New Forest Spring fair cancelled due to waterlogged park

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A MAJOR show has been cancelled – just days before it was due to take place.

The spring fair at the home of the New Forest Show was set to be one of the biggest events staged in Hampshire over the bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of people were expected to flock through the gates of New Park, Brockenhurst, on Sunday.

But disappointed organisers have been forced to scrap the fair following the recent heavy rain, which has left part of New Park waterlogged.

The annual event, which attracted 3,000 people last year, is staged by the New Forest Agricultural Show Society – the charity that runs the New Forest Show.

Announcing the fair’s cancellation, a society spokesman said: “The difficult decision was taken due to adverse weather conditions and the ground being deemed too wet to safely accommodate traders and the public, especially in light of the forecast for heavy rain this week.

“The society would like to thank everyone who was booked to support this event and would like to apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused.”

The fair was due to be staged in a field next to the New Forest Show arena.

Described as a craft and horse show, the one-day event would have featured 80 stalls showcasing charities and other organisations.

Good causes that were set to benefit included the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the society’s charity of the year.

The life-saving service would have been provided with a free stand, with spectators being invited to make donations.

An auto-jumble due to have been held at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum near New Milton on Sunday has also fallen victim to the wet weather.

A museum spokesman said; “Our fields are completely waterlogged but the museum itself will be open all day.”

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8:23am Fri 2 May 14

RM says...

Shame about the two events to be cancelled. Any chance they could be re-scheduled when the weather improves?
Shame about the two events to be cancelled. Any chance they could be re-scheduled when the weather improves? RM
  • Score: 3

8:53am Fri 2 May 14

forest-dweller says...

If I can give a bit of advice, they really need to advertise this event more. I live a few miles away, and have to confess that this year's event completely slipped my mind.
If I can give a bit of advice, they really need to advertise this event more. I live a few miles away, and have to confess that this year's event completely slipped my mind. forest-dweller
  • Score: 5

9:00am Fri 2 May 14

Franks Tank says...

Perhaps someone could organise a bike ride.
Perhaps someone could organise a bike ride. Franks Tank
  • Score: 17

9:13am Fri 2 May 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

You would think as a major showground the first thing you would do is sort out your drainage!
You would think as a major showground the first thing you would do is sort out your drainage! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 0

10:06am Fri 2 May 14

speedy231278 says...

forest-dweller wrote:
If I can give a bit of advice, they really need to advertise this event more. I live a few miles away, and have to confess that this year's event completely slipped my mind.
A lot of local events are not publicised. This is because the local Police don't want the roads blocked up with lots of traffic which could cause issues, and they'd make a charge to the organisers for sorting out any mess. If you think I'm talking nonsense, just ask the organisers of Bygone Days at Ibsley.....
[quote][p][bold]forest-dweller[/bold] wrote: If I can give a bit of advice, they really need to advertise this event more. I live a few miles away, and have to confess that this year's event completely slipped my mind.[/p][/quote]A lot of local events are not publicised. This is because the local Police don't want the roads blocked up with lots of traffic which could cause issues, and they'd make a charge to the organisers for sorting out any mess. If you think I'm talking nonsense, just ask the organisers of Bygone Days at Ibsley..... speedy231278
  • Score: -2

12:04pm Fri 2 May 14

TheDistrict says...

We visited the New Forest Show back a few years. It had been raining, and all that was laid was a bit of straw and bark to make pathways. Within the first hours of the show that day, the pathways were like mud baths. One would think with all the money made at this show, they would have by now tarmaced in footpaths around the site, and make stall holders laydown platic walk panels. Just like that do at the Bath and West Shows at Shepton Mallett.
We visited the New Forest Show back a few years. It had been raining, and all that was laid was a bit of straw and bark to make pathways. Within the first hours of the show that day, the pathways were like mud baths. One would think with all the money made at this show, they would have by now tarmaced in footpaths around the site, and make stall holders laydown platic walk panels. Just like that do at the Bath and West Shows at Shepton Mallett. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Fri 2 May 14

bourne free says...

Should have got Wiggle to organize it , guess you call that Karma !
Should have got Wiggle to organize it , guess you call that Karma ! bourne free
  • Score: 1

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