Events: Visiting

Exhibition: From the Charter of the Forest to the present day

Date: 14 October 2017 - 14 January 2018

Every day

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: Free

A special exhibition for all ages exploring the Forest's link to the Charter of the Forest and the new Charter for Trees.

On Monday 6 November 2017 it is the 800th anniversary of the historic Charter of the Forest, which established rights of access and use for the Royal Forests in England. The date also marks the launch of a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

This fun and family friendly exhibition will explore the Charter of the Forest, what is was and how it still resonates today.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the Charter of the Forest and watch a unique animation created with the help of visitors to the National Park Authority’s stand at the New Forest Show.

A ‘Tree of Life’ provides a creative space for people to add their favourite memories and stories of the Forest’s trees and woods to celebrate this special area. Their memories, stories and wishes for the future of the National Park will join the hundreds of other leaves added by people as it travelled around the National Park as part of the New Forest Arts Festival earlier this year.

There is also an exclusive ‘audio-composition’ for visitors listen to, created by local artist Deborah Gearing following her residency at the Observatory at Buckler’s Hard as part of the Arts Festival. 

This exhibition is part of the Heritage Lottery funded Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Winter Paddling

Date: 1 November 2017 - 31 March 2018

Every day

Location: New Forest Activities, Baileys Hard, Baileys Hard Lane, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7YF

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: £18

Available from November 2017 - March 2018. As the weather gets chillier, wrap up warm and take to the water on one of our Winter Paddles!


Choose between single seater kayaks or two or three seater canoes for a full two hour guided tour out on the water. The Beaulieu River has some stunning sites throughout the Winter offering up lots of fun despite the season.

Price: £18 per person duration (2 hours).

Availability: see our website for available dates.

Session times: 10am - 12pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Half hour for arrivals and initial kitting up and up to two full hours of guidance and instruction.

Instruction from a qualified coach to help you master the basics and feel confident on the water, followed by a guided journey out and back from Baileys Hard River depending on tides & weather.

Get in touch with us today on 01590 612377 to book your Winter Paddle session! Alternatively, book your session on our website at

Traditional Bread Making - for beginners

Date: 25 November 2017

Location: Minstead Study Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:30

Cost: £75

Come along to this beginner’s bread making class with a seasonal twist!

We will be rolling up our sleeves again and getting stuck into producing three types of bread; wholemeal, white and Christmas stollen.

You can take home what you make!

Lunch, tea/coffee will also be provided throughout the day.

Your tutor, Paul Merry who has been an artisan baker for 40 years, and a teacher of bread making courses for nearly 20 years.

Trees and People Family Day

Date: 25 November 2017

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: Free

A special exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Tree Charter.

Join us for a Trees and People day on Saturday 25 November. Take part in family-fun activities such as mini-den building, tree-inspired craft and calligraphy. There is also a special giveaway for the first 100 people coming with a lottery ticket in recognition of thanks to lottery players for the funding they provide for heritage. 

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Christmas Art and Craft Fair at Colbury Memorial Hall

Date: 26 November 2017

Location: Colbury Memorial Hall

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free

Christmas Fair selling high quality handmade crafts and original artworks by local artists and makers!


The perfect place to start your Christmas shopping! Stalls include jewellery, paintings, cards, ceramics, prints, textiles, sketchbooks, gifts and christmas decorations.

Free admission and free parking.

For more info head to:

Festive Badge Making

Date: 9 December 2017

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: £1 per badge

Pop in and make yourself a Christmas badge.


Pop in and make yourself a Christmas badge. Various seasonal designs to choose from. £1 per badge.

Part of the Lyndhurst Christmas Fun Weekend.

Christmas Canoe Paddle

Date: 9 December 2017

Location: New Forest Activities, Baileys Hard, Baileys Hard Lane, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7YF

Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Cost: Adult - £22 | Child - £17 | Family (2 adults, 2 under 16's) - £68

Join us for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River this Christmas.


Spend 90 minutes exploring the stunning river as part of your guided tour whilst keeping an eye out for Santa along the way. Your children's Christmas will be made extra special with gifts from Santa, hand picked by Santa's elves!

Dates/times: Saturday 9 December 2pm - 3.30pm, Saturday 16 December 10am - 11.30am, Friday 22 December 2pm - 3.30pm and Saturday 23 December 2pm - 3.30pm.

Prices: Adult - £22 | Child - £17 Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) - £68.

Book your place online at or alternatively call us on 01590 612377 for more information.

Children's Christmas Craft Workshop

Date: 10 December 2017

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Cost: Six activities for £5 if booked in advance by 4 Dec or £1.50 per activity on the day

A fun-filled festive workshop of Christmas crafts for children.

Something to keep, something for the tree and something to give away. Book in advance and get six activities for £5 or drop in and pay £1.50 per activity on the day.

Call 023 8028 3444 to book. Part of the Lyndhurst Christmas Fun Weekend.

Battlefield LIVE - Moors Valley Open Sessions

Date: 10 December 2017

Location: Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Cost: Adult: £25 - Child: £20

Why not bring the family along to one of our Battlefield Live open sessions at Moors Valley Country Park this December?


Choose your weapon, discuss tactics with your team and take out your opponents in this live action, digital combat experience. We’ll equip you with one of our high tech infra-red guns and send you and your comrades out into the field to hunt down the opposing team. Who will come out victorious?

These are 'open sessions' which means they are suitable for children aged 8 years+, family groups, couples and individuals.

Session times: 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. Please ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your session is due to start for arrivals and kitting up.

Meet our team by the Ice Cream Kiosk between Go Ape and the main visitor buildings.

What to bring with you: all members of your party must bring any medication they need. Failure to bring medication will result in that person not being allowed to participate in any activities. Drinking water & sun cream (if it’s hot) or a flask of hot drink (if it’s cold). Sturdy shoes that you can run around in and that you don’t mind getting dirty. Comfortable old clothing – you’ll receive overalls but you’ll want to be able to move freely. ‘Energy' food (fruit & chocolate).

Book now using discount code ‘Moors10’ to get 10% off your booking!

Victorian Christmas

Date: 16 December 2017 - 1 January 2018

Every day

Location: Beaulieu, National Motor Museum. New Forest, SO42 7ZN

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Please see website for full details

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family as they prepare for the festive season of 1889.

See what the Victorian Montagu family members would have been at Beaulieu doing as they prepare for the festive season of 1889.

Pose for photos beside the impressive life-size gingerbread house in the visitor reception, before heading out into the grounds to see one of the largest outdoor trees in the New Forest decorated with over 10,000 lights! Follow the fairly-lit pathway to Palace House where you can warm up by the log fire with a glass of mulled punch and watch a re-enactment of Montagu family members rehearsing their Christmas day panto.

If you’re feeling creative visit ‘Lady Montagu’ in the library to create homemade decorations and Christmas cards, or warm up the vocal chords and sing along with the carols in the Lower Drawing Room. Visit the kitchen to see how a Victorian Christmas dinner would have been prepared, and for the younger visitors you can follow the Christmas trail of fun activities around Beaulieu!

Don’t forget to indulge in some Christmas shopping before you leave with local produce and beautiful souvenirs on sale in the two on-site gift shops.

Fundraising Book Fair

Date: 20 January 2018

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: Free entry

Bring some books, buy some books and raise money for the New Forest Centre Museum.


Ernest Hemingway said: 'There is no friend as loyal as a book.' So come along and find yourself some new 'friends' at our fundraising book sale.

Half Term Discovery Day

Date: 13 February 2018

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: £1 per activity

Learn about the New Forest and have fun with family friendly holiday activities.


Drop into the New Forest Centre and learn about the New Forest whilst exploring your crafty side.

Museum entry is free.

Christopher Tower Reference Library Open Day

Date: 24 February 2018

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: Free entry

Explore our collection of New Forest maps at the Christopher Tower Reference Library Open Day.


Run in conjunction with our exhibition 'Maps: The New forest Unfolded', this open day will showcase highlights from our wonderful collection of maps as well as other supporting material from our collections.

The Library, which is situated on the second floor of the New Forest Centre, contains one of the largest collections of books, maps, photographs, reports and ephemera on the Forest, available to the public in a single location. The Christopher Tower Reference Library was opened in 2004 following the building’s renovation funded by the Heritage Lottery and the Christopher Tower Foundation. Christopher Tower, who was educated at Eton Christ Church, Oxford, was the author of nine poetry books and travelled extensively in the Middle East. He spent his later years in Athens and the New Forest.

An Evening with Birdman Martin Ballam

Date: 9 March 2018

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Cost: £6 (NFC members £4)

Join Martin Ballam from Xtreme Falconry and hear about his work with birds of prey.


Join Martin Ballam from Xtreme Falconry and hear about his work with birds of prey. Martin will also be bringing along some of his feathered friends for you to meet.

Call 023 8028 3444 to book.

Health and Fitness Fair

Date: 21 April 2018

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

Cost: Free entry

Get ready, get active! Cuatro Events will be running and Health and Fitness Fair in Lyndhurst!


Get ready, get active when our Health and Fitness Fair lands in Lyndhurst (New Forest) on April 21! This exciting event is aimed at everyone! So come along, get involved and take part in the activities and browse the range of stalls on the day!

Stalls include * Health companies * Exercise hobbies and classes and sports clubs * Healthy foods stalls * Protein food/work out powers and nutrition * Exercise equipment companies * Buy sports equipment for your home and lifestyle * Get fit advice.

Plus we will have a range of exciting activities on the day to really help you get fit. So if you are a beginner or you just love fitness, this will be the event for you! We will be announcing more exciting activities and stalls over the next few weeks! So come along, get involved and get active! If you are interested in having a stall, running an activity or more, get in touch on

Spread the word and invite anyone you know.

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