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  • Lymington's Playgrounds: by the Experts!

    Lymington's playgrounds - by the Experts

    There are some great play spaces in Lymington and surrounding villages.

    Lymington playgrounds by the experts!Although we have the wonders of the New Forest on our doorstep, there are times when only the magic of a playground will do. Here is a guide to some of Lymington's playgrounds - by three intrepid 'experts.'

    "We think Lymington has some awesome playgrounds! This guide might be useful if you're new to the town, or want to find some new places to play with your friends."

    Woodside 

    Woodside Gardens provides a great outdoor space in which children can play. As well as the fenced play area, there is a lot of space for running around - and in particular playing hide and seek in the rhododendron bushes! There is a short walk around the section of the gardens immediately near the playground with paths ideal for scooting (although do mind any pedestrians!). These paths take you past the Fairy Village (see if you can spot the little doors in the trees).

    Woodside is an easy walk from Lymington. There’s a small carpark (free) off Rookes Lane which is closest to the play area (SO41 8FP), alternatively a larger carpark (free) on the other side of Woodside, off Ridgeway Lane. There are public WCs near the Rookes Lane carpark.

    Dogs are permitted in Woodside on and off the lead, plenty of poo bins. The play area, tennis courts and skate park are fenced to keep dogs out.

    Woodside Gardens play area Lymington“This is really fun because there’s lots of stuff to do in all the gardens.”

    “We love running around in the trees and its easy to scoot about so that’s cool.”

    “The skate park is so awesome.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Climbing
    • Rockers

    For older children:

    • Roundabout (fast!)
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Climbing

    Older children will also enjoy the skate park and the tennis courts. Woodside is also the home to Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, Lymington Croquet Club and other sports. The sports pavilion has recently been refurbished and sells refreshments when open. Picnics possible in the gardens.

    Bath Road

    Bath Road offers a fabulous outlook across Lymington River, with plenty of boating eye candy! Set to the side of the Bath Road green, which also houses the town bandstand and a small lake. There are paths ideal for scooting (take care near the lake - we’ve seen a few children take a dive in our time…) and the start of a lovely walk past the yacht club and sea water baths. A short, pleasant walk away is the kiosk at the Sea Water Baths, selling ice creams, hot drinks and other refreshments.

    Bath Road is an easy walk from Lymington (SO41 3SE). There’s a public carpark (pay and display or long stay clock) by the Sea Water Baths and yacht clubs which is closest to the play area, alternatively a some road parking along Bath Road. There are public WCs in the Bath Road carpark by the slipway. Picnics possible, several benches along the river front.

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are allowed on the green, where there are poo bins. Check our Events Calendarto find summer music and arts events around the Bandstand on the green.

    Bath Road play area Lymington“We love this play area and also like scooting on the paths outside.”

    "This is a cool playground. When my brother was younger, he used love watching the ferry coming in and out from the top of the climbing frame."

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Climbing wall
    • Swings
    • Slide
    • Roundabout tower
    • Swinging dish
    • Spinners

    Lymington Meadows

    Situated in a residential area, off Lower Buckland Road (SO41 9DH), this recently refurbished play area is a hidden gem for children in Lymington. Fenced with a gate, dogs are not permitted inside, however some space around the edge to exercise dogs (with poo bins). There are several benches inside play area.

    There is tricky parking and no public WC. However, it is a short stroll from Lymington and nearby opposite the end of Lower Buckland Road is the popular Monkey House pub.

    Lower Buckland play area Lymington“Really good because its new.”

    “Great for older and younger children.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rocker
    • Slide

    For older children:

    • Zip wire
    • Basketball hoop
    • Climbing
    • Swings
    • Balance beam
    • Trampoline

    Barfields/Emsworth Road (by St Thomas Churchyard)

    The closest play area to the centre of Lymington and sometimes rather busy (such as after school in the summer term), this play area offers fun for children of all ages and is particularly well equipped for younger children. It’s ideal, in fact, for families with younger and older children, as there is something for everyone in the same area. It also benefits from shady trees; a blessing in the warmer months!

    Park nearby in the Barfields or Emsworth Road (SO41 9AW) town carparks (pay and display or town carpark clock), the nearest public WC is a short walk away in New Street. No refreshments in the immediate vicinity (but again, an easy walk from the High Street and all it has to offer!)

    Dogs are not permitted in the play area. The grassed area next to the play area houses the Lymington Petanque (boules) area.

    Barfields playground in Lymington“A great playground for a quick play, but sometimes busy.”

    For younger children:

    • Swings
    • Rockers
    • Slides
    • See-sawClimbing
    • Spinners
    • Road markings

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Dish
    • Swings
    • Climbing
    • Roundabout

    Pennington Common

    Pennington Common play areaPennington Common is the setting for a traditional playground. Although in need of updating, our experts recommended it highly, mainly because there’s so much space to run around. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, however there’s plenty of space for them to be exercised beforehand on the common, which has several poo bins.

    No WC or refreshments, parking is possible to the sides of the common off Ramley Road and Wainsford Road (SO41 8HF). There's plenty of potential for a bit of off-road cycling. This play area is due to be completely refurbished this summer (2017) by the Town Council.

    “Most of the stuff here is really old, but we still enjoy it.”

    For younger children:

    • Swing
    • Rocker

    For older children:

    • High slide
    • Swings
    • Climbing fort
    • See-saw

    Everton

    At the other end of Wainsford Road, Everton's recreation ground is another hidden gem. On road parking is possible in Greenmead Avenue. There is no public WC and no nearby refreshments - bring your own picnic!

    Dogs are permitted on the recreation ground and there are poo bins. There is a fitness section alongside the older children’s area and although technically for adults, the children are drawn to it!

    Everton Rec play area“Its a bit different - we love the zipwire!”

    “Separate areas could make it difficult for parents with lots of different aged kids.”

    For younger children in an enclosed area:

    • Swings/baby swings
    • Rockers
    • Dish
    • Climbing
    • Slides
    • Seated roundabout

    The fenced area is dog-free and has seating.

    For older children, a short walk from the enclosed play area and alongside the football pitch

    • Zipwire
    • Climbing

     

    The experts have decided to visit more local playgrounds this summer. Check back for more details soon!

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  • What's on in and around Lymington over the summer holidays

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays.

    Ideas of things to do for children and families, whether local or visiting Lymington and the New Forest.

    updated 17 July 2017

    Family things to do over the summer holidaysLast week we published our Summer Events in Lymington and the New Forest, with details of all the main events happening in July and August. There are lots of other exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas over the school summer holidays, for visitors and locals.

    Here is a roundup of 'things to do' for families and children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. And for those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare.

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event to the Lymington.com calendar for free! We will be updating this page throughout the summer, so do keep checking back for ideas!

     

    Things to do on the water...

    • The Lymington Sea Water Baths are open throughout the school holidays from 10am to 6pm each day, whatever the weather. Inflatables, zorbs and SUPs are waiting... great fun, whatever the weather - and let's face it, once you're wetsuited up and in the water the rain doesn't matter! Snacks available
    • lymington sea water baths is now open for the summer season!Elmers Court also has an outside pool, open daily for non members as well as members and guests at the hotel from 10am to 8pm. Cold drinks and snacks are available to purchase either from the snack shack near the poolside or the Scottish Steak Club which is a short walk away.
    • Kayak or paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company at Keyhaven near Milford on Sea. A great family activity - SUP taster sessions and kayak taster sessions, as well as tours to Hurst Castle along the beautiful Keyhaven coastline. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • New Forest Activities offers kayaking and canoeing on the Beaulieu River and throughout the summer combine kayaking with cycling in the New Forest for Family Adventure Days.
    • Learn to sail! Find out more about learning to sail in Lymington.
    • Stay on a boat! Beds on Board have boats available in Lymington as well as all over the world! Find out more.

    For all sports holiday camps and clubs, see our Holiday Childcare article... 

     

    lymington pennington town council charter market shrubsThings to do in Lymington...

    • Pick your own strawberries at Goodall's Farm! And whilst you're there, try out the New Adventure Golf next door!
    • At Lymington Library, Rhyme Time continues throughout the holidays every Tuesday 2-2.30pm and every Wednesday 11-11.30am for children aged 0-4 with their parents/carers. The Construction Club also continues through the holidays 2.30-4pm every Saturday. All these events are free of charge.

     

    new forest pony eating grassFamily fun in the New Forest...

    • The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be taking place on 25th, 26th and 27th July at New Park in Brockenhurst. There is 15% off tickets purchased online before 18th July and 5% off tickets purchased online thereafter. Frequent direct shuttle buses will be running between Brockenhurst Station direct to the heart of the Show (free for advanced ticket holders, otherwise £3 for adult return/£2 for child return).
    • The New Forest Tour buses are back in operation until 11th September, with three routes again this year. Two of the routes stop in Lymington: the green route (Lymington, Beaulieu, Exbury, Hythe, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst) and the blue route (Lymington, Brockenhurst, Burley, New Milton, Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea).
    • It's Wild Wednesday at the New Forest Reptile Centre every Wednesday in August, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and ‘making’ activities for children. Come and see the ‘live’ bird on the nest and the reptiles and amphibians. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking is not required.
    • New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is holding Family Discovery Days on various dates throughout the school holiday (check link for dates). New Forest themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family. Suitable for all ages, small charge for materials. Standard Museum entry (accompanied under 16s go free), no booking required.
    • At Bolderwood from 29th July to 3th September, be a Gruffalo Spotter! £3 per pack, dogs welcome on leads. There is also a downloadable app. Whilst you're there, cross over the road and see if any deer can be spotted in the Deer Sanctury. A lovely walk on forest paths.
    • Also at Bolderwood on 1st, 15th and 29th August, Rock up and explore the New Forest with a volunteer ranger. Rock up and explore at Blackwater on 8th and 22nd August.
    • If you're wild about ponies, find out more at Bolderwood on 3rd and 24th August at Bolderwood and on 17th August at Hatchet Pond.
    • Big Owls, for 4-6 year olds will be taking place on 28th July at Home Farm: a morning of plant themed fun and games at the Farm. 
    • At Lepe Country Park there is a summer holiday trail available every day throughout the holidays. Plus Marine Wonders on 8th and 9th August, Seashore discovery trail on 3rd August, Nature Detectives on 1st and 17th August, Bat Walks on 23rd and 24th August. There is also a beach clean up day at Lepe on 3rd September.

     

    summer fun living history palace house BeaulieuLiving history

    • Head to Beaulieu for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer from 22nd July to 3rd September. Transport yourself back to the middle ages and meet Brother Peter in the Beaulieu Abbey! Falconry demonstrations, discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music in Palace House. See veteran and vintage cars driving around with occupants in period costumes. All included in the general admission ticket which includes the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and World of Top Gear.

    Lymington.com top tip!Save money by buying your tickets for Beaulieu online in advance. You can visit again for free within 6 days (there's so much to do, you'll have great fun twice!)

    • Just down the road from Beaulieu is Bucklers Hard. Discover the Maritime Museum and Bucklers Hard story, brought to life by living history characters.

    Take a look at our Fun Days Out article for more ideas on places to visit locally...

     

    If you hear of any other exciting things to do locally over the summer, do get in touch with us and let us know!

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