• 1 Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show
  • 2 Lymington.com at the Lymington Seafood Festival
  • 3 The Bosun's Chair: a relaxing lunch in the wonderful garden
  • 4 Curious Arts Festival 2018 Lymington.com Review
  • 5 This August, Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards
  • 6 The Haven Restaurant Lymington - a fabulous lunch
  • 7 A taste of Thailand in the New Forest
  • 8 Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!
  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Lymington.com at the Lymington Seafood Festival

    Meet the Lymington.com team this weekend at the Lymington Seafood Festival

    Fingers crossed the weather stays mainly dry for this weekend's second annual Lymington Seafood Festival, with its fabulous line up of food, cookery demonstrations and talks, and live music all weekend.

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    Lots of local businesses for you to meet

    Along with the food and drink stalls lining the perimeter of the Festival within Bath Road and Lymington River (what a fabulous setting!), many local businesses will be there to meet you.  They have all contributed to making the Festival possible so please do stop and have a chat with

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  • The Bosun's Chair: a relaxing lunch in the wonderful garden

    The Bosun's Chair: a relaxing lunch in the wonderful garden

    Excellent pub food served with a warm welcome in Lymington's calming oasis

    On a gloriously sunny day we escaped the hustle and bustle of Lymington's High Street for lunch in the calming garden at the Bosun's Chair. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a spacious and serene oasis, fragrant with lavendar and peaceful save for the distant hum of bumble bees.

    Bosuns Chair garden Lymington Lymington is well known for pubs - it once had as many as forty in its heyday as a bustling port - but few centrally located eateries can match

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  • Curious Arts Festival 2018 Lymington.com Review

    Curious Arts Festival 2018 - Lymington.com Review 

    Nationally acclaimed New Forest festival now firmly on the annual festival calendar

    Five years since its creation by London based curators Patrick Keogh and Clare Conville the Curious Arts Festival is now firmly on the map of British Festivals. The Curious Arts Festival 2018 Thanks to the hospitality of Lord and Lady Teynham who own the Pylewell Estate this magical rural waterside setting with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight now takes on an “other world” dimension for three amazing days every July. If you keep thinking about it but haven't experienced it yet, just to

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  • This August, Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards

    Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards

    Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 4: Reap the Rewards

    This August as a part of their 2020 Vision, Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards - grow your own, make your own, pick your own... take a look at the inspiring ideas below.

    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 observe and interact with our

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  • The Haven Restaurant Lymington - a fabulous lunch

    The Haven Restaurant Lymington - a fabulous lunch

    Top Lymington river and sea view accompanied by delicious dining and first rate service.

    The Haven Bar and Restaurant exterior view 600x400 A first class lunch served in style to our table in a divine setting looking out over the Lymington River and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, what more could one ask for on a beautiful summer’s day?

    We had the choice of the ‘Terrace Menu’, sitting out in the sunshine (or in the shade) on the stylish terrace, a sandwich menu or a more substantial set of options in the restaurant itself – in our case at

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  • A taste of Thailand in the New Forest

    A taste of Thailand in the New Forest

    Enjoy Thai tapas on the lawn this summer at Careys Manor 

    Careys Manor thai tapas Lemongrass, coriander, coconut and lime: the fresh, vibrant flavours and colours of Thai food are just perfect for summer.

    Thai chefs at the luxury Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest create wonderfully imaginative menus at the hotel’s Zen Garden restaurant – and they are inviting everyone to discover the exotic flavours of Thailand this summer.

    A selection of Thai tapas will be served to both local residents and hotel guests on the lawns in front of the hotel from now until

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  • Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!

    Sunshine and laughter at Lymington's 2018 Carnival!

    Crowds lined Lymington's streets to cheer the Carnival floats in glorious sunshine

    Carnival fever hit Lymington on Sunday 15 July 2018! The theme for this year's procession was TV Shows and the effort made by all participants was thoroughly appreciated by the cheering crowds. Despite being another very hot day, the procession was full of smiles and laughter (and a few weary brows by the time they had completed their lap of the town!

    Here are a few photos of the day, kindly shared with us by William Bonnett, Steve Elson and Bill

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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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