Belmore Lodge Lymington Sea Festival
And still on offer: two free weeks in a Colten Care New Forest home
Not to be outdone by the slightly better known recent Lymington Seafood Festival, residents at Belmore Lodge in Lymington had a whale of a time staging their own marine-themed festival, which by their own admission became a "different kettle of fish"!
The fun included sampling an array of seafood dishes, enjoying ocean-related stories and photo presentations, and even going on a virtual tour of a lighthouse.
Staff and residents created the in-home experience after Covid restrictions meant they couldn’t attend the nearby Lymington Seafood Festival in person.
Companionship Team Leader May Butcher said: “We were all disappointed that we couldn’t take a residents’ group out to the main community event. So instead, we decided to ‘turn the tide’ on our setback and bring the sea festival-vibe here to Belmore.
“In the end, it turned out brilliantly. Our residents helped us as we dressed our lounge with starfish decorations, seashells and fishing nets, our chef prepared a tasty selection of delicious seafood to try and we shared in lots of sea-related stories and poems.”
On the menu were seafood platters and dishes including sushi, seaweed, salmon, tuna, prawns, crab and various pates and mousses.
The virtual tour focused on Hurst Point Lighthouse which has helped guide vessels through the western Solent along the coast from Lymington for more than 200 years.
There were also screenings of the popular whale drama Free Willy and a National Geographic documentary about our oceans.
Belmore Lodge resident Mary Young (pictured) said: “I was delighted to help with the planning of our festival and on the food side we all enjoyed the wonderful flavours of the sea – the prawn crackers were especially more-ish.”
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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care.
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...