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2018 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta
Saturday 21st April, 10am to 5pm
Sunday 22nd April, 10am to 3.30pm
It's nearly here! The 2018 Needlework Fiesta is this coming weekend...
...and there's so much to look forward to, not least the weather which is set to be dry with sunny spells, so why not treat yourself to a Springtime visit to the beautiful New Forest?
When it's on:
The Fiesta runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 21st April and 10 am to 3.30 pm on Sunday 22nd April 2018.
Our busiest times are 10 am to 12 noon on both days so if you can avoid these all the better. It tends to be a little quieter on the Sunday so you may wish to defer your visit until the second day. Don't worry - the traders bring plenty of stock with them so you won't be at a disadvantage!
How to get here:
BY CAR: Parking is limited at Brockenhurst Village Hall (Highwood Road, Brockenhurst - Sat Nav Post Code SO42 7RY) but some free parking is also available at Brockenhurst Primary School (Sway Road, SO42 7RX) just a few minutes' walk away.
If these spaces are full we're just a short walk from Brockenhurst Railway Station where there's a large pay and display car park. Pay and display car parking is also available in the village centre in Brookley Road which is only a 15 minute walk from the Fiesta and where there are lots of interesting shops and cafes for you to peruse.
BY TRAIN: Brockenhurst Village Hall is a short walk (5 - 7 minutes) from Brockenhurst Railway Station where there are regular services to/from Weymouth, London Waterloo and Lymington (for ferry connections to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight). Please see the National Rail Enquiries website for further details.
BY BUS: The BlueStar No. 6 bus route (Southampton - Totton - Lyndhurst - Lymington) runs down Sway Road which is less than 2 minutes' walk from the Village Hall. Please see the Blue Star Bus website for further details.
BY BIKE: Brockenhurst is a popular destination for cyclists of all ages and abilities so why not visit us by bike? Bike parking facilities at the Village Hall itself are limited, however, dedicated sheltered storage for dozens of cycles is available at Brockenhurst Railway Station (approximately 5 - 7 minutes' walk away).
What to bring:
WHAT TO WEAR: The event is all undercover, set in four large rooms within Brockenhurst Village Hall so - unless something goes badly wrong! - once you're inside you should have no need of a coat or protection from the elements.
FOOD & DRINK: The WI will be at the event selling hot and cold drinks and a range of light refreshments including a fabulous selection of home made cakes, but if you're planning to spend the day in Brockenhurst and haven't brought your picnic rug, sandwiches and flask of tea then you may wish to visit one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants nearby.
Brockenhurst Bowling Club (behind Brookley Road Car Park in the village centre) are holding an Open Day on Saturday 21st April between 10 am and 4 pm (please see their website for details) and you can find out more about visiting Brockenhurst and the surrounding area at www.visitbrockenhurst.co.uk.
SPENDING MONEY: Many of our traders are equipped to take debit and credit card payments but it would be advisable to bring some cash including for your entry ticket (£3 payable on the door) and the WI's irresistible cakes! There are two cash machines in the Village - one in Brookley Road (the main shopping street) where you can also get cashback on debit card purchases from Sainsbury's or Tesco, and another on Lyndhurst Road at the Premier Convenience Store.
Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend :-)
Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta Committee, 16th April 2018
Update: Exhibitors & Demonstrators for the 2018 Fiesta
We are delighted to be able to confirm the list of exhibitors and demonstrators who will be joining us for the 2018 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta - please see our Exhibitors & Demonstrators page for further information.
We hope to be able to update our list of traders soon so please watch this space!
Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta Committee, 4th December 2017
A BIG THANK YOU!
Hopefully you were able to join us in which case you'll know that the 2017 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta was a fantastic success.
We had more than 1,250 visitors over the two days (some making the journey from more than 100 miles away) and a colourful array of traders and exhibitors, to say nothing of the WI's cakes of epic proportion!
As you may know, the Fiesta is a not-for-profit event raising much needed funds for the benefit of the local community and textile groups. We are delighted to say that following this year's event we have been able to make donations totalling almost £4,000 so please accept our heartfelt thanks for helping to raise this amount.
Tell us what you thought of the 2017 Fiesta
Tell us what you liked about the 2017 Fiesta, what you didn't like and how you think we could improve it.
We are a small group of volunteers so can't guarantee to respond to each email individually but constructive feedback is genuinely appreciated and we will do our level best to implement your suggestions where it's practicable to do so.
Looking Ahead to Next Year
The 2018 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta is on Saturday 21st April 2018 (10am - 5pm) and Sunday 22nd April 2018 (10am - 3.30pm).
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Mailing List Prize Draw
Many thanks to those who entered our email mailing list prize draw to win a copy of Maggie Grey's fantastic book, "Long Diaries, Tall Tales".
Our winner was Mrs Toni Brannon from Gosport in Hampshire who told us:
"Other half and I enjoyed our visit. I bought some home spun yarn and a kit for making a thimble cover. My husband also bought some French buttons with animals on which have now been sewn onto a Harris tweed waistcoat that my niece is making for my husband and they look great. Winning the book is an added bonus that is much appreciated".
Thanks again for your support of our fabulous Fiesta... We're looking forward to seeing you next year!