The first New Forest Arts Festival

Celebrate Art in the New Forest!

This month, the first New Forest Arts Festival joins together a wide variety of arts and crafts inspired by the magnificent forest

New Forest arts festivalFrom 11th to 26th June, you are invited to find out more about the New Forest landscape, through culture and the arts. You can join in over 30 events including theatre, music, painting, crafts, textiles, film, photography, poetry, talks and workshops in the first New Forest Arts Festival. 


The Festival offers residents and visitors the chance to experience a wide range of art in unusual spaces, including a beach hut, castle, tree house, bandstand and pubs. The events offer visitors lots of opportunities to get involved, with events including workshops, drama performances and films, many of which are free to attend.


Led by the New Forest National Park Authority with local creative organisations, the Festival hosts a variety of creative events celebrating the New Forest’s landscape. The Arts Festival events are listed in our Events section.


The Festival will include an outside performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Treehouse Study Centre near Beaulieu. Performed by students from Brockenhurst College on 23rd June, it will be an outside promenade acting spectacle including live music and dance. The Treehouse Study Centre is set within ancient woodland near Beaulieu and has been kindly donated by the Countryside Education Trust. 


The Festival also features several events at the Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, including a poetry performance on 21st June at 7.30pm.


Visitors can also enjoy a performance from Lymington Town Band in the Fuller-McLellan Hall in Lymington Community Centre on 26th June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The free concert will feature a variety of music, from popular melodies and jazz to marches and classical works.


Download the Festival programme to find even more events at unique locations across the Forest. And take a look at our events section for a day-by-day schedule.


The New Forest Arts Festival is part of a Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority in conjunction with 10 key partners.


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