• 1 Hampshire Open Studios August 2018
  • 2 Wedding special offer at Montagu Arms Hotel
  • 3 Local businesses at the 2018 New Forest Show
  • 4 Lymington.com at the Lymington Seafood Festival
  • 5 The Bosun's Chair: a relaxing lunch in the wonderful garden
  • 6 Curious Arts Festival 2018 Lymington.com Review
  • 7 This August, Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards
  • 8 The Haven Restaurant Lymington - a fabulous lunch
  • Hampshire Open Studios August 2018

    Hampshire Open Studios 2018

    Pop Up Art Exhibitions Lymington and New Forest

    For 10 days,from Saturday 18 to Monday 27 August, we have carte blanche to wander through 160 art venues through Hampshire.  It is a MAJOR art trail – and not for the faint hearted.  You will definitely need your GPS! hampshire open studios 2018

    But it is an amazing, wonderful and heart warming trail. For 9 days artists in Hampshire open their studio doors to the public, to share their passion, their delight, their creativity and their love of their ar. 

    For 10 days between Saturday 18 and Monday (Bank Holiday) 27 August 2018

    http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk/artists/newforest

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  • Wedding special offer at Montagu Arms Hotel

    Transform your New Forest wedding into something extraordinary 

    Unbelievably special wedding package offer at the Montagu Arms Hotel - book before 31 August 2018

    Imagine inviting your wedding guests to your romantic 17th century manor house, with its timeless English country garden and an award-winning chef on hand to create a fabulous wedding banquet.

    Show them to their beautiful suite with its four-poster bed, chat to them over Champagne and canapes in grounds fragrant with honeysuckle and roses, and let the Master of Ceremonies guide you effortlessly through the day.

    Montagu Arms Exclusive

    "Dream come true" New Forest wedding opportunity

    This wonderful dream could

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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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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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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What to do if you find an injured New Forest animal

New Forest poniesKeep to the Rules of the New Forest

If you see an animal which looks ill, is injured, or in distress you should report it as soon as possible, giving a clear description of the animal and what you think may be wrong with it as well as where you saw it and at what time.

If you witness - or are involved in - a road traffic accident involving a New Forest animal, you must report the incident, even if the animal runs off. The animal may be in distress, have serious injuries that require immediate veterinary attention or have fatal injuries that would necessitate the animal being put to sleep. Some animals run away in fear and panic, even on broken limbs which can make you believe that it is unhurt. As a result the animal can suffer unnecessarily.

Who to contact

Who to contact if you see an injured or distressed New Forest animalThe Verderers state that if a collision with a Forest animal occurs (for whatever reason) drivers are required to report it to the authorities as soon as practicably possible, and certainly within 24 hours. Drivers must not leave the scene of an accident (unless it is to call for help), particularly if the animal is still on the highway as it may cause a further accident.

Road traffic accidents involving Forest animals should be reported immediately to the Police by dialing 999 (emergency) or 101 (non emergency).

If you find a sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey, pig or sheep, contact  the Verderers’ Office on 023 8028 2052 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm), or the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4600 (24 hours).

If you find a sick, injured or distressed deer, contact the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4600 (24 hours).

Download these numbers on a handy credit-card to keep in your purse or wallet.

Forest animals have no road sense and they have right of way. Drive slowly, especially at night, and give animals a wide berth.

 

Rules of the Forest

New Forest pony behind tree by Alex KerslakePlease don't feed or touch the ponies!

The ponies are semi-wild although some may not appear so.  It is important that you do not feed them either by hand or by throwing food on the ground.  The ponies do not need it and some things may make them ill.  Unfortunately, hand feeding also makes some ponies aggressive and every year people are attacked because people feed the ponies and they become greedy and demand more.  A pony which causes injury to a person is usually removed from the Forest permanently.  That is unfair to the pony whose home is the Forest and it is unfair on its owner.  Remember the ponies belong to someone else. Find out more about New Forest ponies.

Learn to recognise when a pony is feeling grumpy!

Ears laid back means “go away and leave me alone” or it may mean “give me your sandwich”!  In such situations it is wise to retreat as quickly as possible!  A bite or kick from a pony hurts and the latter could break your leg.  A child could be killed.

Don't drop litter.

Apart from being unsightly (and illegal), dropping litter in the Forest is harmful to the animals. Take your litter with you and dispose of properly.

Leave your bin-bags inside your gate.

If you live or stay in a property with forest animals just outside the gate, leave your bin-bag inside the gate and out of reach of inquisitive animals.  The animals make a horrible mess when they tear open a bag of rubbish and of course, they may injure themselves on a sharp tin or become ill if they eat the wrong things.

Don't dump grass cuttings or hedge clippings on the forest.

Strange though it may seem, as lawn mowings are after all “grass”, they are LETHAL to ponies and donkeys.  Lawn mowings left in a heap heat up and start to ferment.  If they are eaten by ponies and donkeys gas is released into the animal’s stomach and intestine.  Their stomach or intestine may then rupture and the animal dies in agony.  Clippings from yew, laburnham, rhododendron, some conifers, azaleas and many other garden plants are poisonous to animals and for these reasons all garden waste must be disposed of properly and not dumped on the Forest.

New Forest ponyKeep the gate shut!

Whether a gate goes into an inclosure, a field or a garden, it is there to keep the animals out.  Animals have come to serious harm through getting into places where they shouldn’t be.   Occupiers of property within the Forest have a duty to fence against legally depastured stock.  That means if your fence is rotten or your gate is left open and a pony gets in and tramples your beautiful lawn or eats your shrubs you cannot claim compensation from the animal’s owner.  Indeed, if the animal is injured or is poisoned in your garden the owner may claim compensation from you!  There have been cases of animals falling into swimming pools (especially if they are covered with plastic sheets) and apart from the poor animal drowning, the owner of the property has been successfully sued. 

Do keep your dogs under control.

Every year Forest animals, particularly young ones, are injured by dogs.  Some are even killed or die later from infected bites.  We all love to let our dogs run on the Forest and provided they are reliable around animals that is fine.  If in doubt, however, keep your dog on a lead.  Remember also that at certain times of year some quite rare birds nest on the ground and a nest which has been destroyed is a sorry sight.  In spring the deer have their young and a fawn left whilst mum goes to feed is very vulnerable.

Do enjoy the forest and its animals.

Watch from a safe distance and enjoy the animals and the unique beauty of the Forest.  Remember that the Forest is the animals’ home and it is only fair to respect it and let them live in peace.

 

If you would like further information visit the Verderers’ website - NEW FOREST VERDERERS - or telephone the Clerk to the Verderers on 023 8028 2052.

Thank you for reading this and we hope you enjoy the New Forest.

 

  • LYMINGTON.COM:
    NEWS, EVENTS AND LOCAL INFORMATION

    Lymington.com provides you with information about the town of Lymington and its surrounding area, including the New Forest National Park. Find here news, events, things to do and local information, including where to stay, where to eat and drink, as well as places to visit. The Lymington.com Directory provides a comprehensive guide to local businesses and organisations, with a search function enabling you find what you are seeking and a review function so that you can tell others what you think!

  • LYMINGTON:
    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.

  • SAILING IN LYMINGTON:
    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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