What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
 
April 2015
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
Saturday, 18 April, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 Grange Choral Society
Saturday, 16 May, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 in aid of the Samaritans
Saturday, 20 June, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 BSC
Saturday, 11 July, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 Grange Choral Society
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
Spring Bird Watching Walks with Graham Giddens
Countryside Education Trust web
Guided walks giving you the unique opportunity to birdwatch on quiet areas of private land in the company of professional, knowledgeable guide, Graham Giddens. Each walk will be approx. 3 miles (5km) and run for approximately 2 hours sometimes on uneven terrain. Please wear dark colours. Paths may be muddy and wet, so wear walking boots or wellies with a good grip. Cost: £12.00 per walk per person. Friends of the Trust: £10.00. Numbers are limited on each walk so book early. Full details will be sent upon booking. Telephone 01590 612401 to book.
Sunday 19 April: THE SALTERNS AND NORMANDY MARSH at 9am-11am
Sunday 10 May: DAWN CHORUS at PIG BUSH at 6am
Easter holidays at New Forest Activities web
The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu SO42 7YA - 01590 612377
Friday 10 April - High Ropes Course - Swing from the trees on our high ropes course! A great experience this Easter! 10.00 – 13.00 / 14.00 – 17.00. £20 per Adult | £15 per Child (12yrs+)
Monday 13 April - Battlefield LIVE at Bulls Wood - Be one of the first to try out our NEW Battlefield LIVE Site at Bulls Wood! Great fun for the whole family! 10.00 – 13.00 / 14.00 – 17.00. £20 per Adult | £15 per Child (8yrs+)
 
Heavy Horse Event at Harbridge Farm web
Harbridge Farm, Ringwood (A338), Hampshire, BH24 3PW
Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10.30am | £6 & children under 16 free
• Heavy Horses working the land
• Wagon Rides
• Ring Displays
• Horses Ridden and Driven
• Refreshments
• Free Parking
Adults £6 Seniors £5.00 SCHHA members & children under 16 free
 
Southampton Easter Fair web
Southampton Common SO15 7NN
2 to 12 April 2015
The Easter Fair is the biggest travelling fun fair around the south coast, operated by B. Cole & Sons and will also feature the well-established Bank Holiday Monday Market.
Wild Beach Club after school club for 7-11yr olds web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hurst Spit Beach, Milford on Sea
Thursday 23 & 30 April 2015 | 4pm - 6pm
Other dates - 7, 14, 21 May, 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2, 9, 16 July
An after school club on the beach for 7-11yr olds.Would you like to learn how to light a fire to toast marshmallows on the beach? Build your own beach shelter? Design, make and fly your own kite? Go paddling? Play games? Then you’ll love Wild Beach Club! We meet every Thursday in the summer term on Hurst Spit Beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will probably have as much fun as the children! £4 per session, or £18 for 6 weeks.
 
Meet at Cutbridge at the end of Saltgrass Lane,
Hurst Spit Beach,
Milford on Sea,
Hampshire
Tel: 01489 774413
Beaulieu BoatJumble web
26 April 2015
With over 1,000 stands Beaulieu’s 34th annual BoatJumble, is the largest outdoor sale of boating bits in Europe. With all manner of new and used boating parts, accessories, clothing, gadgets and literature from leading manufacturers and enthusiastic yachtsmen alike, you can be sure of picking up some real treasures.
New Forest West - General Election Husting Event
St Thomas Church, Lymington SO41 9ND
Tuesday, 28 April 2015. 7.30 - 9.30 pm
A’ Question Time’ with all the prospective New Forest West candidates, hosted by Churches Together in Lymington & Pennington. Open to all.
Theatre - Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Lymington Players web
Lymington Community Centre
28 April to 2 May 2015
This famous comedy, set in the 1930s centres on Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who host a séance with Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium; she causes the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife to re materialise - but only he can see or hear her. Great confusion, clash of personalities and considerable hilarity accompany Charles' efforts to resolve an impossible situation.
 
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
      Country Shows  
Cinema   Lym. Folk Club   Tuesday Cyclists   Country Shows   Car Boot Sales
  Guided Walks   Lymington & District Naturalists’ Society   Guided Walks  
Art Exhibitions   Markets, Fairs   Club Walks   Guided Walks   CET Events
 
May 2015
Downton Cuckoo Fair web
Downton village situated six miles south of Salisbury map
2 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
3 & 4 May 2014
This is a 2-day event and includes, Arena Entertainment, Falconry Village, Dog Zone, Equestrian, Target Field Sports, Chainsaw Carving, Craft Village, Regional produce, Angling, Childrens Entertaiment and other attractions.
Wild Beach Club after school club for 7-11yr olds web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hurst Spit Beach, Milford on Sea
Thursday 7, 14, 21 May 2015 | 4pm - 6pm
Other dates - 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2, 9, 16 July
An after school club on the beach for 7-11yr olds.Would you like to learn how to light a fire to toast marshmallows on the beach? Build your own beach shelter? Design, make and fly your own kite? Go paddling? Play games? Then you’ll love Wild Beach Club! We meet every Thursday in the summer term on Hurst Spit Beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will probably have as much fun as the children! £4 per session, or £18 for 6 weeks.
 
 
Meet at Cutbridge at the end of Saltgrass Lane,
Hurst Spit Beach,
Milford on Sea,
Hampshire
Tel: 01489 774413
Lymington Film Society web
Fuller McLellan Hall, New St, Lymington
Sunday, 10 May 2015, 8pm
The Hedgehog (France) 2011. 1hr 40mins.
Inspired by the book “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” (Muriel Barbery), this touching film has us looking through the eyes of the lonely precocious 11 year old Paloma. Whilst making a documentary of the hypocritical world of the privileged haut-bourgeoisie in the smart Parisian apartment block where she lives, she befriends the concierge, who has an equally sour outlook on life. As friendship grows, they discover that change is always possible, and it’s never too late to embrace love or life.
 
French (subtitled) Colour Cert 12
Non-members welcome, £5 at the door.
2015 Lymington Lifeboat 10k & Children’s Fun Runs web
Start and Finish in Woodside Park, Ridgeway Lane, Lymington
10 May 2015
The 14th annual Lymington 10K race takes place on Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The course follows country lanes and the flat coastal path along the sea wall with fantastic views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Adults: For more information and to download your application form www.lymingtonlifeboat.org. Children: For more information on the Childrens Run contact: Valeria Sesto info@lifeinmotion.co.uk
 
Woodgreen Craft Fair in aid of Cancer Research UK
Saturday 9 May 10.30 to 12.30. Free entry
Woodgreen Village Hall near Fordingbridge.
There will be unique local crafts, childrens wear, cards, jewellery, bags and toys.
Interesting stalls for all ages. Entertainment includes a fabulous photobooth and bouncy castles.
Raffle, Silent auction, Refreshments. Please come and support this charity.
Christchurch Food and Wine Festival  web
9 & 10 May 2015
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.
Brockenhurst Music Society - Concert web
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst (Brockenhurst Music Society)
Monday 11 May at 7.30pm
The second concert of our new season takes place on Monday 11 May at 7.30pm, at St Saviour's church in Brockenhurst. It features Rosanna Ter-Berg playing the flute, with Leo Nicholson on piano. Rosanna is one of the UK's leading young flautists, described as 'outstanding' (The Independent) with 'razor sharp playing' (The FT). The programme includes Debussy, Mozart, Schubert & Poulenc. Tickets are free to Society members (new members very welcome - annual membership £45 single, £85 for a couple) and to students, £12 at the door or £10 in advance from Pot Pourri or Streets in Brockenhurst, or Sway Deli in Sway. For more information please see our website www.brockenhurstmusicsociety.co.uk or ring 01590 623392.
Southampton German Beer Fest web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton
11 May 2015, 5pm - 10.30pm
Beerfest UK brings the Oktoberfest to the UK with fine real German ales from across the breadth of Germany, the sounds and stirring of time-honoured oomph music with traditional drinking songs and dances to sizzling foods and entertainment to make the evening a really memorable one for all.
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
Saturday, 16 May, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 in aid of the Samaritans
Saturday, 20 June, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 BSC
Saturday, 11 July, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 Grange Choral Society
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
Isle of Wight Walking Festival web
2 to 17 May 2015
Over 300 walks in the programme.
AutoJumble web
16 & 17 May 2015
Famous the world over, Beaulieu Autojumbles are a must visit for the motoring enthusiast, and with entry to all that the attraction offers, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear, there's a great time to be had by all!
The Coal Porters
Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Rd, New Milton web
23 May 2015, show starts at 8pm
The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first "alt-bluegrass" act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have successfully taken this sound all around the world. "Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters." -Billy Bragg.
 
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Hampshire Farmers’ Markets - Lymington web
Lymington High Street
Sunday 24 May 2015, 10am to 2pm
Local producers that will be attending the new Hampshire Farmers’ Market seasonal markets at Lymington will include Noah’s Ark (poultry and lamb), Berry Hill Fruit and Vegetables, Lyburn Cheese, Hoxton Bake House, New House Venison and Game,and Loosehanger Cheeses as well as other producers from across Hampshire selling a wide range of produce including award winning meats of all kinds, poultry, game, water buffalo, goat and award winning cheeses, vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, artisan bread, home-made cakes, pies, bakery goods, fudge, fish, food to go, plants and crafts.  Plus locally produced apple juice and wines from Hampshire vineyards.
 

Other 2015 dates
Sunday 23 August
Sunday 22 November

Wild Beach Taster Session web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hurst Spit Beach, Milford on Sea
Wednesday 27 May 2015| 10am - 12pm | suggested donation £3
Wild Beach.Would you like to learn how to build your own beach shelter? Design, make and fly your own kite? Go paddling? Play games? Then you’ll love Wild Beach! Come and try out a taster session! Wild Beach Club will run weekly on Thursdays between 23rd April until 16th July, from 4-6pm. Each session asks for a suggested donation of £4 or £18 for 6 sessions.
 
 
 
Barbe Museum & Art Gallery: Family Events Programme 2015 web
St Barbe Museum, New Street, Lymington
28 May: Smugglers of the Solent
Enjoy tall tales about smugglers from the 18th Century. Dress-up, take part in a smuggler trail and create your own miniature smugglers cove. Drop in any time between 10:30am and 3:30pm. All ages are welcome and normal admission prices apply.
Wheels Festival web
Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Town Centre and Seafront BH1 2BU
29 to 31 May 2015, free event
It will be Britain’s biggest wheels themed family festival, packed with high energy events taking place on the seafront and across the town including: A stunning Pier Jump on a motorbike – a ramp is placed on sand on one side of the pier and the rider literally jumps to the other side.
Lymington Town Tours web
The 2015 schedule will be available from March 2015 with a full list of walks running between the beginning of May until the end of September. Guided walks around Lymington and the surrounding area taking place on Sunday mornings and Wednesday.
Lymington Open Gardens web
Sixteen gardens around Lymington
31 May, 2pm to 6 pm
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
May 29, 30 & 31 2015
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 2015 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks)
Bath Road Recreation Grounds, Lymington, SO41 3SE
Sunday 31 May 2015, 11am – 4pm
Also on: Sunday 31 May / 7, 14, 21, 28, June / 5, 12, 19 July
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. Contact: Colm McCarthy, Lymington & Pennington Town Council / Fran Perks, Blue Dog Art (In Parnership)
Tel: 07525 405 943/07964 955 703
Email: colm.mccarthy@lymandpentc.org.uk

 
 
 
June 2015
Southampton Beer Festival web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
4, 5, & 6 June 2015
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.
Wild Beach Club after school club for 7-11yr olds web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hurst Spit Beach, Milford on Sea
Thursday 4, 11, 18, 25 June | 4pm - 6pm
Other dates - 2, 9, 16 July
An after school club on the beach for 7-11yr olds.Would you like to learn how to light a fire to toast marshmallows on the beach? Build your own beach shelter? Design, make and fly your own kite? Go paddling? Play games? Then you’ll love Wild Beach Club! We meet every Thursday in the summer term on Hurst Spit Beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will probably have as much fun as the children! £4 per session, or £18 for 6 weeks.
 
 
Meet at Cutbridge at the end of Saltgrass Lane,
Hurst Spit Beach,
Milford on Sea,
Hampshire
Tel: 01489 774413
10th Sway Open Gardens web
7 June 2015 (official opening at 11.45am in Sway Church Rooms)
Sway Gardening Club will be holding its biennial Open Gardens Day again and over 20 gardens will be open including many gardens that have not opened before or for many years. The gardens are all different, ranging from informal and manicured formal settings to small but beautifully formed cottage gardens. £6.50 for advance sales and £7.50 on the day. Accompanied children have free entry
• In addition to the gardens, our very own well-known local gardener, Bob Marsh will be available during the day to answer all your gardening questions, be it for flowers, shrubs, vegetables or anything else garden related. There will be two sessions during the day – the first in the morning in the Church Rooms Gardens between 11am and 2.30pm, and between 3 and 5pm at the Sway Allotments in Pitmore Lane, Sway.
• Musical entertainment at sessions during the day will be provided by Mike Slipper’s Jazz Band.
• Vintage and Classic Car displays at two gardens.
• Refreshments - at the St Lukes Church Rooms between 11am to 4 pm. Other venues in the village also offer refreshments and some gardens offer picnic facilities (see programme for details).
• Plant sales - Sway Open Garden’s renown Plant Stall will be open all day in the Village Centre. Plants can also be purchased at various gardens.

 
Free parking is available, and many of the gardens are within walking distance of the village centre. Gardens on the outskirts of the village may have their own parking but there is a free regular jump on/jump off bus service. You can even "get on your bike" to tour the gardens, as both pedal bikes and motorised bikes from can be hired in the village for very reasonable rates.
 
 
Lymington Arts Festival web
Thursday 9 - Saturday 11, July 2015
Artists and performers of all ages and disciplines come together at various venues around the town.
Isle of Wight Festival web
Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight
11, 12, 13, 14 June 2015
Music festival which takes place every year at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight and normally attracts about 75,000 people.
Open air performance: As You Like It web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
The Festival Players Theatre Company
10 June 2015, 7pm, Tickets £13.50
Shakespeare’s wonderful pastoral comedy full of love, laughter, and lyricism. This colourfully-costumed two hour show, set in the Forest of Arden, is full of engaging characters and will be performed by an all-male company. Featuring songs set to original music by Johnny Coppin. Perfect entertainment for a Summer’s evening.

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

Wimborne Folk Festival 2014 map web
Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset
12, 13 & 14 June 2015
A weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the town.
 
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
Saturday, 20 June, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 BSC
Saturday, 11 July, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 Grange Choral Society
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Fordingbridge
Saturday 18 July 2015, gates open 10.30am
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
19 to 28 June 2014
For ten days Bournemouth will come alive to the smell of cooking, with foodie events to wet the appetite and inspire your inner chef. In addition to events and offer in restaurants and hotels across the town, we will be transforming Bournemouth Square into our Festival Hub with a Street Food Festival, Demonstration Kitchen, World Food Market, Live Entertainment, Farmers and Producers Market and lots lots more.
Open air performance: A Midsummer Night's Dream web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
Quantum Theatre production
24 June 2015, 7pm, Tickets £13.50
Quantum’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has enjoyed a fantastic response from audiences all over the country and, presented in their inimitable Quantum style, is fast paced, highly energetic and interlaced with live music. Being one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies it is also, of course, rip-roaringly funny!
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.
Craft and Garden Fair at Breamore House web
Breamore House, nr. Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2DF
Saturday 27 June, Sunday 28 June 2015
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
Round the Island Race web
27 June 2014
The Round the Island race is the largest of its kind in the world with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors from the UK, Europe and the USA aboard 1,700 yachts battling to be first around the Isle of Wight.
 
 
 

Free outdoor concerts at Highcliffe Castle web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
21 June 2015, 1pm to 4pm Jazz & Swing Concert
28 June 2015, 2pm to 4pm Bournemouth & District Concert Band
5 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm Christchurch & District Community Concert Band
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.

 
July 2014
Wild Beach Club after school club for 7-11yr olds web
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hurst Spit Beach, Milford on Sea
Thursday 2, 9, 16 July | 4pm - 6pm
An after school club on the beach for 7-11yr olds.Would you like to learn how to light a fire to toast marshmallows on the beach? Build your own beach shelter? Design, make and fly your own kite? Go paddling? Play games? Then you’ll love Wild Beach Club! We meet every Thursday in the summer term on Hurst Spit Beach. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will probably have as much fun as the children! £4 per session, or £18 for 6 weeks.
   

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

Lymington Italia Piazza 2015
Lymington Yacht Haven/Lymington High Street
5 July 2015, 10am to 5pm - Free event
40 Ferrari Cars and their Owners will arrive in Lymington in a convoy. The event begins at the Lymington Yacht Haven at 10am where 40 cars will begin to arrive. They will then begin to make its way into the Lymington High Street by police escort at 12midday. These fantastic cars will park up from 12midday until 4pm. Music and family entertainment for the whole family. It will be a fun day for everyone. With an Italian Market present you can also take advantage of some fantastic continental foods. A day not to be missed. Contact: Colm McCarthy, Lymington & Pennington Town Council Tel: 07525 405 943
Email: colm.mccarthy@lymandpentc.org.uk
 
Bournemouth International Triathlon web
Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
July 5, 2015
Bournemouth International Triathlon is one of our longest running events. Since 1993 it has been located right next to Bournemouth pier. In previous years we have hosted the Army Triathlon Championships as well as having been a BTF qualifier event on numerous occasions. The sea swim starts on the award winning blue flag beach before heading out of Bournemouth on a fast bike course towards the market town of Ringwood on the edge of The New Forest. The PB smashing run course is along the seafront promenade towards Boscombe Pier with amazing views of The Isle of Wight on the way out and of The Purbecks on the way back.
Open air performance: Pride & Prejudice web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
The Pantaloons Theatre Company
8 July 2015, 7pm, Tickets £13.50
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life...Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please?The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation.

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

The British Beach Polo Championships web
Sandbanks, Poole
10 & 11 July 2015
Britain’s premier beach location plays host to Polo’s finest in a festival of equestrian activity. Six teams of the most talented international and national polo players compete for the Championship title over 2 days.
Festibelly - Lymington's Music Festival
Undershore, Lymington map web
10 & 11 July - to be confirmed
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.
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
Saturday, 11 July, 2015 7:30pm .... Concert Series 2015 Grange Choral Society
Thursday, 13 August, 2015 12:30pm .... Summer Chamber Concert - Blomiley Trio
New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix 2015 web
New Milton
Sunday 12 July
All the thrills of street racing Monaco style. The New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix is organised by the New Milton Jubilee Committee comprising the Round Table, Lions and Rotary Clubs. Our aim is to provide a fun and entertaining event for the town of New Milton whilst supporting local youth and charity organisations.
 

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
Sunday 12 July 2015
The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth in 2014. Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave this incredible 1.4 mile open water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier you will put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier.

Fordingbridge Summer Festival web
Recreation Ground, Fordingbridge
Saturday 18 July 2015, gates open 10:30am
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.
Open air performance: Much Ado About Nothing web
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA
The Pantaloons Theatre Company
22 July 2015, 7pm, Tickets £13.50
The boys are back from war and it's time for celebration, until villainous Don John decides to spoil the fun... Will Claudio and Hero fall foul of his plots? Will Beatrice and Benedick stop bickering and fall in love? Find out in The Pantaloons fast-paced, physical and funny new production.
Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show web
Meadowmead Farm, Netley Marsh (between Cadnam and Totton)
Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of July 2015
This is a 3-day event and includes, Vintage Vehicles, Craft Marquee, Fun Fair, Children's entertainment, Street Market, Heavy Horses, Steam Engines and various other activities. There is also a public camping/caravan park.
Brownsea Open Air Theatre web map
Brownsea Island (in Poole Harbour)
The Tempest 22 July to 7 August 2015
One of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, the annual production is set on The National Trust's Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show, and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show web
28, 29 & 30 July 2015
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show was first held in 1921 and is now one of the top Agricultural and Equestrian Shows in the UK.
 
 
August 2014
By-Gone Days map
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
   
Summer Spectacular
Woodside Park, Lymington
2 August 2015
Organised by the Rotary Club of Lymington
Among the attractions are normally, a parade of vintage cars and motorbikes, a car boot sale, bouncy castles and slides, a land train, coconut shy and a children's entertainer.
Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Show web
Somerley Park, Ellingham, Ringwood
8 August 2015
Handicrafts are on display including the traditional spinning and lace making techniques. Music and children's entertainment and over 100 trade stands where you can browse and buy home-made produce, locally made toys and much more. Then there is the Livestock area where, in addition to the animals on show, the children can literally get their hands on some of the farm animals, making this is a family day not to be missed.
Cowes Week web
8 to 15 August 2014
Cowes Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the world having started in 1826. The event is held on the Solent, between southern England and the Isle of Wight.
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
Candlelight Nights - Bournemouth web
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
29/07/2015
05/08/2015
12/08/2015
19/08/2015
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.
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
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.
Hampshire Farmers’ Markets - Lymington web
Lymington High Street
Sunday 23 August 2015, 10am to 2pm
Local producers that will be attending the new Hampshire Farmers’ Market seasonal markets at Lymington will include Noah’s Ark (poultry and lamb), Berry Hill Fruit and Vegetables, Lyburn Cheese, Hoxton Bake House, New House Venison and Game,and Loosehanger Cheeses as well as other producers from across Hampshire selling a wide range of produce including award winning meats of all kinds, poultry, game, water buffalo, goat and award winning cheeses, vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, artisan bread, home-made cakes, pies, bakery goods, fudge, fish, food to go, plants and crafts.  Plus locally produced apple juice and wines from Hampshire vineyards.
 
2015 dates
Sunday 22 March
Sunday 24 May
Sunday 23 August
Sunday 22 November

 

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 2014
Great Dorset Steam Fair web map
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
2 to 6 September 2015
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The special festival atmosphere whether as a day visitor or taking in the full five days by camping on site. There is no other event like it anywhere in the world which is why over 200,000 visitors attend each year both from the UK and from all over the World!
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 12 September 2015
A real agricultural show and great day out with something for all the family - that’s The Romsey Show, which takes place at Broadlands on Saturday the 13th of September 2014. The show is one of the oldest in England, held annually since 1842. Showcasing the best of British farming, it is a vital part of the County’s social calendar as cattle and sheep from across the region compete for glory in the livestock classes. Hundreds of horses are entered in a huge number of equine events that range from show jumping and heavy horses to side saddle and best donkey.
Southampton Boat Show web
11 to 20 September 2015
The Southampton Boat Show features one of the world’s largest purpose built marinas with over 2km of pontoons, which displays more than 350 boats over the course of the 10 days.
The New Forest Marathon web
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 2014
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 2014
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.
Hampshire Farmers’ Markets - Lymington web
Lymington High Street
Sunday 22 November 2015, 10am to 2pm
Local producers that will be attending the new Hampshire Farmers’ Market seasonal markets at Lymington will include Noah’s Ark (poultry and lamb), Berry Hill Fruit and Vegetables, Lyburn Cheese, Hoxton Bake House, New House Venison and Game,and Loosehanger Cheeses as well as other producers from across Hampshire selling a wide range of produce including award winning meats of all kinds, poultry, game, water buffalo, goat and award winning cheeses, vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, artisan bread, home-made cakes, pies, bakery goods, fudge, fish, food to go, plants and crafts.  Plus locally produced apple juice and wines from Hampshire vineyards.
 
2015 dates
Sunday 22 March
Sunday 24 May
Sunday 23 August
Sunday 22 November

 

 
 
December 2014
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

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

Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst Recreation Directory

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead
Minstead Study Centre
Minstead Village Community Website

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

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

Burley
Burley Events

Exbury
Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe
Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe
Highcliffe Castle Events

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

Bransgore
Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

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

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

Romsey
Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Ringwood
Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne
Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

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

Other
Guide to South-Central Region

London
Barbican
Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

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

Groups organising local activities
Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions Club

Links to other 'What's on' websites
Bournemouth.gov.uk
Bournemouth - official
Dorset Echo
INQ - for young people in the New Forest
Isle of Wight - What's On
New Forest Centre - What's On
New Forest Council - What's On
New Forest National Park - What's On
New Forest - official visitor site
New Forest Youth Website
New Park - What's On
NewMiltonToday.com
Southampton.gov.uk
Visit-Christchurch
Visit-Hampshire
Visit-Southampton

Miscellaneous
Be in a BBC audience

Local websites
Barton on Sea barton.ukfossils.co.uk
Beaulieu council website
Brockenhurst brockenhurst-newforest.org.uk
Brockenhurst council website
Burley burleynewforest.co.uk
Christchurch visitchristchurch.info
Christchurch christchurchdorset.com
Christchurch council website
East Boldre eastboldre.talktalk.net
Fawley fawleyonline.org.uk
Highcliffe highcliffedorset.co.uk
Hythe hythe-hants.org.uk
Hythe & Dibden council website
Lyndhurst council website
Lymington & Pennington council website
Milford on Sea milfordonsea.com
Milford on Sea milfordonsea.org
Milford on Sea visitmilfordonsea.co.uk
Milford on Sea council website
New forest thenewforest.co.uk
New forest newforestexplorersguide.co.uk
New forest new-forest-national-park.com
New forest newforestnpa.gov.uk
New forest newforest.hampshire.org.uk
New forest newforestgateway.org
New forest council website
New Milton newmilton.org.uk
New Milton New Milton Town Partnership
New Milton newmiltontoday.com
New Milton council website
Ringwood ringwoodtown.co.uk
Ringwood council website
Sway swayvillage.co.uk
Sway council website