Local events

The New Forest and its surrounding areas, play host to a wide range of regular local events.  Further information on events is available from the The New Forest website.  

If you are an avid mariner, then the Beaulieu Boat Jumble might be of interest to you, which is held at the Beaulieu Motor Museum in April each year.  This sets the scene for the Southampton Boat Show which is held annually and attracts visitors from all over the country.

If you prefer having both feet firmly on dry land, the Beaulieu Spring Auto Jumble might be more to your taste.

Listen for the fairy bell and they will appear at The New Forest Fairy Festival, a yearly event held in Burley where you can enjoy the magic of the enchanting home of the New Forest Fairies. The weekend is be packed with entertainment and workshops for the whole family. 

Don’t miss the British Pedal Car Grand Prix either, which attracts competitors from Ringwoods twin town of Pont-Audemer in France.

Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Society annually presents the Ellingham Show and a guaranteed family day out.  Each year, the show is held in the beautiful grounds of the Somerely Estate, by kind permission of the Earl of Normanton.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a widely recognised event, as the leading of its kind, both in the UK and abroad. The fair is held on a vast 500 acre site at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum, and is attended annually in excess of 200,000 visitors. The show is now proud to span 5 days.

An event not to be missed is The Bournemouth Air Festival, four days of aviation action and entertainment offering the opportunity to see some the worlds most powerful and agile aircraft in action.

Other events held annually in the New Forest and surrounding area, include the Fordingbridge Festival, Netley Marsh Steam Rally, The Romsey Show, and the Bournemouth Dog Show.

The most famous local event to be held each year, without any doubt, has to be the New Forest & Hampshire County Show held in July at The Show Ground in New Park, Brockenhurst.  Established in 1920, the annual Show now attracts almost 100,000 people, and promotes highly prestigious Horse and Livestock classes.  It also runs the British Show Jumping Association’s International Team Selection Trials.

Launched in 1994, the New Forest Triathlon Series now attracts over 1200 participants, and is held in five locations between May and August every year.

For those with a love of running, the New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon held each second Sunday in September, is certainly a must for family and spectators.


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