An exciting line up for Autumn 2014 at Forest Arts Centre


Forest Arts Centre is the leading live arts venue in the New Forest.

Forest Arts Centre picWith over 40,000 visits every year, Forest Arts offers a full programme of music, theatre, comedy, and other arts events, such as literature days.  To give you just a taste – this Autumn the ‘maestro of feel-good’ Stephen K Amos starts his national tour by performing two nights of stand-up comedy at Forest Arts Centre.  Comedy magician Pete Firman – a favourite among Radio 1 listeners – also brings his astonishing new show to the arts centre and veteran entertainer and professional grumpy old woman Jenny Éclair also performs her new show Eclairious this Season.


Autumn brings loads of music, including Canadian band The Paperboys and the winners of Best Duo Award in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Poignant theatre about the First World War can be seen when Thingumajig Theatre presents A November Day. This revised version of the play marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, and was originally devised in association with The Imperial War Museum North.


And the children’s Christmas play for 2014 is Snow Queen, based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson. Image Musical Theatre brings the story to life with a participation musical for all the family to enjoy.


Originally a 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, and hosts and runs a varied range of regular classes and workshops for youngsters and adults including street dance, ballet, drama, dance and art. There’s also an extensive educational and outreach programme in partnership with schools, community and voluntary organisations as well as other arts organisations.


Forest Arts prides itself on being the hub of the community – with something to offer everyone. Come and take a look – we promise a warm welcome!

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