What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
December 2015 Please always check on the event’s website that the info. given here is up-to-date
Winter Talks 2015 - December
Lymington Town Sailing Club, Bath Road SO41 3SE web
Talks begin at 7.45pm. £1.50, open to non-members.
2 December - BOLDRE TO PILLEY VIA THE PACIFIC by David Ridout
We left Boldre in 2000 and did not return for nine years - sailing around the world, via the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, New Zealand, South Australia are just some of the places we visited and ended back to our home now in Pilley. I hope to give some idea of the life and adventures we had over the next nine years and 55,000 miles.
9 December - THE TRANSATLANTIC STORY by Denis Steele
The development of Transatlantic Liners from Brunel's Great Western to the present day.
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
Salvation Army Christmas concert - Thursday, 3 December, 2015 7:00pm
Concert Series 2015 Messiah Grange Choral Society - Saturday 12 Dec, 2015 7:30pm
Christmas in Lymington & Pennington
Pennington Village Christmas Fayre – Friday, 4 December
Santa on the Quay – Sunday, 20 December
Free Parking that will also be in place on Friday 27th November 2015, from 12 Midday.  This is to celebrate the turning on of the Christmas Lights and Carols around the Crib.
Winchester open-air ice rink web
Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close
On now until the 3 January 2016
Our open-air real ice rink can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. We have a team of trained ice stewards who ensure that our rink is safe and well maintained. Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to fit your skates so expect to have approximately 50 minutes on the ice. Free skate hire is included in the ticket price.

Winchester Christmas Market web
Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close
On now until the 22 Dec
Our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.

Pantomime - Snow White
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre web
05 Dec 2015 - 03 Jan 2016
A spectacular family pantomime wouldn’t be the same without a dashing Prince (Dancing on Ice and EastEnders heartthrob Matt Lapinskas), a hilarious side-kick (back from playing Smee in last year’s hit show Peter Pan, Noel Brodie), and an outrageously comic dame (Quinn Patrick) plus spectacular costumes and glittering sets, lots of comedy capers, sensational musical numbers and lots of audience participation!
Pantomime - Aladdin
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton web
12 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
Starring Joe Pasquale and Duncan James, our 3D pantomime Aladdin will be everything you could wish for! A spectacular show, led by a star cast with stunning special effects and lots of laugh-out-loud comedy.


Christmas Paddle web
New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu SO42 7YA
12 December at 11am & 19 December at 2pm
Enjoy a Christmas trip with a difference. Paddle down Beaulieu River in Canadian Canoes to meet Father Christmas.
• 90 minute Canoe trip on the Beaulieu River
• Meet Father Christmas
• A gift for anyone under 16
• Hot drinks and mince pies on arrival
• Warm layers & waterproofs available
• Suitable for all ages
• No experience required
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 13th December 2015, 7pm
Ex Machina (English) 2015. 1hr 48mins.
Alex Garland’s directorial debut is full of confidence and wit, with Alicia Vikander blurring the lines between human and machine. This is bewitchingly smart science fiction of a type that’s all too rare. Its intelligence is anything but artificial. (Mark Kermode, The Guardian; Robbie Collin, The Telegraph)
English, Colour Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
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.
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January 2016
Cirque De Glace - Evolution web
The Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton
6 - 10 January 2016
Cirque de Glace brings to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution and a journey to the limits of technology as a stunning ice spectacular. Combining dazzling ice dance from the internationally renowned Russian Ice Stars with the world of cirque, made famous by Cirque du Soleil. Evolution promises a thrilling, breathtaking experience filled with music, colour, incredible costumes and jaw-dropping acrobatics to give you an evening of pure entertainment that's out of this world!


Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 10th January 2016, 7.30pm
The Rocket (Lao) 2013. 1hr 36mins.
A feel-good success crafted with care, Kim Mordaunt's story of two young kids in Laos is a heartfelt audience pleaser while remaining sensitive toward its subjects. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Lao (subtitled) Colour Cert 12A
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
February 2016
Theatre - "I'll get my Man" a farce by Phiip King,
Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
Tuesday 8 - Saturday 13 February 2016
Peter Graham, T.V. series hero, seeks refuge at the country rectory with his mild clerical Uncle Humphrey from all the females who continually chase after him, and in particular from Pixie Potter. Humphrey, horrified by the threatened loss of his housekeeper who has been dismissed by his formidable sister, advertises for a wife but absentmindedly omits the important word "marriage." These two occurrences resoundingly shatter the peace of the village. Answers to the ad pour in. The arrival of the dignified Bishop of Lax adds to the confusion. Peter finds the vicarage no refuge from Pixie Potter and even more hectic than the outside world.


Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 14th February 2016, 7.30pm
The Women on the 6th Floor (French) 2010. 1hr 42mins.
In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. Philippe Le Guay's throwback comedy pits bourgeois complacency against proto-feminist togetherness.(IMDB; Anthony Quinn, The Independent)
French (subtitled) Colour Cert 12A
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
March 2016
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 13th March 2016, 7.30pm
Ida (Polish) 2013. 1hr 22mins.
A novice nun journeys through her family’s secret past in Pawe? Pawlikowski’s outstanding black-and-white drama. Empathetically written, splendidly acted, and beautifully photographed, Ida finds director Pawel Pawlikowski revisiting his roots to powerful effect. Winner Oscar and BAFTA 2015 Best Foreign Language Film. (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; RottenTomatoes)
Polish (subtitled) Monochrome Cert 12A. Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.

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

London - Ideal Home Show 2016 web
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA
18 March to 3 April 2016
Whether you have a substantial home project or want to add those finishing touches that make a house a home, the Ideal Home Show has everything you need! With over 600 exhibitors helping the Ideal Home Show celebrate its 107th year at Earls Court, there are multiple unique shopping experiences to be found including ideal Interiors, ideal Home Improvements, ideal Gardens, ideal Gadgets, ideal Food and Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman - all under one roof! By train weekday - Brockenhurst/Clapham Junction/West Brompton, 1hr 53m.

April 2016
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 10th April 2016, 8pm
Force Majeur (Swedish) 2014. 2hrs
This deliciously chilling drama charts the aftershocks that tear through a middle-class skiing holiday following a life-changing event in the Alps. Ostlund investigates how a single incident almost causes the life of an entire family to unravel; it even undermines the relationship of their friends. It's a very clever film with a barbed ending. (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent).
Swedish (subtitled) Colour Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
Beaulieu BoatJumble web
24 April 2016
With over 1,000 stands Beaulieu’s annual BoatJumble, is the largest outdoor sale of boating bits in Europe. With all manner of new and used boating parts, accessories, clothing, gadgets and literature from leading manufacturers and enthusiastic yachtsmen alike, you can be sure of picking up some real treasures.
Theatre - Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 April 2016
Holmes’s most spine chilling mystery has been dramatized with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a curse, death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kitty doomed? Is the supernatural at work?


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
Easter Craft and Garden Fair at Somerley web
Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PL
Date TBA
Our marquees and many outside stalls form a delightful “village” on the sweeping lawns, and there is always a festive atmosphere here for our first show of the season. Easter is a time for some fresh air and venturing back out into the countryside for young and old alike, and where better than this lovely spot, which is otherwise closed to the public? It’s easy to reach as well, just a short distance from the A31, yet surrounded by quiet countryside. There is a huge range of crafts on show, with many exhibitors giving fascinating demonstrations of their skills. Here’s your chance to buy direct from the makers.
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
No entry to house
May 2016
Downton Cuckoo Fair web
Downton village situated six miles south of Salisbury map
Date TBA
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
1 & 2 May 2016
This is a 2-day event and includes, Arena Entertainment, Falconry Village, Dog Zone, Equestrian, Target Field Sports, Chainsaw Carving, Craft Village, Regional produce, Angling, Childrens Entertaiment and other attractions.
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday 8th May 2016, 8pm
Two Days, One Night (France) 2014. 1hr 35mins.
The latest from the Dardennes brothers stars the superb Marion Cotillard in an intimate drama with thriller-like intensity. Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.(Xan Brookes, The Guardian; Rotten Tomatoes)
French (subtitled) Colour Cert 15
Non-members welcome, £6.50 at the door.
Christchurch Food and Wine Festival  web
7 & 8 May 2016
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.
Isle of Wight Walking Festival web
Date TBA
Over 300 walks in the programme.
AutoJumble web
21 & 22 May 2016
Famous the world over, Beaulieu Autojumbles are a must visit for the motoring enthusiast, and with entry to all that the attraction offers, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear, there's a great time to be had by all!
Spring Craft and Garden Fair at Kingston Lacy web
Kingston Lacy House & Gardens, Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA
Date TBA
Our long-established and hugely popular springtime event in Kingston Lacy Park returns this year with an amazing range of exhibitors offering a superb selection of crafts, artwork, plants and garden supplies. There really is something here for everyone! The show forms a delightful “village” of marquees and outside stalls with something unusual to admire at every turn. There are numerous demonstrations of craftspeople at work, hundreds of plants to choose from and free entertainment for children. Food and refreshments are available throughout the day.
Wheelchair accessible
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
Children's entertainment
Food and refreshments
Lymington Town Tours web
The 2016 schedule will be available from March 2016 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.
Lymington Open Gardens web
Sixteen gardens around Lymington
Date TBA
With sixteen gardens to visit, including ten new ones, there will be something to appeal to every taste, from luscious English gardens with lawns, herbaceous borders and roses to a yachtsman’s courtyard garden, stylish, simple and low maintenance. Whether you are a plants-person or are interested in garden design and layout, these gardens are packed full of ideas for you, however large or small your own garden. And the garden owners will be on hand to discuss your ideas and answer your questions. There will also be teas with home-made cakes and plant stalls.
Entry by programme £6 per adult from St Barbe Museum shop, New Street, or any garden on the day.
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival web
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Date TBA (end of May, beginning of June)
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.
Art in the Park 2016 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks)
Bath Road Recreation Grounds, Lymington, SO41 3SE
Dates TBA
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.

June 2016
Southampton Beer Festival web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Dates 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.
Wimborne Folk Festival 2016 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
10, 11 & 12 June 2016
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Dates TBA
Whatever your age there were lots of fun things to see and do. For the parents we plan to display over 50 quality classic cars, vintage motor cycles and tractors, a craft village with demonstrations of by-gone skills, trade stands and a horticultural marquee where you can compare your efforts with those of local enthusiasts. For the young and old there were over five hours of arena displays to entertain you, live music from three bands, fete games to play and static exhibitions. Our younger visitors can look forward to a ride around the showground on Trigger the Train, watch the Punch and Judy show or some magic with Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey the Dragon. Maybe you will have your face painted, try one of the bouncy castles or visit the animal corner to see the piglets or the beautifully groomed heavy horses?
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
17 to 26 June 2016
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.
Craft and Garden Fair at Breamore House web
Breamore House, nr. Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2DF
Dates TBA
The Craft and Garden Fair takes place on the lawns of the House, forming a delightful “summer village” of marquees and outside stalls, where an amazing range of exhibitors offer a superb selection of crafts, artwork, plants and garden supplies. With demonstrations of craftspeople at work, hundreds of plants to choose from and free entertainment for younger children, there really is something here for everyone!
Wheelchair accessible
Free parking
Children’s entertainment
Food and refreshments
July 2016
Round the Island Race web
2 July 2016
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 Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix 2016 web
New Milton
10 July 2016
All the thrills of street racing Monaco style. The New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix is organised by the New Milton Jubilee Committee comprising the Round Table, Lions and Rotary Clubs. Our aim is to provide a fun and entertaining event for the town of New Milton whilst supporting local youth and charity organisations.

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
Dates TBA
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
16 July 2016
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.
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