• 1 The Montagu Arms recruits new head chef from one of the world’s best restaurants
  • 2 Weddings at the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu
  • 3 2019 Events in the New Forest and surrounding areas
  • 4 Get organised for 2019 in the New Forest!
  • 5 Abusive Relationships - Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge
  • 6 Turning New Year resolutions to reality - Natural Health Hub
  • 7 What to do in a week on holiday in the southern New Forest
  • 8 Woofing good! Announcing the winners of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018
  • 9 New Forest hotel celebrates gold at the Beautiful South Awards
  • 10 Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home
  • The Montagu Arms recruits new head chef from one of the world’s best restaurants

    The Montagu Arms recruits new head chef from one of the world’s best restaurants

    New Forest restaurant sees return of Matthew Whitfield as they bid au revoir to Matt Tomkinson.

    Matthew Whitfield new Head Chef at The Montagu Arms Beaulieu New Forest Luxury New Forest hotel The Montagu Arms has announced the appointment of new head chef Matthew Whitfield, who returns to the UK after working at one of the world’s top restaurants.

    Matthew joins the award-winning Terrace restaurant fresh from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York – currently ranked fourth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

    The famed EMP has been in the top five of the world’s restaurants

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  • Weddings at the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu

    The perfect location for an intimate New Forest Wedding 

    Traditional country house Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu The Montagu Arms Hotel is situated in the picturesque village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest. A romantic country house dating back to the 17th century, it is the perfect setting for an exclusive, luxury wedding. The building is full of original features, such as beautiful dark beams, oak flooring, old brick fireplaces and paneled rooms; the feeling of authenticity you get when you’re inside is spine tingling.

    Renowed for its world class cuisine and charming English gardens, the hotel combines elegance with world class service to make your

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  • 2019 Events in the New Forest and surrounding areas

    2019 Events in the New Forest and surrounding areas

    Festivals, races, countryside shows and more - from Lymington to Lyndhurst, Highcliffe to Hythe, Ringwood to Romsey!

    Updated January 2019  

    Whether you're local to the New Forest area or planning to visit on holiday there are some brilliant events happening in 2019! Our guide below will give you a taste of the main events happening in the area including marathons, triathlons and cycling events, festivals and countryside shows. Diaries at the ready..!

    wwo masthead Keep ahead of what's on this year by regularly visiting our comprehensive  Events Calendar  which is updated daily and

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  • Get organised for 2019 in the New Forest!

    Get organised for 2019 in the New Forest!

    It's time to tick things off your 'to do' list with help from local New Forest businesses!

    Things to do list Now the festivities are done and dusted, take a quiet moment out to plan for the New Year. If you’re anything like us, a ‘to do’ list - or several lists - follows you around and never seems to get any shorter! 

    Our New Year’s Resolution is to tick our 'to do' lists in 2019, with a little help from some of the fabulous businesses we have here in the New Forest and Lymington area…

    Get your

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  • Abusive Relationships - Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge

    Abusive relationships are everywhere

    Even in Lymington and the New Forest they lurk - but help is at hand

    In the aftermath of Christmas and for the next in our series of "Life Matters" articles, the Family Law team from Lester Aldridge raises the raw subject of abusive relationships and offers some constructive advice for anybody who is suffering from this invidious crime. lester aldridge Life Matters logo

    Life Matters for Lymington with Lester Aldridge

    Spare a thought for the women and men suffering in silence at Christmas and all year round.

    As most people over the Christmas holiday enjoy the opportunity to treat their loved

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  • Turning New Year resolutions to reality - Natural Health Hub

    New Year New You – Ten top tips for turning resolutions to reality

    Monthly column for Lymington.com by Sue Leach, owner of the Natural Health Hub Lymington

    Lots of people will have decided that 2018 is a year to put well and truly behind them.  Plus, right now you may be feeling remorse after too much indulgence over Christmas!     Time to take the leap to 2019 with some well thought through resolutions

    New Year is a time for new purpose! 

    For a variety of reasons you may be thinking about New Year resolutions to improve your life, set goals or achieve an aspiration.

    Here are 10 steps we’d like to share, for turning

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  • What to do in a week on holiday in the southern New Forest

    What will you do on your New Forest holiday? 

    Planning your holiday week for visitors to the Lymington, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu areas (useful for locals too...) 

      Written by the owners of Bartley Barn New Forest , a self catering holiday cottage with far reaching, west facing views including glorious sunsets, on the open forest near Hatchet Pond in the historic “squatters” village of East Boldre.  

    New Forest pony on a frosty day by Alex Kerslake

    You’ve arrived in the New Forest, discovering en route that the ponies, cows and donkeys roam very freely - including onto the roads.

    You’ve unpacked at your hotel, B&B or self catering holiday cottage and sorted your

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  • Woofing good! Announcing the winners of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018

    Woofing good places in the New Forest!

    Announcing the winners of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018.

    New Forest Dog Friendly Awards logo The New Forest and Solent shore are perfect for dog walks and it's little wonder that the area attracts many visitors and locals with four-legged friends. In fact the New Forest is doggy heaven for well behaved dogs!

    This summer and autumn, dog owners have had the opportunity to nominate businesses in the New Forest that they consider to be really dog friendly. The competition ran until Wednesday 31st October and we are delighted to announce the winners!

    The Turfcutters Arms New Forest Dog Friendly Pub 2018 The WINNERS of the

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  • New Forest hotel celebrates gold at the Beautiful South Awards

    New Forest hotel celebrates gold at the Beautiful South Awards

    The Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms scoops Restaurant of the Year award

    Montagu Restaurant of the Year Terrace Gold Award New Forest hotels, Careys Manor and the Montagu Arms, are celebrating after receiving top honours in the prestigious Beautiful South Awards where between them they scooped four awards.

    Run by Tourism South East, the awards recognise excellence within the tourism industry and this year saw The Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms awarded Gold for Restaurant/Bistro of the Year and silver for Small Hotel/Boutique Accommodation of the Year.

    Careys Manor went on to be awarded bronze in

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  • Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

    Avoid a lonely winter with a short stay at a Colten home

    Sometimes a holiday is just what's needed, providing precious time to be "you" again.

    4 weeks for the price of 3 short stay respite care at Colten Care home With the colder months upon us it’s a great time to experience the warmth and care of a friendly, relaxing care home - whilst making new friends at what can be a lonely time of the year. Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, hoping for companionship and warmth over the winter months, or simply wanting to give your career (and yourself) a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just

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The Lymington Sea Water Baths are the oldest in the UK

Historic tourist attraction delights with stunning views of the Isle of Wight

 Lymington Sea Water Baths

 

Lymington's Sea Water Baths, in Bath Road, is the oldest open air natural swimming pool in the UK. Dating back to 1833 the baths have historically gained national interest for their health giving waters and natural mud minerals. Today, young and old still swim in the waters and enjoy the stunning location with views over to the Isle of Wight.

The Sea Water Baths are generally open 7 days a week. In 2018 open from 28th April to 9th September. Check website for full details.

The best of pool and sea combined!

The Lymington Sea Water Baths is a fantastic place for all the family to enjoy - come rain or shine! Many local families take the attitude 'well, you're going to get wet anyway' and just pop on a wetsuit if the weather is a little chilly! Back in 2013, Chris Evans featured lidos on his Breakfast Show, after which the Lymington Sea Water Baths became known affectionately as Lymington Lido!

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The Lymington Sea Water Baths is a fantastic place for all the family to enjoy - come rain or shine! Many local families take the attitude 'well, you're going to get wet anyway' and just pop on a wetsuit if the weather is a little chilly! Back in 2013, Chris Evans featured lidos on his Breakfast Show, after which the Lymington Sea Water Baths became known affectionately as Lymington Lido! 

Inflatibles, kayaking, zorbing, paddle boarding - and swimming too!

Whether you prefer to take a gentle swim, tackle the fabulous 120 metres of inflatable obstacle course, take up aqua jousting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or walk on water in the zorbs, there is something for everyone. Younger children have a splash pool and sandpit and of course the kiosk/café is open throughout the season.

The Sea Water Baths have disabled access and facilities, toilets, changing rooms and showers, first aid room and bike racks. It is also possible to hire buoyancy aids and wetsuits.

You can also hire Lymington's Sea Water Baths for private parties. Get in touch with Hugo Ambrose to find out more...

Refurbishment to extend the life of Lymington's historic Sea Water Baths

Lymington sea water baths and lidoIn 2016, the baths were extensively renovated by Lymington and Pennington Town Council to ensure their longevity. "The Sea Water Baths are owned by the town council and we have a management arrangement in place to manage the service, but the town council is still responsible for its upkeep and its structure," said Town Clerk, Caroline Godfrey. "We're hoping it opens up ready for the bank holiday. The town council wishes to see it succeed and extend its life as long as we can."

The base layer membrane had deteriorated and needed to be replaced, then covered with 200 tonnes of stones. Other parts of the structure have also been refurbished, such as new doors and roof on the building and the pump has been repaired. The pool is now in the process of being refilled - it takes the best part of a week to fill it as its almost the size of an Olympic pool along the width! Then it's topped up from the sea. After that the chlorination process is started and water quality is tested. 

Meanwhile if you've forgotten or never even discovered the pleasure of swimming, do read Clare Poynter's lovely feature article about the benefits of swimming, whether in open or enclosed water, indoors or out! 

History of Lymington Sea Water Baths

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The first records of bathing in the Lymington district date from the late 18th century. At this time people mostly bathed in sea water for its health-giving qualities. The drawing by Thomas Rowlandson shows Mrs Beeston’s baths (the building on the right) in 1784.

lymington sea water baths history paintingMrs Beeston, who took over the baths in November 1872 following her husband’s death, capitalized on the growing public health interest in sea water and mud by using an inlet from the Salterns and advertising her “strengthening sea baths”.

lymington sea water baths history photographIn 1825 the charges were: “For a warm bath: 3s. 6d; shower ditto, 2s. 0d; cold water bath with guide: 1s. od; without guide, 6d. Every care and attention to the comforts of the invalid and the convalescent will be found strictly observed.” The male guide kept bathers afloat with the use of a rope.

The baths gained in popularity with customers coming from all over England to bath in the health strengthening waters and mud.  In 1833 a larger building was funded by shares and donations (£6000 in total)  under the Lymington Bath and Improvement Co. to house hot, cold and vapour baths with separate wings for ladies and gentlemen and large swimming baths at the western extremity.

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Further mud flat areas were taken over for pastimes such as archery, rifle shooting and even a 12- hole golf course in 1893, all below sea level. With a membership of 200 in 1916 and a ladies club, the course was flooded and then again in 1937. With the onset of the Second World War the course was closed.

After various owners the local Corporation acquired the Lymington Sea Water Baths in 1929. The sea water baths are now owned by Lymington and Pennington Town Council, and as of July 2013 leased to a private company Lynx Sports Management to manage them. 
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    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.

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    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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