• 1 What's on this Half Term in Lymington and the New Forest
  • 2 Colten Care at forefront of dementia expertise
  • 3 Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!
  • 4 Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018
  • 5 Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!
  • 6 Firework Displays in Lymington and New Forest 2018
  • 7 Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!
  • 8 Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • 9 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning
  • 10 Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington
  • What's on this Half Term in Lymington and the New Forest

    What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over Half Term

    Things to do during the school holidays in the New Forest area

    Whats on in Lymington and the New Forest over half term There are lots of exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas this October half term. Here's our guide of what's on locally for visitors and locals. Take a look also at our fun days out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare .

    To see what's on day by day, take a look at our Events Calendar

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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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  • Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!

    Now is the time to prepare your mind and body for winter!

    Advice on how to boost your immunity from Sue Leach of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington.

    Autumn is the season when it’s most crucial to nurture yourself. Our belief at The Hub is that ‘catching’ a cold is not about some nasty beasty germs invading our bodies – it’s actually that we’ve allowed those germs to sneak past our natural defences. We also believe that preventing them sneaking in like this is only possible if you nurture both your body and your mind.

    Boost immunity advice from the Natural Health Hub Lymington You can be taking oodles

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  • Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018

    Colten Care's 2018 Children in Need Extravaganza

    £8,500 was raised in 2017 by New Forest care homes in Lymington - a target to be beaten!

    Colten Care's "New Forest Cluster" of care homes have been busy sowing the seeds for a bumper Children in Need fundraising campaign this November.

    In 2017, three of the Colten Care homes in the New Forest grouped together for a variety of events to raise money for Children in Need. Belmore Lodge,  Court Lodge and Linden House Care Homes in Lymington organised a ball hosted by Alexis Green at the local sailing club Lymington Town Sailing Club,

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  • Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!

    Lymington and Pennington had a blooming good summer!

    Four Silver Gilts in the 2018 South and South East in Bloom Awards

    Lymington & Pennington did 'blooming' well this summer by achieving the following coveted awards in the 'South and South East in Bloom' awards:

    South and South East in Bloom - Lymington Stanford Hill junction 2018 Pennington Common -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Woodside Gardens -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Lymington Town -  Silver Gilt Award

    St Thomas Churchyard -  Silver Gilt Award

    South and South East In Bloom 2018 outside Waitrose Lymington 'South & South East in Bloom' is part of the 'Britain in Bloom' campaign where boroughs, communities, residents and businesses can work together to improve their environment.

    The campaign aims to

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  • Firework Displays in Lymington and New Forest 2018

    Firework Displays in Lymington and the New Forest

    Gunpowder, treason and plot! 2018 Bonfire night in Lymington and the New Forest.

    Updated 17 October 2018

    If you are looking for a spectacular fireworks and bonfire night celebration in the New Forest area, take a look at our guide. Remember to add any events not in the list to our Events Calendar.

    Planning fireworks at home? See below also the RoSPA Firework Safety Code and take care. Be mindful that fireworks can scare animals and seriously worry some people.

    Friday 26 October in Brockenhurst.

    Brockenhurst Football Club kick off our 2018 bonfire

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  • Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Let's put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage - vote by 30th November!

    The Great British Market Awards 2019 have been launched! 

    Great British Market Awards - vote for Lymington Charter Market This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage. We are all proud of our local market and the impact it makes to the town, tourism and local community life. Your entries will help spread the word about this market locally and nationally.  

    Vote now for Lymington Charter Market

    Lymington Charter Market needs your vote. The closing date is 30th November 2018 at 11.59pm

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  • Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning

    Golden opportunity at New Forest care home's Macmillan coffee morning

    Colten Care residents supported Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning with cupcake competition

    The kettles went on and the freshly baked cakes were served as Colten Care residents in the New Forest supported the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September 2018.

    Colten Care residents and team members enjoy the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Pictured are staff Nina Upwood, Justin Corder, Lilly Chiu and Mark Newell with residents Ian Milroy and John Griffin. They were joined by relatives, friends, staff and community contacts, all doing their bit for the annual fundraiser in aid of people affected by cancer. 

    All six Colten Care homes in the Forest, plus 14 others in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, took part, adding a Willy

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning

    Life Matters: taking care of your assets and planning for the future

    Cash as gifts, inheritance tax, and the power of planning 

    Even though it still feels summery, Christmas is not far off.  

    And if you're considering cash gifts for the children or grandchildren this Christmas, you might find this subject of interest.  But whatever the time of year, it's always a good time to be reviewing and planning ahead where your largest assets are concerned. lester aldridge Life Matters 1

    "Life Matters" for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    The next in our new "Life Matters" monthly series on those niggling legal matters, a nudge

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  • Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    New Forest Academy of Dance 'tots' classes will enhance coordination and confidence!

    If you are looking for an exciting new activity for your pre-schooler then look no further! New Forest Academy of Dance offer classes in ballet and music and drama for 2-4 year olds in Lymington and Pennington.

    New Forest Academy of Dance The nursery ballet classes provide an exciting introduction to the world of ballet, working on key skills, co-ordination, balance and performance.

    baby ballerina pointe In this class students will explore dance through stories, music and use of props. Ballet can help your child to

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Lymington's playgrounds - by the Experts

There are some great play spaces in Lymington and surrounding villages.

Lymington playgrounds by the experts!Although we have the wonders of the New Forest on our doorstep, there are times when only the magic of a playground will do. Here is a guide to some of Lymington's playgrounds - by three intrepid 'experts.'

"We think Lymington has some awesome playgrounds! This guide might be useful if you're new to the town, or want to find some new places to play with your friends."

Woodside 

Woodside Gardens provides a great outdoor space in which children can play. As well as the fenced play area, there is a lot of space for running around - and in particular playing hide and seek in the rhododendron bushes! There is a short walk around the section of the gardens immediately near the playground with paths ideal for scooting (although do mind any pedestrians!). These paths take you past the Fairy Village (see if you can spot the little doors in the trees).

Woodside is an easy walk from Lymington. There’s a small carpark (free) off Rookes Lane which is closest to the play area (SO41 8FP), alternatively a larger carpark (free) on the other side of Woodside, off Ridgeway Lane. There are public WCs near the Rookes Lane carpark.

Dogs are permitted in Woodside on and off the lead, plenty of poo bins. The play area, tennis courts and skate park are fenced to keep dogs out.

Woodside Gardens play area Lymington“This is really fun because there’s lots of stuff to do in all the gardens.”

“We love running around in the trees and its easy to scoot about so that’s cool.”

“The skate park is so awesome.”

For younger children:

  • Swing
  • Climbing
  • Rockers

For older children:

  • Roundabout (fast!)
  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Climbing

Older children will also enjoy the skate park and the tennis courts. Woodside is also the home to Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, Lymington Croquet Club and other sports. The sports pavilion has recently been refurbished and sells refreshments when open. Picnics possible in the gardens.

Bath Road

Bath Road offers a fabulous outlook across Lymington River, with plenty of boating eye candy! Set to the side of the Bath Road green, which also houses the town bandstand and a small lake. There are paths ideal for scooting (take care near the lake - we’ve seen a few children take a dive in our time…) and the start of a lovely walk past the yacht club and sea water baths. A short, pleasant walk away is the kiosk at the Sea Water Baths, selling ice creams, hot drinks and other refreshments.

Bath Road is an easy walk from Lymington (SO41 3SE). There’s a public carpark (pay and display or long stay clock) by the Sea Water Baths and yacht clubs which is closest to the play area, alternatively a some road parking along Bath Road. There are public WCs in the Bath Road carpark by the slipway. Picnics possible, several benches along the river front.

Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are allowed on the green, where there are poo bins. Check our Events Calendar to find summer music and arts events around the Bandstand on the green.

Bath Road play area Lymington“We love this play area and also like scooting on the paths outside.”

"This is a cool playground. When my brother was younger, he used love watching the ferry coming in and out from the top of the climbing frame."

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Climbing
  • Slide

For older children:

  • Climbing wall
  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Roundabout tower
  • Swinging dish
  • Spinners

Lymington Meadows

Situated in a residential area, off Lower Buckland Road (SO41 9DH), this recently refurbished play area is a hidden gem for children in Lymington. Fenced with a gate, dogs are not permitted inside, however some space around the edge to exercise dogs (with poo bins). There are several benches inside play area.

There is tricky parking and no public WC. However, it is a short stroll from Lymington and nearby opposite the end of Lower Buckland Road is the popular Monkey House pub.

Lower Buckland play area Lymington“Really good because its new.”

“Great for older and younger children.”

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Rocker
  • Slide

For older children:

  • Zip wire
  • Basketball hoop
  • Climbing
  • Swings
  • Balance beam
  • Trampoline

Barfields/Emsworth Road (by St Thomas Churchyard)

The closest play area to the centre of Lymington and sometimes rather busy (such as after school in the summer term), this play area offers fun for children of all ages and is particularly well equipped for younger children. It’s ideal, in fact, for families with younger and older children, as there is something for everyone in the same area. It also benefits from shady trees; a blessing in the warmer months!

Park nearby in the Barfields or Emsworth Road (SO41 9AW) town carparks (pay and display or town carpark clock), the nearest public WC is a short walk away in New Street. No refreshments in the immediate vicinity (but again, an easy walk from the High Street and all it has to offer!)

Dogs are not permitted in the play area. The grassed area next to the play area houses the Lymington Petanque (boules) area.

Barfields playground in Lymington“A great playground for a quick play, but sometimes busy.”

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Rockers
  • Slides
  • See-sawClimbing
  • Spinners
  • Road markings

For older children:

  • High slide
  • Dish
  • Swings
  • Climbing
  • Roundabout

Pennington Common

The play area at Pennington Common was updated last year by the Town Council and now provides a great selection of play equipment. Our experts recommended it highly, mainly because there’s so much space to run around. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, however there’s plenty of space for them to be exercised beforehand on the common, which has several poo bins.

No WC or refreshments (although a short stroll to One Stop and Tesco), parking is possible to the sides of the common off Ramley Road and Wainsford Road (SO41 8HF). There's plenty of potential for a bit of off-road cycling.

“We love this play area and all the space around for running and cycling.”

Everton

At the other end of Wainsford Road, Everton's recreation ground is another hidden gem. On road parking is possible in Greenmead Avenue. There is no public WC and no nearby refreshments - bring your own picnic!

Dogs are permitted on the recreation ground and there are poo bins. There is a fitness section alongside the older children’s area and although technically for adults, the children are drawn to it!

Everton Rec play area“Its a bit different - we love the zipwire!”

“Separate areas could make it difficult for parents with lots of different aged kids.”

For younger children in an enclosed area:

  • Swings/baby swings
  • Rockers
  • Dish
  • Climbing
  • Slides
  • Seated roundabout

The fenced area is dog-free and has seating.

For older children, a short walk from the enclosed play area and alongside the football pitch

  • Zipwire
  • Climbing

 

The experts have decided to visit more local playgrounds this summer. Check back for more details soon!

 

October 2016 - Pennington updated 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • LYMINGTON:
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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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