• 1 The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
  • 2 Take care - don't start a New Forest fire
  • 3 Colten Care homes parade and tea party at Lymington Carnival
  • 4 Award-winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest
  • 5 New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day
  • 6 Holiday childcare in and around Lymington
  • 7 Meet the stars of the 2018 Curious Arts Festival near Lymington
  • 8 Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will
  • 9 Lymington director's film hits the big screen!
  • 10 Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year
  • 11 This July, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic
  • 12 New Forest Cottages celebrates 40th birthday
  • 13 First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival
  • 14 Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
  • 15 Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer
  • The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards

    The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards

    Brand new awards scheme to recognise places in the New Forest where dogs feel welcomed

    New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018, sponsored by New Forest Tax Accountants

    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.

    Have you and your dog discovered a really dog-friendly business that is worth celebrating? The New Forest Dog Friendly Awards is your opportunity to nominate your favourite dog friendly businesses in the New Forest area.

    Awards for dog friendly places to

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  • Take care - don't start a New Forest fire

    Take care - don't start a New Forest fire

    It only takes one careless match, cigarette or bbq to cause a fire that can destroy habitats and landscapes for many years.

    The current dry conditions have increased the risk of fires in the forest and wider countryside. Wildfires (uncontrolled, unwanted or unplanned fire) can cause severe damage to habitats and landscapes, which in some cases can take decades to restore, not to mention impacts on soil, water quality and carbon storage. Fires such as these can be devastating to all of the things that make the New Forest and Pennington Common special

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  • Colten Care homes parade and tea party at Lymington Carnival

    Join the Mad Hatters this Sunday morning at Lymington Carnival!

    Colten Care and Alice Through the Looking Glass at Lymington Carnival 2018

    colten care lymington carnival alice wonderland residents 800 All comers to Lymington Carnival are invited to drop in at Colten Care’s Mad Hatter’s tea party on the lawn in front of the Town Council offices where the Parade begins and finishes – a brilliant photo shot vantage spot!

    It’s one of the most popular children’s stories of all time – and Colten Care residents and staff are bringing it to life at the Lymington Carnival. 

    ‘Alice through the Looking Glass” is Team Colten’s theme this year, with an

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  • Award-winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest

    Award winning Agapanthus grown in the New Forest

    Final chance to see Fairweather's plants grown in Beaulieu for RHS Award of Garden Merit

    Fairweather’s Wholesale Nursery in Beaulieu will open its doors for the 6th year running for just one weekend a year to enable everyone to enjoy the spectacle of their Agapanthus collection.

    Agapanthus Twister This flowering spectacle this year will be bigger and better than ever before, as it’s the final year to view plants that are being judged for a Royal Horticultural Society AGM (Award of Garden Merit), that will be decided this autumn.

    On Saturday 28 and Sunday

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  • New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day

    New Forest French bistro puts out the flags for Bastille Day

    Le Blaireau French bistro in Brockenhurst New Forest Celebrate 'le 14 juillet' in style at Le Blaireau in Brockenhurst

    Whether you’re strolling through the streets of Paris or sitting outside a restaurant of sun-baked stone in a sleepy French village, sooner or later you’re bound to get caught up in the party atmosphere as the French celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

    The nation as a whole rises up to celebrate the storming of the Bastille and the turning of the French revolution in 1789. But you don’t have to be in France to join the party – in

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  • Holiday childcare in and around Lymington

    Looking for childcare in Lymington over the holidays?

    School holidays are great! Except when you have to work.

    Updated 12 July 2018

    girl and boy at childcare Finding things for the children to do whilst you are working can be a real chore. In a bid to try and make things slightly easier for you, here is a summary of holiday children that is usually on offer in and around Lymington.

    Start planning your summer now - you will generally find that activity days get booked up well in advance.

    Do get in touch with us if you know of any other holiday childcare clubs that

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  • Meet the stars of the 2018 Curious Arts Festival near Lymington

    A taster of the Curious Arts Festival for those who've never been...

    ...and a reminder for those counting the days to Fri 20 July 

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    Over the last month or so, the Curious Arts Festival team have been recording curiously compelling podcasts - in partnership with their friends at the Curious Brewery - exploring life, art and the creative spark with artists who have either been to the festival or will be joining for the first time this summer. 

    Live podcasts of Simon Evans, John Illsley and Dolly Alderton

    Simon Evans , stand-up extraordinaire and festival-favourite discussing comedy, cryptocurrencies and curious ales with the

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  • Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will

    Make time to make a will - it will be appreciated! 

    Life Matters with Paula at Lester Aldridge, July 2018

    lester aldridge corrected logo Life Matters To launch our new regular feature on those niggling legal matters to which we should attend, Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge explains why and how making time to make a will will save time in the long run and will be greatly appreciated by your loved ones. 

    With increasingly busy lives, making a will often falls low on the list of priorities.

    If you care about what happens to your loved ones, property and other assets after you die, you should make

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  • Lymington director's film hits the big screen!

    Lymington director's film hits the big screen!

    Jo Brand's 'The More You Ignore Me' set to warm hearts with strong message about mental health issues

    The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand directed by Keith English of Lymington New Forest This Friday, 'The More You Ignore Me' will hit cinemas across the UK. Written by, and starring, Jo Brand, the film was directed by Keith English who lives and works in Lymington. It has already received excellent early reviews - including Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

    A poignant and darkly funny coming-of-age story of dysfunctional family life in 1980’s rural England: Gina (Sheridan Smith) whose efforts to be a loving mother and wife are undermined

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  • Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year

    Colten Care is joining the anti plastic revolution

    New Forest care home operator is removing more than a million single-use plastic items from its operations every year.

    Colten Care is replacing plastic recycling sacks at its Ringwood head office with reusable fabric ones. Purchasing Manager Harvey Baker tries out the system.  Good news for the overall "anti plastic" campaign in Lymington and the New Forest is that one of our higher "consuming" businesses is really taking this issue seriously.

    Colten Care has consulted relatives, management and support departments of its care homes in the New Forest as part of the launch of a campaign aimed at eradicating throwaway plastic. Altogether, the use of 1,161,124 plastic items will be avoided each year by choosing more environmentally

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  • This July, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic

    Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic

    Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 3: Easy Plastic Swaps

    This July as a part of their 2020 Vision, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic. Here are some ideas of easy ways to avoid plastic - see how many you can achieve this month!

    2020 Vision was launched by Transition Lymington in May 2018, with the objective of reminding ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it, making a sustainable community for the future. In May the challenge was to

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  • New Forest Cottages celebrates 40th birthday

    New Forest Cottages turns 40!

    The National Park’s biggest accommodation provider celebrates with record number of properties.

    New Forest Cottages office in Lymington Hampshire Established in 1978 with one self-catering cottage rental, New Forest Cottages are celebrating 40 years in business. This year marks an impressive portfolio with the holiday rental agency representing over 155 properties, which includes an amazing 25 new properties added in the last six months. 

    New Forest Cottages are the largest and oldest holiday cottage letting agency in the New Forest with a wide range of properties to suit all age groups, budgets and tastes; from thatched cottages to comfortable town house and

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  • First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival

    Curious Dog Show at Curious Arts Festival

    Dogs more welcome than ever at Curious Arts this year

    Not only are four-legged family members welcome as ever at the Curious Arts Festival Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2018, but this year they are invited to take centre stage on Sunday 22 July for the first ever Curious Dog Show, organised by Oscar Pet Foods.

    chihuahua reading a book Putting the bark into Curious: Oscar Pet Foods together with broadcaster and comic compere Simon Evans and literary judge Damian Dibben

    Locals as well as visitors get your pooches ready for a very different kind of fun

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  • Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map

    Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map

    The second annual Seafood Festival promises an amazing line up of local producers.

    Lobster at Lymington Seafood Festival 2017

    Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018

    Following its immense success and popularity in 2017, the Lymington Seafood Festival is gearing up for a weekend of gastronomic delights with over 85 local artisan producers attending this year’s event. With its stunning Solent backdrop, Bath Road Park will host the free two-day festival on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. Organisers are also delighted to announce their support for Sail 4 Cancer, this year’s festival charity.

    Background

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  • Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer

    A break for both carer and cared for with Colten Care's short stay offer

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

    Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, or simply wanting to give your carer - or yourself - a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just the ticket.

    Colten Care resident Caring for a loved one can be demanding and stressful, both emotionally and physically. We all deserve an occasional break from our responsibilities – and that’s where a respite stay in a beautiful, welcoming care home comes in. You may well

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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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    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.

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    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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