Things to do and places to see

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What to do? Looking for something to do?  Below we have lots of information and places of things to do in and around New Milton.

If you want to find more information about a particular place you can click on its weblink or you can call the telephone number. While we try to keep this page as current and up to date as possible, from time to time some information might change and become out of date. You can leave us feedback if this is the case and we’ll get right on to it to try and update the page with the latest contact information.

New Milton Today

The community website NewMiltonToday.com contains many upcoming events and things to do in New Milton.

Walks around New Milton

John Harris has put together an excellent comprehensive guide to walking routes around the local area. Click here to visit his website.

New Milton Memorial Centre

New Milton Memorial Centre in Whitefield Road has the largest function room in the local area, seating 350, with a raised stage, as well as two smaller rooms. It offers a variety of activities, such as yoga, line dancing, painting, decorative and fine arts, model cars, and indoor bowls. The Centre is of historical importance in the town, being a war memorial built by the British Legion. Its memorial room offers a place for quiet reflection and houses a large number of plaques and bricks installed as memorials. The Centre is open from 8.30am to 1.30pm every day, with openings at other times depending on the activities taking place.

www.newmiltonmemorialcentre.co.uk

THE SAMMY MILLER FOUNDATION TRUST MUSEUM

at Bashley is the finest collection of fully restored motorcycles in Europe. A living museum, all the exhibits have been demonstrated by motorcycle racing legend Sammy Miller (still winning motorcycle competitions 53 years after his first victory) at race circuits throughout Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and America. Factory racers and exotic prototypes are among more than 200 rare and classic motorcycles displayed in two galleries, including famous names such as Brough Superior (favoured by Lawrence of Arabia), Matchless, Indian, Velocette,

New Imperial, Norton, Triumph, Ariel, BSA, Bultaco, and AJS as well as Hondas, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. The museum also has tea rooms, craft shops and animals in a courtyard setting. Open: daily 10am-4.30pm (Tel: 01425 620777).

THE NEW FOREST & HAMPSHIRE COUNTYSHOW 24 – 26 July, 8.15am – 6pm, New Park, Brockenhurst. The New Forest & Hampshire County Show is the highlight of Hampshire’s social calendar featuring all the attractions that have made it so popular for the best part of a century, bringing traditional country pursuits, new exhibitions and demonstrations to this unique event. There is a full range of horse and livestock competitions plus a rabbit section, caged birds, and honey bees. The Countryside area features woodland activities and demonstrations of rural sports, plus terrier and ferret racing. Other favourites include the horticultural marquee featuring many nationally acclaimed flower entries, and the Southern National Vegetable Association Championships. With over 600 trade stands there is a wide choice of stalls many offering goods never to be found in the shops, including antiques, crafts, and the best of Hampshire food and produce. Discounted tickets available on line at www.newforestshow.co.uk/ or on the credit card hotline01590 622409 from June 1st 2007.

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE is a Grade 1 listed cliff top mansion set in beautiful grounds and commanding exceptional views across the Solent to the Needles. Externally repaired after disastrous fires in 1968 and 1969, it remains ‘the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture surviving in Britain’. Repair work on the State Dining Room, plus provision of toilets and disabled access, starts late summer. The castle is open daily from 1st February to 23rd December between 11am and 5pm featuring a gift shop, events, exhibitions and activities for all ages. Admission: adults £2; Children free. The grounds and tearooms are open daily all year round. For details call 01425 278807 or look up www.highcliffecastle.co.uk.

RED HOUSE MUSEUMARTGALLERY AND GARDENS, Christchurch. Exhibits cover local and social history and archaeology, housed in what was once the town’s workhouse, where children created chains (some so fine they could pass through the eye of a needle) for the watch and clock trade. Two ancient fire engines are on show in the refurbished tack room. Whole site including delightful gardens accessible by wheelchair. Exciting programme of family-oriented events, open Tues to Sat and Sun afternoon. Phone 01202 482860 or visit The Red House Museum website..

HURST CASTLE, Keyhaven, Milford on Sea. Built by Henry VIII on the end of the shingle spit which extends into the Solent, it was one of a chain of coastal fortresses. Charles I was imprisoned here before his trial and execution. Visitors can trace how the castle grew over the centuries to be defended by huge armoured wings as guns became ever more powerful. Open: April – Sept, daily 10-5.30 (tel: 01590 642344); ferry from Keyhaven on the hour from 10am, returning on the half hour until 5.30pm (or a stiff walk along the shingle).www.hurst-castle.co.uk/

NEW FOREST MUSEUM, Lyndhurst. A valuable over-view of Forest history and ecology for visitor and resident alike, answering questions such as: who killed William Rufus, and why; how many trees were felled to build a 17th Century galleon, and who made a living catching snakes and sending them to London Zoo? Interactive and imaginative displays, explain the changes in the Forest and its continuing economy. Open: daily from 10am (tel: 02380 283914). www.newforestmuseum.org.uk/

NEW MILTON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, based at its Centre in Osborne Road, it offers a variety of activities for all ages. These include ballroom, round, sequence and line dancing, card games, scrabble, table tennis, indoor bowls, darts, mahjong and chess. There are language classes in French, German, Italian and Spanish, and other interests include rambling, poetry, music and art. There are regular Friday stalls and monthly luncheons. Room hire and refreshments available.

BEAULIEU – THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM AND PALACE HOUSE

One of the world’s finest collections of vintage,veteran and classic cars, together with the treasures andmementoes collected at the home of Lord Montagu, once anAbbey. Rides and drives, including a high-level monorail, aswell as gardens and walks, with new Secret Army exhibition,driving simulator and go-karts and new Supercars exhibition(including Ferrari, Aston Martin and McLaren F1), as well asJames Bond Experience. Open: every day except ChristmasDay, 10-6 to Sept, 10-5 Oct-April (tel: 01590 612345).www.beaulieu.co.uk/motormuseum/

ST. BARBE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

New Street, Lymington. Delightful, informative and family-friendly museum of Lymington and the New Forest coast, plenty to see and do for all ages. Discover the history of the towns of Lymington and New Milton; find out why Barton’s fossils are known worldwide; how salt was made on the coast; frisk a smuggler for hidden contraband; learn about boatbuilding and steer a pilot boat; explore a farm housekitchen; and see art of national significance in the galleries. www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/

BUCKLER’S HARD

Once the boatyard where Nelson’s fleet was built, this unique and beautiful village has a long and fascinating history. Today’s visitors can explore its history both distant and modern, its beautiful environment, riverside walks and cruises. Village open: 9-7 to September, 9-6 winter until Easter; Buckler’s Hard Story open: 10.30-5 to Sept, 11-4 winter until Easter (tel: 01590 616203).www.bucklershard.co.uk/

BARTON COMMON is managed by New Milton Town Council in conjunction with the Hampshire Heathlands project, and has a wide range of habitats from heathland to farmland, from cliff-top to sandy beaches. Amongst the wildlife you may see are linnets, yellowhammers and peregrine falcons. The cliffs are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, where you may spot thrift and heath spotted orchids. Map with three walks available from council information office, Spencer Road.

For more information you can view the PDF of New Milton Town Councils Barton Common leaflet here

OTHER OPEN SPACES IN NEW MILTONBarton cliff topand beach (along Marine Drive); Ballard Water Meadows and Lake (off Fernhill Lane); Rectory Gardens, Church Lane, open Thurs, Fri 10am-5pm, second/fourth Sundays of month, 2-5pm (no dogs).

CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS: New Milton Recreation Ground, equipped for 3-10yrs with rubber safety surfacing; skateboard park; Multi User Games Area; Playground at Ashley Sportsground opened 2005.

NEW FOREST REPTILE CENTRE

Holidays Hill 2 miles west of Lyndhurst. Eight open-air pens display examples of allthe snakes (including adders and grass snakes), lizards, frogs toads and newts found living in Britain today, and abreeding centre for the endangered sand lizard. Forestry Commission Keepers hand-rear hatchling lizards and then release them back into specially prepared locations in the New Forest, where they have formed new breeding colonies. Special events throughout the year (see events list). Open: 10-4.30 daily, April to Septwww.forestry.gov.uk/

LIBERTY’S RAPTOR & REPTILE CENTRE, near Ringwood. Named after Liberty, the bald eagle, and star of the collection which includes falcons, hawks and other raptors, barn and tawny owls, vultures, reptiles such as giant tortoises and Cuddles the 15ft, 11 stone, Burmese python, as well as lizards, other snakes, insects and giant rabbits. Daily flying demonstrations, reptile lectures plus hands-on sessions. Open 10am-5pm Mar 1 to Oct 31 daily, Nov-Feb 28 weekends and half-term holidays only (not Christmas). Phone: 01425 476487. www.libertyscentre.co.uk/

The New Forest Wildlife Park, Longdown, Ashurst. Wide variety of wild animals in natural woodland setting. Open: 10-6 daily (weekends only in Jan) (Tel: 02380 292408). www.ottersandowls.co.uk/

MACPENNYS OF BRANSGORE. Four-acre woodland garden and extensive nursery with many rare and unusual shrubs, woody and herbaceous plants (especially camellias, azaleas and acers); owners Tim and Vivien Lowndes, and son Simon, are also happy to advise on plant problems. Open all year round (except Christmas to New Year inclusive). Phone: 01425 672348.www.macpennys.co.uk/

EXBURY GARDENS

Spectacular displays of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, together with a huge variety of other exotic plants and trees, which delights at each season. Laid out by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s, the gardens show a wealth of horticultural expertise in varied settings, with lovely views of the Beaulieu River. Open: to Nov 25, 10-5.30 (or dusk if earlier) (Tel: 02380 891203).www.exbury.co.uk/exbury/index.htm

SPINNERS GARDEN, Boldre, Lymington. A woodland garden on a slope overlooking the Lymington valley with azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, Japanese maples, hydrangeas, tree cornus and other rare shrubs. National collection of trilliums. Open: to Sept 14, Tues-Sat 10-5; after Sept, nursery and part of garden only (Tel: 01590 673347).

BRAXTON GARDENSLymore Lane, Milford-on-Sea. Walled garden and courtyard designed around the attractive red brick barns of an original Victorian farmyard. Knot garden, roses, herbs, alpines and shrubs, and continuing restoration of parkland. Open: 10-5 daily (Tel: 01590 642008).www.braxtongardens.co.uk/

APPLE COURT GARDEN AND NURSERY, Hordle, Lymington. Created since 1988 in the abandoned walled kitchen garden of Yeatton House, designed to keep year-long interest. National collections of small leafed hosta, rohdea japonica and woodwardia. Nursery reflects owners’ interests in hostas, daylilies, ferns and grasses. Open: 10-5 Fri, Sat & Sun March 1 – October 31 and Bank Holiday Mondays (Tel: 01590 642130) www.applecourt.com/

EVERTON WATER GARDENS, Newlands Manor Farm, Everton, Lymington. Home to edible French frogs, Koi Carp, freshwater fish, dragon flies, newts, crayfish, ducks, goats, chipmunks (Tel: 01590 644405).

COARSE FISHING:

Hatchet Pond Beaulieu (Tel: 02380 283141); Hordle Lakes, Golden Hill,  Ashley Lane, Hordle (Tel: 01590 672300); Leominstead Lakes, Emery Down, Lyndhurst (Tel: 02380 282610); Sway Lakes, Barrows Lane, Sway (Tel: 01590 682010); Everton GrangeLake, Braxton Farm,  Lymore Lane, Milford on Sea (Tel: 01590 642008).

TROUT FISHING: Leominstead Lakes, as above.

SEA FISHING: Ray Pitt Sea Fishing, Keyhaven (01425 612896)

GOLF: Barton-on-Sea Golf Club http://www.barton-on-sea-golf.co.uk/,  Milford Road, Barton-on- Sea (Tel: 01425 615308) www.barton-on-sea-golf.co.uk/ ; Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club,  Sway Road, Brockenhurst (Tel: 01590 623332); Walhampton Golf Course, Bamptons Farm, Lisle Court Road, Lymington (Tel: 01590 689631).

KAYAKING, Forest Activities, Open Boating: Liquid Logistics, Bailey’s Hard (Beaulieu 2 miles). Canoe, kayak, high and low rope courses, raft building, problem solving, pioneering, team building, education. Book by phone: 011590 624730; log on to:www.liquidlogistics.co.uk/.

WATERSKIING,Aquarides, Wakeboarding: New Forest Water Park, Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge (01425 656868) Also coarse angling all year round. www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/

THE NEW FOREST TOUR, open-topped bus with bike trailer between Lyndhurst, Lymington, Beaulieu and Brockenhurst, hop-on/hop-off daily to Sept 26 (Solent Blue Line, tel: 023 80 614 459). www.solentblueline.com/

NATURE: Marwell Zoological Park, Colden Common, near Winchester, Hants, open daily (ex. Christmas) 10 – 6pm summer, to 4pm winter (tel: 01962 777407) www.marwell.org.uk/ ; Hawk Conservancy and Country Park, Andover, open daily Feb – end Autumn half-term from 10.30am. www.hawk-conservancy.org/

OLD HOUSES AND GARDENS: Breamore Manor House and CountrysideMuseum, Fordingbridge, Hants, open 2 – 5.30pm Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun, all holidays in May, June, July, Sept; Aug daily; Hinton Ampner House and Garden, Bramdean, Alresford, Hants, tel 01962 771305; Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, infoline: 01794 341220; Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Dorset, tel: 01202 883402; Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, open daily 10.30 – 6pm or dusk ex. Christmas/Boxing Day; Wilton House, Wilton, open10.30 – 5.30pm daily to Oct 31 (not Mon ex. bank holidays).

TRANSPORT: Watercress Line – Mid Hants steam railway, Alresford, Hants, talking timetable: 01962 734866; Swanage Railway, steam and heritage diesel, tel:01929 425800; Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth Airport, Christchurch, Dorset, operational examples of historic aircraft inc. Hunter, Vampire and Meteor, open 10 – 5pm to Sept, Oct – Mar to 4pm, closed Christmas to Jan 2 (tel: 01202 580858); Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, talking timetable: 01983 884343; Hythe Victorian Pier, world’s oldest pier train to Hythe/Southampton ferry terminal.

LYMINGTON: Fine Georgian market town (market: Saturdays) with cobbled street leading down to the quay. See entry for St Barbe Museum. Ferry link to the Isle of Wight. www.lymington.org/

CHRISTCHURCH: explore 900 years of history at ChristchurchPrioryChurch, and visit nearby Norman House, Castle Keep and Motte which also date from the 11th Century. Riverside walks at Christchurch Quay; beaches at Mudeford and Friars Cliff. Busy programme of events at the Regent Centre, tel: 01202 499148, www.regentcentre.co.uk See also Red House Museum..

BOURNEMOUTH: premier resort with famous golden sands, piers, varied entertainment and excellent shopping. Heathland walks at Hengistbury Head. www.bournemouth.co.uk/

ROMSEY: Market town with magnificent Norman Abbey and Broadlands, once home of Lord Mountbatten; also Rapids, tropical water wonderland and flume with learner pool, open from 10am daily (01794 830333).   www.romseyonline.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Bluereef Aquarium, open daily from 10am (0223 9287 5222); Gunwarf Quays designer shopping, restaurants, bars; Historic Dockyard with Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior (total 12 museums inc Royal Marine, Submarines, Naval Firepower, open 10 – 5.30 to Oct, Nov – Mar to 5pm (ex. Christmas Day), tel: 023 9286 1512); new exhibition at the D-Day Museum, 3, 5, 6 June commemorative events for 60th Anniversary; Porchester Castle, open daily from 10am www.portsmouth.gov.uk/

SALISBURY: City with Britain’s finest Medieval Cathedral with tallest spire. Also: Mompesson House, The Close, open to Oct 31 daily ex. Thur/Fri; Stonehenge open daily from 9.30; Old Sarum open daily from 10am. www.salisbury.gov.uk/index.htm

SOUTHAMPTON: City Art Gallery open Tues – Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 1 – 4pm; Maritime Museum opening hours varied, usually Tues – Fri 10 – 5pm, plus weekends (tel: 023 8022 3941); Southampton Hall of Aviation, open Tues – Sat 12noon – 5pm; plus West Quay and other shopping centres. www.southampton.gov.uk/

WIGHTLINK

Just half an hour from the mainland, travelling on Wightlink’s fast shuttle car ferries from Lymington – Yarmouth, the Isle of Wight boasts some of Britains most varied countryside, packed into a diamond shaped island 23 miles wide and 13 miles deep. Famous in Victorian times as the favourite home of Queen Victoria and notorious more recently for the startling dinosaur finds on its crumbling south coast, the Isle of Wight is crammed with both natural and man-made attractions. To cater for the differing tastes of Island visitors, Wightlink has produced a range of booklets and online guides, covering interests as diverse as extreme sports for beginners, specialist Isle of Wight food produce and its newest introductions – The Rare Plant Trail, which provides the lowdown on some of the UK’s rarest flora, and A Wighter Shade of Green, a green guide to the Island. All are available free from Wightlink by calling 0870 582 7744 or online atwww.wightlink.co.uk. Key places to visit include: Carisbrooke Castle, Newport, open daily from 10am; Osborne House, East Cowes, open Apr 1 – end Oct from 10am; Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill, open daily to Oct 31 (infoline: 01983 730052); Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium, open to Oct 31, 10 – 6pm; Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, open 10 – 6pm to Oct 31, Nov to Mar to 4pm;Needles Old Battery, Totland, open 10.30 – 5pm to Oct 31 (not Fri, low season). www.wightlink.co.uk/

ADULT EDUCATION

New Milton Education and Training Centre, Fusee House, Old Milton Road. Tel: 01425 612498. Training centre run by BrockenhurstCollege offers wide range of courses at several New Milton venues, suitable ages 16-100. Discount of 10% for over-60s, inquire half-fee remission if on low income or receiving benefit. Courses: arts, crafts, exercise inc. belly dancing, yoga, golf, history of art, music, etc.

ART CENTRE: Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road. Admin: 01425 619983. Box office: 01425 612393. Theatre, dance studio, workshop, rehearsal and meeting places, bar/coffee bar and exhibition gallery; lively and expanding programme of events, including professional performances Sept- July (see events). Regular workshops for adults, children and teenagers, including creative and performing arts; local organisations based at centre include WEA philosophy and New Milton Hard of Hearing Club. Friends scheme (discounts and benefits); outreach involving schools, youth clubs and community groups. www.forest-arts.co.uk/

LIBRARY: New Milton Library, Gore Road, BH25 6RW. Tel: 01425 613668. Fax: 01425 62076. www3.hants.gov.uk/library . Open: Mon, Fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Tues, Thur 9.30am-7pm; Wed 9.30am-1pm; Sat 9.30am-1pm. Offers books, audio books, newspapers and journals, videos, video games, DVDs and CDs for hire; free access to internet on 11 pcs, photocopying. Careers/education resources, community legal services, reading group, children’s book club, story time, book tokens, local information point. Disabled access with CCTV, magnifier and hearing loop system available.


Other

There are at present 7 public houses in the New Milton area, of which 2 are in the town centre, with the remaining 5 scattered around the parish.   There is a Snooker Centre and a Conservative Social Club in Station Road and a thriving Community Association in Osborne Road.  There is a Memorial Hall near to the town centre with a large hall and several smaller rooms available for hire.  The Forest Arts Centre, where amateur and professional theatre groups perform is situated at the southern end of Old Milton Road.

Open Spaces
Barton Common along Barton Common Road and the adjoining Long Meadow off Grove Road and Becton Lane;

Barton Cliff Top and Beach along Marine Drive;

Ballard Lake, Ballard Watermeadow and Brook Avenue off Fernhill Lane.

Childrens Play Grounds
New Milton Recreation Ground­
The play equipment comprises one large linked unit for the over six age group and one smaller unit for the under sixes, all the equipment has rubber safety surfacing beneath.

Ashley, Recreation Ground
A new childrens playground was opened on the Recreation Ground in April 2005 and has a selection of equipment for younger children.

Off Stem Lane, in the “Crest Estate”
A fairly recently installed play area consisting of modular units and rubber safety surfacing.

New Milton Adult Education Centre, Fusee House, Old Milton Road: Tel 612498
The Centre is part of Brockenhurst College’s community education provision and offers a wide range of courses.

Join an Arts or Crafts course or do Sports, Exercises or Dancing and relax and forget everyday problems and troubles, make new friends and gain a new interest in life.

General Interest:
In addition there is a whole range of other courses on such things as art, history, wine or music appreciation.

For details of the full Adult Education Programme collect a brochure from the Library or the Adult Education Centre.

The Youth Centre, Culver Road, New Milton
History
The purpose built Youth Centre was completed and opened in 1987 as a result of a campaign by local people and was funded by Hampshire County Council.

Users
The main users of the Centre are young people in the age range of 11 – 21 years.   The Centre is open 5 evenings a week – 3 senior evenings from 7 – 10 pm, and 2 Junior evenings from 6 – 8.30 pm, and there is a daytime drop-in facility for the young unemployed.

Community groups make use of the building during various daytime slots.

The County Youth Service uses the office accommodation at the Centre as a base for the Area Team Leader, Area Youth Worker and support staff.

Staffing
The Centre is staffed by a full-time youth worker, and a team of paid and voluntary part-time youth workers, supported by administrative and caretaking staff.  All the staff see listening and responding to young people as an important priority.

Curriculum
The Centre offers a wide ranging curriculum, the actual programme being determined by involving members in the planning, decision making and delivery process.

Recent activities have included film and video, drama, snooker, music, volleyball, 5-a-side, trampolining, badminton, photography, karaoke, theme evenings, Centre decoration.

Issues important to young people are raised at the Centre and workshops are held on drug use, HIV/AIDS, disability, smoking, anti-racist practice, unemployment, homelessness and driving skills.

Education by trained teenage members of the centre is given to their own age group on various sexual health issues that could affect today’s teenagers and there is education and discussion on the various problems and situations that could potentially affect the young women of today, i.e. safety at night, childcare, sexual harassment.

The Centre enables its members to meet together in a warm friendly atmosphere, where they can learn to relate to one another.

Resources
The Centre is set in its own grounds, and is fully accessible.  Facilities include a main activities hall, well equipped coffee bar and relaxing area, a workshop, 2 craft areas, photographic dark room, small meeting room, music room and all-weather floodlit playing area.  The Centre also has use of a playing field through the Arnewood School, and owns a 15 seater minibus.

Management
The Centre is a Hampshire County Council Youth Centre and therefore, subject to the policies and regulations of that Council as administered by the Divisional Youth Officer.  Members are fully involved in the decision making at the Centre through a “Centre Forum”.  A Management Committee is responsive to the work of the Forum.  This Committee comprises of Centre members and members of the local community, and is supported by the County Youth Service.

Further details can be obtained from:- The Youth Centre New Milton, Culver Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6SY.  Tel: (01425) 616694

New Milton Community Association
The Association has its Centre on Osborne Road opposite the car park.  It offers to all members of the community, of any age, in the town and surrounding area the following activities:-

Ballroom, Folk, Round and Sequence dancing, Card games (including Bridge, Whist and Canasta), Scrabble, Table Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Darts and Chess.

There are language classes in French, German, Italian and Spanish.  Other interests include Natural History, Rambling, Local History, Poetry, Piano, Clothing sales, Friday stalls, monthly Luncheons, etc.

The Centre is open Mondays to Fridays form 10 am to 4.30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 12.30 pm, also Monday to Saturday evenings from 6.30 to 10.30 pm.

Refreshments are available during the day but limited in the evenings.  The Centre has its own car park.

New Milton Memorial Hall
Many varied activities take place within the rooms available for hire,

The Annual Remembrance Day Service of The Royal British Legion takes place in the main hall every November.  A Flower Decoration Society also meets once a month at the hall raising funds for various charities.  Apart from an Administrator and a cleaner, all help is voluntary and helpers are always needed and welcomed.

Forest Arts Centre
In October 1994, the Forest Arts Centre opened its doors after a major building refurbishment.  The improved facilities included a studio theatre seating 120, a workshop, rehearsal and meeting spaces, bar and coffee bar and an exhibition gallery.

The New Forest’s only Arts Centre has a lively and expanding programme of events to suit every age and taste.  A balanced and varied programme of professional performances runs from October to June.  These include theatre (including classic plays, comedy, music theatre, physical theatre and new work), Childrens’ theatre, music, dance and mime.

For children of 5 and over there are regular weekly after-school and Saturday morning workshops in drama and creative arts, as well as special workshops during holidays and half-terms, covering a wide variety of different activities.

Workshops for teenagers include a performance arts group and a drama club.

Adults too will find plenty to tempt them, including a Composers Club and an Adult Theatre Workshop as well as a programme of one-day courses covering dance, crafts, photography, music and more.

Regular exhibitions are held in the gallery, ranging from work by professional artists, to exhibitions by local artists and community groups.

Many local clubs and societies have the Centre as their base, including Infinity Photographic Club, New Milton Arts Circle, Barton Lace Group, the local group of the Society for Disabled Artists and New Milton Hard of Hearing Club.

Spaces at the Centre are available for hire at very competitive rates.

There is a free mailing list, and a Friends’ scheme offering discounts for performances, and special membership events.  The Arts Centre has full disabled access and has an induction loop for the hard of hearing in operation.

In addition to its centre-based activities, the Centre is an arts development agency for the New Forest area, and has a rapidly expanding programme of outreach work including work in schools, youth clubs, residential homes for the elderly, and other community groups.

The Centre is run by Hampshire County Council.   Further details available from Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6DS.  Tel: (01425) 612393