• 1 Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation
  • 2 Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble
  • 3 The truth about calling at Lymington Market
  • 4 Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts
  • 5 Personal Tax Planning 2018-19
  • 6 A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers
  • 7 Things to do during the Easter holidays in and around Lymington
  • 8 How can businesses manage unexpected events
  • 9 Top dog joins in care home celebrations
  • 10 Beach clean up and environmental lessons for Durlston Court pupils
  • 11 Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!
  • 12 They've done it! Lymington Ocean Brothers break World Records
  • 13 Friday fun connecting New Forest generations
  • 14 Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit
  • 15 An illuminating literary line up at the Curious Arts Festival
  • Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation

    Lymington duo scooting 120 miles for Saints Foundation

    Scooter challenge raising money for a charity football tournament for disabled.

    PJ Stevens and Rob Douthwaite scooting to raise funds

    On the 26 to 29 April 2018, Lymington duo, PJ Stevens and Rob Douthwaite, will take on a 120-mile south coast scooter challenge uniting the three south coast Premier League football clubs of Brighton and Hove, Southampton, and Bournemouth. Their aim is to raise over £5,000 for a charity football tournament for people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

    #FootyScoot, the four-day, long distance challenge, will see the two local dads unite the three south coast Premier League football clubs starting at

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  • Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble

    Ocean Brother Jude Massey to open Beaulieu Boat Jumble

    Beaulieu's 41st Boatjumble is the largest outdoor sale of maritime items in Europe.

    Jude Massey Guinness World Record holder youngest to row any ocean as a pair Beaulieu is proud to announce that Jude Massey from the Ocean Brothers will open its Boatjumble on Sunday April 22nd after completing his record-breaking row across the Atlantic. Nineteen-year-old Jude became the youngest person in the world to row any ocean in a two-person team when he and his brother Greg Bailey rowed 3,000 miles unassisted, in memory of their late father Peter Massey and to raise funds for the British Skin Foundation for skin cancer research.

    After their

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  • The truth about calling at Lymington Market

    The truth about calling at Lymington Market

    Why let the truth get in the way of a news story!

    Lymington Market fruit stall Over the last week, media has been awash with 'news' of a Lymington Market trader allegedly told not to shout about his produce after a complaint over noise. Regional and national press have gone to town on how Wayne Bellows has been ordered to turn down the noise because it is causing a nuisance.

    Here is the text of a letter from Lymington and Pennington Town Council with the facts behind the story:

    "I write to put the facts before your readers

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  • Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts

    Brilliant Fiona helps Colten Care residents benefit from music and arts. 

    Dedicated Music and Arts professional improves residents’ wellbeing and quality of life.

    Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard working with a participant at a Dance for Parkinson’s session at the Forest Arts Centre in New Milton, Hampshire. And, it really works. See below. 

    Professional musician, teacher and music-in-healthcare practitioner Fiona Pritchard is working across Colten Care's 20 nursing homes including the five dementia-specific care homes.

    A key part of her role is to stimulate residents’ creativity and imagination through singing, playing music, drama, poetry, storytelling, dance and active listening.“I am introducing arts based approaches into everyday care and offering individualised interactions with residents based on an arts activity of interest", said Fiona. “I will use

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  • Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Personal Tax Planning 2018-19

    Review your tax affairs and take advantage of all available allowances.

    NFTA hourglass on newspaper The new tax year starts 6 April and brings a number of important changes, making it a good time to review your tax affairs to make sure that you are taking advantage of all available reliefs and allowances. This useful guide from New Forest Tax Accountants provides you with a few personal tax planning suggestions. As ever, your particular circumstances must be considered as further opportunities might be available to you.

    Income Tax

    For 2018-2019, the personal allowance has risen to £11,850. The level at

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  • A warm welcome home to Lymington's Ocean Brothers

    Welcome home to Lymington, Ocean Brothers!

    Atlantic rowers, Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, were greeted by hundreds of supporters in Lymington on Good Friday.

    30 March 2018

    Photo by Adam Lynk Ocean Brothers Homecoming Guinness World Record Breaking Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the Ocean Brothers , rowed home to Lymington on Good Friday, 30th March 2018. They were followed up the Lymington River by a flotilla of boats and welcomed ashore by hundreds of supporters and wellwishers, all celebrating the brothers' success in rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. Jude is now the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a pair.  Read more about the Ocean

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  • Things to do during the Easter holidays in and around Lymington

    Things to do over Easter in and around Lymington...

    Your guide to what’s on in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas during the Easter holidays.

    Easter eggs

    Updated April 2018

    There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, New Milton, the New Forest and surrounding areas over the Easter weekend and throughout the Easter holidays! Here is a your lymington.com guide of things to do with the children. 

    Take a look also at our Fun Days Out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield and also our Places to Visit section . For those having to juggle work with

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  • How can businesses manage unexpected events

    Inclement weather and unexpected events - james dynan risk management diversion road closed what next

    How does your business manage these?

    A short thought provoking article about how we manage operational risks to our businesses by James Dynan, James Dynan Associates

    So far in 2018 we have experienced some serious weather conditions, indeed the Met Office suggests the ’beast from the east’ may return over the Easter period.

    The basics of resilience planning is to face these challenges knowing you have put plans in place to “keep calm and carry on”.

    How did my business cope?

    For inclement weather the impact will generally be staff availability and travel disruption.


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  • Top dog joins in care home celebrations

    Top dog joins in thank-you celebrations at Lymington care home

    Canine Partner, Mungo, helps to thank Linden House residents for charity donation.

    Mungo at Colten Care’s Linden House care home in Lymington with his partner Barbara Houston, seated. Also joining residents and team members are Canine Partners volunteer Liz Downs, standing third from right, and singer and guitarist Nigel Revill Residents at Linden House in Lymington said hello to an ‘amazingly clever’ disability assistance dog that has transformed the life of a New Forest woman. Nine-year-old Mungo and his partner Barbara Houston visited Colten Care’s specialist dementia home, Linden House, to say thank-you for supporting the charity that brought the pair of them together. Dogs specially trained by Canine Partners live with disabled people. They perform essential tasks such as fetching food from the fridge, picking up dropped items, raising

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  • Beach clean up and environmental lessons for Durlston Court pupils


    durlston court prep school beach clean mar18

    ‘Eco-Durlston’ teaches schoolchildren about environmental issues

    Pupils of Durlston Court Prep School were joined by their family, friends and members of the community on Saturday 10th March to conduct a beach clean on the Highcliffe/Naish beach area. Originally planned for last week as part of the Great British Spring Clean, the event was postponed due to the snowy weather.

    Organiser and teacher Mrs Sue Johnson explained “the Beach clean is part of Durlston’s eco commitment, a committee involving 2 pupils from each year group was created earlier in the year

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  • Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!

    Appetite for Adventure produces pedal power!

    Greg James and Zoe Ball fuelled by Lymington business to complete Sport Relief Challenges.

    Zoe Ball loving the A4A Chocolate Fudge Appetite for Adventure Team with Greg James Radio and television celebrity Zoe Ball recently completed her BT Sport Relief Challenge, 'Zoe’s Hardest Road Home', cycling more than 350 miles from Blackpool to Brighton in five days - and behind the scenes on her final day, bringing a taste of the great outdoors, was the Lymington and New Forest based event catering firm Appetite for Adventure.

    The catering team were fresh from supporting the previous week’s Sport Relief event, 'Radio 1’s Gregathlon', where DJ Greg James was challenged to

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  • They've done it! Lymington Ocean Brothers break World Records

    They've done it! Lymington's Ocean brothers break world records

    Youngest ocean rower in a team of two with his brother completed unsupported transatlantic row on Mothering Sunday

    Ocean Brothers arrive in Barbados 11 March 2018 by Adam Rowley Creative http://www.adamrowleycreative.com

    Ocean Brothers Jude Massey and his brother Greg Bailey have finished their gruelling unsupported 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They arrived in Barbados on Sunday 11 March after spending 53 days at sea and were welcomed by their mother, author Alexandra Massey, making her the perfect Mothering Sunday!

    The brothers have been rowing to raise money for the British Skin Foundation to fund vital skin cancer research, and in memory of Jude's father (Greg's step-father)

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  • Friday fun connecting New Forest generations

    Friday friends connecting New Forest generations.

    Brockenhurst Primary School and Woodpeckers care home share companionship and laughter.


    Woodpeckers resident Yvonne Carnegie with a young visitor Schoolchildren and nursing home residents in the New Forest are finding friendship together under a new initiative designed to bridge the generation gap.

    Pupils from Brockenhurst Primary School have begun making weekly trips to nearby Woodpeckers care home to socialise with elderly residents, find out about their lives and share companionship and laughter.

    The children, aged eight, nine and ten, are paired up with a ‘buddy’ resident each Friday, with the visitors and hosts taking turns to suggest a shared activity. Initial meetings

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  • Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit

    Lymington sailor announces return to Olympic circuit

    Could you or your business support 3 times British National Champion, Hannah Snellgrove, on her Olympic journey?

    Hannah Snellgrove Lymington’s Laser Radial sailor Hannah Snellgrove has announced her return to the Olympic circuit after two years away from international competition. The 27 year old, who represents both the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the Lymington Town Sailing Club when she competes, is a three-time British National Champion, and remains the only woman ever to hold that title.

    Although her parents had never sailed, Hannah benefited from local expertise, initially learning to sail at Salterns Sailing

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  • An illuminating literary line up at the Curious Arts Festival

    Matt Haig and Misha Glenny lead illuminating literary line up at Curious Arts Festival 

    Book your tickets for the 2018 Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park, taking place 20th to 23rd July.

    Curious Arts Festival 2018 In need of reading inspiration this World Book Day? Look no further than this year’s line up of author events at Curious which reads as an A to Z of prize winners, best sellers and this year’s most exciting book releases.

    Celebrated adult and children’s author Matt Haig and journalist, historian and McMafia creator Misha Glenny are today announced as the latest names on an inspired literary line

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Lymington: THE picturesque seaside town to visit in 2016!

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Gateway to the Solent on the edge of the New Forest

lymington high street

Spring time, longer days and warmth in the sun - time to plan a day out!


Sailing haven and elegant Georgian market town, Lymington sits on the southern edge of the New Forest and provides a gateway to Solent. It's not surprising that the Daily Telegraph named Lymington the "best seaside resort town, ahead of Sandbanks", based on a study, using government statistics, which measured house prices and lifestyle factors including school league tables, the crime rate, local employment, amenities and transport links. Weather statistics including hours of sunshine and temperatures were also taken into account, along with the quality of the waterfront.

Lymington has much to offer visitors, with its bustling marinas, picturesque town and proximity to the New Forest National Park. The weather is generally better than in nearby Bournemouth as the town is sheltered by the Isle of Wight.

Leisurely Day Out in Lymington

Lymington is a perfect destination for a leisurely, even a lazy, day out! You can enjoy boutique shops on cobbled streets, coffee and cake and tasty lunches in hidden cafes or historic pubs, an ice cream mooching along the Quay...plus if you’ve time you could take a trip out on the river or indeed out to sea... or, see what you like best and make a date to return!


Browsing and Shopping 

Lymington is a veritable treasure trove of great little shops for every day of the week. Many of them are open on Sundays especially the smaller independent shops, of which we’re lucky to have lots in our lovely Georgian High Street and in the little courtyards off to the sides - which you must explore during your visit!


Lymington is especially good for ladies fashion and ladies clothes generally.

A very special Lymington shop is our own fashion department store Elliotts of Lymington which offers very wearable fashion women and men too - including a number of favourite brands. Elliotts also has its own cafe on the first floor where you can take a break for coffee or a light lunch, and browse the day’s newspaper of your choice.


For Jaeger ladies we have a very well stocked, locally owned Jaeger concession just off the High Street in Rashley Mews (nearly opposite ). Anne always has the latest Jaeger range on display, in a very nice layout with plenty of space for browsing and good trying on facilities too. Jaeger also stocks a good range of the latest Jaeger menswear.

Anne also owns Esprit Fashion  Although not so well known in the UK Esprit is an international brand which offers a good range of extremely well priced clothes for work, leisure and fun too. Jennifer and Marion look forward to welcoming you.

A personal favourite of ours is Frock Shop on the opposite side of the road to Esprit, a little further down and almost at the bottom of the High Street. Their favoured brand Great Plains offers a great range of fashion basics and specials too, and once again prices are very reasonable.

There are also ladies boutiques Stanwells (lots of designers usually only found in London), Thirty Three Boutique and Loose Ends on Gosport Street. For outdoorsy types there are quality names such as Quba & Co on the High Street and Musto down on Town Quay. And that’s still naming but a few – mooching and exploring is the order of the day!

Lymington Market - Saturdaylymington high street market day

If you’re visiting on a Saturday, Lymington is also well known for its Saturday market, which takes over the High Street from early on a Saturday morning through to 4 pm or so when the stall holders start to pack up. Stalls include a great mix of food: greengrocer, butcher, fish stall, plus more exotic delicatessens and any tasty things to eat right now, plus lots of locally produced crafts and art.

More information about Lymington Market

Tea and Coffee – Cafe your way around Lymington!

Looking for coffee, tea or a light snack? Take your pick from traditional tea rooms and relaxed cafes. There are lots of really good cafes in Lymington and actually it would be quite feasible, to spend your entire day in Lymington just moving on from one cafe to another!

Some of our favourites include Ciao Belli at the bottom of the High Street (on Gosport Street), a lovely Italian cafe which serves probably the best coffee in town.  Also Cafe Grande, in Angel Courtyard in the little parade between Tesco and the car park, where Keith will cook to order the most delicious panini(s) with delectable fillings - and also offers free, reliable wifi for those needing to log in and check emails. Find more cafes here.

And whatever the weather, treat yourself to an ice cream, particularly as New Forest Ice Cream is made in Lymington and there’s a parlour at the top of Quay Hill. Flavours include ‘oriental ginger’, ‘mince pie’ and ‘Old Thumper’ real ale!


A light lunch or something more substantial to eat at lunchtime...


Within the town centre you can certainly get a good light lunch at many of the cafes as above. For something more substantial we’d suggest Lanes (centre of town), or if you like curry, we highly recommend Rivaaz.


Find more restaurants or pubs for a leisurely lunch.


Wandering about: Cobbles and Quay

lymington quay street


Wandering about in Lymington is a most enjoyable pastime. If you’ve strolled down one side of the High Street to the bottom of the hill, carry on across the road and follow the cobbles to the Quay.

The Quay is the perfect place to sit and do nothing except perhaps eat the ice cream you’ve bought on the way and watch yachts drifting down river and families crabbing at the water’s edge.

Lymington Arts and Culture

CG CWiltsher LightcatcherSt Barbe Museum and Gallery is one of Lymington’s best kept secrets – not even all the locals seem to know about it, but it’s actually a great little museum and a brilliant place to discover the heritage of Lymington. It’s in New Street, a short stroll from the High Street (turning almost opposite Elliotts). The museum retells local stories of smugglers, salt makers and boat builders working along the Solent shore. The gallery enjoys the support of organisations such as the Tate, V&A, and British Museum, shows work from national collections, holds major exhibitions and hosts work by renowned artists. For more about St Barbe: Link to St Barbe article on lymington.com
(then link to St Barbe website from there!)

There’s actually lots of art in and around Lymington, including Stephen Lees whom you can literally watch at work in his studio on the cobbles on the way down to the Quay.

To view see some more modern and dramatic local art including beautiful local abstract artworks for sale, make sure you pop in to Coastal Gallery, right up at the top of the town nearly opposite Waitrose.

And it’s worth popping your head inside our lovely St Thomas Church - although it’s currently surrounded by scaffolding, it is also probably THE iconic image of Lymington Town. It also needs our help right now to foot the bill to repair its historic Cupola. All contributions welcome!


The Lymington Waterside

Quayside, river, marinas, sailing clubs, ferry and to the sea...

The Town Quay is easily accessed on foot from the bottom of the High Street as above.bath rd recreation ground lymington

It’s a little further to walk to the marinas and the town’s yacht clubs although if you’ve travelled by car there’s the big Bath Road car park which serves the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the Lymington Town Sailing Club. If you’re walking from the Quay, you’ll pass the internationally renowned Berthon Marina (which unfortunately blocks your view of the river!) then you can get off the road again into the gardens beside the river and past the Lymington Bandstand (live music most weekends) and on to where Lymington’s water based life really begins!


And as spring turns to summer you could think about taking a dip in the historic Lymington Sea Water Baths - which also has its own brand new website.

You could even consider fitting in a half day on the ocean wave with Escape Yachting  who offer fabulous half day cruises on the Solent with lunch or dinner at anchor in a lovely spot – you might even see a seal!

That might be a bit much for one day - but gives you even more reason to come back again.


Enjoy Lymington!


March 2016




    Lymington.com provides you with information about the town of Lymington and its surrounding area, including the New Forest National Park. Find here news, events, things to do and local information, including where to stay, where to eat and drink, as well as places to visit. The Lymington.com Directory provides a comprehensive guide to local businesses and organisations, with a search function enabling you find what you are seeking and a review function so that you can tell others what you think!


    Lymington is a pretty Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest. The town's sheltered position on the western bank of the beautiful Lymington river has made it an important settlement since the Iron Age. For many years Lymingtonians have made their living from the sea or the river - as boatbuilders, fishermen, sailors and in past centuries as salt workers and even smugglers! Today Lymington is an internationally famous yachting centre with a population of almost 17,500.


    It’s not surprising that Lymington is one of the “Best UK Coastal Towns in Which to Live”. Combined with accessible road and rail links north to London, west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton and beyond, as well as the car ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, the town combines practicality with pleasure; the perfect work-life balance. There are many excellent schools and a wealth of local sports, clubs and leisure activities.

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