• 1 Live life to the full with The Natural Health Hub
  • 2 Pannage in the New Forest
  • 3 Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results
  • 4 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - about Powers of Attorney
  • 5 Solent Music Festival 2018 in Lymington
  • 6 Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu recipe!
  • 7 Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show
  • 8 Coastal Comedy Show September 2018
  • 9 The 2018 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards
  • 10 Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year
  • Live life to the full with The Natural Health Hub

    Want to live life to the full?

    An invitation from Sue Leach, founder of The Natural Health Hub in Lymington

    I opened The Natural Health Hub just over a year ago because I reckon life’s gone a bit bonkers! It’s too fast and full on, we work too many hours, we’re too wrapped up in our job lists, tied to our digital devices, and we’ve lost the ability to relax. So I created The Hub… a place in the centre of Lymington to come to to slow down and escape. People say they instantly relax when they step through the

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  • Pannage in the New Forest

    Pannage in the New Forest

    Watch out for piggies on the road this autumn!

    New Forest pannage every autumn pigs eating acorns - image by Steve Elson The pigs of the New Forest play a vital part in the eco-system. Every autumn, when the acorns, chestnuts and various other nuts have fallen from their trees, up to 600 domestic pigs (usually owned by commoners) are let out onto the New Forest National Park for up to 60 days, to clear away and eat the nuts. This is called ‘pannage' or ‘common of mast’, and it is important because many of the nuts are poisonous to other animals in the New Forest, such as

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  • Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results

    Priestlands celebrates excellent GCSE results!

    Congratulations to year 11 students at Lymington's Comprehensive School.

    There was much to celebrate at Priestlands School last week as students received their GCSE results. Despite the uncertainties of the new exams in many subjects, Priestlands students did very well. 

    English, Maths and Science sustained high performance whilst there were also record results in Business Studies, Computing Science, Geography, ICT, PE and strong performances in many other subjects. 

    Priestlands students celebrate GCSE results 2018 A third of all grades awarded were at 9-7 or A/A* and 74% students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English ­and Maths, with 54% students secured the

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - about Powers of Attorney

    Lasting Powers of Attorney demystified - and relevant to many of us

    Life Matters for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    The second in our new monthly series on those niggling legal matters to which we should attend: t his month Paula Shea from Lester Aldridge de-mystifies Lasting Powers of Attorney,  in Plain English.   

    Following last month's "Importance of a Will", this helpful Q&A about Powers of Attorney sets the scene for the next important subject to consider if we want the people we love to benefit the most (and the taxman the least!) should something happen to us.

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  • Solent Music Festival 2018 in Lymington

    Solent Music Festival Lymington 19-23 September 2018

    World class classical music performances live on our doorstep 

    Now in its sixth year the Solent Music Festival returns to Lymington from Wednesday 19th through to Sunday 23rd September.

    Pianist Sam Haywood, the festival’s Artistic solent music festival 2018 lymington 2 Director, says ‘I had dreamt of running a music festival for many years, of being able to put together programmes of my favourite works performed by the musicians I most admire. At the suggestion of a friend, Sophia and I came to Lymington and met with then Councillor Elizabeth Lewis, now the Festival’s president. Elizabeth advised that we

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  • Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu recipe!

    Celebrate National Burger Day with this great Beaulieu Burger!

    Montagu Arms head chef shares recipe of the famous Monty's Burger

    Thursday 23 August is National Burger Day! 

    Matthew Tomkinson, head chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the heart of the New Forest, has shared with us the recipe of the famous Monty's Burger so that you can recreate it at home! Perfect for a Bank Holiday Weekend barbecue!

    Montys Burger by www.davidgriffen.co.uk for Great British Chefs 600x400 Of course you could save yourself the trouble and visit Monty's Inn to sample their fabulous burgers (and other food) for yourself! Find details of Monty's Inn here . And if fish

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  • Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Local businesses on show at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Hot, hotter and huge crowds, for this year’s extreme weather show!

    new forest show 2018  ATKINSON 800 This year’s top spectator attractions were gigantic: in the main rings the amazing Ben Atkinson with his team of horses and brave stunt ridersand the Mounted Hunter games both enthralled and delighted the crowds.

    Fabulous Shire horses on show at the 2018 New Forest Show

    Meanwhile close to the Forestry Commission corner the Shire horses resplendently turned out enjoyed their own in hand classes, a spectacle in their own right allowing the public to get up really close to these magnificent creatures.







    Lots of interest

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  • Coastal Comedy Show September 2018

    Coastal Comedy in Lymington, with TV headliner Adam Bloom

    3 hilarious comedians at the Lymington Centre on 22 September, with Piddle Beer too!

    Adam Bloom was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice, and when he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was. Adam has appeared on various stand-up and panel shows on TV, and has recorded three series of his own Radio 4 show, The Problem with Adam Bloom. coastal comedy sept18 adam bloom

    Ricky Gervais says: Adam Bloom has been one of his favourite comedians for ten years:

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  • 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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  • 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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Lymington's Saturday Charter Market.

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

Lymington Charter Market directory of traders

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. 

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

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.

Lymington Charter Marketing on the High Street every SaturdayStalls selling everyday foodstuffs and edible treats and much more...

lymington pennington town council charter market shrubs...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 - combined with Lymington's shops, boutiques and cafes it's a full day out!

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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.

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

lymington pennington town council charter market ducks platesPlease 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

"Great market ”

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"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

“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.

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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!

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

lymington pennington town council charter market plants

“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

“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 Charter Market information leafletInterested 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.


    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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