Forest Arts Centre
Forest Arts Centre
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Sarah J
Poole, UK22 contributions
Oct 2022
Lovely little theatre who hosts lots of comedians ,utilising material which are used in larger venues
Written 27 December 2022
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AmyW
3 contributions
Sep 2020
Such a welcoming team who have continued to work hard throughout lockdown to host online classes and workshops. So excited for their open-air comedy and music weekend coming up at Rockbourne Roman Villa in May - I've missed live events!
Written 27 April 2021
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Terry A
New Milton, UK53 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Have visited main times with a walking group for morning coffee. Always welcomed without advance notice. Their biscuits & cake superb.
Written 15 December 2019
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Barbara A
United Kingdom56 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
Small venue but good evening, easy to get to & park, I was amazed at what this little venue did, day classes different subjects, film shows, a wide variety of live shows. A good evening & a nice surprise to find it in my home town, there is a brochure published of all forthcoming events that is easy to obtain & you can book online.
Written 20 March 2019
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kathjuggler
Dorset, UK12 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I visited Forest Arts Centre for a 1-day craft workshop, to make a leather shoulder bag. Online booking was easy, and a reminder/information e-mail was sent a few days before the event.
I received a friendly welcome when I arrived, and it was easy to find the workshop room. The course was interesting, well-organized and taught, with a small group size ensuring plenty of help and guidance from the tutor, and I'm very pleased with my finished item.
I bought a drink in the café at lunchtime; this was very reasonably priced, and a kind volunteer took the trouble to boil a kettle to top up my tea to fill a large mug.
The Centre car park is small. I was able to park easily as the workshop started early in the day; however if you were attending a later event, it would be useful to research alternative parking before visiting.
I will definitely consider booking another craft workshop at Forest Arts in future.
Written 17 February 2019
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bill999rta
Bournemouth, UK229 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Not much larger than a church hall, this centre provides a venue for a wide range of performing arts. Our first ever visit was to see a stand-up comedian on a UK tour. On arrival we passed through a throng of smokers loitering outside. They were close enough to the automatic doors to have caused them to remain open and their smoke was drifting in.

Inside we asked where we needed to be at reception as there were a lot of people around but no clear indication where to go. A volunteer said to go into the bar (which was right in front of us) have a drink and relax. The bar was crowded and noisy with nowhere left to sit down so we returned to the foyer and were subsequently joined by many others.

About ten minutes before the advertised start time I observed a queue forming with people disappearing to the right at the far end of the bar area. Assuming this was the entrance we eased our way through the crowd and entered the small theatre. Surprisingly the clearly numbered seats were tiered but very close together. Not quite squashed in like sardines but leaving little room for manoeuvring. However, there was a good view of centre stage which was conveniently where the microphone stand had been positioned. During the interval we remained in our seats rather than face the throng at the bar.

We would go back again, if there was something that interested us, but not available at the larger venues closer to our home address (Bournemouth).
Written 24 November 2018
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Hard to please!
New Milton, UK71 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Attended a great show put on by the singers and dancers from Barton Court Studio. I’d never been to the theatre there before and it is very intimate (if a little basic in form of seating) and you do feel close to the performers. As you enter the building there is a cafeteria selling cakes and light refreshments etc including alcohol and also ice cream. From reviewing their calendar of events they have a broad range of shows catering for a variety of tastes. Hope to return soon.
Written 4 February 2018
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Teresa W
New Milton, UK52 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Forest Arts has something for everyone. From regular classes for drama, art, reading for all ages, to art exhibitions, drama productions and regular film screenings, it is a little gem. They have visiting well known comedians too. Easy to get to and with excellent disabled facilities, it is worth checking out what is on. You will be impressed. The staff are helpful and there is a great cafe/ bar area.
Written 11 July 2017
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BCUandaway
Brockenhurst25 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
As part of New Forest food festival saw George Egg tonight. Superbly witty, great entertainment. My first visit to the Arts Centre and it won't be my last. Friendly staff, a great community space and lots of good stuff to go and see.
Written 2 November 2016
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pubandquizlover
14 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Popped along to see Gyles Brandreth talk and was really surprised to see a lovely relaxed setting to have a drink whilst waiting for the show to begin. All the staff there are so polite and friendly too.
Written 12 July 2016
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