What's on  in Lymington and the New Forest area - Theatre, Cinema, Concert, Events and Exhibitions Email a local event (free)
June 2017 Please always check on the event’s website that the info. given here is up-to-date
Lym. & Pen. South & South East In Bloom awards 2017
Judging of Lymington & Pennington for 2017’s South & South East In Bloom awards will take place on Friday 07 July 2017. If you would like the front of your premises/front garden viewed by judges as part of their tour, please do not hesitate to advise us so we can ensure its inclusion in the judges’ itinerary. Please advise us at info@lymandpentc.org.uk or telephone 02380 285 893 before 1st July 2017
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival web
Various locations in Bournemouth
16 to 25 June 2017
For ten days Bournemouth will come alive to the smell of cooking, with foodie events to wet the appetite and inspire your inner chef. In addition to events and offer in restaurants and hotels across the town, we will be transforming Bournemouth Square into our Festival Hub with a Street Food Festival, Demonstration Kitchen, World Food Market, Live Entertainment, Farmers and Producers Market and lots lots more.
Lymington Arts - 2017 Artisans by the River
Bath Road Recreation Ground SO41 3SE
Each Sunday: 25 June & 2 & 9 July, 11am to 5pm, free event
Artisans, music, interesting food stalls to sample and children’s entertainment – each week a variation. Music includes ‘Blue Tides Band’, ‘Empty Frets’, ‘ Peter Collinson’, ‘The Town Band’, ‘Blues on Band’ and ‘Retro Rita’. On the 4th June we have a special treat – as the artisans pack up for home, a roving theatre company comes out to play! We are privileged to host ‘Rain or Shine Theatre Company’ a highly experienced travelling theatre. From 5pm they set up to bring you a regular favourite of delightful comedic Shakespeare - “Twelfth Night” as the sun sets. Bring your own picnic, picnic blankets and refreshments – although we will have a couple of refreshment vans on site, just-in-case! Tickets for this event are available from Maxwell Hamilton, Lymington or from St Barbe information centre or directly phone 03306 600541

Classic Cars on The Prom - Bournemouth web
Behind the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on West Overcliff Promenade.
An ever-changing weekly line-up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s. Free admission for eligible vehicles and free public viewing (vehicles can arrive and depart at any time). No pre-booking - Club groups are asked to contact the organisers in advance via our contact page details. Our displays are open to all cars and motor bikes (in the classic spirit) registered before August 1983.

New Forest Arts Festival web
Various locations in the New Forest
10 to 25 June 2017
The Arts Festival is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the wealth of talent in the area and for everyone to get involved. It brings together a wide variety of art forms celebrating the New Forest’s heritage in unique venues including a castle, tree house, beach hut, garden, pub, museums and arts centre. The types of events range from music, painting, crafts, textiles, film, photography, theatre, talks, exhibitions and workshops, with lots of opportunities for people to take part.
How to start writing your family history
Hayloft at the Lymington Centre, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BQ
Wednesday 28 June 7.30pm to 9.45pm £15pp including refreshments
If you are researching your family history come along to this workshop to find out how you can bring your research to life by developing your own unique stories based on your research. No previous writing experience is necessary. We will show you just how easy it is to get scribbling. Please note that wheelchair access is not available at this venue. For more information or to book a place, call 07801 291165 or email chris.lightfoot@gmx.co.uk or visit https://50somethinghq.com/how-to-start-writing-your-family-history
July 2017
Round the Island Race web
1 July 2017
The Round the Island race is the largest of its kind in the world with around 16,000 professional and amateur sailors from the UK, Europe and the USA aboard 1,700 yachts battling to be first around the Isle of Wight.

Boldre / Pilley Village Fete
Saturday, 1st July, 1pm to 5pm
Come and enjoy the Church and Village Fete at the Boldre War Memorial Hall, SO41 5QG. There will be a variety of stalls, games and teas, together with donkey rides, a fun dog show and football with penalty shoot out. A fun afternoon for all ages.

Lover Country Fayre
1 July 2017; midday to 4.30pm
Lover Green, School Road, Lover, SP5 2PL
Dancing displays, Craft Stalls, Mini-farm, Scalextric Racing, Jumparoo Assault Course, Side-Shows, Tombola, Classic Cars, Steam Engines, Afternoon Teas, BBQ, Beer and Pimms, Homemade cakes and jams and loads more. Fun Family Dog Show

New Forest Folk Festival web
Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey SO51 6EE
5 to 9 July 2017
We are a family run festival and you will see us all around the site and our aim is to make your time with us an enjoyable one. The first year of the festival we were not sure how many people would come along, so we had our own stall selling food, much of it being homemade. It went down very well so we have continued with our own café producing mostly home cooked food. Nick’s daughter Jo will be managing the bar, whilst his wife Helen will be cooking. Keith and family will be on the merchandise stand, and Nick, he will be everywhere!
Events at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Sunday 2 July - Christchurch Music Centre Concert
Sunday 16 July - Coda Ukulele Band Concert
Tuesday 18 July - Midsummer's Night Dream outdoor theatre performance
Sunday 23 July - Christchurch and Highcliffe Band Concert
Wednesday 26 July - Great Expectations outdoor theatre performance
Sunday 30 July - Southampton Concert Wind Band Concert
Conservatoire Folk Ensemble web
Mayflower Theatre, Empire Lane, Southampton SO15 1AP
6 July 2017
Over the last two years The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble has played major shows everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey and Shambala festivals. Their new live album was also released to great acclaim.
Music at Beaulieu - Glyndebourne at Beaulieu web
The Beaulieu Abbey Church, Palace Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7YG
Saturday 8 July 2017, 7pm to 9pm
All your favourite Operatic Arias in one magical night. This has been a regular fixture in the Music at Beaulieu calendar for many, many years, working in collaboration with the Wessex Glyndebourne Association.
New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix 2017 web
New Milton Recreation Ground (Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th)
& Town Centre (on Sunday 9th)
8 & 9 July 2017, 11am until 5pm
New Milton Town Show, New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Classic and New Car Show
Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet web
Brockenhurst Music Society - 2017 Season
St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst
Monday 10 July at 7.30pm, £12 at the door
Works by Grieg, Bach, Gershwin & MacMillan. 'Very special - faultless technique, exuberant passion and utter commitment to the music. Breathtaking!' - Jacqui Dankworth. Tickets (free to Society members and students) £12 at the door or £10 in advance from Pot Pourri or Streets in Brockenhurst, or Sway Deli in Sway.
The Mill at Gordleton tribute nights web
Come and listen to your favourite artist and songs whilst enjoying a delicious homemade three course meal. Round up your evening by joining the dancing or relaxing with friends and watching the performance.
Tuesday 11 July 2017 – George Michael
Tuesday 12 September 2017 – Jersey Boys
Tuesday 10 October 2017 – Whitney Houston
Tuesday 14 November 2017 – Tina Turner
Tuesday 28 November   2017– Queen
Wednesday 29 November   2017– Queen

DonkeyTown Beer and Music Festival at Pennington Social Club web
17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8HH
Friday 14 to Monday 17 July
Open to all. Live Music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Festival bar open each day. Fully catered. 20+beers, 10+ciders. Full range of beers, wines, lager, spirits, soft drinks and bar snacks in the club bar. Usual club prices apply to members and visitors. Mop-up Monday with reduced prices on remaining festival beers. Quiet areas in our function room. All music performed in our beer garden (weather permitting).

Fordingbridge Festival web
Fordingbridge Recreation Ground
Saturday 15 July 2017
Welcome to the Fordingbridge Summer Festival, an event organised by the Rotary Club of Fordingbridge bringing together many local organisations, business and voluntary groups to provide a day of family entertainment by the banks of the River Avon, just a short walk from the Town centre. X3 bus stop by the show ground.

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim web
Bournemouth Seafront
16 July 2017
The biggest charity swim in Europe heads back to Bournemouth. Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave this incredible 1.4 mile open water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier you will put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier.

Curious Arts Festival web
Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington SO41 5SJ
21to 23 July, 2017
It’s very English on the one hand – expect fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, poet laureates, dogs on leads, gin and tonics, and sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent although you are just as likely to find yourself on a secret midnight bat-walk, betting your life-savings on the snail-racing, reciting a sonnet on top of an elegantly restored old routemaster or listening to some of the UK’s most exciting musicians.
Outdoor screening of Grease
Woodside Park, Lymington
22 July, 2017, 9.45pm, but we open at 8.45pm
Join us this summer to watch some of your favourite films under the stars. We've got loads of special little surprises up our sleeve to make you feel special and we can't bloody wait! Simply bring your e-ticket to the box office on arrival where one of our lovely staff will scan you in, you'll get given a pair of wireless headphones and directed to the seating area. We will have some confectionery and soft drinks on sale, but if you think you can do better or fancy something a bit stronger then feel free to bring your own. Even the warmest summer's day can get a bit chilly in the evening, so we recommend bringing something warm to wear and a blanket to sit on. You're also more than welcome to bring camping chairs/ air beds/ the sofa from your front room, but try not to make it too hard for the person behind you to see. Tickets are available for £10 at http://bit.ly/2rcz2eE
For any other questions check the FAQ on hijackcinema.co.uk or email contact@hijackcinema.co.uk
Brownsea Open Air Theatre web map
26 July to 11 August 2017
William Shakespeare's 'As you like it'
Brownsea Island is in Poole Harbour
One of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, the annual production is set on The National Trust's Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show, and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.
Cowes Week web
29 July to 5 August 2016
Cowes Week is the longest-running sailing regatta in the world having started in 1826. The event is held on the Solent, between southern England and the Isle of Wight. There is normally a Blue Funnel ferry running from Lymington to Cowes during Cowes week web
Pennington Village Fete & Donkey Derby web
Pennington Common, Pennington
Saturday 29 July 2017 & Sunday 30 July 2017
Donkey Derby and Dog Show weekend and Village Fayre (PRA). The Saturday will comprise of donkey derby, stalls, fair rides, traction engines, pantomime races etc; a similar format to last year. As the dog show was such a success this will take place on the Sunday along with children’s races and fancy dress – a family fun weekend.
August 2017
Summer Spectacular
Woodside Park, Lymington
Sunday 6 August 2017
Organised by the Rotary Club of Lymington
Among the attractions are normally, a parade of vintage cars and motorbikes, a car boot sale, bouncy castles and slides, a land train, coconut shy and a children's entertainer.
Poole Town & Country Fair
Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BJ
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017, 10am to 5pm | Adults: £7.50
Now in its 9th year, this family Country Fair has something for everyone. All day entertainment will include Galloping Acrobatics Horse Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, The Purbeck Ferrets, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic , the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy. Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. Fully catered & with a licensed bar. And on Sunday at this event we are proud to host The Companion Dog Show, so bring along a canine friend and have a go (all proceeds from entries go to Marie Curie care). Local Parking Charges Apply but please use public transport where possible. Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome at this show, but not in marquees with food please.
Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Show web
Somerley Park, Ellingham, Ringwood
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Handicrafts are on display including the traditional spinning and lace making techniques. Music and children's entertainment and over 100 trade stands where you can browse and buy home-made produce, locally made toys and much more. Then there is the Livestock area where, in addition to the animals on show, the children can literally get their hands on some of the farm animals, making this is a family day not to be missed.
Events at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe BH23 4LEA web
Sunday 6th August - Highcliffe's Got Talent outdoor theatre
Sunday 13th August - Alice Through the Looking Glass outdoor theatre
Sunday 13th August - Day of Dance outdoor performance
Sunday 20th August - Classic Cars on the Prom car display
Hampshire Open Studios web
19 to 28 August 2017
For two weeks hundreds of artists from all over Hampshire open their houses and studios to the public, displaying everything from paintings, sculptures, textile work, woodwork and photography.
Candlelight Nights - Bournemouth
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ
Wednesdays in August, 7.30pm to 10pm
From dusk, see the Lower Gardens transformed into a magical candlelight kingdom. Be sure to come and see how Bournemouth's oldest tradition still thrills in 2016.
Great Dorset Steam Fair web map
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset
24 to 28 August 2017
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a typically British event offering a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The special festival atmosphere whether as a day visitor or taking in the full five days by camping on site. There is no other event like it anywhere in the world which is why over 200,000 visitors attend each year both from the UK and from all over the World!
Annual Bath Race web
Bath Road, Lymington SO41 3SE
27 August 2017
The contestants make a standard bath into a sea-worthy, racing craft to take part in the paddle driven heats on the water just behind the club pontoon. Adults and children alike in fancy dress or otherwise have a wonderful time competing for the much wanted Bath Trophy as well as a vast array of other prizes. People are attracted by the racing as well as the BBQ and other stalls.
Bournemouth Air Festival web
29 August to 3 September
The 2016 Air Festival will be our 8th year. The Air Festival has welcomed more than 7 million people to the UK’s leading resort since 2008.
September 2017
Swanage Folk Festival web
8 to 10 Sept 2017
Swanage comes alive with hundreds of Morris dancers in their bright costumes and jingling bells, and folk music lovers, every year for the weekend on the second Friday after the August Bank Holiday Monday. All sorts of crafts and trade stalls offer a variety of fair trade and ethnic goods for sale at our "Festival Village" on Sandpit Field above the sea front.
Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show web
Broadlands, Romsey SO51 98ZD
Saturday 9 September 2017, 8am to 6pm
A real agricultural show and great day out with something for all the family. The show is one of the oldest in England, held annually since 1842. Showcasing the best of British farming, it is a vital part of the County’s social calendar as cattle and sheep from across the region compete for glory in the livestock classes. Hundreds of horses are entered in a huge number of equine events that range from show jumping and heavy horses to side saddle and best donkey.
Southampton German Beer Festival 2017 web
Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Saturday 16 September 2017, 5pm to 11pm
This festival is organised wholly by volunteers of the Southern Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and features more than 90 real ales, plus real ciders, real perries and UK & foreign bottled beers.
Murder Mystery UK are coming to South Lawns Hotel web
Lymington Rd, Milford on Sea SO41 0RF
Saturday 16th September 2017 @ 7.30pm
A ghastly murder has been committed, Police are racing to the scene, and your instincts as a mystery buff tell you that there is a crime to be solved. Will you be able to unmask the murderer before the Police arrive? Tickets: £35.00 including 3-course Dinner

Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2017 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Wednesday 27th September
The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.

October 2017
New Milton Crafts 2017 Autumn Fair web
New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road. New Milton. BH25 6DE
Saturday 14 October to 10am until 3.30pm
Regularly attracting between 600 and 900 visitors, the New Milton Crafts Series of events are now in their 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, there is a diverse range of crafts and gifts on offer and the opportunity to purchase unique handmade items. The Fair Bistro is open throughout the event offering teas and coffees and a feast of homemade sandwiches and cakes.

Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2017 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Wednesday 25 October
The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.

November 2017
December 2017

Beaulieu Road Pony Sales 2017 web
Across the road from Beaulieu Road railway station map
All sales commence at 10.30am
Thursday 7 December
The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners (owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies by auction.

'What's on' links 
Mayflower, Southampton   Guildhall, Southampton
Pavilion, Bournemouth   Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
The Lymington Centre   Lymington Folk & Blues Club
Music at Beaulieu   Highcliffe Castle Forthcoming Events
Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu   The Regent Centre, Christchurch
Gardens open for charity   Car Boot Sales around the New Forest
Country Shows in and around the New Forest   Library events at Lymington Library
Park Run in Lymington   local art

Links to 'What's on' on other websites 
Dorset (Visit)
Hampshire (Visit)
Isle of Wight (Visit)
New Forest Centre
New Forest (Explore The)
New Forest National Park
New Forest - Official visitor site
New Milton
Southampton (Discover)

Links to 'What's On' activities outdoors 

Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Lymington Tuesday cyclists
New Forest car park map PDF
National Park Events New Forest
New Forest guided walks
RSPB Events New Forest
Town Tours Lymington
Walking & Cycle Routes National Park PDF's

Links to 'What's On' in local areas 

Car Parks
Community Centre Cannon St
Kids drama/dance/workshops Church Hall
Lymington Film Society
Lymington Library What's On North Close
Lym. Folk Club Thomas Tripp (1st Wed of month)
Malt Hall Theatre Cannon St
Markets and Car Boot Sales


Milford on Sea
Community Centre What's On
Milford on Sea calendar What's On

New Park Shows & Events
New Forest Polo Club New Park
Village Hall Cinema & What's On

The New Forest Centre

East Boldre
Community Website

Minstead Village Community Website

New Milton
Forest Arts Old Milton Road
New Milton Community Centre Osborne Road

Beaulieu National Motor Museum Trust
Out of Town Centre Events
Music at Beaulieu Beaulieu Abbey Church
New Forest Activities High Street, Beaulieu

Burley Events

Exbury Gardens Events

Lepe Country Park Events

Highcliffe Castle Events

Priory Church
Red House Museum What's On
Regents Centre 51 High Street

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

Bournemouth (car parks)
BIC & Pavilion Theatre Exeter & Westover Rds
O2 Academy Boscombe
Odeon Cinema 10 screens

Southampton (car parks)
Hanger Farm Arts Centre Totton
Harbour Lights Cinema Ocean Village
Mayflower Theatre Commercial Road
Museums Libraries & Museums
Nuffield Theatre University Road
Odeon Cinema West Quay Road
Southampton Guildhall Civic Centre
The Brook Portswood Road
Turner Sims Concert Hall Southampton Uni

Broadlands events
Romsey Abbey concerts

Moors Valley Country Park events

Wimborne Market largest undercover in the south

Guide to South-Central Region

Earls Court and Olympia

Royal Albert Hall
Southbank Centre
The O2
London Theatres

Groups organising local activities
Lymington and Brockenhurst Lions Club

Be in a BBC audience

Local websites
Beaulieu council website
Brockenhurst brockenhurst-newforest.org.uk
Brockenhurst council website
Burley burleynewforest.co.uk
Christchurch visit-dorset.com
Christchurch christchurchdorset.com
East Boldre eastboldre.org
Fawley fawleyonline.org.uk
Highcliffe highcliffedorset.co.uk
Hythe hythe-newforest.org
Hythe & Dibden council website
Lyndhurst council website
Lymington & Pennington council website
Milford on Sea milfordonsea.org
Milford on Sea visitmilfordonsea.co.uk
Milford on Sea council website
New forest thenewforest.co.uk
New forest newforestexplorersguide.co.uk
New forest new-forest-national-park.com
New forest newforestnpa.gov.uk
New forest newforestgateway.org
New forest council website
New Milton newmilton.org.uk
New Milton New Milton Town Partnership
New Milton newmilton.net
New Milton council website
Ringwood ringwoodtown.co.uk
Ringwood council website
Sway swayvillage.co.uk
Sway council website