Community Groups - Arts / Music & Theatre


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Forest Arts

Forest Arts Centre is the leading venue for live arts events in the New Forest. A former military drill hall in New Milton, it has a 146 capacity air-conditioned theatre, dance studio, workshop room and licensed café-bar with gallery space.

Owned by Hampshire County Council and supported by New Forest District Council, the Centre’s programme includes live music,  comedy, theatre, dance and other events – as well as regular screenings of the best in world and classic film.

Exhibitions of high quality work by local, regional and national artists change regularly and Forest Arts offers regular classes in dance, drama and art for adults and youngsters, as well as one off workshops (such as jewellery making and glass craft) activities for families, and half-term and holiday workshops.

In addition the Centre provides an extensive educational and outreach programme in partnership with schools, community and voluntary organisations as well as other arts organisations, HCC and NFDC services.

   Old Milton Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DS                               

   01425 619983 - Administration

   01425 612393 - Box Office

   E-Mail Forest Arts

A multi-purpose venue with theatre, live music, exhibitions, workshops and other events. 


Coda Music Centre



Conchord Singers

Singing group based at New Milton Conservative Club. The group perform to Conservative Club Members and guests, and also to local organisations such as the Alzheimers Society and the Stroke Group. We raise money via these performances which when funds permit allow us to make donations to local charities.

   New Milton Conservative Club.  24, Station Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6JX

   Weekly rehearsals at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

   Annual Membership - £15.00

   David Ellis

   07770 596659 


New Forest Community Choir

"Singing for pleasure" .  We are a friendly choir who welcomes new members.  No auditions, no need to read music, 4 part acapella harmony taught by ear.  We sing songs from around the world in a variety of styles and moods and perform occasional concerts for charity.

   St. Peter’s Church Hall, 30 Ashley Common Road, BH25 5AR          

   Tuesday Evenings - 7:15 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. Start until 9:30 p.m.. Weekly during term time. (With Coffee and biscuits break)

    New Members always welcome.  First Taster Session Free.  £36 per Half Term (6 weeks)

   Debbie Mobbs - Chairman

   01425 620523 / 273618


The Jubilee Singers - New Milton Community Association

   Rehearsals :  Community Association.  Osborne Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DE     

   Concerts held at various locations around the New Forest

   Janet Trow

   01425 619062


Dance Groups

New Milton Scottish Dancers

Enjoyment of Scottish dance & music, stimulating mind & body, making friends

   Weekly Meetings at The Guide Hut,  Lake Grove Road.  New Milton.  BH25 5NX

   Weekly on Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

   £2.00 for Visitors

   Ann Gorman for more information

   07769 331119

   E-Mail Ann Gorman


New Forest Scottish Country Dancers

Weekly classes to keep fit, make friends and enjoy traditional Scottish Music and Dancing.  Regular social events are held in the surrounding area.  Display Team.  Callers for Weddings, Ceilidhs and other private functions.

   Weekly : Methodist Church Hall. Avenue Rd. Brockenhurst. SO42 7RT

   Wednesday Evenings : 7:45 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

   £3.00 per class

 Chairman - Ted Widdows

   02380 812271

   E-Mail for Information

   Group Web Site


Western Line Dancing

Line Dancing with Linda & Brian

   Methodist Church Hall. Cliffe Road.  Barton on Sea.  BH25 7JH     

   Tuesdays :  Easy Level - 1:00 : Easy Intermediate @ 2:15 p.m. : Intermediate @ 7:00 p.m.

   Phone for details

   Linda & Brian

   01425 622549


Social Sequence Dancing

Friendly afternoon of Social Sequence Dancing held in The Jubilee Ballroom.

   New Milton Community Centre.  Osborne Road.  New Milton

   Every Thursday - 1.45 p.m. until 4.00 p.m.

   £2.00 per Session + Plus Membership of the Centre.

   Dee Mullinger

   01425 627922


Parkinson's Dance Classes


Dramatics & Theatre Groups

Milton Musical Society

We are a very friendly musical theatre company based in New Milton on the beautiful Hampshire coast and now in our 40th year of performing! Over the years members have come and gone but we still have at least one of our original members and today, we can boast, a membership ranging from 8 to 85. 

At Milton we believe that everyone should have a chance to perform and many members found hidden talents - singing solo’s they didn’t know they could sing and dancing steps that they didn’t know they could dance! It isn’t all hard work and we do find time for the odd drink or two

   Performs and rehearses at various Centres in and around New Milton. 

   Acting - £30.00 :  Non-Acting - £20.00 : Juniors - £15.00 :  Patrons - £25.00

  Chairperson - Jonathan Shiner -

   Contact the Society by E-Mail - Various Officers


New Forest Players

The New Forest Players (NFP) is a leading Amateur Drama Group in New Milton in the New Forest Area of South England. NFP is an amateur dramatic society that is now in its 83rd year. We have an active membership and each year we aim to produce at least three plays.
 Our home is the superb Performing Arts Centre at Ballard School, New Milton. This is the venue for all main productions and Club Nights. Club Nights are held regularly throughout the year. These fun and informal evenings include one-act plays, talks, quizzes and various other entertainments — visitors are always welcome.  Workshops covering various aspects of theatre for all ages are also held at various times throughout the season.

   Performing Arts Centre. Ballard School. Fernhill Lane. New Milton. BH25 5SU 

   Adult Members - £30.00  :  Junior Members (Under 18) - £10.00

   Patronage Scheme - Individual  - £45.00 includes 1 Ticket for 4 Productions

   Patronage Scheme - Couple - £70.00 includes 2 Tickets for 4 Productions

   Chairperson :  Clive Rigden -

   01425 542414 - Check Web Site for Booking Offices Dates and Times

   CLICK HERE to Contact the New Forest Players

Club Nights are held regularly throughout the year. These fun and informal evenings include one-act plays, talks, quizzes and various other entertainments — visitors are always welcome. Workshops covering various aspects of theatre for all ages are also held at various times throughout the season.

NFP is always on the look out for new members and friends. If you enjoy acting, assisting back stage or simply enjoy watching theatre, then think about joining the New Forest Players. There are two membership types - Adult and Junior members.  Patrons enjoy the opportunity to book tickets before they are on-sale to the general public.


Films & Cinema

New Milton Community Association Film Club

The Association has a series of Sunday Afternoon Film Shows on a fortnightly basis.

   Community Association.  Osborne Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DE    

   Doors open - 1:45 p.m. : Film - 2:15 p.m.  

   £2.50  (Membership of Community Association Required)

  John Fogerty

Local Cinemas

- Regent Centre - Christchurch

- Lymington Community Centre



New Forest Writers Group

   Forest Arts.  Old Milton Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DS      

   Meetings on the first Monday of each month.

   01425 614552

   CLICK HERE to e-mail the Club


Literature Group - New Milton Community Association

   Community Association.  Osborne Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DE     

   Every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. - not in the Summer

   Janet Giles

   07719 606358


Musical Groups

Barton Court Studios

Barton Court Studio is a newly renovated multi-purpose professional studio with both teaching and music facilities which has a range of lessons and development programs to chose from. Barton Court Studios is ran by Professional Singer/ Vocal Coach, Cassie Lawrence.

   Barton Court Studios.  Marine Drive.  Barton on Sea.  BH25 7DZ  

   Cassie Lawrence

   07957 425194

   Web Site for more information

Private Vocal Lessons ; Piano and Guitar Lessons ; Recording Studio ; Acting Singing and Dancing for Kids ; Workshops ; Open Mic Nights ; Coffee Mornings with live entertainment.


MUSK - Milton Ukelele Strummers Klub

Our group meet once a month bringing together like minded folk of all abilities, beginners through to well seasoned players. Over the last six years we have become a social and very friendly club, playing out at least twice a month. We play for charity as all the donations we receive go to Honeypot Children's Charity. We also play for groups to help them raise money for there chosen charity. Come along and visit us if you would like to learn to play a ukulele we teach beginners for Free, we have lone ukuleles and music books, so no excuse.

   Meetings at The New Milton Memorial Centre.  Whitefield Rd.  New Milton. BH25 6DE

   Last Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.

   £2.00 to cover hall hire - No Membership Fees

   Pete Davis

   01425 621831

   E-Mail Pete Davis

   MUSK Web Site


New Forest Organ Society

This Society was formed in 1979 and the membership steadily increased from 15 people until 1994 when the number reached 200, and it soon became necessary to form a membership waiting list.  Since then the concert evenings are either full or nearly full - the hall holds 200.  Members have the advantage of booking in advance but there are usually 30 - 50 tickets to sell to members and non-members at the door.  Concerts are held monthly and are usually - but not always - on the fourth Tuesday in the month.

   All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0SQ

  Meets on 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

  Annual Subscription - £7.50

  Visitors - £4.00 includes refreshments in the interval

   Sandra Ebbetts

  01590 644724

  E-Mail the Society

  Club Web Site

Concerts every month by professionals on modern electronic organs - jazz, big band, light classical - all sorts !!.


The New Milton Music Festival

   Piano conpetition held at Durlston Court School

    All other competitions and Concert held at Arnewood School

   Held annually

   Tony Kidman

   01425 612253

   E-Mail the Festival Organisers

   Festival Web Site for more information

Competitive Music Festival, to encourage people of all ages and abilities in the local community and surrounding areas to take an interest in music, whether choral, vocal or instrumental, and to provide an opportunity  to benefit from guidance and encouragement from top experts in their field.



New Forest Orchestra

We are an Amateur Orchestra who meet to practice and perform classical music. We aim for high standards under the baton of our promising conductor Lee Marchant : but that doesn't stop us having fun! We hold several concerts a year in various venues ion the New Forest area and  participate in local  Arts Festivals.  Notably we were the concluding act at the Milford on Sea Arts Festival in 2013 playing a selection of Ballet and Theatre Music followed by a selection of “Last Night of the Proms” repertoire and  accompanying the  Hallelujah Chorus, Jerusalem  and  “Land of Hope and Glory in Milford’s “Big Village Sing”.   

New Members are always warmly welcomed. There is no entrance Audition but players need to be of at least Grade 5 to be comfortable. We find that regular orchestral playing soon dispels rustiness so many players have enjoyed returning to their instruments after several (or in some cases , many) years gap.

   Meetings at All Saints Hordle Memorial Hall.  Hordle Lane.  Hordle.  SO41 0FB

   Wednesday Evenings - 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Weekly Rehearsals in Term time)

   Subscription by the Term (Approx. £4.00 per week).  50% for Students.

   Alan Ford - Chairman

   01590 681741

   Chairman's E-Mail

   Membership E-Mail

  Orchestra Web Site


Painting Groups

New Milton Art Group

If you enjoy painting at home, or you have not painted for years or have never painted, why not come along for a chat, meet new friends, share ideas, exchange tips and techniques, you will be made most welcome. 

   New Milton Community Association.  Osborne Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6EA

   Every Wednesday from 1.30 p.m.until 4.00 p.m.

   First Taster session is free. Members - £2.00 per session.

   Barry Richardson

   01425 611793


Society of All Artists (S.A.A) New Milton

   Various Locations

   The Group meets monthly between 9:15 amd an 12:15 p.m. - uninterupted painting

   01425 612075

Not a teaching group, just Artists who love to paint within a friendly environment and tackle their own subjects.  Work is currently underway by members for an Art Exhibition to take place during the Summer of 2014.



Poetry Group - New Milton Community Association

   Community Association.  Osborne Road.  New Milton.  BH25 6DE    

   Every 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am

   Shirley Burke - 01425 628992

   01425 628992


The Arts

The Arts Society - (Formerly New Milton Decorative and Fine Arts Society)