Sunday 5th April - Easter Egg Treasure Hunt at Lower Soldridge Farm, Medstead GU34 5JF. Please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 for further details and to book in.
Friday, 10th April - Good Friday Drive from Lowhill Farm, Portsmouth Road, Fishers Pond SO50 7HF. . Processional drive of approximately 10 miles, departing at 11am and returning for lunch, which will be provided. Please book in with Sam Searle on 07883 538591.
Saturday, 25th April - Talk and Demonstration on Equine First Aid by Elizabeth Frew MRCVS from Kingís Bounty Equine Practice at Lowhill Farm SO50 7HF, by kind permission of Sue and Roger Page. Starting promptly at 5pm. Cost £5pp, to include tea/coffee and cake. Names to Sam Searle on 07883 538591 by Monday 20th April.
April/May, date tba - Annual Bluebell Drive at West Stratton. Please telephone Terry Newman on 01962 774271 for date and timings as this will depend on the bluebells!
Friday, 8th May - BDS Trec at Broom Farm, Soberton SO32 3PZ. Please contact Ginny Parker on 07801 668677 for further details. Entry form: <.PDF Format> or <MS WORD Format>
Sunday, 10th May - Spider Drive to Minstead for 12 noon, by kind invitation of Ian Tripp. Tea/coffee provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. Please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 by Monday 4th May for further details and to book in.
Sunday, 31st May - Interval Drive at Bisterne Manor near Ringwood by kind invitation of Hallam and Lal Mills. Bring your own picnic to have at 11:30am.Turnouts will then leave at 5 minute intervals after lunch. Suggested minimum donation of £10 for Bisterne Church will be collected on the day. To book please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 before Monday 24th May.
Wednesday, 3rd June - Spider Drive and lunchtime BBQ to Anderwood from 12.30pm, in aid of Cancer Research UK. £10 per head to include salads, bread, strawberries and cream, tea and coffee and soft drinks. Bring your own meat to put on the BBQ. Names to Georgina Burrows by Friday 29th May on 02380 283433.
TBC Sunday, 7th June - Open Day at Hartland Carriages, by kind invitation of Joanne Hartland. Further details from Sam Searle on 07883 538591.
Friday - Sunday, 17th to
- Summer Driving Camp at Lowhill Farm
from 2pm on the Friday until Sunday afternoon. Bring your own turnout and
lorry/caravan/tent. Lots of things to do throughout the day such as dressage,
cones, obstacles, treasure hunt around the farm, lunging, long reining, horse
The weekend will include Friday and Saturday evening food (BBQ/ Hog Roast/ fish and chip supper) and entertainment - music /disco, quiz, fun and games. On the Friday evening Mickey Page, Country and Western star, will be making a return appearance.
These evenings will also be open to all BDS members and friends at a cost of £20 per person Friday and £16 pp Saturday.
The weekend will finish with afternoon tea on Sunday along with results and rosettes.
Cost of driving camp is £190 per turnout for the three days-inclusive of food and entertainment for two people.
Limited stables available at extra cost - please ask for details and to book.
The camp will only run if there are enough participants, so please contact Sam Searle ASAP on 07883 538591 to register your interest.
Saturday, 10th August - Young Driverís Day to be held at Lowhill Farm. Open to all juniors, who do NOT have to be members of the BDS to join in. Please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 for further details.
Sunday, August 16th - Annual Hampshire BDS Area Show at New Park, Brockenhurst. New classes for 2020, including long-reining. Schedules in due course on Hampshire Area website, NFED, or send a sae to Miss S. Searle, Grayswood Carriage Driving Centre, Lowhill Farm, Fishers Pond, Near Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 7HF.
Monday - Sunday, 21st to 27th September - Annual New Forest Driving Week with a welcome get-together on Sunday, 20th September. Full details to follow.
Please remember to book in for all drives and events.
All BDS Members of any Area (including Hampshire Area Members taking part in Hampshire Area Drives) must be fully paid-up members of the BDS before taking part in BDS organized Driving Events (with the exception of training events which take place in a suitable enclosed area).
Hampshire Area would also recommend that all whips participating in one of our Driving Events have their Membership Card with them at the time.
Membership does need to be checked for our insurance to be valid.
We have been asked by the Forestry Commission to kindly remind our members that we are allowed to drive on gravel tracks only and not across the lawn areas of the forest.
The path within the Aldridgehill Inclosure between the Keepers Cottage and the Rhinefield Road is designated as unsuitable for carriages. As there isn't a continuous gravel track, we should not be using it, although special permission may sometimes be granted at certain times of year following consultation. This is a particularly sensitive area with young deer and the Area is keen to cooperate with The Forestry Commission's request.
And finally a reminder to drivers to please have their forest permit disks displayed on either the harness or vehicle so as to avoid embarrassment if they are checked as the Forestry Commission continue to make random checks.