• 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 Life Matters from Lester Aldridge - why make a will
  • 8 Lymington director's film hits the big screen!
  • 9 Colten Care to remove more than a million pieces of plastic each year
  • 10 This July, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic
  • 11 New Forest Cottages celebrates 40th birthday
  • 12 First Curious Dog Show at 2018 New Forest Curious Arts Festival
  • 13 Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions
  • 14 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch
  • 15 Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
  • 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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  • 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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  • Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions

    Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children’s champions

    The Honeypot Children's Charity praises Colten Care's Woodpeckers home for their support

    Betty Hampton, left, a resident at Colten Care's Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst, New Forest, with items she knitted in aid of the Honeypot Children's Charity. Joining her is Viv Carter, Honeypot’s Regional Community Fundraising Officer, and mascot Bumble. Woodpeckers nursing home in the New Forest has experienced a buzz of activity as residents raised hundreds of pounds to help young carers.

    The Honeypot Children’s Charity praised Colten Care’s home in Brockenhurst for making and selling craft items to support its work. Betty Hampton, who knitted a host of bee-inspired woollen gifts including glove and finger puppets, was among residents receiving a thank-you visit from Honeypot representatives including mascot Bumble.

    “Helping children who are carers is such a

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  • 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch

    2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch

    Free event on 1st July 2018 will include Ferrari convoy, Italian market and live music

    Italia 2018 flyer Lymington’s FREE Italia Festival will be held on July 1st this year with all charitable proceeds going to the Lymington and New Forest branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The Lymington and Pennington Town Council event is set to be bigger than ever in 2018, thanks to a huge wave of local support. For those who don’t know, it’s all about chic Italian motor cars, quality Italian food, a fun family day out and raising money for

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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.


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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!

lymington pennington town council charter market baskets

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 ”

lymington pennington town council charter market flowers

"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.

lymington pennington town council charter market breads

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.


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