U16s - £4.00. Call 07961 466 126 for more details.
Saturday, 11th January to Sunday, 8th March
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, New Forest Camera Club Exhibition, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
    Camera Club Exhibition
    A collection of framed photographs taken by members of the New Forest Camera Club - landscapes, plants, wildlife and people. The majority of the images have been taken within the New Forest National Park, and capture the essence of this beautiful area. Free entry.
Friday, 24th January to Sunday, 22nd March
  • St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, Jeremy Gardiner - South by Southwest: an exhibition of coastal landscapes, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Jeremy Gardiner has spent the last five years exploring locations on Britain's south coast. This seaside odyssey has resulted in a new body of work that captures coastal landscapes from Kent to Cornwall. Gardiner has taken his inspiration not only from the natural world but from popular views of the coastal landscape in travel posters, guide books, postcards and ViewMaster reels which will also be featured in the exhibition.

    Gardiner's work reflects a deep interest in the geology of landscape and how it is shaped by the forces of nature. His working method involves creating distinct layers of colour by building accretions of paint, collaging, scouring and sanding down in an attempt to emulate on the surface of the paintings, the effects of geological time on the terrain.

    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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Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Outrageously, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cattle, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.
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