As the evenings start to draw in, the clocks change, and the leaves fall to the ground, you may be starting to prepare for hibernation. But there are still some great reasons to visit Lymington and the New Forest this Autumn…
Halloween Canoeing - Wed 29th & Fri 31st October 2014 (18:30pm – 20:00pm)
Join New Forest Activities on a haunted adventure on the Beaulieu River. Come dressed in your scariest costume as you paddle at dusk along the river in Canadian canoes, hearing ghost stories from Beaulieu legend. Once you reach your destination you’ll take a guided walk back to your start point through the spooky woods.
New Forest Activities Booking Centre
Infected Battles - Tue 28th - Thurs. 29th October (13:00pm – 15:00pm)
Join New Forest Activities for Battlefield LIVE, which takes a spooky turn this half term with the return of Infected Vs. survivor battles. With the Urban Battlefield site closing in November this is apparently your last chance to survive in the deserted buildings of this old RAF base.
The Big Draw St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery - Thursday 30th October
Come and see what night time creatures are lurking in the museum and create your own using print- making techniques inspired by The St Barbe’s Museum’s “Nocturnal Encounters” exhibition. Drop-in, normal admission applies.
Children’s Puppetry Workshop: Woodland Shadows - 31st October (10.30am-13:00pm)
Explore the wonder of Shadow Puppetry and get the chance to make your very own Woodland Puppets! Suitable for 8+ years. Advanced booking is required, please call the St Barbe Museum on: 01590 676969
Firework Display @ Lymington Rotary Club – 1st November (18:30pm – 21:30pm)
This event comprises of a number of exciting activities including a Climbing Wall, Zoorbs, as well as a Children's film show. Stalls providing food and drink will be available, serving up Hot dogs & Burgers s’, candy floss and toffee apples. All proceeds from the firework display are donated to local charities in and around Lymington.
Pennington Recreation Ground.
Paranormal Investigations at Beaulieu Abbey – 7th November (21:00pm – 1:00am)
Join the Hampshire Ghost Club for a paranormal investigation at the historic 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. Beaulieu Abbey claims to be the site of many spooky sightings. Activities include vigils and investigations using professional equipment. Tickets available for purchase until midday on Friday 31 October. Age 18+ only.
Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Abbey Church, Beaulieu – 8th November (19:00pm)
The men and boys of Salisbury Cathedral Choir, under their Director David Halls, pay their first visit to Beaulieu to give a concert. In addition to services in the Cathedral, the choir is involved in BBC broadcasts, concerts, CD recordings and the annual Southern Cathedrals Festival. This will be an exciting visit by the full cathedral choir.
The Ship Inn, Lymington – Everyday
Those arriving by either land or sea are welcome at The Ship Inn, an inviting waterside pub overlooking the river Solent.
The Shipp Inn serves freshly cooked pub food, “quaffable wines and well-kept real ales with a good measure of old-fashioned English hospitality”.
In the winter months grab a glass of what you fancy and warm your cockles by the log-fire.
Winchester Christmas Market, Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close – 20thNovember – 21st December
Winchester Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All the exhibitors have been handpicked for their “interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street”.
Winchester open-air ice rink, Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close - 20th November 2014 – 4th January 2015
People of all ages and abilities can enjoy this open-air ice rink. There will be a team of trained ice stewards who ensure that the rink is safe and well maintained. Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to fit your skates so expect to have approximately 50 minutes on the ice. Free skate hire is included in the ticket price.
The perfect activity to get you into the festive spirit!
Lymington Christmas Lights 2014 – Friday 28th November (approx. 18:00pm)
Lymington town will be holding its annual turning on of the towns Christmas lights on the evening of Friday 28th November. The high Street will be closed to welcome the arrival of Santa, and to turn the lights on at the main tree at approximately 6pm. The town’s shops are invited to remain open for late night shopping. Various stalls will be present. This year the town will be adding 30 Christmas Trees, which will be over hanging into the high street. It should be a fantastic sight to behold for all!
Christmas Art Fair at the Masonic Hall – Friday 28th November (15:00pm – 21:00pm)
A delightful indoor Christmas Art Fair linked in with turning on of the towns Christmas Lights (above).
Victorian Father Christmas at St Barbe Museum, Lymington – 22nd December (10:30am – 14:30pm)
A fun and festive opportunity to meet a Victorian Father Christmas and have a vintage photo taken with him. There will also be a Victorian Christmas tree decoration workshop.
So wrap up warm and come and enjoy Lymington and the New Forest this Autumn / Winter!