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September 2014
Bestival web
Robin Hill Country Park near Newport, Isle of Wight.
4 to 7 September 2014
Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight. It has been held annually in late summer since 2004. Voted the best major UK festival in the UK festival awards 2010 and again in 2012, whilst picking up Fans Favorite Festival in 2011.
Talk - Robert King, Life as an Artist
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
5 September 7.30pm
Robert King, who is a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, lives in a former coastguard cottage overlooking the Solent and when not painting en plein air might be found painting the view from his bedroom window. His work has been exhibited from London to America. Robert will talk about his life as an artist and the approaches he brings to working in oil, watercolour and pastels across subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figurative paintings. All welcome. Non- members £3. Friends Members free.
Swanage Folk Festival web
5 to 7 Sept 2014
Swanage comes alive with hundreds of Morris dancers in their bright costumes and jingling bells, and folk music lovers, every year for the weekend on the second Friday after the August Bank Holiday Monday. All sorts of crafts and trade stalls offer a variety of fair trade and ethnic goods for sale at our "Festival Village" on Sandpit Field above the sea front. The Folk Festival coincides with the Steam Railway Gala Weekend making it a very busy one all round.
Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Fayre web
Salisbury Cathedral SP1 2EJ
On the weekend of 6 & 7 September, 80+ of the UK’s top craft makers and designers will be showcasing their skills and selling their works under marquee on the West Lawn of our world famous Cathedral Close. Salisbury’s local heritage will also be on show, with both adults and children able to learn about ancient skills, as well as our local history, through a mixture of practical workshops, interactive demonstrations and talks run by over 15 heritage experts.
There will also be craft & heritage tours and trails both within the Cathedral Close and outside into the City.
There will also be a ‘canvas’ painting competition on the Saturday and Cream Teas on the West Lawn the whole weekend.
International Autojumble web
6 & 7 September 2014
With well over 2,000 stands, this is the largest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic!
Brockenhurst Music Society - 2014 Season web
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst (Brockenhurst Music Society) - Tickets, £12 at the door or £10 in advance from Streets or Bestsellers of Brockenhurst, or Sway Deli in Sway.
Monday 8 September - Jane Lindsay cello with Alison Rhind piano
Talk - Life as an Artist by Robert King
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
Friday 5 September, 7.30 pm - all welcome - non-members £3
Robert King, who is a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, lives in a former coastguard cottage overlooking the Solent and when not painting en plein air might be found painting the view from his bedroom window. His work has been exhibited from London to America. Robert will talk about his life as an artist and the approaches he brings to working in oil, watercolour and pastels across subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figurative paintings.
Solent Music Festival web
At St Thomas Church and also the Stanwell House Hotel
Tickets are available from the Wine Merchants, Solent Cellars, opposite M&S in Lymington, open 10am -7pm Mon - Sat or on the door of events, space permitting.
A Royal Progress
Thursday 11 September 2014, 7.30pm, St Thomas Church, Lymington
Four centuries of choral and organ music for monarchs including Zadok the Priest and anthems composed for Kate and William.
Songs of Innocence and Experience concert will also feature a commission by the eight-year old prodigy Alma Deutscher
Schubert’s Final Year
Friday 12 September 2014, 7.30pm, St Thomas Church, Lymington
The Endellion Quartet, cellist Damien Ventula and pianist Sam Haywood perform two of Schubert’s best-loved masterpieces completed in his final year, aged 31.
Kai Hoffman Quartet

Friday 12 September 2014, 9.30pm, Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington
Ronnie Scott’s resident jazz singer Kai Hoffman, with her own unique brand of jazz & cabaret-style entertaining, is back by popular demand!
Painting to Music
Saturday 13 September, 1.15pm, St Thomas Church, Lymington
A special event for all the family with artist Ashley Davies and clarinettist Katherine Spencer who regularly present workshops at the Courthauld Institute in London.
Songs of Innocence and Experience
Saturday 13 September 2014, 7.30pm, St Thomas Church, Lymington
A glorious selection of early and late works by Beethoven and Brahms performed by the Endellion Quartet, clarinettist Katherine Spencer, pianist Sam Haywood and cellist Damien Ventula.
The concert will also feature a commission by the eight-year old prodigy Alma Deutscher.
Opus Zoo
Sunday 14 September, 4pm, St Thomas Church, Lymington
Former BBC New Generation Artists with appearances at the Proms, the Galliard Ensemble has become one of Britain’s leading chamber groups.
Lymington Classics Regatta web
Lymington River
13 & 14 September 2014
Saturday - 2 Races in the Western Solent on Saturday followed by a Gala Dinner.
Sunday - 1 Coastal Race followed by a prize giving in the afternoon.
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 13 September 2014
A real agricultural show and great day out with something for all the family - that’s The Romsey Show, which takes place at Broadlands on Saturday the 13th of September 2014. 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.
Cosi Fan Tute Pop-up Opera  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 13 September | 7pm | £15
Pop-up Opera is one of the popular opera groups performing in country houses and other venues, With a limited cast and accompanied by a piano, they perform the whole opera in costume and staged so far as circumstances allow. They are a highly successful group and have had some excellent reviews.
Italian Food Market
High Street in Lymington
Sunday 14 September
It will be a great day for all, there will be a selection of different Italian foods available on the day. the Newforest Scooter Club have been very supportive in being a part of this event has now agreed to do a "Ride In" for all 2 and 3 Wheeler Italian Bikes. To support this event, other clubs will also be arriving throughout the day with their classic and other Italian Bikes.
Southampton Boat Show web
12 to 21 September 2014
The Southampton Boat Show features one of the world’s largest purpose built marinas with over 2km of pontoons, which displays more than 350 boats over the course of the 10 days.
Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2014 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
18 September
22 October
27 November

The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.
Lymington Book Fair
The Robert Hole Room in Lymington Community Centre
Saturday, 20 September from 10am to 3pm
Hundreds of interesting and collectable books for sale. Refreshments. Free entry.
Talk - Southampton Ordnance Survey by Geoff May
Lymington & District Historical Society web
At the Lymington Community Centre
26 September, 7.15pm
The evolution of the organisation from 1791 to the present day. Guests are welcome - £3.
Waders and Wildfowl of Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Saturday 27 September, 10am to 12.30pm
A coastal walk to see autumn migrants. Join Bob Chapman, New Forest and Avon Valley living Landscapes Manager on a coastal walk to see autumn migrants. The sea wall is exposed so bring windproofs and suitable footwear. Suggested donation £1.50
Park and meet in the Keyhaven pay and display car park
Festival of Choirs
New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, New Milton web
Saturday 27 September, Doors Open 7.30 pm, £8 Children £4
Exhibition Nocturnal Encounters
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington web
27 September to 8 November
Exhibition of prints of the natural world by Colin See-Paynton. Entirely self-taught, Colin began to make wood engravings in 1980 and soon established himself as one of the world’s most revered printmakers. His work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, inventing complex compositions that link species and their habitats.
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October 2014
Talk - The Essential Magic of Linoprints by Peter Ursem
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
Friday 3 October, 7.30 pm - all welcome - non-members £3
Peter Ursem, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, has developed a striking approach to relief printmaking, celebrating the English landscape in particular in multi-layered reduction linoprints. Peter will explore the essential magic of relief printmaking techniques, looking at the character and movement of the Grosvenor School artists, as well as the intimate calmness of his own work.
Keep the Home Fires Burning by The 3 Sopranos
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7.30pm
The 3 Sopranos return to the Castle for their third year with this new concert in celebration of music and memories. The Evening will be dazzling, delightful, breath-taking and fun. With Songs that inspired and enriched a nation. A Celebration of Music and Memories. Patriotic – Nostalgic. A heart warming trip down Memory Lane through a Golden Era of Song. Including: I’ll be Seeing You, White Cliffs of Dover, We’ll Meet Again. Join us in a Rousing Patriotic Celebration. There’ll Always Be An England, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem.
Woodland Birds in the New Forest web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am to 1pm
Join Marcus Ward on a walk to seek hawfinch, firecrest and other woodland birds. Park and meet in the Bolderwood car park (Map ref. SU 242 086). Contact Theo Jarman on 01794 514825 or e-mail theokj@hellobroadband.co.uk. Suggested donation £1.50. Sorry, no dogs.

Park and meet in the Bolderwood car park,
Bolderwood, New Forest,

La Serenissma  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 11 October | 7pm | £12
La Serenissima was formed in 1994 by violinist Adrian Chandler for a performance of Vivaldi's La Sena festiggiante and has now firmly established itself as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries. The ensemble performs across the UK and internationally. They bring to Beaulieu Vivaldi's best loved work, The Four Seasons, as part of Vintage Music's inaugural weekend festival celebrating performance on period instruments in the stunning setting of Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House.
The Paperboys
Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Rd, New Milton web
25 Oct 2014, Show starts at 8pm
For the past 15 years, The Paperboys have been selling out venues throughout the globe. Formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid 90s in Vancouver, Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock. After finding a group of musicians who shared common musical interests, they recorded their first CD and set to tour across Canada in a used van they bought for 500 bucks. What has happened since? Well, 7 albums, countless tours of North America and Europe, TV and Movie appearances, Movie Scores, Industry Accolades, rave reviews by Press & Media, and several Music awards including Canada's version of The Grammy's, The JUNO Award.
Wimborne Food Festival  web
25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
One of Dorset's best food festivals, where independent food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs are dedicated to nurturing, preserving and highlighting the very best in local food and drink. 
November 2014
Talk - The New Forest and 1914 by John Cockram
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
Friday 7th November, 7.30 pm - all welcome - non-members £3
John Cockram, who has researched and edited various New Forest War Memorial books, will talk about the preparedness of the Royal Navy and the Army for war and explore their fortunes in the first five months of the war including the involvement of local people.
Music in Romsey web
Romsey Abbey, Romsey SO51 8EP
Saturday 8 November, 7.30pm
Conductor: Jamie W Hall
Paul Van Gulick: Horses: A Gift to Mankind
A commission to commemorate the Romsey Remount Depot and the centenary of World War I. Tickets: Reserved £18, £15, Unreserved £12 – Concessions
Salisbury Cathedral Choir  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 8 November | 7pm | £10
The men and boys of Salisbury Cathedral Choir, under their Director David Halls, pay their first visit to Beaulieu to give a concert. In addition to services in the Cathedral, the choir is involved in BBC broadcasts, concerts, CD recordings and the annual Southern Cathedrals Festival This will be an exciting visit by the full cathedral choir.
Flare Path Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
11 to 15 November 2014
Based on Terence Rattigan’s first-hand experience as a tail gunner in RAF Coastal Command during World War II. It is a fine example of his well-crafted storytelling and use of uniquely British understatement to express powerful emotion. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 20 October.
Talk - The New Forest at War in 1914 by John Cockram and team
Lymington & District Historical Society web
At the Lymington Community Centre
28 November, 7.15pm
How we prepared for war and progress in the last 5 months of 1914. Guests are welcome - £3.
December 2014
Christmas Craft Fair at Kingston Lacy web
Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA
Sat 23 August, Sun 24 August, Bank Holiday Mon 25 August
10am to 5pm, £3.50, children free
Our great Christmas Craft Fair takes place at Kingston Lacy over the first weekend of December, to coincide with a special Christmas opening by the National Trust of the entrance and servants’ hall of Kingston Lacy House – a magical event to put the whole family into the Christmas spirit!
Over a hundred skilled craftworkers – jewellers, woodturners, glassblowers, weavers, toymakers, fine artists, potters, leatherworker and many, many more – offer their unique products in and around our heated marquees, which are located beside the main drive and car park next to the House.
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
Children's entertainment
Food and refreshments
Music for Chistmas with Highcliffe Junior Choir   web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 20 December | 7pm | £10
The award winning Highcliffe Junior Choir return to Beaulieu with a programme of Christmas music and readings. Mulled wine and a mince pie are included in th ticket price. This ia a popular concert and was a sell out in 2013 so book your ticket early.
January 2015
Talk - Streams, Ponds and Puddles by Peter Gilbert
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
Friday 9 January, 7.30 pm - all welcome - non-members £3
Peter Gilbert, well known and successful local artist, is passionate about the New Forest landscape. He will be talking about his work and the inspiration he found in the watery aspects of the Forest to create the January St. Barbe Gallery exhibition.
Talk - Hengistbury Head- from Saxons to Selfridge by Steve Roberts
Lymington & District Historical Society web
At the Lymington Community Centre
30 January, 7.15pm
The history and characters of Hengistbury Head and looking to the future. Guests are welcome - £3.
February 2015
Talk - Alfred the Great & the defence of Wessex in the
Viking Age
by Prof. Ryan Lavelle
Lymington & District Historical Society web
At the Lymington Community Centre
27 February, 7.15pm
Professor Lavelle from Winchester University outlines the sweeping saga of Alfred, the only English King to be called ‘The Great’. Guests are welcome - £3.
March 2015
Talk - Sir Harry Burrard-Neale – his life and his Monument by Jude James
Lymington & District Historical Society web
At the Lymington Community Centre
27 March, 7.15pm
The life and times of Sir Harry Burrard - Neale and why the Nation erected our local Monument in gratitude. Guests are welcome - £3.
Links to What's On in the local area
Lymington (car parks)
Cinema Cannon St
Community Centre Cannon St
Kids drama/dance/workshops Church Hall
Lymington Library What's On North Close
Lym. Acoustic Club Thomas Tripp (1st & 3rd Wed)
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
Pier Theatre Bournemouth Pier

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 aa
Forestry Commission Guided Walks aa
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 Council - 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