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See the National Park from a different view at the first New Forest Arts Festival

See the National Park from a different view at the first New Forest Arts Festival


You can join in nearly 30 events during the two week celebrations from 11 — 26 June including theatre, music, painting, crafts, textiles, film, photography, poetry, talks and workshops.

Many are in unusual venues such as a tree house, beach hut, castle, gardens, pub, museums and arts centre, helping people discover new areas of the New Forest.

There are lots of opportunities to take part and many of the events are free.

The Arts Festival is a partnership between the New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire Cultural Trust, New Forest District Council, SPUD, Forest Forge theatre company, the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, Forest Arts in New Milton, hArt at ArtSway, and St Barbe Museum in Lymington.

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘The New Forest has long been a hub for artists and craftspeople working across a wide variety of media, inspired by our magnificent surroundings. We’re joining together over two weeks in June to invite everyone to find out more about the New Forest landscape, through culture and arts. I am very much looking forward to experience the Forest through the eyes of artists and their talents this summer.’

To help create artworks, become part of the audience and meet the artists, see the full programme at and sign up for all the latest Arts Festival news. You can also find out more on Facebook at

The Festival is one of many projects within a Heritage Lottery funded scheme called Our Past, Our Future, led by the New Forest National Park Authority with 11 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


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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.

Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, will undertake a range of projects to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. The partnership focuses on the enclosed lands which surround the Open Forest.

The five year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners, including the New Forest Land Advice Service.

For more information on Our Past, Our Future visit

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFSouthEast

Media Contact:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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