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

Wednesday, 12th February
  • New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, Legacy Information Event, exclusive Verderers' Court visit, 6.00pm - 8.00pm.
    Verderers-court
    A rare opportunity to visit the home of the Verderers' Court after hours and learn from Verderers themselves about this New Forest institution which has existed in some form since the reign of William the Conqueror. Hear about the role of the court and how it came into being from Official Verderer, Lord Manners, and Elected Verderer Richard Deakin.

    This will be followed by a short presentation by Mary Montagu-Scott about how legacies make a difference to the New Forest Heritage Centre and our work protecting and sharing the history of the New Forest.

    Light refreshments will be available.

    Please think about bringing a cushion to sit on as the seating is wooden and quite hard on the posterior. For this event there is no parking at Queens House, please find alternative parking such as Lyndhurst car park which is within a short walk. There is space to drop people off at Queens House before finding parking.

    Places are free but limited - advance booking is essential.
Friday, 21st February
  • Friends of St Barbe, Lymington Baptist Church (opposite St Barbe), New Street, Lymington; Talk by Jeremy Gardiner, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Artist Jeremy Gardiner shares the background behind our current exhibiiton featuring his artwork: South by Southwest, Coastal Landscapes. Gardiner's working method involves creating distinct layers of colour by building accretions of paint, collaging, scouring and sanding down to emulate the effects of geological time on terrain.

    Doors Open at 7.00pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm. Free entry for Friends of St. Barbe, £5 for Guests.
Friday, 28th February
  • Brockenhurst Village Hall, Singer / Songwriter, John Adams, 8.00pm - 11.30pm.
    John Adams
    John Adams draws influences from the likes of James Morrison, Sam Smith, David Gray and James Blunt. With emotive and heartfelt narratives woven together as stories, John's expressive and nuanced vocals compliment his acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniments. Tickets are available online via the Village Hall website.

Longer running events

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.
Saturday, 1st February; Sunday, 2nd February; Saturday, 8th February and Sunday, 9th February
  • Vernon Theatre, Sandy Lane, Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society present Aladdin. Come and join in some traditional panto silliness! There will be all the best ingredients: a handsome hero, a beautiful princess and an evil baddie. Not to mention a gender bending dame and a rather cool genie. Mix them all up with some other interesting characters, throw in some songs, dodgy jokes and some audience participation and what have you got? Lyndhurst Drama's version of Aladdin!

    Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for those 16 and under - they go on sale at Lyndhurst Community Centre on 2nd January. Ring 023 80282729 for more information and enquiries.
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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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
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.
** Always take care when driving **
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