Christmas in Fordingbridge 2015

The Pirates are coming to Fordingbridge!
The Annual Christmas event to include the procession, street fair, carols at the Town Hall, switching on of the Christmas lights and not forgetting Santa’s Grotto will be held on Friday 4 December Find out more here …

Also see this information poster (PDF)

Road Closures on Friday 4 December for Annual Christmas Event

17.30 hrs. to 21.00 hrs. – B3078 High Street, Fordingbridge between its junction with B3078 Bridge Street and its junction with B3078 Provost Street

1500 hrs. to 2100 hrs – B3078 Provost Street between its junction with B3078 High Street and its junction with Farriers

1730 hrs. to 2100.hrs – B3078 Provost Street between its junction with Farriers and its junction with B3078 Church Street/West Street

1730 hrs. to 2100.hrs – C148 Shaftesbury Street between its junction with B3078 High Street and its junction with Bartons Road

1730 hrs. to 2100.hrs – Roundhill between its junction with B3078 High Street and its junction with C159 Salisbury Street

Brand New Forest Town or Village of the Year 2016

More details (PDF)

About Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name Forde.

The town lies on the banks of the River Avon in Hampshire and has a population of approximately 5,700 people.

A major feature of the town  is the 7 arched bridge.

Since 1982 Fordingbridge has been twinned with Vimoutiers in Normandy

For details about retailers and services the Fordingbridge Town Centre Shopping is a good source of information on food and drink, health and wellbeing, house and home, leisure and local interest, professional and financial services and vehicles, and includes a useful map.

The Fordingbridge Information Office (see PDF for more details) is located at Kings Yard, Salisbury Street and offers a range of information on Town Council Services, New Forest District Council Services and Visitor Information. Opening Hours are:

April – October – 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
November – March – 10:00am-4:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Telephone 01425 654560

Famous residents

  • Augustus John – Welsh portrait artist, born 1878, who lived in Fordingbridge from 1927 until his death in 1961
  • Frank Jefferis – former Southampton, Everton and England footballer, born 1884
  • Neil McCarthy – actor, born 1933
  • Paul Kidby artist, born 1964,  best known for his art based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, lives and works in Fordingbridge
  • Daniel O’Mahony writer, born 1973

World War One Centenary

Fordingbridge First World War Centenary Commemoration

Find out what happened locally by visiting

The Fictitious Village of Fordwick 1914

Welcome to the village of Fordwick in July 1914 just before the outbreak of the Great War, when life was normal, but how this would change in a very short space of time. (You Tube Video)

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