Events Listings: 18 Dec 2017

Events for 18 Dec 2017

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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. 

Present a National Lottery ticket to claim your LIMITED EDITION commemorative bookmark. Each bookmark (two designs) includes a gold wafer with the NFNPA logo embossed into it.

Nfnpa limited edition bookmarks

Terms and conditions: 

  • One issuing of the bookmark per ticket shown, limited to three bookmarks per valid ticket
  • All National Lottery games qualify for this offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket must be paper
  • Once a lottery ticket is presented it will be stamped with an ink NFNPA logo and cannot be re-used for this offer
  • Offer is only open from Wednesday 6 until Sunday 17 December 
  • New Forest National Park Authority has the right to refuse this offer for any unforeseen circumstances
  • This offer is open whilst limited stocks last.

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

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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