What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
January 2017 Please always check on the event’s website that the info. given here is up-to-date
Elijah web
Christchurch Priory
21 January 7:30pm
Marcio Da Silva, internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and tenor soloist, will be directing The Grange Choral Society and orchestra in a performance of Mendelssohn's magnificent oratorio Elijah. The soloists are Samantha Crawford (soprano), Catia Moreso (mezzo-soprano), Leonel Pinheiro (tenor) and Edward Grint (baritone).
Talk - ‘The New Forest – a foot in the past, and an eye to the future’
Lyndhurst Community Centre
Tuesday 24th January at 7.30 pm
This event is being run by the Friends of the New Forest and will be an evening all about where the New Forest is going and the challenges before us today, starting with a thought-provoking talk by Clive Chatters, Council member of the Friends of the New Forest, Chairman of the New Forest Consultative Panel, and former Deputy Chief Executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Clive plans to speak about how he views the current state of the Forest and where he sees the challenges, not only for the many local Forest interest groups but also for all those whose lives intersect with the Forest. Clive’s talk will be followed by responses from Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, and Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor for the New Forest, Forestry Commission. There will then be time for the audience to discuss the future of the Forest. Everyone is welcome to attend this important free event, but those wishing to attend are requested to pre-book their seats to avoid disappointment by going to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/310583
Talk - 1338, The French Burn Southampton! by Robert Stevenson
Lymington & District Historical Society web
The Lymington Centre, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BQ
Friday 27 January 2017 at 7.15 pm
One Sunday morning the French invaded, looting and killing 600. This is the story of that raid....... Guests are welcome - £4.
Bournemouth Cool Coast Ice Rink web
BIC Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth
On now until 19 February 2017
As a fun all-weather activity, it’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Plus, with our useful Ice Skating penguins, even the youngest novices can have a go in our Kids area; separate from the main rink which is ideal for smaller children and their parents.

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February 2017
Theatre - The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew’
Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 February 2017
This play, half fairy tale and half satire demonstrates the diversity of Robert Bolt’s imagination and dramatic ingenuity. He is more famous for the play/film A Man for All Seasons, as well as other plays. This is a great children’s story, but it seems to be that adults are no less enthusiastic in their addiction to knights and dragons as are children. Sir Oblong Fitz Oblong, a highly unlikely knight errant, is sent by his duke to fight the black dragon with red eyes which inhabits Bolligrew Island. The island is ruled by the bold, bad, Baron Bolligrew and his henchman Squire Blackheart. After making friends with Magpie and Badger, and defying the magician Moloch in a display of magic, he has an exciting confrontation with the dragon. What next? Does he kill the dragon? Does he succeed in converting Baron Bolligrew to a good as gold baron? Watch this space.


Hands-On at Beaulieu web
Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN
11 to 26 February 2017
Get ‘hands-on’ at Beaulieu this February Half-Term with interactive activities for the whole family. Honk the horns! Try on goggles! Test out early motoring clothing and take a close-up look at artefacts, photos and documents. Try the 'bubble balancer' in the National Motor Museum - can you place the weights evenly around the tyre to make it balance? Create your own balloon-powered car and see how far and fast you can race it. Visit the monk in Beaulieu Abbey to pick up some medieval building tips and learn how to make an arch. Try on Victorian costumes and play traditional games in Palace House.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 12th February 2017, 7.30pm
Brand New Testament French 2015, 1hr 52mins
God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter! He’s also mean, grouchy, and spends all day in front of computer screens, creating endless regulations to control and torment mankind. His rebellious daughter decides to change the rules and write a Brand New Testament. A quirky, playfully irreverent and hugely imaginative comedy. (IMDB; Guardian)
Colour Cert 15 Subtitled
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
March 2017
Lymington Boat Jumble
Sea scout hall, Kings Salterns Road, Lymington
Saturday 4th March 2017 from 9.30 -12.00
Lymington Boat Jumble is organised by 9th Lymington Sea Scout raising vital funds for the group. It is now in its 5th year. Items are sold on a commission basis. If you wish to sell any nautical items please contact infoboatjumble@gmail.com for further information or call Melanie Jones on 01590 674014. Full details at Boat Jumble terms and conditions | 9th Lymington Sea Scouts.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 12th March 2017, 7.30pm
Difret Ethiopian 2014, 1hr 39mins
A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14 year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage. From director Mehari and executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt, this Ethiopian docudrama recreates the true story of a game-changing legal case involving a 14-year-old who shot and killed her kidnapper (IMDB; Guardian)
Colour Cert 12 Subtitled
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
April 2017
Bournemouth Bay Run web
2 April 2017
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.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 9th April 2017, 8pm
Taxi Tehran Farsi 2015, 1hr 22mins
In director Jafar Panahi’s new film, a shared cab provides a space where passengers spill their secrets. Thumbing his nose at the regime that has banned him, the courageous Iranian director makes his latest film in a taxi rigged with three hidden cameras. It is a natural setting for drama –
there are arguments and confessions, and new passengers at regular intervals to help stir the pot.The result is a grand panorama of city life, given shape by cruel oppression.(Guardian).
Colour Cert 12 Subtitled
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
Cycling: Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive web
Location: Somerley House, Ringwood BH24 3PL
Saturday 8th April 2017 & Sunday 9th April, Start Time 7.40am - 10:00am
What has become one of our most popular events is such a welcome start-of-season test for a cyclist that it runs on both a Saturday and Sunday – and yet it still sells out before the day. Take this as a sign that you’ll get your cycling fill from this sportive, which takes in much of the stunning New Forest on the route. Starting just outside the National Park, near Ringwood, you’ll begin the ride in the south-west corner of the Forest and head east first of all, completing an anti-clockwise loop of the woodland area on the day on unspoilt and quiet back lanes with picturesque views. As you ride and take in the views in the rolling scenery, there will be a number of hills to challenge your legs – plus a test to come near the end – with short and sharp climbs popping up every now and again to keep you on your toes. Beautiful New Forest villages of Sway, Beaulieu and Lepe are passed through before you head north and back into the centre of the district.

Classic Cars on The Prom - Bournemouth web
Behind the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on West Overcliff Promenade.
Sunday's starting in April
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 (vehicles can arrive and depart at any time). No pre-booking - Club groups are asked to contact the organisers in advance via our contact page details. Our displays are open to all cars and motor bikes (in the classic spirit) registered before August 1983.

Beaulieu BoatJumble web
23 April 2017
Beaulieu Boatjumble has hundreds stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all boating enthusiasts. You can be sure of picking up some real treasures with old and new wares available, including boat parts, nauticalia, clothing, gadgets, rope and general jumble. Your ticket also includes entry to the Beaulieu attraction, including Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and the world-famous National Motor Museum.
New Forest Vegan Fair  web
Date: TBA
Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY
Browse 40 stalls crammed full with vegan friendly goodies, enjoy our pop-up cafe and pick up lots of inspiration and information on living a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Downton Cuckoo Fair web
Downton village situated six miles south of Salisbury map
Saturday 29 April, 2017
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.
Isle of Wight Walking Festival - IsleWalk2017 web
29th April - 14th May
With more than half of the Island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths, it's no wonder the Isle of Wight is home to the UK's largest walking festival. There are over 300 walks, many of which are themed including heritage trails, fossil hunting and even a speed dating walk.
May 2017
Hampshire Country Fair web
Netley Marsh, Hampshire, SO40 7GY
30 Apr & 1 May 2017
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.
Christchurch Food and Wine Festival  web
6 & 7 May 2017
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.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 14th May 2017, 8pm
Phoenix German 2014, 1hr 38mins
A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. Tense, complex, and drenched in atmosphere, Phoenix is a well-acted, smartly crafted war drama that finds writer-director Christian Petzold working at peak power. (IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes)
Colour Cert 12 Subtitled
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
Southampton German Beer Festival 2017 web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Date: TBA
This festival is organised wholly by volunteers of the Southern Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and features more than 90 real ales, plus real ciders, real perries and UK & foreign bottled beers.

Christchurch Priory Concerts 2017
Christchurch Priory Church
Dates: TBA
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

June 2017
Sprint AutoJumble web
13 & 14 May, 10am - 4.30pm
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!
Lymington Town Tours web
The 2017 schedule will be available from March 2017 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.
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival web
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Friday June 2nd, to Sunday 4th June 2017
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.

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

Roydon Woods Woodfair web
Roydon Woods, Sandy Down, Setley nr Brockenhurst
Date: TBA
The Wildlife Trust in partnership with the New Forest national park authority is hosting the 9th annual woodfair and local produce show at Roydon Woods. There are lots of activities for the entire family, lots of crafts and local produce to buy and even a beer tent!
Events at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Dates: TBA
Wimborne Folk Festival 2016 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
9, 10 & 11 June 2017
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
Hurst Dubfest 2017 map web
Hurst View Caravan Park
Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington SO14 8AL
9, 10 & 11 June 2017
Hurst Dubfest is a family friendly, vantastic, fun filled festival with a perfect laid back atmosphere. We have bands throughout the weekend, magicians, Kids Got Talent, a bar and much more! Set just back from the sea, with magnificent  views across the western Solent approaches to the Isle of Wight and the Needles rocks, Hurst View is the Solents best kept secret. An unrivalled area of natural and unspoilt beauty.
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
Date: TBA
For ten days Bournemouth will come alive to the smell of cooking, with foodie events to wet the appetite and inspire your inner chef. In addition to events and offer in restaurants and hotels across the town, we will be transforming Bournemouth Square into our Festival Hub with a Street Food Festival, Demonstration Kitchen, World Food Market, Live Entertainment, Farmers and Producers Market and lots lots more.
July 2017
Round the Island Race web
1 July 2017
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.
New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey SO51 6EE
5 to 9 July 2017
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!
Lymington Arts Festival web
Date: TBA
Lymington Arts Festival will encompass a variety of arts activities including Art, Crafts, Dance, Drama, Embroidery, Floristry, Music, Photography, Poetry, Sculpture, Quilts & Textiles. All performance venues are free entry to watch.

Ringwood Pedal Car Grand Prix 2016
Ringwood, starting at Market Place
Date: TBA
The streets of Ringwood in Hampshire are the setting for the annual Pedal Car Grand Prix, which attracts around fifty pedal-powered competitors. The junior event takes ninety minutes and precedes the open class for adults which lasts a gruelling two hours. Rules govern the vehicle specifications and team members take turns at powering their creations around the 1- kilometre course; prizes are awarded to winners, runners up and fastest ladies teams. Competition is fierce!

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
16 July 2017
The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth. Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave this incredible 1.4 mile open water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier you will put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier.

Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Recreation Ground, Fordingbridge
15 July 2017
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.
Cowes Week web
29 July to 5 August 2016
Cowes Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the world having started in 1826. The event is held on the Solent, between southern England and the Isle of Wight. There is normally a Blue Funnel ferry running from Lymington to Cowes during Cowes week web
August 2017
Summer Spectacular
Woodside Park, Lymington
Date: 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
Saturday, 12 August 2017
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.
Candlelight Nights - Bournemouth
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
Wednesdays in August, 7.30pm to 10pm
From dusk, see the Lower Gardens transformed into a magical candlelight kingdom. Be sure to come and see how Bournemouth's oldest tradition still thrills in 2016.
Great Dorset Steam Fair web map
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
24 to 28 August 2017
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!
Bournemouth Air Festival web
29 August to 3 September
The 2016 Air Festival will be our 8th year. The Air Festival has welcomed more than 7 million people to the UK’s leading resort since 2008.
Hampshire Open Studios web
Date: TBA
For two weeks hundreds of artists from all over Hampshire open their houses and studios to the public, displaying everything from paintings, sculptures, textile work, woodwork and photography.
September 2017
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 9 September 2017, 8am to 6pm
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.
Links to What's On in the local area
New Forest
Walking & Cycle Routes National Park PDF's


Car Parks
Cannon St
Community Centre Cannon St
Kids drama/dance/workshops Church Hall
Lymington Library What's On North Close
Lym. Folk Club Thomas Tripp (1st Wed of month)
Malt Hall Theatre Cannon St
Markets and Car Boot Sales

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

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

Lyndhurst Recreation Directory

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead Study Centre
Minstead Village Community Website

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

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

Burley Events

Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe Castle Events

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

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

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

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

Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

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

Guide to South-Central Region

Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

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

Groups organising local activities
Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions Club

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

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