Events: Things to do

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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