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December 2014
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.
Father Christmas Tour Timetable 2014
Christmas paddle to meet Father Christmas web
New Forest Activities, Beaulieu
Saturday 20 Dec – 09.30 and 11.30
Holidays are coming and we’re very excited to announce that this year we have a very special guest visiting New Forest Activities and you can meet Father Christmas in the New Forest! He’s chosen to place himself somewhere along the stunning Beaulieu River so you’ll have to go and find him using our open Canadian canoes! Join our guides for a 90 minute paddle exploring the river and help them to find Father Christmas. Once found he will have a gift for each child! Adults £22 | Children £17 | Family (2 adults, 2 under 16′s) £68
 
Christmas Ropes Swing web
New Forest Activities, Beaulieu
Sunday 21st Dec –10am and 1pm
Holidays are coming and we’re very excited to announce that this year we have a very special guest visiting New Forest Activities and you can meet Father Christmas in the New Forest! This year Father Christmas told us he wants to try out our new ropes course, so he’ll be waiting there for all you lot that fancy giving it a try! Join our team for 90 minutes of fun on our low and high ropes course and meet Father Christmas. He will have a gift for all the little monkeys!
 
Victorian Father Christmas 
St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington web
Monday 22 December | 10.30 to 2.30pm | £5 per child
A fun and festive opportunity to meet our Victorian Father Christmas and have a vintage photo taken with him. There will also be a Victorian Christmas tree decoration workshop.
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
 
Cinderella web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
On now until 4 January 2015
We’re delighted that comedian, television presenter and musical theatre star Brian Conley will return to our stage as Buttons, joined by fashion expert, award-winning television presenter, author and all-round national treasure Gok Wan as The Fairy Gokmother. Enchanted pumpkins, sparkling glass slippers, a pair of Ugly Sisters and a handsome Prince can mean only one thing, the magical pantomime Cinderella is coming to Mayflower Theatre!
 
Winchester Christmas Market web
Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close
On now until Sun 21 Dec
Our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.
 

Gardens Ice Rink web
Bournemouth Lower Gardens
On now until 4 January 2015
Glide across the ice on the South Coast’s most beautiful Christmas ice rink. Set within the amazing Gardens of Light and bigger and better than last year. The Bournemouth Gardens rink is coming back for its third year in 2014, and offers the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit. For the first time the rink will feature a beautiful ice cafe where you can sip a hot chocolate while watching the action on the ice. We’re also building in the famous Hippodrome or Disco light pod to provide the on-ice music!
 
Winchester open-air ice rink web
Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close
On now until 4 January 2015
Our open-air real ice rink can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. We have a team of trained ice stewards who ensure that our rink is safe and well maintained. Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to fit your skates so expect to have approximately 50 minutes on the ice. Free skate hire is included in the ticket price.
 

Exhibition Lives Less Ordinary
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington web
On now until 10 January 2015
The new exhibition celebrates the lives of nearly 30 local residents who made a mark both close to home and nationally. The exhibition provides a chance to discover more about this eclectic mix of people whose exploits and influence and vision brought them to prominence or notoriety on the New Forest coast and beyond. These range from GO Smith (1872-1943), the David Beckham of his day, captain of the England Football team and every schoolboy's idol to religious cult leader Mary Ann Girling (1827-1886), founder of a sect called The People of God, also known as the New Forest Shakers. Other people of note featured in the exhibition include: occult novelist Dennis Wheatley (1897-1977); Arthur Philip (1738-1814), who originally founded the colony of New South Wales, and was the beginning of what would eventually become the nation of Australia; local hero Sir Harry Burrard-Neale (1755-1813, a British officer in the Royal Navy and MP for Lymington; John Howlett (1863-1974), who helped shape modern Lymington; Andrew Peterson (1813-1906) the eccentric builder of Sway Tower, a 66m high Grade II listed folly in the heart of the New Forest; and Charles William Retford (1875-1970), the best violin bow craftsman of his time. The lives of contemporary figures will also be showcased such as Sammy Miller, championship winning motorcycle racer, in both road racing and trials, and Sir Ben Ainslie; the most successful sailor in Olympic history he has won medals at five consecutive Olympic Games including gold at the last four.
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January 2015
Winter Talks 2015 - January
Lymington Town Sailing Club, Bath Road SO41 3SE web
Talks begin at 7.45pm. £1.50, open to non-members.
7th January - THE STORY OF LYMINGTON by Laurence Sim
The talk traces the history of Lymington from its Norman origins to the present day. Starting with the original town plan, the presentation will touch on the church, architecture, local industry, agriculture, smuggling, education, transport and the presence of military units during the English civil and Napoleonic wars).
14th January - THE BRITISH EMPIRE PART III - THE RULES OF THE GAME by Roy Doughty
It’s the story of how Great Britain, primarily through the successes of the Royal Navy, entered from 1815 into its Imperial Century of Peace and Empire, the “Pax Britannica”. However, by 1914 the Royal Navy had forgotten Nelson’s “Rules of the Game”: quite simply, how to win naval battles. The 19th century witnessed significant developments in all aspects of naval warfare. Yet increasingly, the Victorian Royal Navy suffocated the Nelsonic values, losing it way in 1893 by sinking its own Mediterranean Fleet flagship and in 1916, nearly losing the battle of Jutland
21st January - PIRATES IN SHAKESPEARE by Prof. Claire Jowitt
Renaissance literary pirates were figures that were used to express a wide range of cultural, political and social issues and were used for a variety of reasons. In a period of English history marked by ambitions for global expansion, pirates and their activities addressed key cultural and political dilemmas, including concerns about England’s position within this expanding world, and whether the nation could produce the type of men (and women) necessary for profitable mercantile and colonial overseas adventure. In common with the works of many of his contemporaries Shakespeare’s plays demonstrate a developing interest in the ways unorthodox and unruly, but charismatic and compelling, pirate figures might be used to debate key cultural dilemmas concerned with overseas expansion, changing models of masculinity, and political leadership.
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.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 11 January 2015, 7.30pm
Blancanieves (Spain) 2012. 1hr 44mins.
A fascinating silent-movie take on the fairy tale of Snow White set in 1920s Seville, has her recast as a bullfighter in this flamboyantly Spanish film. Much like The Artist, it is a loving tribute to the silent film era. Elegant, ingenious and moving, “it is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
 
Silent. Monochrome. Cert 12A
Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
The Sound of Music web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
21 - 31 January 2015
Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic for young and old alike. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song The Sound of Music.
 

 

Talk - My life story by Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC
Milford on Sea Community Centre web
Saturday 24 January 2015
This is a unique opportunity to meet the man, and to hear the remarkable life story of Johnson Beharry VC, the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross in more than 30 years. His talk will tell you about his inspirational life experiences; including his tough childhood, his determination to make something of his life, and ultimately how he faced unimaginable challenges in battle and life. Tickets are £15 and the price include a charitable donation. Tickets are available from: www.ticketsource.co.uk/lovemilford - and also available from: Milford on Sea Community Centre Box Office, | Open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. Tel: 01590 644861
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
Winter Talks 2015 - February
Lymington Town Sailing Club, Bath Road SO41 3SE web
Talks begin at 7.45pm. £1.50, open to non-members.
4th February - LIFE AND DEATH IN PREHISTORIC DORSET by Miles Russell
The press, TV and radio tends to treat the beginning of Roman Britain as if it were a sudden break with what went before, natives briefly resisting Rome, before being conquered and converted to 'civilisation' (towns, villas and temples) - was it really like this? For the past 8 years, Bournemouth University has been conducting archaeological fieldwork in Dorset, looking at the Durotriges tribe to see what life (and death) was like for them and what really happened when the army of a Mediterranean superpower arrived.
11th February - ALONG THE BURMA RD - BEHIND THE SCENES ON CUNARD by Alastair Greener
'Behind the Scenes' looks at the logistics of a modern ship. With over 100 exclusive pictures Alastair takes the audience from one end of a ship to the other, along the main crew working alleyway. During the talk the audience find out everything about a ship's operation including the food and beverage department, storing, waste disposal and the departments who operate behind the scenes such as the engine control room , the bridge, security . laundry, print shop and some amazing statistics.
18th February - THE NEW 20TH & 21ST CENTURY GALLERIES AT PORTSMOUTH by Christopher Knox
This is a sequel to a talk given a few years ago about the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth. The new galleries opened in April this year and are superb.
25th February - FROM STOURHEAD TO STANPIT by Ron Taylor
My story traces the wonderful Dorset River Stour from its’ wellhead at Stourhead to where it empties into Christchurch Harbour at the nature reserve of Stanpit Marsh. However this is not a flora and fauna story ! I use the river as a ‘roadway’, continually diving off to explore all the incredible events that have occurred along its’ banks, and to meet lots of famous people along the way. The river has seen millionaires and millers, battles and burials, smugglers and spies, Russians and railways, deportations and drowning, brewing and boating, enigmas and engineers, landed gentry and landscape artists, murderers and a minster, fish and fairways. It truly is an amazing journey.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 08 February 2015, 7.30pm
The Past (France) 2013. 2hrs 10 mins
Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran to finalise the divorce from his estranged French wife, Marie. Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) stars in this finely crafted and acutely observed family drama produced by Farhadi (A Separation), for which she received the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.
 
French/Farsi (subtitled) Colour Cert 12A. Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
Love Milford Week web
Milford on Sea village
16 to 22 February
Love Milford Week has shows and events providing opportunities to meet and discover; local artisan producers, craft makers, home businesses, tradesmen, professions, artists, authors, gardeners, environmentalists, clubs, classes and charities. You can enjoy a week of Dining Out, with the restaurants and cafés putting on something special for you to eat each day, so time to leave your kitchen and enjoy the pleasures of eating in the village! There is also a Kids Day for our young people to have a good time, and village musicians busking on the village green. We even have an Exotic Car Show to draw more people into the village. To ensure the week is a true celebration, we have weekend of comedy and music shows to let your hair down!
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
Winter Talks 2015 - March
Lymington Town Sailing Club, Bath Road SO41 3SE web
Talks begin at 7.45pm. £1.50, open to non-members.
4th March - LAWRENCE - BEFORE & AFTER ARABIA by Colin van Geffen
The Legend of Lawrence of Arabia is well documented in books and film, but what of his life before and after the Desert War?. Described as one of the most influential Englishmen of the 20th Century – but he wasn’t English! There are many myths, but the truth is far more fascinating. A man of many lives.
11th March - FLYING ENTERPRISE AND THE TUG TURMOIL by John Avery
The hull of an An American freighter the Flying Enterprise began to split in mid Atlantic. The crew and passengers were evacuated leaving Captain Kurt Carlsen on the ship. The British salvage tug Turmoil attempted to tow the casualty back to Falmouth. Why were so many US warships shadowing the rescue? Why was a US Vice Admiral in charge of a civilian rescue opeation? The cargo was stated to be pig iron but was there a secret on board the freighter?
25th March - FIGHT FOR SIGHT ON THEO'S FUTURE by Mike Brooke
The captivating story of Mike Brooke's epic voyage round Britain in 2008 on Theo's Future, his 19ft boat, to raise awareness and vital funds that might assist his blind godson, Theo, to gain his sight.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 08 March 2015, 7.30pm
A Hijacking (Denmark) 2012. 1hr 43mins.
Lindholm (The Hunt) has created a tense drama with this skillful rendering of the complex chess game of hostage negotiation in the Indian Ocean. A past master in high stakes drama, having scripted numerous episodes of the TV series Borgen, his scrupulous attention to the nuts and bolts of the situation provides gripping viewing.
 
Danish (subtitled) Colour Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
Cirque Eloize - Cirkopolis web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
11 - 14 March 2015
Set in the heart of a stern and imposing factory-city, giant gears and dark portals symbolize a mechanism that crushes individuality. Twelve acrobats and performers rebel against the monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city.
 

 

Christchurch Priory Concerts
Christchurch Priory Church
Concerts normally start in March.
Tickets for concerts at the Priory can be purchased from the Christchurch Tourist Information Centre, 49 High Street, Christchurch, Tel: 01202 471780, and are usually available to purchase from 6 weeks before the performance. Please double check information on the Priory website

London - Ideal Home Show 2014 web
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA
20 March to 6 April 2015
Whether you have a substantial home project or want to add those finishing touches that make a house a home, the Ideal Home Show has everything you need! With over 600 exhibitors helping the Ideal Home Show celebrate its 107th year at Earls Court, there are multiple unique shopping experiences to be found including ideal Interiors, ideal Home Improvements, ideal Gardens, ideal Gadgets, ideal Food and Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman - all under one roof! By train weekday - Brockenhurst/Clapham Junction/West Brompton, 1hr 53m.

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.
 
April 2015
Cycling: Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive web
Location: Brockenhurst
Saturday 11 April 2015 & Sunday 12 April, 7.30am - 10am
Based in the New Forest National Park along quiet forest roads and riding with 2000+ like-minded riders will ensure you have a good experience.There are 2 route lengths (86miles and 58miles). The event is not a race however all participants receive electronic timing and courses have a Gold, Silver or Bronze timing standards to aim for. The event includes: Toilets, electronic timing, well stocked feed stations, tarmac parking, event photography, mechanical support, bike wash facilities and most importantly an enjoyable and extremely well marked course!
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 12 April 2015, 8pm
Come as You Are (Belgium) 2011. 1hr 55mins.
Under the guise of a wine tour, three twenty year olds set out on a road trip to Spain, in search of independence and their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them - not even their handicaps. “Warmly humorous, thoroughly uplifting, this tale of triumph of human spirit over disability is a true treat, making it a worthy companion to Untouchable” (Dave Aldridge, Radio Times). Won Peoples Choice Best European Film at the EFA 2012.
 
Flemish (subtitled) Colour Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
Classic Cars on The Prom - Bournemouth
Behind the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on West Overcliff Promenade
Sundays, April to September, normally 4pm to 6.30pm, see website for more details
Sunday's vary with the time of the year and weather, 70 up to 130 Classic cars normally display. Events subject to weather and other sea front activities. An ever-changing weekly line-up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s. Free admission for eligible vehicles and free public viewing
Bournemouth Bay Run web
Sunday, 12 April 2015
With a choice of either 5k, 10k or half-marathon distances, the Bay Run follows a beautiful route from Bournemouth Pier, along Bournemouth Seafront and out around the surrounding area. Taking part in the Bournemouth Bay Run is an opportunity to raise life-saving funds for the British Heart Foundation and they would like all participants to raise what they can in sponsorship.
Easter Craft and Garden Fair at Somerley web
Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PL
Date TBA
Our marquees and many outside stalls form a delightful “village” on the sweeping lawns, and there is always a festive atmosphere here for our first show of the season. Easter is a time for some fresh air and venturing back out into the countryside for young and old alike, and where better than this lovely spot, which is otherwise closed to the public? It’s easy to reach as well, just a short distance from the A31, yet surrounded by quiet countryside. There is a huge range of crafts on show, with many exhibitors giving fascinating demonstrations of their skills. Here’s your chance to buy direct from the makers.
 
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
No entry to house
Southampton Easter Fair web
Southampton Common SO15 7NN
Date TBA
The Easter Fair is the biggest travelling fun fair around the south coast, operated by B. Cole & Sons and will also feature the well-established Bank Holiday Monday Market.
Beaulieu BoatJumble web
26 April 2015
With over 1,000 stands Beaulieu’s 34th annual BoatJumble, is the largest outdoor sale of boating bits in Europe. With all manner of new and used boating parts, accessories, clothing, gadgets and literature from leading manufacturers and enthusiastic yachtsmen alike, you can be sure of picking up some real treasures.
Theatre - The House by the Lake Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
27 April to 2 May 2015
   
Theatre - Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
28 April to 2 May 2015
Charles Condomine needs material for a new book relating to psychic matters. He invites two friends to dinner and a séance, with medium Madame Arcati. Nothing much seems to happen, then later, Elvira, Charles’ first ‘dead’ wife appears – but only he it seems can communicate with her. This causes great difficulty and hilarity to Charles, as Ruth his present wife thinks he is speaking to her, when he is actually talking to Elvira. The whole situation becomes very complicated and very funny but, typical of Coward, there is a twist in the tail!
 
 
May 2015
Downton Cuckoo Fair web
Downton village situated six miles south of Salisbury map
Date TBA
In 2011 we received about 25,000 visitors to our fair. We have over 250 craft and other interesting stalls on the greens and in marquees. There is lots of fun for the family including rural craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, clowns, inflatable’s and roundabouts in the Memorial Gardens and a farmers produce market in the junior school grounds. We have a wide range of entertainment during the fair including maypole, Morris & traditional dancers; street entertainers; Downton Brass Band; and live music and jazz at The Bull and White Horse.
 
Hampshire Country Fair web
Netley Marsh, Hampshire, SO40 7GY
3 & 4 May 2014
This is a 2-day event and includes, Arena Entertainment, Falconry Village, Dog Zone, Equestrian, Target Field Sports, Chainsaw Carving, Craft Village, Regional produce, Angling, Childrens Entertaiment and other attractions.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 10 May 2015, 8pm
The Hedgehog (France) 2011. 1hr 40mins.
Inspired by the book “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” (Muriel Barbery), this touching film has us looking through the eyes of the lonely precocious 11 year old Paloma. Whilst making a documentary of the hypocritical world of the privileged haut-bourgeoisie in the smart Parisian apartment block where she lives, she befriends the concierge, who has an equally sour outlook on life. As friendship grows, they discover that change is always possible, and it’s never too late to embrace love or life.
 
French (subtitled) Colour Cert 12
Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
Christchurch Food and Wine Festival  web
Date TBA
Now seen as one of the best Food Festivals in the UK, it has attracted a number of celebrity chefs over the years including Anton Edelman, James Martin, Gary Rhodes, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Paul Rankin, Brian Turner and Nick Nairn, to name just a few.
Southampton German Beer Fest web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton
16 May 2015, 5pm - 10.30pm
Beerfest UK brings the Oktoberfest to the UK with fine real German ales from across the breadth of Germany, the sounds and stirring of time-honoured oomph music with traditional drinking songs and dances to sizzling foods and entertainment to make the evening a really memorable one for all.
Isle of Wight Walking Festival web
2 to 17 May 2015
Over 300 walks in the programme.
AutoJumble web
16 & 17 May 2015
Famous the world over, Beaulieu Autojumbles are a must visit for the motoring enthusiast, and with entry to all that the attraction offers, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear, there's a great time to be had by all!
Spring Craft and Garden Fair at Kingston Lacy web
Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA
Date TBA
Our long-established and hugely popular springtime event in Kingston Lacy Park returns this year with an amazing range of exhibitors offering a superb selection of crafts, artwork, plants and garden supplies. There really is something here for everyone! The show forms a delightful “village” of marquees and outside stalls with something unusual to admire at every turn. There are numerous demonstrations of craftspeople at work, hundreds of plants to choose from and free entertainment for children. Food and refreshments are available throughout the day.
 
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
Children's entertainment
Food and refreshments
Wheels Festival web
Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Town Centre and Seafront BH1 2BU
29 to 31 May 2015, free event
It will be Britain’s biggest wheels themed family festival, packed with high energy events taking place on the seafront and across the town including: A stunning Pier Jump on a motorbike – a ramp is placed on sand on one side of the pier and the rider literally jumps to the other side.
Lymington Town Tours web
The 2015 schedule will be available from March 2015 with a full list of walks running between the beginning of May until the end of September. Guided walks around Lymington and the surrounding area taking place on Sunday mornings and Wednesday.
 
June 2015
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival web
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Date TBA
Set in Yarmouth's picturesque harbour, there will be more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet.  On shore there will be a huge range of attractions including, street entertainment, live music, classic vehicles, craft fair and market and lots more.
 
Lymington Arts Festival web
Date TBA
Artists and performers of all ages and disciplines come together at various venues around the town.
Isle of Wight Festival web
Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight
11, 12, 13, 14 June 2015
Music festival which takes place every year at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight and normally attracts about 75,000 people.
Southampton Kite Festival map web
Lordshill Sports Ground, 5 Acre Field, Lordshill, Southampton
Date TBA
The Festival will be a great show of many different types of kites, flying displays and kite competitions, as well as varied and interesting activities happening around the Festival Site.

VW Dub Festival
Hurst View Campsite, Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington SO41 8AL
12, 13 & 14 June 2015
We will be having music, food, ferret racing, falcons, bouncy castle, fancy dress and campfires etc. Open to the public.

Wimborne Folk Festival 2014 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
12, 13 & 14 June 2015
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
 
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
19 to 28 June 2014
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.
Round the Island Race web
27 June 2014
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.
 
 
 
 
July 2014

Winchester Hat Fair 2015 web
Winchester
3 to 5 July 2015
Winchester's Hat Fair began in 1974 as a busker's festival and is now Britain's longest running celebration of street arts. The annual festival incorporates outdoor and site specific works, musical events, spectacles and a children's procession.

Bournemouth International Triathlon web
Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
Date TBA

Bourne Free web
Bournemouth Town Centre BH1 2BU
10 to 12 July 2015
Bourne Free is Bournemouth's LGBT Pride Festival. It is an annual celebration of all diversities that live in Bournemouth and the constant strive towards universal equality for all through entertainment and awareness.

The British Beach Polo Championships web
Sandbanks, Poole
10 & 11 July 2015
Britain’s premier beach location plays host to Polo’s finest in a festival of equestrian activity. Six teams of the most talented international and national polo players compete for the Championship title over 2 days.
New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix 2015 web
New Milton
Sunday 12 July
All the thrills of street racing Monaco style. The New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix is organised by the New Milton Jubilee Committee comprising the Round Table, Lions and Rotary Clubs. Our aim is to provide a fun and entertaining event for the town of New Milton whilst supporting local youth and charity organisations.
 

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
Sunday 12 July 2015
The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth in 2014. 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.

Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Recreation Ground, Fordingbridge
Date TBA
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.
Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show web
Meadowmead Farm, Netley Marsh (between Cadnam and Totton)
Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of July 2015
This is a 3-day event and includes, Vintage Vehicles, Craft Marquee, Fun Fair, Children's entertainment, Street Market, Heavy Horses, Steam Engines and various other activities. There is also a public camping/caravan park.
Brownsea Open Air Theatre web map
Brownsea Island (in Poole Harbour)
The Tempest 22 July to 7 August 2015
One of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, the annual production is set on The National Trust's Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show, and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show web
28, 29 & 30 July 2015
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show was first held in 1921 and is now one of the top Agricultural and Equestrian Shows in the UK.
 
 
August 2014
By-Gone Days map
Dates TBA
Brooklands Farm, South Gorley, nr Ringwood
Country Show with the accent on nostalgia. The farm was used by the RAF in WW2. Spitfire display, large book stall, bric-brac, rural crafts, stalls, gypsy caravans, vintage machines, tractors, military vehicles, steam engine, children's area. Saturday - various visiting aircraft, model aircraft displays, the Hyde Band. Charity Folk Concert Saturday evening 7pm to 11pm. Sunday - Demos, Wilton RBL Band, aircraft displays, model aircraft, thanksgiving service. tel: 01425 652499
   
Summer Spectacular
Woodside Park, Lymington
Dates TBA
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
8 August 2015
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
8 to 15 August 2014
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.
Candlelight Nights 2014- Bournemouth web
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
Dates TBA
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 2015.
Bournemouth Air Festival web
20 to 23 August 2015
The 2015 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.
 
Festibelly - Lymington's Music Festival
Undershore, Lymington map web
Dates TBA
In a field, with music, lots of music, bands, DJ’s, singers, performers, poets, artists, tents, nice big loud speakers, nice quiet speakers, lights, lasers, lanterns, trees, flowers, food, really good food, organic, tasty, fresh, with drink, cocktails, ales, pimms, smoothies, and we love dancing, dancing in the day, sunset, sunrise, nightime, discos, loud discos, silent discos, and we love being comfy, teepees, yurts, squirts, sofas, hay bales, and we love the outdoors, the sun, the sky, fresh sea breeze, the solent, the new forest.
Great Waterside Raft Race web
Hythe Marina
Dates TBA
The Great Waterside Raft Race has been held for 26 years and is run to raise money for the RNLI. It is one of the few raft races that are held on the sea, which adds an element of excitement not found on river races. The course is set out between Hythe Marina and Hythe Pier and is always held between the 2 high tides unique to the Solent area.
The New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Rd, Plaitford, Nr Romsey, SO51 6EE
26 - 30 August 2015
Already labelled as one of the friendliest of festivals we intend to keep that image with home-cooking, local crafts-folk, camping and much more.
 
September 2014
Great Dorset Steam Fair web map
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
2 to 6 September 2015
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The special festival atmosphere whether as a day visitor or taking in the full five days by camping on site. There is no other event like it anywhere in the world which is why over 200,000 visitors attend each year both from the UK and from all over the World!
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 12 September 2015
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.
Southampton Boat Show web
11 to 20 September 2015
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.
The New Forest Marathon web
Dates TBA
 
 
   
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

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

Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Recreation Directory

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead
Minstead Study Centre
Minstead Village Community Website

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

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

Burley
Burley Events

Exbury
Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe
Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe
Highcliffe Castle Events

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

Bransgore
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

Romsey
Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Ringwood
Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne
Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

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

Other
Guide to South-Central Region

London
Barbican
Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

Outdoors
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.gov.uk
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
NewMiltonToday.com
Southampton.gov.uk
Visit-Christchurch
Visit-Hampshire
Visit-Southampton

Miscellaneous
Be in a BBC audience

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