Events: Things to do

Night Hike: A Guided Walk

Date: 5 May 2017 - 7 October 2017

On this day every month

Location: Ashley Walk Car Park

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Cost: £10

Join a qualified Outdoor Leader and teacher to learn how to navigate through the Forest tracks at dusk and learn about this magical place.

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Visiting the National Park at this time gives you some of the best opportunities to see wildlife and gain a greater understanding of the animals that call this place their home.

Along the route you will learn about the flora and fauna, and the traditions and history of the New Forest. The walk starts a few hundred meters from one of the Forest's wonderful pubs should you wish to reward yourself with a nice cold drink! Do something a little different with your Friday night and have an adventure.

To book call Elle on 07779 138448 or visit our website.

New Forest Open Art Exhibition

Date: 15 July 2017 - 7 October 2017

Every day

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Cost: Free

New Forest Open Art Exhibition 2017.

The ever popular Open Art Exhibition returns for another season to showcase the best of the creative New Forest. Entrance to the Museum and New Forest Gallery are free.

In partnership with the National Park Authority and sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Location: New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

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The Big Fat New Forest Scavenger Hunt 2017

Date: 23 September 2017

Location: Starting in Burley

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Cost: £25.00 per car: teams of 2 - 5 people

Grab some friends and a car and join us on Saturday 23 September for an exciting hunt around the New Forest and the chance to win £100 cash!

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Grab some friends and a car and join us on Saturday 23rd September for an exciting hunt around the New Forest and the chance to win £100 cash! Just £25 per car for teams of 2 - 5 people.

For more information, or to sign up now, go to: https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/Event/scavengerhunt or give us a call on 023 8067 2200

End of Summer Garden Pool Party

Date: 24 September 2017

Location: Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

Time: 13:30 - 17:30

Cost: £5 per person

Garden games, water fights, pool party music and more...

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Bring your friends and swimming gear and say goodbye to summer at our End of Summer Garden Pool Party.

Music, field games and watersports in the outdoor pool will guarantee you make a big splash! Got a water pistol? Bring it along and join in our water fight. Come on, jump on in!

Wessex Cancer Trust: Dare to Drop

Date: 1 October 2017

Location: Old Sarum, Castle Rd, Salisbury, SP1 3SD

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Cost: Registration: £50, sponsorship goal: £395

We are looking for adrenaline junkies to join our Wessex Cancer sky dive team at Old Sarum, Salisbury.

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We are looking for thrill seekers to join our Wessex Skydive Team in support of local families affected by cancer. If you don’t fancy jumping yourself, have some fun with employees and nominate a boss to drop!

Autumn Foraging Course

Date: 6 October 2017

Location: The Red Shoot Inn, Toms Lane, Linwood, Ringwood, BH24 3QT

Time: 12:30 - 15:30

Cost: £55

This is a simple foraging course where we will identify a selection of edible and poisonous wild plants, fruits and mushrooms.

Wild Food UK are coming back to the New Forest!

Every year so far we have found ceps, oyster mushrooms, chanterelles, winter chanterelles, hedgehog fungus and much more. These are normally our most successful fungi courses of the year. There are not many better places around to learn about the wonderful wild foods that are available in the UK.

Our venue for meeting and discussing our finds will be the Red Shoot Inn, a lovely pub in the west of the Forest.

The course starts there with a 20 minute introductory talk on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes and where they relate to foragers. Then we’ll set off for a two to three hour walk identifying various fruits, plants and mushrooms. We’ll stop somewhere along the way for some lovely homemade refreshments, such as our wild mushroom soup and hopefully some elderflower champagne too. This course will also include a light wild food based lunch at the end.

The Forestry Commission have given us permission to lead educational events only, so as a group we will not be picking anything to take home. We will pick sparingly for identification purposes and the meal at the end only. Please observe their voluntary ban on picking mushrooms at all other times that you are in the Forest.

There are limited spaces available so please book your place online.

New Milton Crafts 2017 Autumn Fair

Date: 14 October 2017

Location: New Milton Memorial Centre

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: £0.60

The final New Milton Crafts 2017 event, celebrating the work of local crafters from the New Forest.

Regularly attracting between 600 and 900 visitors, the New Milton Crafts Series of events is now in its seventh year and they provide an ideal platform for local crafters and other producers to showcase their offerings in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

For visitors, a wide range of hand crafted items on offer and the chance to buy that unique gift.

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.

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

October Half Term Actvities

Date: 21 October 2017 - 29 October 2017

Every day

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Please see website for full details

Discover the fantasy and folklore of Halloween at Beaulieu with amazing seasonal activities and traditional fun and games.

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Celebrate the magic of autumn at Beaulieu this October half term with amazing seasonal activities and traditional fun and games that all the family will enjoy. See the fantastic harvest festival-themed decorations in Palace House and head to the Victorian Kitchen to help the cook to bake soul cakes, a traditional autumn recipe.

Don’t miss special themed arts and crafts activities for younger visitors to get stuck into before having your face painted with a ghoulish design. Follow the All Hallows trail around the Beaulieu attraction, discovering fascinating seasonal facts as you go and learning about the origins and folklore of Halloween and All Hallows Day. Search for the spiders that are hiding across the attraction, can you spot where these eight-legged critters have gone? For more magical goings-on, explore the secluded Mill Pond Walk to see fairy doors belonging to Beaulieu’s smallest residents, plus tree carvings of the mythical griffin, many-headed serpent and the green man of the woods.

Contact us on 01590 612345 or email visit@beaulieu.co.uk

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017: New Forest Archaeology

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Date: 27 October 2017

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre

Time: 09:30 - 17:00

Cost: £20 per day/£30 for both

The 2017 New Forest Knowledge Conference will celebrate the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the New Forest.

Find out what is taking place around the National Park and by who, and hear the results of recent work. The conference will also discuss new techniques and approaches, and you can find out how you might get involved in the future.

As well as presented papers there will be poster displays from local community groups and students and various display stands. We will aim to ensure there is enough time for you to enjoy these and also to chat with other individuals and representatives from local community groups and organisations.

The conference runs over two days, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, at the Lyndhurst Community Centre from 9.30am until 5pm.

Confirmed speakers on Friday 27 October:

  • Stephen Fisher: Equipping the Armada: The Archaeology of Lepe Country Park
  • Richard Reeves: All about the bounds. What medieval perambulations can tell us about the New Forest
  • John Cockram: The New Forest and the Great War 1917
  • Katherine Blayney, University of Oxford: Conquest and land clearance: the Domesday account of the New Forest

With more to come...

Day tickets cost £20, but we hope you will be able to join us for both days at a discounted price of £30.

Click here to book your tickets online.

Enquiries: archaeology@newforesnpa.gov.uk

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017: New Forest Archaeology

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Date: 28 October 2017

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre

Time: 09:30 - 17:00

Cost: £20 per day/£30 for both

The 2017 New Forest Knowledge Conference will celebrate the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the New Forest.

Find out what is taking place around the National Park and by who, and hear the results of recent work. The conference will also discuss new techniques and approaches, and you can find out how you might get involved in the future.

As well as presented papers there will be poster displays from local community groups and students and various display stands. We will aim to ensure there is enough time for you to enjoy these and also to chat with other individuals and representatives from local community groups and organisations.

The conference runs over two days, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, at the Lyndhurst Community Centre from 9.30am until 5pm.

Confirmed speakers on Saturday 28 October:

  • Josie Hagen, Bournemouth University: Will Buckland Rings Reveal its secrets?
  • Jack Powell, Aerial Imagery Analyst, Air Photo Services: Using Aerial Imagery for Desk Based Research
  • Iris Kramer, University of Southampton: Automated Detection of Archaeology in the New Forest using Deep Learning with Remote Sensor Data
  • Mike Gill, Avon Valley Archaeology Society.

With more to come...

Day tickets cost £20, but we hope you will be able to join us for both days at a discounted price of £30.

Click here to book your tickets online.

Enquiries: archaeology@newforesnpa.gov.uk

Fireworks Spectacular

Date: 28 October 2017

Location: Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO42 7ZN

Time: 15:00 - 21:30

Cost: Please see our website for full details

An explosive and dynamic fireworks display set to a ‘Broadway’ theme.

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Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a 'Beaulieu does Broadway' theme. Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and Old-Time Fairground, all at good value extra charges.

Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out, as well as roast chestnuts and candyfloss. Everyone is invited to get in the spirit of the night in fancy dress!

Halloween Activity Trail

Date: 29 October 2017

Location: Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Cost: £5 per person

Spooky challenges and outdoor activities.

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Beware! The Halloween Trail is lurking and ready to scare the fangs off Dracula, the spook out of the Ghosts and the Evil from the Witch.

Join us for some creepy challenges and gruesome activities if you dare! There’s a lot of tricks on this activity day that you can enjoy as a family. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Beginner's woodland management course

Date: 4 November 2017

Location: Woodlander Hoburne Bashley Woods

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: £30

A beginner's basic introduction to managing woods.

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When you are first confronted with a woodland, what do you do?

This one day course is designed for those who have bought, or are thinking of buying a woodland area, but it is also useful for anyone wishing to understand more about the methods and approaches needed to manage woodlands.

No previous experience needed.

The course will take place in Bashley woods, a 20 acre ancient, semi-natural woodland.

Please wear sensible footwear and warm clothing.

Bring a camera, notebook and pen.

Bonfire Night Campfire

Date: 4 November 2017

Location: Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £5 per person

Stories, games and songs around our Campfire. Enjoy hot chocolate, sparklers and toast marshmallows.

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Wrap up warm and spend the evening by our bonfire where our Guy Fawkes guides will keep you entertained with stories, songs, games and challenges. Enjoy a hot chocolate, toast marshmallows and wave your sparklers – this is a great family event for younger ones.

Hot food, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase on the night.

Please Note: there will be no fireworks at this event.

Brilliant Composting

Date: 4 November 2017

Location: Minstead Study Centre

Time: 14:00 - 17:00

Cost: £30

Composting - learn more about it

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Turn your garden waste into valuable compost with Rosie Yeomans by using the right ingredients and understanding how the heap works. We will review several types of compost systems including hot composting, wormeries and how to make perfect leaf mould.

Rosie will be well known from her work with Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time, contribution to BBC Gardeners World Magazine and appearances on Radio Solent ‘Good Life’.

I have a woodland - what do I do now?

Date: 4 November 2017

Location: Hoburne Bashley Woods

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Cost: £30 per person

A basic introduction to managing woods for the beginner.

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So when you are first confronted with a woodland, what do you do?

This one day course is designed for those who have bought, or are thinking of buying a woodland area and is also useful for anyone wishing to understand more about the methods and approaches needed to manage woodlands.

No previous experience needed.

The course will take place in Bashley woods, a 20 acre ancient, semi-natural woodland.

Simply Smart

Date: 12 November 2017

Location: Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO42 7ZN

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Normal admission applies for visitors.

A gathering of Smart Car enthusiasts with a cavalcade and People’s Choice Award.

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Come to Beaulieu in your Smart Car on Sunday 12 November for ‘Simply Smart’ – a gathering of Smart Cars of all shapes and sizes.

All models are welcome and visitors will have the choice to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Award – the winner will receive a Beaulieu trophy!

Your Simply Smart ticket also includes entry to the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear.

For more details: www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-smart/ Telephone: 01590 612888 Email: events@beaulieu.co.uk

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.

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