• 1 Salterns 24 hour sail raises £6k for Children in Need
  • 2 Crisis control at Christmas - how to reduce stress levels.
  • 3 20th 24 hour Sail-a-thon at Salterns for Children in Need
  • 4 Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018
  • 5 Colten Care wins 'Company of the Year' at prestigious awards
  • 6 30 Days to Healthy Living with Shape Up Fitness
  • 7 Christmas party venues in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 8 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge – act now.
  • 9 Roast grouse recipe from Alistair Craig at Cambium Brockenhurst
  • 10 Colten Care at forefront of dementia expertise
  • 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...

    lester aldridge Life Matters 1

    "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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  • Roast grouse recipe from Alistair Craig at Cambium Brockenhurst

    Autumnal recipe to celebrate New Forest Food & Drink Week

    Game for Grouse?  A Treat for Two!

    With the compliments of  Alistair Craig – head chef at the Cambium restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel

    In celebration of New Forest Food & Drink Week next week and also in anticipation of Great British Game Week which runs from 19th to 25th November, a fabulous recipe from Alistair Craig, head chef at the Cambium restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst.

    Alistair creates exciting dishes using the natural beauty of the New Forest as his inspiration, focusing on simplicity, quality of ingredients and delicious

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  • Colten Care at forefront of dementia expertise

    Admiral Nurse team puts Hampshire care home provider at ‘forefront of dementia expertise’

    Colten Care has tripled its investment in highly specialist nurses to help support more people and families living with dementia.

    Colten Care has welcomed two more Admiral Nurses to its team, including one at consultant level, under an expanding partnership with Dementia UK. The move follows the success of a first Admiral Nurse, Kay Gibson, in developing a group-wide dementia care strategy.

    The new Colten Care Admiral Nurse team. From left: Adam Smith, Kay Gibson and Tracy Logan. Kay’s ongoing input will be strengthened by new appointees Adam Smith and Tracy Logan with the trio working together to support residents, families and communities at

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Lymington's Saturday Charter Market

Every Saturday throughout the year and a "must" for visitors to the New Forest!

Lymington’s Charter Market takes place along the length of the High Street every Saturday throughout the year from 8am to 4pm. It's by far the largest street market in the New Forest area and with a great deal of history behind it is nowadays a special experience for New Forest visitors to enjoy. 

Discover Lymington's regular Charter Market Traders and read on to find out more about the market! 

High eastward view of Lymington Market by William Bonett

A traditional weekly market, established in the 1250s

The Market was originally granted a Charter (a document providing certain rights to the people of the town) in the mid-13th Century, which enabled Medieval Lymington to hold its own market. Farmers, traders and merchants would come from far and wide to sell their goods. This is still true of today’s traders. The High Street was deliberately designed to be wide enough for a market to be held regularly and this can still be seen in the current imposing Georgian architecture that lines both sides of the High Street, from the Quay in the East and up to St Thomas Church which holds a commanding position in the West.

View of Lymington Market stall from pavement side looking west by William BonettStalls selling everyday foodstuffs and edible treats and much more...

...from hand crafted jewellery and souvenirs to take home plants, food produce, general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac.

The market stalls include everything from fresh produce and flowers, shrubs and plants to general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac. There are approximately 90 stalls every week selling all manner of edible treats from olives, breads, cakes, fudge, pies, to fruit and vegetables to take home. (If you're spending the whole day out, it's worth bringing a a cool bag to bring back local fish, cheeses and meats.)

There is something to suit all budgets, whether looking for a hand crafted gift for a loved one or a special souvenir of your trip. Jewellery, bric-abrac, clothes, shoes, plants and bedding - Lymington's market has it all!

Lymington Market on High Street looking toward St Thomas by William BonettLymington Market - combined with Lymington's shops, boutiques and cafes it's a full day out!

Pick a sunny day, and you can spend a fascinating few hours exploring Lymington's Charter Market! Combined with exploring and soaking up the "By Sea and Forest Enchanted" atmosphere of Lymington, a trip to the market makes a great day out for visitors to the New Forest.

Visitors to Lymington should try and allocate a whole day to incorporate the superb independent high street shops and boutiques, together with the many independent and family owned cafes and artisan restaurants where you can have coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Lymington Market Plant Stall by William Bonett

Allow time to explore Earley and Angel Courtyards among numerous little alleyways and streets off the High Street! And to stroll down the famous cobbled streets at the bottom of the High Street to the Quay and the Marinas beyond: watch the sailing boats and luxury yachts intermingle with the fishing fraternity.

Parking and Logistics for visiting Lymington Market

Please note that there is no parking available on the High Street every Saturday between 6am and 6pm. Avoid a penalty charge notice by parking in one of the town's carparks.

For coach parking and drop off/pick up points in Lymington details can be found on the New Forest District Council’s web site

There are public toilets behind M&S and in New Street near St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery.

A brief history of Lymington Market

Lymington about 1680The Earl William de Redvers was quick to note the opportunity to profit from a market and fair, and his charter of priviledges, granted between 1184 and 1216 formed the Borough of New Lymington. It is thought that this first Charter applied to the area to the west of the Church (now St Thomas's Street) and probably a small settlement by the river, near the quay and salterns. This earliest Charter probably created the High Street.

Earl Baldwin added a second Charter around 1256, which it is thought extended the Borough north of the Church to include Barfields and perhaps created New Street. It was the monks of the Cistercian Abbey in Beaulieu who copied out the second Charter in about 1256 and referred to an earlier Charter and this survives in the British Museum. Interestingly no record of an '1150 Charter' which inspired the 800th anniversary celebrations in 1950 has been found!

So Lymington is one of the towns in England to receive a Charter from a feudal lord, with no intervention from the Crown. This map shows Lymington in about 1680.


Don't forget that there is no parking available on the High Street every Saturday between 6am and 6pm!   Avoid a penalty charge notice by parking in one of the town's carparks.

Some reviews of Lymington Charter Market from Trip Advisor

lymington pennington town council charter market rugs kettles"Great market ”

"This market has a good variety of stalls the vast majority are good quality. You can find local produce and crafts as well as everyday items. It brings lymington to life on a Saturday well worth a visit and if you get there early the fish stall is very good."
Reviewed July 2016

"... It's a great day out, you'll find most things you are looking for and if you are not shopping for anything in particular, it makes a great browsing day out. I'd certainly recommend it, best market day in Hampshire."
Reviewed July 2016

lymington pennington town council charter market breads“Lively and historic market.”

"I believe this street market was established back around 1250 and is held up the High Street every Saturday. Not sure how busy it gets during the winter months but on the warm day at the end of July we visited it was really bustling. Car parking can be a chore and initially I'd planned to park at Brockenhurst and catch the train for the short trip into Lymington. However, as we'd just missed one of the trains I decided to continue the 4 miles or so and see if we could find somewhere to park. A lot of on street parking is limited to an hour/residents and car parks were full. I drove to the other side of town and parked at the far end of a council estate about 10mins walk which was no problem.

The market is on both sides of the street and surprisingly, vehicular traffic is allowed (I think one way) so you have to stick to the pavements which makes it feel perhaps more crowded than it really was. Handily, there's a Wetherspoon's at the top end which is a convenient refreshment stop! There's quite a few food stalls selling local produce so take a cool bag with you as there's plenty of tempting stuff to take back with you!

lymington pennington town council charter market plants

Afterwards we strolled round the cobbled street at the bottom of town and round the quayside by the marina. The Isle of Wight ferry terminal is on the other side of the river which keeps a lot of traffic away from the centre."
Reviewed 30 July 2016

“Lovely Market”

"Lymington is a lovely place to visit and the market is really nice. Lots of stalls. The market is on the high street and you can look at the shops as well as the market".

Reviewed 13 May 2015

lymington pennington town council charter market shrubs by Steve Elson“Bustling Saturday market”

"A weekly market with stalls covering all types of goods from tools, snacks, clothing, fruit and veg and household goods. The road is reduced to one way traffic on Saturdays which is much safer. The stalls line the road and locals and visitors alike enjoy the business." 

Reviewed 7 July 2015


Photos - with thanks to Steve Elsom Photography for the use of many of these photographs.  Steve can be contacted via Facebook. 

Lymington Market Flyer 2018 600x400Interested in having a market stall?

Lymington Charter Market is owned and operated by Lymington and Pennington Town Council.  

If you're a local business interested in having a market stall do get in touch!

If you are a small cottage industry looking to sell bespoke products, unique hand made crafts or new and different food products, the market would love to welcome you - it can be a great way to start your business.

For more details please see visit the Council website where you can also download  the stall holder application form and regulations.  

Follow these links:  information about the market and information for market traders 

t: 02380 285893

t: 07585 607358 (Friday evening and Saturdays)

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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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