Local events are limited in 2020 due to cancellations and postponements resulting from COVID-19. Details were correct at the time of compiling this list but may be subject to change.
A Celebration of Land, Sea and Skyscapes
On now – ends Thursday 20 August, The Hayloft Gallery,14 Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1HX
See how award winning landscape photographer Lorraine Finney can ‘bring your walls to life’! with this special exhibition www.cadarts.co.uk/about/hayloft-gallery
Body Overboard – A talk
Wednesday 12 August, Eling Tide Mill Experience, Visitor Centre – 24 Lexby Road, Eling, Totton, Hampshire, SO40 9HD
Paul Stickler, a retired detective turned criminologist and crime historian presents new information about the 1947 disappearance of actress Gay Gibson on a ship bound for Southampton. Follow Gay’s last known movements, and explore the extraordinary account provided by the man tried for her murder in Winchester. Tickets £5 (subject to change). Book online.
Simply VW at Beaulieu
Saturday 15 August, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
All Volkswagen owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu for a great day out for owners and enthusiasts. Tickets must be pre-booked, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-vw.
Flix Drive-In Movies with food by Aldo Zilli
40% discount for Back of Beyond guests with the code ‘BOB40’
Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 August, Bournemouth Airport, Parley Lane, Bournemouth BH23 6SE
An array of Hollywood blockbusters with high quality sound and vision, plus tasty food brought to you be award-winning celebrity chef Aldo Zilli. Films include Mama Mia, Fight Club, 1917, Rocket Man, Pulp Fiction, Grease, SuperBad, A Star Is Born and Joker. https://www.flixdrivein.co.uk/. (Please note: only car-sized vehicles can be admitted.)
Art on the Green
15-16 August, Church Hill, Milford-on-Sea, Milford-on-Sea, Hants, SO41 0QD
Lymington Arts Group hold their annual art exhibition with paintings for sale.
Simply American at Beaulieu
Sunday 16 August, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
A great day out for American car owners and enthusiasts at the National Motor Museum complex. Tickets must be pre-booked, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-american.
Drive In Movies
20-23 August, Old Holmsley Aerodrome, Forest Road, Thorney Hill, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8EB
Enjoy an evening out within your ‘bubble’! Limited tickets for each showing, Films include Rocket Man, A Star Is Born, Back to the Future, Snatch, The Lost Boys, Dirty Dancing, Grease and The Joker. Book online: https://driveinmovies.co/ (Please note: motorhomes and campervans are likely to be excluded. We’re awaiting confirmation.)
Simply Mercedes at Beaulieu
Sunday 23 August, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
All Mercedes-Benz owners and enthusiasts are invited to the National Motor Museum complex for a great day out. Tickets must be pre-booked and capacity is limited, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-aston-martin.
Simply Aston Martin at Beaulieu
Sunday 30 August, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
All Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts are invited to the National Motor Museum complex for a great day out. Tickets must be pre-booked and capacity is limited, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-aston-martin.
Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 September, Burley Park, Burley
The Festival for dogs and dog lovers is back with a new venue. All manner of dog displays, aqua sports, and doggie products are on offer, plus us food and drink producers from across the New Forest, and live music. Find out more and get online tickets at www.dogstival.co.uk.
Simply Vauxhall and Simply Ford at Beaulieu
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
Vauxhall owners and enthusiasts are invited to drive into the National Motor Museum complex on the Saturday and those into Ford vehicles are invited on the Sunday for a great day out. Tickets must be pre-booked and capacity is limited, see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-vauxhall and www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-ford
New Forest Marathon
Sunday 13 September, New Forest Marathon, hosted at the New Park Showground, Clay Hill, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH
A locally run event consisting of a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1k fun and junior run plus woodland walk all in the beautiful New Forest. www.newforestmarathon.co.uk
- Ringwood Town Market – every Wednesday, Ringwood Market Place
- New Milton Street Market – every Wednesday
- Hampshire Farmers’ Market, Ringwood Furlong – Last Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk
- Lymington Market – every Saturday, High Street
- Hythe Market – every Tuesday
- Wimborne Market (indoor and outdoor) – Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8am-2pm http://www.wimbornemarket.co.uk/
Some annual events have been postponed until next year.
25 June to 27 June, The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
The world’s biggest display of historic moving armour! See tanks roar around the arena, explore Living History encampments and meet YouTube stars and historians amidst a world-class collection of military vehicles. Visit https://tankmuseum.org/events/tankfest/.
Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival
10 July to 11 July, Weymouth, Dorset
A weekend of seafood, English sparkling wines from Nyetimber, celebrity chefs and a great atmosphere around Weymouth harbour. Details at https://www.dorsetseafood.co.uk/.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show
27-29 July 2021 New Park Showground, Clay Hill, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH
One of the top agricultural shows in the country, with dog shows, gymkhana and farm animals, as well as a local produce market and demonstrations. Tickets are available from the Gateway building in the Ringwood main town carpark. www.newforestshow.co.uk
Saturday 14 August, 9an-5.30pm, Somerley Estate, Ringwood
If you want to soak up our agricultural heritage, this show is a great day out hosted by our local stately home. It has dog displays and dog show, equestrian events, Shetland pony racing, a donky show, livestock classes, heavy horses and fancy dress competition, to name just a few of main ring attractions. There will also be judging of fruit, vegetables and baking, plus numerous stalls. www.ellinghamshow.co.uk
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thursday 26 to Monday 30 August, South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford, DT11 8HX
One of the world’s largest heritage and cultural events, showcasing Britain’s industrial, agricultural and leisure history. Experience steam giants of the past, WW1 flying aircraft, heavy horse displays and much more. www.gdsf.co.uk
Bournemouth Air Festival
Thursday 2-5 September, Bournemouth sea front
Free displays in the air, on the ground and at night in the UK’s largest air festival, featuring the Red Arrows and other flight acrobatics along with WW2 planes.www.bournemouthair.co.uk