What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
July 2015 Please always check on the event’s website that the information given here is up-to-date
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.
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.
Exbury Summer Soirée Evenings web
Exbury Gardens, SO45 1AZ
Friday evening, 24 July, 7pm to 10pm
Exbury on a summer evening is a pure delight, especially when you are offered a glass of Pimms or a fruit cocktail and have the opportunity to ride the Gardens Steam Railway! Your evening begins at 7pm with a welcome summer drink on the terrace at Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms, before boarding carriages for a two-circuit run of Exbury’s ‘Rhododendron Line’. The train passes through the Summer Lane Garden, at its best with herbaceous and perennial plantings. Look out for wildlife on your journey! On the second circuit, the train will ease to a stop at the American Garden, where our guide will lead you on a short 20 min walk back to Mr Eddy’s, taking in the tranquil Jubilee Pond, mysterious Jurassic Boardwalk and the colourful Hydrangea Walk. A delicious 2-course buffet will be served on the terrace of Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms (weather permitting!), with food sourced from Hampshire suppliers.
Pétanque Court Grand Opening (everyone welcome)
Emsworth Recreation Grounds, Lymington, SO41 9BL
Saturday 25th July 2015, 6pm - 8pm
Teams: 2 or 3 players
Pétanque is played throughout the British Isles. It is a sport for all ages and both sexes, it is classless and can be played wherever a reasonable surface can be found or created. The concept of the game of pétanque is simple and similar to bowls, i.e. resting your boule closer to the jack than your opponent. However, instead of rolling wooden bowls over an immaculately maintained lawn, pétanque is played on an easily maintained area of fairly level 'stony' ground, with metal boule rolled or tossed to the jack.  We would like to invite everyone along to the Grand Opening and prizes will be presented on the day by the Lymington & Pennington Town Mayor/Cllr Michael White.

Music at Beaulieu  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
Glyndebourne at Beaulieu - Saturday 25 July | 7pm | £18
Four singers from Glyndebourne accompanied on piano sing arias and ensembles from the Glyndebourne operatic repertoire. You are invited to picnic on Church Meadow before the concert and during the interval
The Farrant Singers - Saturday 17 October | 7pm | £10
This group, based in Salisbury have an excellent reputation for fine musicianship and interesting programmes. They will bring some 35 singers and will perform ìa capella" and also use our 19th century Walker organ. Their programme will include music by Byrd and Tallis.
Studio Art Exhibition - artist Simon Chambers
Studio 6, Buckland Granaries, Sway Road, Lymington SO41 8NN
25 July until 9 August. Open daily 10am - 4pm
I am having an open studio exhibition and sale of my abstract paintings starting this weekend and running for 2 weeks.

Free outdoor concerts at Highcliffe Castle web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
26 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm Southampton Concert Wind Band
Sunday 6 September 2015, 1pm to 4pm Jazz & Swing Concert: Swing Unlimited Big Band
Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Refreshments are available from the tea rooms. Car parking charges apply. The car park may be busy, please use alternative transport if possible.

Art in the Park 2015 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks)
Bath Road Recreation Grounds, Lymington, SO41 3SE
Sunday July 26 - 11am to 5pm
Arts & Crafts – Paintings – Photography – Driftwood Art, Recycling Art, Homemade Jewellery – Pottery – Sculptures – Weaving – Knitting – Wooden Art/Sculpture - Stained Glass – Stylish Home Decoration – Vintage Shopping – Dyeing & Finishing - Family Entertainment – Bouncy Castles – Newforest Ice-cream – Tea/Coffee & Cupcakes – Face-paints/Body Art – Music from the Historic Bandstand (weather permitting) and much more.

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.
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August 2015
By-Gone Days map
1 & 2 August 2015
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
Poole Town & Country Show web
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August, 2015, 10am - 5pm
Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset
This popular family show is now in its 7th year, with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, Kondini the Human Toolbox, Terrier Racing, The Goat Show and Newfoundland Dogs, as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
New Forest Fuchsia Society Annual Show web
Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park
Saturday 1 August 2015
The New Forest Fuchsia Society is staging the 42nd Annual Show between 12.00 midday and 4.30pm. The event is often considered to be the ‘shop window’ of the Society’s Calendar. With almost 40 classes in the Schedule, including an ‘Open Class’ for non members, competition is keen but always friendly. ‘Non-growing’ classes have also been introduced so that members can bring other skills to the show bench. Cost: £1
Annual Bath Race web
Lymington Town Sailing Club, Bath Rd, Lymington SO41 3SE
Sunday 2 August 2015
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.
15th Summer Spectacular and Classic Car Show
Woodside Park, Lymington
Organised by the Rotary Club of Lymington
Sunday 2 August 2015
Enjoy the fun and excitement of a show that has activities for all ages and a Classic Car Show with over two hundred cars is one of the biggest in the South of England. There will be music to stir the soul and get your toes tapping along with interactive displays to both amaze and amuse. For the quieter moments there will be bargains to be had in the extensive Car Boot area and a range of trade and charity stalls that would complement any High Street. New this year is the Auto Jumble area sponsored by Autotrader. Food to suit a wide range of appetites and palates will be on sale. This year thanks to help from our show sponsors Colten Care, Autotrader and Hampshire County Council we are also throwing our doors open to the residents of Solent Mead Care Home and Oakhaven Hospice. Come and join the food, fun and frolics for a modest £5 per adult with children under fifteen free; all profits are donated to charity. This is Lymington’s premier show; you will be mad to miss it.
Classic car Show
Huge Car Boot sale
Fun Fair
Fun Dog Show
Food Village
Birds of Prey display
3 Bands
Jersey Boys - The Original West End Hit Musical web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
4 - 15 August 2015
The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys, is touring the UK and Ireland for the very first time! This smash hit musical has won 55 major awards worldwide, including the Oliver Award for Best New Musical.
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 2015
Cowes Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the world having started in 1826. The event is held on the Solent, between southern England and the Isle of Wight. There is normally a ferry running from Lymington to Cowes during Cowes week web
Freshfields Festival web
Due to unforeseen circumstances Freshfields will not take place in 2015
Lymington Mini Fest
Lymington High Street
Sunday, 9 August 10am - 4pm
Great day for all the family to enjoy. Mini vehicles from all over the UK will commence into Lymington High Street. A great day for all enthusiasts and specialists to view some of these vintage cars. Contact: Lymington & Pennington Town Council Tel: 07525 405 943
Milford Charity Fun Dog Show
Milford-on-Sea Village Green, Nr Lymington
Sunday 9August, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Novelty dog classes, Have-a-Go Dog Agility, Stalls and refreshments. Have a fun day out!
All proceeds to go to the registered animal charity K-9 Angels, www.K-9angels.org
Anna-Clare Monk soprano and Lauren Scott harp web
Brockenhurst Music Society - 2015 Season
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst (Brockenhurst Music Society)
Monday 10 August at 7.30pm, £12 at the door
'If Music be the Food of Love' - British & American songs from Dowland & Purcell to Gershwin & Cole Porter. Recent highlights for this talented duo include performing at the Southbank Centre in London and at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Christchurch Priory Concert Series 2015
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
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
Candlelight Nights - Bournemouth web
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
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.
Boat Trips from the Harbour Masters Pontoon, Lymington web
Gosport Ferries are bringing people to Lymington Market from Gosport and while the boat is here they are going to do boat trips around the Solent from the Harbour Masters Pontoon, Lymington.
Cruise along the Western Solent

Dates: 22 August 2015
Time: Departs: 11:45am
Returns: 14:15pm
The cruise takes in the northern shore of the Isle of Wight and returns via the mainland coastline passing the mouth of the Beaulieu River and Keyhaven - Lymington marshes. (Courtesy Bus to Harbour departs town Centre at 11:07am)
Cruise to the Needles
Dates: 8 August, 5 September 2015
Time: Departs: 11:45am
Returns: 14:15pm
Cruise past Hurst Castle to the Needles. The return trip passes Yarmouth and the northern shore of the Isle of Wight. (Courtesy Bus to Harbour departs town Centre at 11:07am).
More information can be obtained and bookings can now be taken at Gosport Ferries on 023 9252 4551 or website: www.gosportferry.co.uk
Click here for other boat trips
Christchurch Priory Concert Series 2015
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
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
Oakwood Studio events web
Oakwood Studios, 62 Oakwood Avenue New Milton BH25 5EA
We are a group of designer/makers based in New Milton.
Hampshire Open Studios - Open daily 11am - 5pm from 19 - 31 August
We have a wide array of 100% handmade products available including: Hand Weaving, Felting, Dyeing, Wirework & Fused Glass Jewellery, Fabric Bags & Fabric Chicks, Doodle Art, Prints Of Paintings In Acrylic, Oil & Watercolour, Local Photographic Prints & Canvases. Tel: 01425614048 / 07751039532. Directions - From New Milton centre go north past the Station, First R (Manor Rd) after 400m L into Oakwood Ave, on R just past Hilton Rd. Access: beside house through to garden studio (one step). Park in road. (X2 bus route)
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.
Hampshire Open Studios web
22 to 31 August 2015
For two weeks hundreds of artists from all over Hampshire open their houses and studios to the public, displaying everything from paintings, sculptures, textile work, woodwork and photography.
New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey SO51 6EE
26 to 30 August 2015 (camping £5 per pitch)
We are a family run festival and you will see us all around the site and our aim is to make your time with us an enjoyable one. The first year of the festival we were not sure how many people would come along, so we had our own stall selling food, much of it being homemade. It went down very well so we have continued with our own café producing mostly home cooked food. Nick’s daughter Jo will be managing the bar, whilst his wife Helen will be cooking. Keith and family will be on the merchandise stand, and Nick, he will be everywhere!
Great Waterside Raft Race web
Hythe Marina
30 August 2015
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 2015
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. 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
13 September 2015
We are really excited to announce the New Forest Marathon is returning on September 13th 2015.
The event that has been a cornerstone of the running calendar for the last 31 years will see a fresh new line up of events including Full and Half Marathon, 5k/10k/Family race options. We aim to make this an event for all the family to enjoy and experience the New Forest with details of our new location coming soon. In the last 31 years your commitment to the event has helped us generate £1.25 million for local good causes.
October 2015
Music at Beaulieu  web
Abbey Church, Beaulieu
The Farrant Singers - Saturday 17 October | 7pm | £10
This group, based in Salisbury have an excellent reputation for fine musicianship and interesting programmes. They will bring some 35 singers and will perform ìa capella" and also use our 19th century Walker organ. Their programme will include music by Byrd and Tallis.
Barbe Museum & Art Gallery: Family Events Programme 2015 web
New Street, Lymington
28 October: Hand to Mouth Theatre
Returning to deliver an enchanting shadow puppetry workshop where children will have the chance to create their own puppets, scenery and performance. The workshop is from 10:30am to 1:00pm. £15 per child. Suitable for children aged 7yrs+. Booking required 14 days in advance.
29 October: Spooky Superstitions
Join us for a spooky day at the museum where we will be exploring superstitions past and present. You can also make your own witches bottle, amulets and charms. Drop in any time between 10:30am and 3:30pm. All ages are welcome and normal admission prices apply.
November 2015
Christmas Craft Fair at Compton Acres web
164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole BH13 7ES
Saturday 14 November, Sunday 15 November 2015
We have three spacious floors (all with lift access) filled to the brim with expert craftworkers of all kinds. This is a wonderful opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list in one place – everything here is unique and you are buying direct from the makers. These are presents that will really be appreciated: individual and truly special objects that will last, and give delight, for a lifetime. Come and be inspired! Teas and refreshments are available throughout the day.
December 2015
Barbe Museum & Art Gallery: Family Events Programme 2015 web
New Street, Lymington
21 December: A Victorian Christmas
A fun & festive opportunity to create your own Victorian Christmas gifts and cards. Children can also try on costumes and pose for a traditional Victorian portrait. Drop in any time between 10:30am and 3:30pm. All ages are welcome and normal admission prices apply.
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. Folk Club Thomas Tripp (1st Wed of month)
Malt Hall Theatre Cannon St
Markets and Car Boot Sales

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

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

Lyndhurst Recreation Directory

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead Study Centre
Minstead Village Community Website

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

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

Burley Events

Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe Castle Events

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

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

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

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

Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

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

Guide to South-Central Region

Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

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

Groups organising local activities
Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions Club

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

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