What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
 
April 2014
Kids Woodland Adventure web
New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu
16 April
Our newest activity is our Kids Woodland Adventure days, these activity days will be full 6 hour days, running from 0930 at the cost of £48 per child and will be suitable for 8 to 12 year olds and 13 to 16 year olds. Come join in and have a full day of fun in the woods, learning woodland skills and trying out your skills on our Low ropes course and challenges. This site is perfect as it is set in Hartford Wood in the Beaulieu Estate.
Sing Stainer's Crucifixion   web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Friday 18 April | 7pm | £5
This well established and very popular Good Friday event brings together conductor David Woodgates, two professional soloists and organ accompanist, with the congregation singing the choruses and hymns. It is intended to have a short rehearsal for the chorus at 6.15 and therefore the doors will be open at 5.45pm.
Christchurch Priory Concerts
April 18, 7.30pm .... CPE Bach St John Passion
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
Easter Craft and Garden Fair at Somerley web
Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PL
Sat 19 April, Easter Sun 20 April, Easter Mon 21 April 2014
10am to 6pm, £4.50, children free
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
‘Spring into Lymington’, Easter Fete web
Grove Gardens, Lymington, SO41 3RF
20 April, 11am to 4pm, free entry
Spring into Lymington is a colourful, relaxed and fun village style fete with a vintage edge and lots of things for everyone to do and enjoy. Imagine lots of bunting, Puppet Theatre, Vintage Sports Day, Sack Racing and Egg and Spoon, tug-of-war, petting zoo, a spring market, real ale, craft stalls, lots of making activities, lovely food stalls and much more... We have 6 bands including the wonderful FB Pocket Orchestra who are a very cool, troubadour 4 piece band. You'll love them! Put on your best vintage gear and pootle on down to Spring into Lymington for some good old fashioned fun - we can't wait to see you there.
 
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
Pam Ayres web
The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AS
24 & 25 Apr 2014, 7.30pm
Pam Ayres brings her latest show to the Regent to coincide with the publication of her new book of poetry. Pam Ayres' work is funny, and approachable. It sounds simple, as though dashed off, but this is deceptive. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art.
Southampton Easter Fair web
Southampton Common SO15 7NN
Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 April
The Easter Fair is the biggest travelling fun fair around the south coast, operated by B. Cole & Sons, will also feature the well-established Bank Holiday Monday Market 10am - 9pm.
Beaulieu BoatJumble web
27 April 2014
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. Tickets £9.20 (adult) and £7.00 (child). For advance ticket discounts call 01590 612888 or visit www.beaulieushop.co.uk
Lymington Triathlon web
27 April 2014, 7am
The run will take in a section of the sea wall with panoramic views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. Swim 500m in Lymington Sea Water Baths (unheated ..... wetsuits allowed!) Cycle 12.5 miles Single lap bike course:Fairly flat route on quiet back-lanes through the New Forest returning to Lymington. Run 3miles A multi-terrain route taking in the Sea Wall and quiet lanes.
‘Allo ‘Allo! Lymington Players web
Malt Hall Theatre in Lymington Community Centre
29 April - 3 May 2014
Based on the hugely popular TV comedy series, the stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo follows the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war-torn occupied France, as he and his wife, Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and kept in a sausage in their cellar. An hilarious play, even if you have never seen the TV version. Grab a ticket and come and have your ribs tickled!
Christchurch Priory Special Guided Tour web
Christchurch Priory
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014, 6.30pm, £10
Special guided tours visiting ground floor and areas of the Priory not usually open to the general public including tower, museum, crypts, belfry and roof space. Other dates: 22 May, 10 June, 10 July
Moscow State Circus web
Mayflower Park, Southampton
30 April - 5 May
The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date, set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect seasonal back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.
 
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May 2014
Talk - Bournemouth 'New Town' by Jude James
Organised by by the Friends of St. Barbe Museum
At the Lymington Community Centre
Friday 2 May, 7.30 pm - all welcome - non-members £3
Local historian and author Jude James will talk about the phenomenal growth of Bournemouth in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A small hamlet when Thomas Hardy was a boy that had become a large town by the time he writes about it in Tess of the d’Urbevilles. Jude will describe the creation of Bournemouth, the views of incoming residents and visitors and the impact this large new settlement had on surrounding communities.
 
Downton Cuckoo Fair web
Downton village situated six miles south of Salisbury map
Saturday 3 May 2014
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
4 & 5 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.
BBC Flog It web
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QS map
Thursday 8 May 2014
We'll value just about any antique or collectable, as long as you can bring it yourself to one of our valuation days.
Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2014 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
8 May
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.
 
 
South Coast Fashion Week web
BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth web
9 to 11 May 2014, open 10am to 4.30pm each day
Entertainment throughout the day with runway shows, dance extravaganzas, live music and guest appearances. Designer collections, Best in High Street and Graduate Previews on the main stage in the Windsor Hall. Vintage Collections and one off labels provide an exciting look at fashion from all angles.
   
Lymington Town Tours web
Tours start on the 10th and 11th May 2014
Guided walks around Lymington and the surrounding area taking place on Sunday mornings and Wednesday.
Christchurch Food and Wine Festival  web
10 & 11 May 2014
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.
Spring Concert – Lymington Choral Society  web
St. Thomas’ Church, Lymington
Saturday, 10 May 2014, 7.30pm
We are delighted that Le Choeur des Portes de Bretagne will be arriving  in Lymington on Friday, 9 May to join us for a special joint concert on Saturday, 10 May, 2014 in St. Thomas’ Church.  This is a return visit following Lymington Choral Society’s visit to Vitre, Lymington’s twin town in France.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 11th May 2014 8pm
In the House (France) 2004. 1hrs 45mins.
A social satire that is dark, tense and wryly funny. A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.
 
French (subtitled) Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £5 on the door.
Adelia Myslov web
Brockenhurst Music Society - 2014 Season
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst (Brockenhurst Music Society)
Monday 12 May, 7.30pm
Featuring the exciting Russian violinist Adelia Myslov, with Craig White on piano. Adelia was recently praised by the renowned violinist Pinchas Zuckerman who said "she has a singularly beautiful sound…" Tickets £12 at the door or £10 in advance from Streets or Bestsellers of Brockenhurst, or Sway Deli in Sway.
 
Adelia Myslov
Don Williams in Concert web
BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth
16 May 2014, 7.30pm
The Legend lives on. Inducted in to Country music’s “Hall of Fame” in 2010, nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for his last CD release on Sugar Hill Records, “And so it goes”
 
Video
Smedmore House & Gardens Open Day
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, BH20 5PG
Saturday, 17 May, 2014, 2pm to 5pm, £5 (tickets at the gate)
The East Dorset & New Forest branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association have kindly been given permission by the owner, to use this beautiful 18th century country house and its’ delightful gardens to help us raise funds & awareness of this fatal disease. The 2 acre flower gardens, orchards & Mediterranean area which surround this house are all set against a backdrop of the peaceful Dorset countryside with stunning views of and walks along a dedicated path through the woods to Kimmeridge Bay. The gardens have some lovely hidden areas which will delight any gardener. There will be: Various stalls selling Plants, Crafts, Gifts & a Tombola. Games stalls for fun and a chance to win a prize. Relax in the sheltered Courtyard with a slice of home made cake
& a hot drink whilst listening to some live musical entertainment.
 
The House will be open for conducted tours.
Directions: Take the road to Wareham, follow the A351 to Swanage. After a couple of miles, follow the signs to Kimmeridge and just before dropping down into the village, turn left up a private drive. There will be plenty of signs advertising the event! & there's plenty of parking.
Southampton German Beer Fest web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton
17 May 2014, 5pm - 11pm
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
3 to 18 May 2014
Over 300 walks in the programme.
AutoJumble web
17 & 18 May 2014
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!
Award Concert  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 17 May| 7pm | £8
Those short-listed for audition in Music at Beaulieu's annual award scheme will perform and the winners will be announced. The performers receive a fee and for many this will be their first professional engagement. This is always a popular concert and a show-case for impressive young talent from the New Forest.
Wheels Festival web
Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Town Centre and Seafront BH1 2BU
24 to 26 May 2014, 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.
Vintage sports car demonstrations
Evening family entertainment with wheel themed films, live music and fireworks
Monster Truck demonstrations on the beach
BMX Team – Extreme displays
Pedal Power nightglow procession
Family fun with Unicycles
Grand Prix Road Bike Racing
Interactive displays
FMX (Freestyle Motorcross) Bike displays on the beach
Dakar Rally Car demonstrations
Explore inside amazing vehicles
Skateboard stunts
Spring Craft and Garden Fair at Kingston Lacy web
Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA
Sat 24 May, Sun 25 May, Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014
10am to 6pm, £4.50, children free
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
Peter Grimes  Opera recorded live from the English National Opera
Lymington Community Centre web
Thursday, May 29, 7.15pm £15
Opera in a Prologue and three Acts. Music by Benjamin Britten. A boy apprenticed to the fisherman Peter Grimes has died at sea and an inquest is held to determine the cause of death. The Coroner finds that the boy died in 'accidental circumstances' but Grimes is warned not to get another apprentice......
 
Powerboat and Jetski Championships web
Bournemouth Seafront BH2 5AA
30, 31 May & 1 June 2014
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival web
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Friday, 30 May to Sunday, 1 June, 2014
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.
 
 
June 2014
Refurbishment at the Lymington Community Centre
The Malt Hall in the Lymington Community Centre will be closing in June (after the last showing of Rio2 on 31st May) for the long awaited refurbishment of the seating. We will continue with the live streaming in the autumn when we will have a full season of ballet, opera and theatre as well as our usual films.
 

Portsmouth D-Day 70 Events web
3 to 8 June 2014
Thursday 5 June - morning
Drumhead Ceremony, Southsea Common
A Drumhead Ceremony featuring Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Portsmouth, Veterans, cadets and serving members of the Armed Forces will be held in recognition of those who were killed during the D-Day landings. This will feature a military parade along the seafront.
Thursday 5 June - afternoon
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Display, Southsea Common
A spectacular amphibious assault landing will take place on Southsea seafront by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines showcasing the capabilities for the current Armed Forces.
Thursday 5 June - evening
Sunset Concert for Heroes, Southsea Common
A bespoke concert produced by the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the D-Day Veterans and their families who will be the guests of honour. The programme will feature film music and moments of Commemoration.
Friday 6 June - morning
D-Day Remembrance Service, Southsea Seafront
A Remembrance Service will be held at the D-Day Stone in Southsea to commemorate those killed during the D-Day landings. Following the ceremony there will be a military parade from the D-Day Stone along the seafront past the D-Day Museum and the statue of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery to Southsea Common.
Friday 6 June - afternoon
Normandy Commemorations, Southsea Common
Bring a picnic and watch the live coverage of the Commemorations from Normandy, which will be shown on big screens across the site.
Saturday 7 June – morning
HMS King Alfred Royal Naval Reserve Parade, Southsea Common
To mark the 20th anniversary of HMS King Alfred being commissioned, a parade of Armed Forces Reservists will march along Southsea seafront. Everyone is invited to come along and show their support for the reservists.
Saturday 7 June - evening
1940s Concert, Southsea Common
A lively family oriented concert featuring hit music from the 1940s with live singers and bands building up to a fireworks finale. Mark the occasion in style by coming along in 1940s clothes and don’t forget your dancing shoes.
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June - all day
The D-Day Experience, Southsea Common
A weekend of entertainment and activities for all the family featuring music from the 1940s, arena displays and parades, military vehicle exhibitors and displays, lindy hop dancers, 1940s vintage market, archive and war film screenings, talks by local veterans, homefront displays, photographic exhibitions, street theatre performances and much more.

Gareth Malone: The Live Tour web
BIC Windsor Hall, Bournemouth
7 June 2014, 7.30pm
Following a nationwide search earlier this year for accomplished young singers, Gareth Malone has assembled the country’s finest young talent and their debut album "Voices" will be released on November 18, 2013.
 
Wimborne Folk Festival 2014 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
13, 14, 15 June 2014
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
 
Isle of Wight Festival web
Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight
12, 13, 14, 15 June 2014
Music festival which takes place every year at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight and normally attracts about 75,000 people.
The London Conchord Ensemble  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 14 June | 7pm | £10
This group of chamber musicians return to Beaulieu following their successful concert here in 2012 and their appearance in the BBC Proms in 2013.
Lymington & Pennington French Market 2014
Lymington High Street
15 June, 10am to 5pm
Father's day Beer Festival web
Rhinefield House Hotel,  Rhinefield  Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7QB
15 June 2014, 12noon to 3pm, entrance is free
The event will be held on our terrace and will be attended by several   local Breweries. The event is simply to promote and enjoy local beers & ciders and there will be food available to purchase from our Barbeque which will be available throughout this time.
 
Christchurch Priory Music and Arts Festival
All tickets are on sale through The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1AS. Book online at www.regentcentre.co.uk or call 01202 499199
Please double check information on the Priory website
June 15, 3pm .... Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus
June 15, 6.30pm .... Festival Evensong, with Christchurch Priory Choir
June 16, 10am .... Schools workshop with the Scott Brothers Duo
June 16, 7.30pm .... The Scott Brothers Duo in concert
June 17, 12.30pm .... Baroque delights: Music for Oboe and Harpsichord
June 17, 7.30pm .... David Rees-Williams Trio
June 18, 12.30pm .... Recital Michael Broadway Pianola
June 19, 12.30pm .... Geoffrey Morgan Organ Recital
June 19, 7.30pm .... BackBeat Percussion Quartet
June 20, 10am .... Schools workshop with BackBeat Percussion Quartet
June 20, 2pm .... The Iris Ensemble
June 20, 7pm .... I will sing with the Spirit – Christchurch Priory Choir
June 21, 7.30pm .... Bournemouth Bach Choir - Mendelssohn's Elijah
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
20 to 29 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.
15th Annual St. Barbe Open Exhibition
St Barbe Museum, New Street, Lymington web
21 June to 19 July
The St. Barbe Open Show provides a showcase for best of the region’s paintings, prints and drawings.
Round the Island Race web
21 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.
 
Viewed from Hurst Castle
Angelina Ballerina The Mousical Live on Stage web
Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton SO15 1AP
20 to 22 June 2014
Fri 12pm, Sat 10am, Sun 12pm, 2pm & 4.30pm
Everyone's favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her brand new musical - a magical show packed full of singing and dancing.
 
15th Annual Open Art Exhibition (selling exhibition)
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington web
21 June to 19 July, 2014
The St. Barbe Open Show provides a showcase for best of the region’s paintings, prints and drawings. within those media the exhibition is entirely open, with no limitation as to subject or style. Work is selected by a panel of professional artists and although the content is always varied, each year's show takes on a unique character.
   
 
July 2014
Christchurch Priory Summer Fete web
Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
Saturday, 5 July, 2014, 9am
Stalls, raffles, refreshments including and entertainment.
Bournemouth International Triathlon web
Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
Sunday, 6 July 2014, 6.30am

Bourne Free web
Bournemouth Town Centre BH1 2BU
11 to 13 July 2014
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.

Festibelly - Lymington's Music Festival
Undershore, Lymington map web
11 & 12 July 2014
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.
The British Beach Polo Championships web
Sandbanks, Poole
11 & 12 July 2014
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.
Lymington Arts Festival web
12 July 2014
Artists and performers of all ages and disciplines come together at various venues around the town.
Christchurch Priory Concerts
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
12 July, 7.30pm .... Grange Choral Society
16 July, 7pm .... Celebrity Organ Recital Thomas Heywood
30 July, 7pm .... Celebrity Organ Recital Hugh Morris
Glyndebourne at Beaulieu  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 12 July | 7pm | £18
Four singers from Glyndebourne accompanied on piano sing arias and ensembles from the Glyndebourne operatic repertoire.
Summer Craft and Garden Fair at Somerley web
Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PL
Saturday 12 July, Sunday 13 July 2014
10am to 6pm, £4.50, children free
Our high summer event takes place in the beautiful parkland next to Somerley House, a Georgian stately home near Ringwood designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1750. The House, with its magnificent estate, has been home to the Normanton family for five generations. Viscount Somerton is its current custodian. Our marquees and numerous outside stalls form a delightful “village” on the sweeping lawns in front of the House. There is a huge range of traditional and contemporary 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
 

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
13 July 2014
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
Saturday 19 July 2014 2014, 10.30am to 4.30pm
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.

Lymington & Pennington Carnival 2014 (The Lions Club) web
Lymington High Street
20 July 2014

Bournemouth's Childrens Festival web
Meyrick Park, Central Drive Bournemouth BH2 6LH
24 July 2014, free event
Last year Meyrick Park hosted the Bournemouth Family Festival for the fourth year, over 31,000 people visited the park during the day.

Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show web
Meadowmead Farm, Netley Marsh (between Cadnam and Totton)
Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014
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)
Henry IV 23 July to 8 August 2014
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.
Friday Family Fiesta - Bournemouth web
Bournemouth Seafront BH12 5AA
25 July, 1, 8, 15 & 22 August 2014
Based around Bournemouth seafront and Lower Gardens - an event for everyone with entertainment from fireworks to live music.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show web
29, 30 & 31 July 2014
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
Poole Town & Country Show web
Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 August, 2014, 10am to 5pm, £6
Set in the lovely grounds of Upton Country Park, this Family Country Show now in its 6th year with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, Equestrian Acrobatics, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
By-Gone Days map
2 & 3 August 2014
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 and Car Show
Woodside Gardens, Lymington
3 August 2014
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.
Cowes Week web
2 to 9 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.
Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Show web
Somerley Park, Ellingham, Ringwood
9 August 2014
Handicrafts are on display including the traditional spinning and lace making techniques. Add to this the Plonkers Agricultural Band, the Verwood Brass Band, 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.
Candlelight Nights 2014- Bournemouth web
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
30 July, 6, 13, and 20 August 2014
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 2014.
Temperance Seven  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Saturday 16 August | 7pm | £15
A very popular, well known and widely acclaimed Jazz group. They came to Beaulieu in 2009 and we are delighted they are able to come back on 2014.
Freshfields Festival 2014 web
Fawcetts Field, Christchurch Road, New Milton BH25 6QB
Saturday 16 August and Sunday 16 August
It has been confirmed Freshfields Festival 2014 is a two day festival. It will commence at 11.00am on 16th and finish at 23.00. On the Sunday it will start at midday and finish at 18.00. We have the main ‘Bigger Boat’ stage, Stan’s Blues Jam stage, The All Mixed Up stage headlined by KENNY KEN at 19.00, The Ska stage, and the Acoustic stage ran by no other Si Genaro who was on The Voice 25/01/14 showing his skills off to Will I Am and the rest of the team.
All stages will be bringing you the best artists from the South Coast.
Hampshire Open Studios 2014
Times and locations are published on their website
16 Aug to 25 Aug
For ten days 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.
Summer Craft and Garden 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 6pm, £4.50, children free
Our long-established and hugely popular late summer 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
 
Great Waterside Raft Race web
Hythe
Sun 24 August 2014
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.
Great Dorset Steam Fair web map
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
27 to 31 August 2014
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!
The New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Rd, Plaitford, Nr Romsey, SO51 6EE
28 to 31 August 2014
The campsite opens at midday on Thursday 28. Main stage music begins at midday on Friday 29 August. Come along and enjoy a New Forest traditional hog-roast barbecue with vegetarian options of course from 4pm onwards.
Bournemouth Air Festival web
28 to 31 August 2014
The Bournemouth Air Festival is the biggest free aviation event in the UK.
 
Charity Bath Race & Open Day web
Venue: Lymington Sailing Club, Bath Road, Lymington SO41 3SE
Sunday 31 August 2014, all Day, admission: £1.50
This summer event has a carnival atmosphere and contestants make a standard bath into a sea-worthy, racing craft to take part in the paddle driven heats on the water just behind the club pontoon. Adults and children alike in fancy dress or otherwise have a wonderful time competing for the much wanted Bath Trophy as well as a vast array of other prizes. People are attracted by the racing as well as the BBQ and other stalls.
 
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.
 
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.
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!
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.
 
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.
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.
 
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.
 
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.
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.
   
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.
 
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.
   
 
 
   
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
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
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 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