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Enjoy art in unexpected places

Enjoy art in unexpected places


The Festival offers residents and visitors the chance to experience a wide range of art in unusual spaces, including a beach hut, castle and pubs.

The events offer visitors lots of opportunities to get involved, with events including workshops, drama performances and films, and many free to attend.

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority with local creative organisations, the Festival hosts a variety of creative events celebrating the New Forest’s landscape.

One of the latest events to be included in the Festival is Southampton Brass Ensemble’s performance at All Saints Church, Thorney Hill on 25 June at 7pm. Hidden on the edge of the Forest, All Saints Church is a stunning baroque style building with a creative history.

Southampton Brass Ensemble will be performing a range of modern and older music, light and classical. Tickets cost £6 and are available at

The Festival will also include an outside performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Treehouse Study Centre near Beaulieu. Performed by students from Brockenhurst College on 23 June, it will be an outside promenade acting spectacle including live music and dance.

The Treehouse Study Centre is set within ancient woodland near Beaulieu and has been kindly donated by the Countryside Education Trust. To reserve tickets for the performance, please contact Moira Rock on 01590 625555 or email Tickets cost £7, £5 for concessions and £2 for children under 6.

The Festival also features several events at the Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, including a poetry performance on 21 June at 7.30pm.

Visitors can also enjoy a performance from Lymington Town Band in the Fuller-McLellan Hall in Lymington Community Centre on 26 June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The free concert will feature a variety of music, from popular melodies and jazz to marches and classical works.

Download the Festival programme to find even more events at unique locations across the Forest at

The New Forest Arts Festival is part of a Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority in conjunction with 10 key partners.


Notes to Photo Editor:

Brockenhurst College drama student, who will be starring in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream during the New Forest Arts Festival.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest Arts Festival

The New Forest Arts Festival is one of many projects within a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme called Our Past Our Future, led by the New Forest National Park Authority with 10 key partners.

Over the next four years it will help protect and enhance the landscape, develop Forest skills and encourage residents and visitors to discover and safeguard the Forest’s fascinating heritage. More details at

This is the first year of the Arts Festival, with around 40 events inviting people to celebrate the New Forest National Park’s landscape, culture and creative community. Many of the events are in unusual venues and there are many opportunities to take part.


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

– Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park — Protect.

– Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities — Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

– Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park — Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more.

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