What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
May 2016 Please always check on the event’s website that the info. given here is up-to-date
May activities at Furzey Gardens web
Furzey Gardens, Minstead, SO43 7GL
31st May – 3rd June - Bring the children for some gardening fun during half-term. Plant a sunflower seed and decorate its plant pot, take it home and watch it grow! Because it all happens in the Bug Barn, we’ll be here rain or shine 11am to 3.30pm ( last entry 3.15pm). £3.00 (including a drink and biscuit at the Gallery Coffee Shop). No booking required. Normal garden entrance applies - under 4’s free Parent / Guardian supervision required.
Oakwood Studio events web
Oakwood Studios, 62 Oakwood Avenue New Milton BH25 5EA
Small garden studio based in New Milton Hampshire, open to the public three times per year for open studio events, pop in and meet the makers
May Open Studios - Open daily 11am - 5pm from 28 May to 5 June
Hampshire Open Studios - Open daily 11am - 5pm from 17 to 29 August
Christmas Shopping - Open daily 11am - 5pm 19 & 20 November
We have a variety of handmade products available to browse and buy including hand weaving, felting, photography, painted artwork, dyeing, wirework and fused glass jewellery, fabric bags, doodle art work, ceramics & felting all made by hand plus lots more to discover.
Craft and Garden Fair at Breamore House web
Breamore House, Nr. Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2DF
28, 29, 30 May 2016, 10am to 6pm
The Craft and Garden Fair takes place on the lawns of the House, forming a delightful “summer village” of marquees and outside stalls, where an amazing range of exhibitors offer a superb selection of crafts, artwork, plants and garden supplies. With demonstrations of craftspeople at work, hundreds of plants to choose from and free entertainment for younger children, there really is something here for everyone!
A range of delicious food and refreshments is available throughout the day, and there are lovely spots for picnics. Come and join in the festive high summer atmosphere and enjoy a delightful day out at this delightful spot. Entry to the House, with its historic interiors and treasures, is available separately.
Wheelchair accessible
Free parking
Free children’s entertainment
Food and refreshments
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June 2016
Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2016 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Wednesday 1st June 2016

The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.

Knoll Gardens Events June/July web
Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND
3 June: We Value Volunteers 10am – 4pm, FREE garden admission to anyone showing proof of volunteering status in celebration of National Volunteers Week. No pre-booking required.
9 June: Start of four week outdoor yoga course Enjoy the tranquillity of the garden before it opens to the public on this short course. Featuring an energising yoga walk with vinyasa flows and standing postures. 9am - 10am, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30 June, £32. Booking essential.
11 June: Dorset Wildlife Trust Members’ Day. Celebrate National Gardening Week with us and discover how Knoll welcomes wildlife and provides year-round beauty. 10am – 4pm, FREE garden admission to DWT members or anyone joining on the day. Please show your DWT membership card on arrival. No pre-booking required.
18 June: Breaking the Rules - container gardening with a twist. Talk by Jonathan Garrett
Celebrated potter and garden sculptor, Jonathan sees containers as miniature portable gardens and explains how they can awaken and define otherwise inactive spaces. Jonathan’s pots will be on sale all day. 11am – 12.30pm, £10. Book online or at nursery.
2 July: Plant medicine walk and workshop with Rachel Heathcote. A gentle walk revealing the secrets of Knoll’s natural medicine chest followed by a workshop on herbs you can use to treat common ailments. Harvest and prepare your own herbal medicines and take home some samples.
10.30am – 1pm, £35. Book on 07968 169064 or at heathcoteherbs@gmail.com
23 July: Fern Day with specialist wholesaler, Country Garden Plant Sales. All you ever wanted to know about ferns plus the chance to buy direct from a local wholesale specialist. 10am – 2pm, FREE. No pre-booking required (normal admission for garden entrance).
30 July: Beautiful butterflies guided walk with Keith Powrie. Locate and identify the many butterflies to be found in the gardens at Knoll. 11am – 12.30pm, FREE but booking essential as limited numbers. Book online or at the nursery.

Roydon Woods Woodfair web
Roydon Woods, Sandy Down, Setley nr Brockenhurst
Sunday 5th June 2016
The Wildlife Trust in partnership with the New Forest national park authority is hosting the 9th annual woodfair and local produce show at Roydon Woods. There are lots of activities for the entire family, lots of crafts and local produce to buy and even a beer tent!
Events at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Wed 8th June, 7pm. Outdoor Theatre Hamlet performed by The Festival Players
Sunday 12th June, 2pm to 4pm Love Soul Choir
Sunday 19th June, 2pm to 4pm Red Fez Orchestra Concert & Vintage Rally free, outside
Wed 22nd June, 7pm. Outdoor Theatre Gulliver's Travels performed by The Pantaloons
Sunday 26th June, 1pm to 4pm GOJO Concert free, outside
Wimborne Folk Festival 2016 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
10, 11 & 12 June 2016
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
Trash into Treasures - Art from Waste day facebook
Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BQ
Saturday 12th June, 10.30 -3.30pm
Come and join us at Lymington Community Centre for a day of art, upcycling, music and more... Lots to do, see and hear! Make your own sculpture from junk, create a musical instrument from waste, upcycling, sewing, crafting and much more. Free entry, activity prices vary: free/50p/£1 each Refreshments available. Organised by Transition Lymington and part of the New Forest Arts Festival Fortnight.
Fun day & Garden Party at MacDonalds Elmers Court Hotel
MacDonalds Elmers Court Hotel & Resort, South Baddesley Road, SO41 5ZB
12 June 2016, 10am - 6pm
This year the Queen’s official birthday celebration will be on Sunday 12th June 2016. So some of us are arranging a fun day & Garden Party to celebrate the occasion. This will be held on the ‘Queen Mary Lawn’ at MacDonalds Elmers Court Hotel. Events will focus on family entertainment such as art & crafts, face painting, afternoon teas, spit roast & b.b.q.s, a Pimms & ginger beer tent, music & live bands and the 17th Port & Maritime Regiment RLC. (Charges may apply). This event is being organised in partnership with the Royal British Legion of Lymington and funds will be going to the RBL and to “Help the Heroes” charity which includes a fundraising parachute jump by the organiser!
Hieronymus String Quartet web
Brockenhurst Music Society - 2016 Season
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst (Brockenhurst Music Society)
Monday 13 June - at 7.30pm, £12 at the door
Hieronymus String Quartet. Programme includes Debussy and Beethoven; pre-concert talk at 7pm. This prize-winning Quartet has been acclaimed for its vivid and dynamic performances.
Music & Art Festival 2016 web
Christchurch Priory BH23 1BX
11 to 18 June 2016
Christchurch Priory is organising its second music and art festival this summer. The event, which first took place in 2014, will be held between June 12-18, with tickets already on sale.

Hurst Dubfest 2016 map web
Hurst View Caravan Park
Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington SO14 8AL
10, 11 & 12 June 2016

10am - Camping opens
6.30pm - Charlie Woodford
7.30pm - Riverside Blues Band
9pm - Charlie Woodford
10pm- Zac & The Zeros

11am - Kids Fancy dress competition
12pm - Kids got Talent
12.30pm - Nick Hayward - Young
1pm - Judging for Show 'n' Shine
2pm - Dog Agility
3.30pm - Dog Show
11am - Malcolm the Magician
12.30pm - Kids tug of war
2pm - Dog Agility
3.30pm - The Plonkers
6pm - Air Raid Sirens
7pm - Air Raid Sirens
8pm - Stereo Kings
9.30pm - Zac & The Zeros
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
17 to 26 June 2016
For ten days Bournemouth will come alive to the smell of cooking, with foodie events to wet the appetite and inspire your inner chef. In addition to events and offer in restaurants and hotels across the town, we will be transforming Bournemouth Square into our Festival Hub with a Street Food Festival, Demonstration Kitchen, World Food Market, Live Entertainment, Farmers and Producers Market and lots lots more.
July 2016
Round the Island Race web
2 July 2016
The Round the Island race is the largest of its kind in the world with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors from the UK, Europe and the USA aboard 1,700 yachts battling to be first around the Isle of Wight.
The Lymington Italian Festival & Italian Food Market 2016
Venue: Lymington High Street
Sunday 3rd July 2016, 10am – 6pm (cars will depart at 4pm)
50 Ferrari Cars and their Owners will arrive into the Lymington Harbour at the Lymington Yacht Haven and make their way into Lymington High Street by convoy. The event begins at the Lymington Yacht Haven at 10:00am where 40 cars will begin to arrive into Lymington High Street in spectacular fashion. They will begin to make their way into the Lymington High Street by police escort at 12 midday. These fantastic cars will park up from 12 midday until 4:00pm. Music and family entertainment for the whole family. It will be a fun day for everyone. With an Italian Market present you can also take advantage of some fantastic continental foods. A day not to be missed. Cost: Free of Charge. Contact: The Lymington & Pennington Town Council on info@lymandpentc.org.uk (Free of Charge).
New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey SO51 6EE
6 to 10 July 2016
We are a family run festival and you will see us all around the site and our aim is to make your time with us an enjoyable one. The first year of the festival we were not sure how many people would come along, so we had our own stall selling food, much of it being homemade. It went down very well so we have continued with our own café producing mostly home cooked food. Nick’s daughter Jo will be managing the bar, whilst his wife Helen will be cooking. Keith and family will be on the merchandise stand, and Nick, he will be everywhere!
Outdoor Theatre
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Wednesday 6th July, 7pm
'The Tempest' performed by Qauntum Theatre
Lymington Arts Festival web
Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 July 2016
Lymington Arts Festival will encompass a variety of arts activities including Art, Crafts, Dance, Drama, Embroidery, Floristry, Music, Photography, Poetry, Sculpture, Quilts & Textiles. All performance venues are free entry to watch.

Giant Water Slide down Lymington High Street!
10 July 2016, Ride the slide from 11am onwards – you will be given a pre allocated time with your entry pack
Don’t miss this one off, never seen before opportunity to ride the slide down Lymington High Street! You will travel all the way from Costa Coffee down to the buffer zone that ends on Gosport Street on our giant inflatable waterslide. You will be wet at the end of the slide so come prepared! Fun outfits and fancy dress are fully encouraged! Simply fill out an entry form or register online www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk for your entry pack & slide time. We have had an overwhelming response so please return your form as early as possible to avoid any disappointment. Changing rooms available. Age 7 and over only. We haven’t opened registration yet but we should have everything ready in the next 2 weeks – people can register their interest with me gemma.sinden@oakhavenhospice.co.uk for priority booking.
Pre-registered entry only! Price – Adult £15, Child £10, Family (2 x Adults/ 2 x Children) £40. Entry by pre-registration only.
Ringwood Pedal Car Grand Prix 2016
Ringwood, starting at Market Place
10 July 2016
The streets of Ringwood in Hampshire are the setting for the annual Pedal Car Grand Prix, which attracts around fifty pedal-powered competitors. The junior event takes ninety minutes and precedes the open class for adults which lasts a gruelling two hours. Rules govern the vehicle specifications and team members take turns at powering their creations around the 1- kilometre course; prizes are awarded to winners, runners up and fastest ladies teams. Competition is fierce!

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
10 July 2016
The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth. Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave this incredible 1.4 mile open water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier you will put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier.

Real Ale, Cider and Music Festival web
Pennington Sports and Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, SO41 8HH
Dates: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July and ‘mop up Monday’ 18th July
Times: Friday 17:30-23:00; Saturday: 13:00-23:30; Sunday: 13:00-22:30; Monday: 13:00-21:00 Free entry. Outdoor festival (weather permitting). 20 ales and 12 ciders. All beers available from midday each day by request at the bar. Festival bar as per timings (except Monday). Quiet areas available. Music at each session. Friday from 7pm, Gambit and Below the Belt; Saturday 1pm-5pm, Rich Baxter, 8pm-11pm TBC;  Sunday 1pm-4pm Hardcore Troubadours.

Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Recreation Ground, Fordingbridge
16 July 2016
Whatever your age there were lots of fun things to see and do. For the parents there were over 50 quality classic cars on display, a craft village with demonstrations of by-gone skills, trade stands and a horticultural marquee where you could pick up a few tips.
Curious Arts Festival web
Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ
22 to 24 July 2016
The festival has an eclectic mix of literature, music, comedy and unforgettable experiences for grown–ups and children alike.
Milford Charity Fun Dog Show In aid of the animal charity K9 Angels
Milford-on-Sea Green
Sunday 31 July 10.30am onwards
!2 ‘Doggie classes’ , including Fancy Dress, and the famous Sausage catching competition! Best in Show Trophy. Over 20 Trade stands, Refreshments, Cream Teas. And come and ‘ have a go Dog Agility’! Come and have a fun day out with all the family! Details contact: Nicky Carter: 07834 410385 or email: nickycarter1950@gmail.com
August 2016
Summer Spectacular
Woodside Park, Lymington
7 August 2016
Organised by the Rotary Club of Lymington
Among the attractions are normally, a parade of vintage cars and motorbikes, a car boot sale, bouncy castles and slides, a land train, coconut shy and a children's entertainer.
Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Show web
Somerley Park, Ellingham, Ringwood
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Handicrafts are on display including the traditional spinning and lace making techniques. Music and children's entertainment and over 100 trade stands where you can browse and buy home-made produce, locally made toys and much more. Then there is the Livestock area where, in addition to the animals on show, the children can literally get their hands on some of the farm animals, making this is a family day not to be missed.
Cowes Week web
6 to 13 August 2016
Cowes Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the world having started in 1826. The event is held on the Solent, between southern England and the Isle of Wight. There is normally a Blue Funnel ferry running from Lymington to Cowes during Cowes week web
Candlelight Nights - Bournemouth
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
Wednesday, 3/08/2016, 7.30pm to 10pm
Wednesday, 10/08/2016
Wednesday, 17/08/2016
Wednesday, 24/08/2016
From dusk, see the Lower Gardens transformed into a magical candlelight kingdom. Be sure to come and see how Bournemouth's oldest tradition still thrills in 2016.
Bournemouth Air Festival web
18 to 21 August 2016
The 2016 Air Festival will be our 8th year. The Air Festival has welcomed more than 7 million people to the UK’s leading resort since 2008.
Hampshire Open Studios web
20 to 29August 2016
For two weeks hundreds of artists from all over Hampshire open their houses and studios to the public, displaying everything from paintings, sculptures, textile work, woodwork and photography.
September 2016
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 10 September 2014
A real agricultural show and great day out with something for all the family. The show is one of the oldest in England, held annually since 1842. Showcasing the best of British farming, it is a vital part of the County’s social calendar as cattle and sheep from across the region compete for glory in the livestock classes. Hundreds of horses are entered in a huge number of equine events that range from show jumping and heavy horses to side saddle and best donkey.
Chinese State Circus web
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
11 September 2016
To say the Chinese State Circus is merely a show is grossly to underestimate it; it is the embodiment of a traditional art form which can trace its history back over 2000 years. The presentation lives and breathes with the enthusiasm of its acrobatic artistes whose whole lives centre in the performance. The result is the purest, honest, most abiding and exhilarating circus that is a true privilege to see.
Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2016 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Wednesday 28th September 2016

The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.
October 2016
Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2016 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Wednesday 26th October 2016

The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.
November 2016
Theatre - Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
November 2016
Holmes’s most spine chilling mystery has been dramatized with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a curse, death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kitty doomed? Is the supernatural at work?


The Wind in the Willows web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
10 - 20 November 2016
Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a spectacular new stage musical with a book by Downton Abbey creator, the Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and Oliver Award winning composer and lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
December 2016
Links to What's On in the local area
New Forest
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Car Parks
Cannon St
Community Centre Cannon St
Kids drama/dance/workshops Church Hall
Lymington Library What's On North Close
Lym. Folk Club Thomas Tripp (1st Wed of month)
Malt Hall Theatre Cannon St
Markets and Car Boot Sales

Milford on Sea
Community Centre What's On
Milford on Sea calendar What's On

New Park Shows & Events
New Forest Polo Club New Park
Village Hall Cinema & What's On

Lyndhurst Recreation Directory

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead Study Centre
Minstead Village Community Website

New Milton
New Milton Events
Forest Arts Old Milton Road
New Milton Community Centre Osborne Road

Beaulieu Events
Out of Town Centre Events
Music at Beaulieu Beaulieu Abbey Church
New Forest Activities High Street, Beaulieu

Burley Events

Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe Castle Events

Priory Church
Red House Museum What's On
Regents Centre 51 High Street

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

Bournemouth (car parks)
ABC Cinema Westover Road
BIC & Pavilion Theatre Exeter & Westover Rds
Bournemouth Gig Guide
O2 Academy Boscombe
Odeon Cinema Westover Road

Southampton (car parks)
Hanger Farm Arts Centre Totton
Harbour Lights Cinema Ocean Village
Mayflower Theatre Commercial Road
Museums Exhibitions at the museums
Nuffield Theatre University Road
Odeon Cinema West Quay Road
Southampton Guildhall Civic Centre
The Brook Portswood Road
Turner Sims Concert Hall Southampton Uni

Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

South Hampshire
Listed Magazine What's on in the South
Morris and Traditional Dance South Hants

Guide to South-Central Region

Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

Countryside Education Events Beaulieu
Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Guided Walks
Moors Valley Events Near Ringwood
National Park Events New Forest
Open Gardens UK National Directory
RSPB Events New Forest
Town Tours Lymington

Groups organising local activities
Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions Club

Links to other 'What's on' websites
Bournemouth - official
Dorset Echo
INQ - for young people in the New Forest
Isle of Wight - What's On
New Forest Centre - What's On
New Forest National Park - What's On
New Forest - official visitor site
New Forest Youth Website
New Park - What's On

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Local websites
Barton on Sea barton.ukfossils.co.uk
Beaulieu council website
Brockenhurst brockenhurst-newforest.org.uk
Brockenhurst council website
Burley burleynewforest.co.uk
Christchurch visitchristchurch.info
Christchurch christchurchdorset.com
Christchurch council website
East Boldre eastboldre.talktalk.net
Fawley fawleyonline.org.uk
Highcliffe highcliffedorset.co.uk
Hythe hythe-hants.org.uk
Hythe & Dibden council website
Lyndhurst council website
Lymington & Pennington council website
Milford on Sea milfordonsea.com
Milford on Sea milfordonsea.org
Milford on Sea visitmilfordonsea.co.uk
Milford on Sea council website
New forest thenewforest.co.uk
New forest newforestexplorersguide.co.uk
New forest new-forest-national-park.com
New forest newforestnpa.gov.uk
New forest newforest.hampshire.org.uk
New forest newforestgateway.org
New forest council website
New Milton newmilton.org.uk
New Milton New Milton Town Partnership
New Milton newmiltontoday.com
New Milton council website
Ringwood ringwoodtown.co.uk
Ringwood council website
Sway swayvillage.co.uk
Sway council website