Welcome to Play on Words. This is New Milton’s second family friendly literary festival, inviting local residents to engage with literature in the broadest sense. We have an intriguing, challenging and high-quality diary of performances, workshops and creative events planned. Please explore our eclectic programme which we hope has something for everyone, whilst also providing a platform for local authors to promote, share and develop their work.


Forest Arts Centre
Old Milton Road, New Milton BH25 6DS
Willow Barns 
Gore Rd, New Milton BH25 6SJ
New Milton Rugby Club
Normans Way, New Milton BH25 5FN
Chewton Glen
Christchurch Rd, New Milton BH25 6QS
New Milton Memorial Centre 
Whitefield Rd, New Milton BH25 6DE


Visit -  www.playonwordsnewmilton.org.uk, Call Forest Arts Box Office: 01425 612393 or book in person at Forest Arts Centre. Full terms and conditions of booking are available on the website. Booking Enquiries: forest.arts@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk Please note all bookings are subject to a 50p per ticket booking fee.Booking in advance is advised. If available, tickets will be on sale on the door for all events. General Enquiries: office@nmtp.co.uk


New Milton Town Partnership 

is a small local charity working to improve life in the Parish of New Milton for everyone who lives, works or visits there by delivering projects with partners such as Friends of Ballard Meadow, the Play and Youth Forum, Young Persons of the Year, Dementia Friendly Town, Annual Christmas Festival, Craft Fairs, Streetscape (new pavements in Station Road), Digital Inclusion, Mosaics in the Town Centre among many others

Forest Arts Centre

has been the creative heart of New Milton for nearly 50 years. Our programme of arts and entertainment includes some of the most exciting touring musicians, theatre, stand-up comedy, fortnightly film screenings and talks. We also offer a programme of classes and workshops and work with partners to deliver projects which have a social impact.

New Milton Sand and Ballast 

have been supplying the construction industry since 1936 with sand and aggregates, ready mixed concrete and screed.  We also supply skips and roll-on-roll off containers and recycling products from waste.  Within the group we have a merchanting brand, Hibbs, for landscaping and other merchant products available to the trade and public.

Pennyfarthing Homes 

established in 1977, remains a family business run with the same family values it was founded upon. We strive to deliver quality new homes with outstanding customer service worthy of our continued industry recognition for excellence at every level. With developments in across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, we are confident that we have a new home for everyone.