new forest arts festival exhibition

Exbury Gardens are very proud to be hosting a New Forest Arts Festival Exhibition featuring poetry, sculpture, photography and painting all about trees. The exhibition forms part of a wider festival of the arts celebrating the New Forest and the wealth of arts in the area. 

The events are as follows:

24th June: Mortimer Sparks and The Perilous Plants Adventure Trail (11.30am & 2.30pm)

Thrilling family fun with the world's bravest explorer Mortimer Sparks in an exclusive new adventure through the gardens. Join Mortimer & his trusty sidekick Jinx Calhoun as they follow in the footsteps of Exbury's great plant hunters in a marvellous mystery. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The adventure trail is free with normal gardens admission. To book your space, please phone 02380 891203.

13 - 24 June: Art Exhibition (10am - 5.30pm)

Visit the Five Arrows Gallery to see a selection of 2d and 3d artwork by artists who have specifically come together for the New Forest Arts Festival. Work includes photography, painting and sculpture.

Local artists include:

Wendy Hall, Anne Hamerton, Mary Maskell, Toby Cowell, Baxter Bradford, Chris Cudlip, Kim Weiler, Caroline Rackham and Tory Allen.

Entry into the exhibition is free with normal gardens admission. To book your tickets online, please click here

For more information about the Arts Festival, please visit

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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