Forest Arts Centre in The New Forest is an exciting venue offering a rolling programme of theatre, performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.
Forest Arts Centre
The Leading Live Arts Venue in the New Forest
With over 40,000 visits every year, Forest Arts Centre offers a full programme of music, theatre, comedy and other arts events, such as literature days.
To give you just a taste - in recent months we have enjoyed comedy from the likes of OmidDjalili, Chris Ramsey and Lucy Porter, music from Cara Dillon, Hazel O’Connor, Bella Hardy and Ben Waters, and superb theatre from European Arts Company and Dyad Productions.
A former military drill hall (hence the distinctive dome-shaped roof), Forest Arts has a 146 capacity air conditioned theatre, attractive café-bar, dance studio with fully sprung floor and wall to floor mirrors, and workshop.
All year-round, Forest Arts stages exhibitions of high quality work by local, regional and national artists.
Another important element of life here is the varied range of regular classes and workshops for youngsters and adults including street dance, ballet, drama, dance and art.
There is also an extensive educational and outreach programme in partnership with schools, community and voluntary organisations as well as other arts organisations.
Forest Arts has many spaces available for hire.
Current users include Act Now Theatre Company, John Edwards Open Studio, Brockenhurst College, and several private yoga and pilates tutors.
Click here to visit the website to see just how much we have going on.
Forest Artsprides itself on being the hub of the community – with something to offer everyone. Come and take a look – we promise a warm welcome!
Box Office Opening Hours
The Box office is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday (but opening hours may vary on weekday evenings and performance nights). We are not open on Bank Holidays.
We are keen to see you at Forest Arts and accessibility in all its forms is very important to us. We have excellent physical access, fully accessible toilet, two disabled parking bays, ramp entrance, automatic doors and an induction loop at the box office and in the theatre. Registered assistance dogs are welcome and we have some signed and audio described performances.
Please do call if you have any queries or particular access/seating requirements and we will try to help.
You can follow Forest Arts on Twitter @ForestArtsNM
Forest Arts is the best venue in in the South. So intimate & wonderful to be part of. You have some wonderful performers & staff are so accommodating. We love it!
Who would think it? A fantastic venue in the middle of the New Forest. The New Forest Arts Centre offers us the best of the best acts, Richard K Amos, Rory McGrath, Kathryn Ryan et al! Bravo. London eat...
Excellent shows. Always good value for money - friendly staff and for me nearly next door!