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Local Events

Sandy Balls

What's on near Sandy Balls

Not only does Sandy Balls host some terrific entertainment and activities on park but the local area is always bustling with brilliant local events.

And being just a stone’s throw away from Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Sandy Balls is the perfect base for the big events, festivals and regattas happening in the surrounding area this year.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years

20th October 2018 – 3rd November 2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ with a magical exhibition at Beaulieu. See a truly scrumptious collection of never-before-seen memorabilia including props, costumes and original artwork… plus meet the four-wheeled stars!

New Forest Ghost Tour

5th October & 7th December 2019

Discover the mysterious side of the New Forest in this theatrical ghost and folklore tour. The tour takes place in Lyndhurst and right from the start you will be thrilled by accounts of murder, torture, witchcraft and mystery.


Moonlight Paddle Board Experience

16th June, 16th July, 14th August & 13th September

A brand new experience, set off at 9pm to Hurst Castle for a paddle board experience like no other!

New Forest Folk Festival

3rd-7th July

Head on down to Plaitford for a family-friendly folk festival! There’ll be plenty of music, homemade food and arts & crafts tents.

New Forest Show

30th July – 1st August

Browse across the 30 acres of showground and explore one of the top 10 rated agriculture shows in the country.

New Forest Marathon

Sunday 8th September 2019 

7 races. 1 day. 1 stunning setting. The New Forest Marathon and Community Fund Team are delighted to bring 7 race options; full marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, junior 1k, junior 200m and a woodland walk. With all routes starting and finishing in the New Forest Showground, you get a scenic route through the forest.

Southampton Boat Show

Friday 13th– Sunday 22nd September 2019

The biggest marine event hits the South Coast in September, so whether youre an expert or only just finding your sea legs, Southampton Boat Show is not to be missed! This show offers a fun-filled, action-packed day out, for families or individuals, old and young!

Christmas Canoe Paddle

8th, 15th& 22nd December 2019

Join the crew for a festive canoe tour exploring the Beaulieu river with the added excitement of meeting Santa on the way!

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