With the heathland heather in bloom, the trees in full leaf and beaches looking out over sparkling waters, Summer in the Forest is always a beautiful affair.

But it’s also a time to kick back, chill out and discover something new. To help you on your way we’ve picked our Top 10 events to attend to make sure your summer goes with a swing!

1. The New Forest and Hampshire County Show 2019 – July 30-August 1. The Showground, Brockenhurst

Probably the biggest event in The New Forest – and just one of our many festivals and country shows - this three-day blockbuster showcases traditional country pursuits, show jumping, cookery demos and lots of family fun.

Come along and investigate some of our local traditions, sample food from the produce market and shop for antiques, crafts, jewellery and clothing.
 

2.  Lymington Seafood Festival – August 10 and 11. Bath Road Park, Lymington

This growing festival celebrates everything that’s great about New Forest food, with around 90 food and drink stalls, all offering the chance to ‘graze’ your way around sampling lots of little fishy delights.

Led by The Jetty’s Alex Aitken, and joined by 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and Chewton Glen’s Luke Matthews, our regional chefs will be showing off their culinary skills and sharing their best tips. The live music stage keeps the party going, with great bands bringing you soul, jazz, blues, ska and a load of classic sunshine tracks.
 

3. New Forest Film Festival – June 8-16. Various locations

Lovers of the silver screen will want to enjoy this mélange of movies; from Oscar-nominated blockbusters, to the cinematic debuts of – perhaps! – the next Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen Spielberg.

New Forest Film Festival is a celebration of films connected to the New Forest, our amazing local talent, filming locations in the New Forest and our fantastic venues!

The festival takes places around the forest with a section for films under ten minutes long and student and international entrants, and screenings of movies including the new Judy Dench outing, Red Joan, as well as Ollie and Stan, and a test screening of The Hunting of the Snark. You can even book onto an old-school drive-in movie and enjoy some classics, such as Jurassic Park or Pretty Woman.
 

4. Beaulieu Supercar Weekend – August 3-4. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

It’s the must-see spectacular that petrol-heads everywhere never want to miss, featuring, as it does, around 450 of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors.

You’ll be able to eyeball supercars including MacLarens and Ferraris, hear their roar (there’s even a competition to see which one is the loudest), marvel at their horsepower on the demonstration run, and chat to their lucky owners.

And, because your entry price includes tickets for the main museum, you’ll also be able to gaze upon some of the world’s greatest and most historic vehicles into the bargain.

5. Smoked & Uncut Festival - July 27. Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst.

Back again for a day full of delicious classic festi-food, great company, sunshine and incredible music is Smoked & Uncut at Lime Wood. This year at Smoked & Uncut Festival, American disco music group, Sister Sledge are the headlining - and there will be even more fantastic music throughout the day. Day tickets are just £39.50 for adults and £20 for children between 5-15!

Their sister hotel in Brockenhurst, The Pig, are also holding their very own Smoked & Uncut festival on 6 July, where The Vaccines are headlining.

6. Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show – July 26-28. Netley Marsh

This annual three-day event has boomed in its 48 years and is now one of the biggest shows on the south coast.

In addition to stands and displays showing how people lived more than 100 years ago there are spectacular steam engines, other vintage vehicles, a huge family fun-fair, a fire-eater and some fabulous ferret racing, plus heaps of other traditional showground attractions to suit all the family.
 

7. New Forest Open Arts Exhibition at New Forest Heritage Centre - June 30-July 1. New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst.

Come and see the beauty of the New Forest in another dimension – captured by artists on canvas, in sculpture and by photograph.

Now in its seventh year, sponsored by ExxonMobil Fawley, the Open Art exhibition also affords visitors an opportunity to own a piece of their very own New Forest inspired art.
 

8. Burley Food, Arts & Drink Festival – August 24 and 25, Manor Park, Burley

Celebrate all that’s good about New Forest food at this brilliant little festival with stalls from the people who produce our excellent local cheeses, meats and artisan breads, as well as ales, ciders, gins and even local champagne!

There will be all sorts of entertainment, activities and culture in the park, too, with fantastic live music from the Pete Harris Blues Band and The Vinyl Beats, as well as many other talented musicians.

Local artists will be showcasing over the weekend and there will also be some workshops that can be booked for both adults and children to show their artistic skills. Look out, too, in Burley Village, where there will be further fun competitions and activities.
 

9. Beer & Cider Festival 2019, July 19-21. The Royal Oak, Beaulieu

The drill may be familiar but it never gets tiring to enjoy a whole string of beers and ciders, a hog roast and BBQ with plenty for the kids to enjoy, including Face Painting, Candy Crush Events and a bouncy castle.

In addition to all this there will also be live music from Trav Cats, John Burke, Jus’ Jamin’, The Underdogs and Gary Moyles, to ensure the maximum enjoyment for festival-goers.
 

10. The Secret Garden Live - Open Air Performance, June 21. Exbury Gardens, Exbury

Where better to see this classic and beautiful children’s novel brought to life than in a real, live garden?

For one night only, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing an adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless children’s story, in which a young, orphaned girl is sent to live in her uncle’s mysterious house, where there is, of course, a secret garden!
 

Take a look at all of the other hundreds of events happening across the forest this summer and have an unforgettable time!

If you want to keep up to date with events every week – sign up to our Weekly What’s On in the New Forest Enewsletters, which will be sent out every Thursday to get you ready for the weekend & week ahead!

* Please check the individual event websites for booking and pricing details.
** Events are in no particular order.

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