• 1 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas
  • 2 Colten Care homes raise £5,000 for Children in Need
  • 3 Salterns 24 hour sail raises £6k for Children in Need
  • 4 Crisis control at Christmas - how to reduce stress levels.
  • 5 20th 24 hour Sail-a-thon at Salterns for Children in Need
  • 6 Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018
  • 7 Colten Care wins 'Company of the Year' at prestigious awards
  • 8 30 Days to Healthy Living with Shape Up Fitness
  • 9 Christmas party venues in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 10 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge – act now.
  • 10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas

    10 good reasons to shop locally this Christmas.

    Support your local, independent shops and businesses in Lymington and New Forest.

    Christmas in Quay Street Lymington

    Many of us dread this time of year. Unless you're the most organised person on earth and have done your Christmas shopping by Halloween, the sudden realisation that we are only a few weeks from Christmas Day can send us into a flat spin.

    Luckily we live in an area with many independent businesses and shops and it is easy to find local gifts - especially if you think out of the box a little.

    Listed below are 10 good reasons

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  • Colten Care homes raise £5,000 for Children in Need

    Hampshire care home provider’s Children in Need totaliser hits £5,000

    Residents and staff at Colten Care’s 20 homes in the South have raised more than £5,000 for Children in Need

    Colten Care residents and team members with Pudsey Bear at their Strictly Come Tea Dance in Lymington in aid of Children in Need. A Strictly Come Tea Dancing competition, a pyjama walkathon, a teddy bear picnic and a car wash were among Colten Care's fundraising initiatives for Children in Need over recent weeks. Other events included coffee mornings, bingo competitions, all day ‘spotty’ mufti days, raffles and quizzes.

    Hilda Snelling, a resident at Belmore Lodge in Lymington, was one of the participants in the tea dance competition held at the town’s community centre.

    She

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  • Salterns 24 hour sail raises £6k for Children in Need

    Salterns 24 hour Sail-a-thon raises almost £6,000 for Children in Need

    Another fabulous effort by Lymington's sailing club for children run by children in this 20th year of fundraising!

    Salterns 20th Sailathon finished at 4.30pm on Saturday 17 November 2018

    They've done it! This weekend the children of Salterns Sailing Club completed their Sail-a-thon, sailing non stop for 24 hours in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

    The total so far for this year's Sail-a-thon is almost £6,000 - can you help the children increase this amount? You can donate to Children in Need via the Salterns justgiving page:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/salterns-sailing-club-cin

    The challenge started promptly at 4.30pm on Friday 16 November with

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  • Crisis control at Christmas - how to reduce stress levels.

    Crisis control at Christmas - how to reduce your stress levels.

    Bring your life into balance with polarity therapy at The Natural Health Hub.

    In this month's update from The Natural Health Hub, Sue Leach explains how important it is to find balance amongst the stresses of the festive season and how polarity therapy can provide clarity of mind and relaxation (with a Special Offer until 31 December!)

    Special offer on polarity therapy at the Natural Health Hub this November and December When all is said and done Christmas is just another day with tinsel on top. But for nearly everyone it has its moments… If, for you, the festive season is an emotional minefield, fraught

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  • 20th 24 hour Sail-a-thon at Salterns for Children in Need

    20th year of fundraising for Children in Need by Salterns Sailing Club

    Over £150,000 raised so far by children sailing non-stop for 24 hours in Lymington.

    The 20th annual fundraising 24 hour sailathon at Salterns Sailing Club in aid of Children in Need This week the children of Salterns Sailing Club are fundraising for the BBC Children in Need Appeal - for the 20th consecutive year!

    Salterns Sailing Club, based at Eight Acre Pond in Lymington, is a sailing club for children, run by children. Over the last 19 years, the children of Salterns have raised over £150,000 for Children in Need - not bad for a small children’s sailing club!

    In 1998, the Junior Committee came up with

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  • Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018

    Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018

    Your complete guide to Christmas events, carols, fairs, markets and other festivities in the New Forest area.

    Here is your definitive guide to Christmas in Lymington, Pennington and surrounding areas in and around the New Forest. We have included here Christmas events, Christmas fairs and markets, carol services and crib services, last posting dates, how to get in touch with Father Christmas - and where to find him locally in the run up to Christmas... plus we'll add other useful information such as changes to refuse collections and where to recycle your tree.

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  • Colten Care wins 'Company of the Year' at prestigious awards

    Colten Care wins ‘Company of the Year’ at prestigious awards

    Lymington-founded care home provider praised for dedication and dynamic approach

    A Lymington-founded care home provider with five New Forest homes has seen off the challenge of companies from a range of sectors to win a coveted business award supported by blue-chip sponsors. Family-owned Colten Care won Company of the Year at the 2018 Solent Business Awards.

    Colten Care representatives on stage at the Solent Business Awards. Hoping the trophy for Company of the Year is Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive. On the left is BBC presenter Sally Taylor and on the right is ITV's Alastair Stewart. Judges said the award, sponsored by KPMG, was made for “strategic thinking, an outstanding financial track record, a dedication to excellence and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation”.

    Founded in Lymington more than 30

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  • 30 Days to Healthy Living with Shape Up Fitness

    30 Days to Healthy Living in the New Forest

    Kick start a healthier you today! Sign up by 5th November.

    Coaching, support and goal-setting with Shape Up Fitness 

    Have you enjoyed the excesses of BBQs, holiday cuisine and summer vino a little too much in recent months? Does your body need a health MOT? Your car needs an MOT and oil change every now and again – it’s the same for our bodies.

    30 Days to Healthy Living with Shape Up Fitness Shape Up Fitness are launching a brilliant new programme. Sign up by 5th November for '30 Days to Healthy Living' which will help you to balance your eating and

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  • Christmas party venues in Lymington and the New Forest

    Christmas party venues in Lymington and the New Forest.

    It's time to book a fabulous festive celebration for your business or group get-together!

    Whether you are small group wanting to share a big party atmosphere with other groups and offices, or looking for a private Christmas party - perhaps with something a little different , there are some wonderful venues, offers and options available to you in and around Lymington and the New Forest. And these are not just open to businesses - gather together a handful of your best friends for a great night out!

    Find below the latest information on great

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge – act now.

    Life Matters and a very simple message for us all:

    Getting our affairs in order:  don't put it off until tomorrow...

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    "Life Matters" for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    For the next in our new "Life Matters" monthly series on those niggling legal matters, Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge gives us some very good reasons to get our affairs in order now.

    Don’t Put It Off - Getting Your House In Order

    By Paula

    As a Private Client solicitor I am privileged to be able to assist families at the most difficult times in their lives.  

    Failing health, terminal illness,

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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. 
  • LYMINGTON.COM:
    NEWS, EVENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION

    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:
    GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN AND FAMOUS YACHTING CENTRE

    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.

  • SAILING IN LYMINGTON:
    PERFECTLY LOCATED FOR THE BEST SAILING IN THE BRITISH ISLES

    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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