There’s loads going on around the New Forest this weekend, with something for everyone to enjoy.
The 15th Annual St Barbe Open exhibition continues in Lymington; St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. There is also a selling exhibition in the Old School Gallery, with a wonderful array of local arts and craft pieces.
Staying in Lymington, the wonderfully named Curious Arts Festival looks like a fascinating way to spend the weekend, with something for book lovers, music lovers, film and even garden lovers, all set in the beautiful grounds at Pylewell Park. The Festival starts on Friday 18th and continues to 20th July.
The Lymington and Pennington Carnival is on Sunday 20th July, and this year the procession starts at 11am from the Lymington Cricket Ground. The theme this year is Fiction and Fantasy.
Exbury Gardens stages a Strawberries and Steam evening on Friday 18th July as a part of the Hampshire Food Festival celebrations, with a steam driven train ride and walks around the gardens. Starting at 6.30pm, this looks like a lovely event.
Fordingbridge has its annual festival at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground this Saturday (19th July) from 10.30am to 4.30pm. There is lots to do for all of the family, with craft stalls and demonstrations , classic cars and vintage tractors as well as an animal corner.
On Sunday (20th July) in Fordingbridge, Sandy Balls Holiday Centre is the place to go for a New Forest Producers Market, which is being held between 9am and 1pm.
Andrew Lawrence will be performing a stand up show at Hangar Farm in Totton on Friday evening (18th July) from 8pm, and on Saturday 19th July Pops Big Band are perfoming their mix of Swing, Jazz and Blues from 9pm.
At Bashley Recreation Grounds there is a Folk and Vintage Village Day on Saturday 19th July, with a Folk Music and First and Second World War themed event. Look out for Fiona Hill who will have some of her wonderful Real Food to sample! On Sunday 20th July, also in Bashley there is an Italian Race Bike Day at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum.
If you fancy a seeing a classic play in a beautiful setting, The Importance of Being Earnest (a handbag? I hear you cry) is being staged in the open air at Hamptworth Lodge, from Wednesday 16 – Saturday 26 July 2014.
Burley is the place to go on Sunday 20th July if you fancy a Craft and Psychic Fayre.
And don’t forget there are car boots sales in New Milton and Boldre on Sunday 20th July; and of course the market on Lymington High Street on Saturday.
Information about all of these events can be found on our what’s on guide. We welcome you to add your events, and we will gladly shout out about them – it’s free and simple to do, just click on this link.