• 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


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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.







    Lots of interest

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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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Lymington: THE picturesque seaside town to visit in 2016!

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Gateway to the Solent on the edge of the New Forest

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Spring time, longer days and warmth in the sun - time to plan a day out!


Sailing haven and elegant Georgian market town, Lymington sits on the southern edge of the New Forest and provides a gateway to Solent. It's not surprising that the Daily Telegraph named Lymington the "best seaside resort town, ahead of Sandbanks", based on a study, using government statistics, which measured house prices and lifestyle factors including school league tables, the crime rate, local employment, amenities and transport links. Weather statistics including hours of sunshine and temperatures were also taken into account, along with the quality of the waterfront.

Lymington has much to offer visitors, with its bustling marinas, picturesque town and proximity to the New Forest National Park. The weather is generally better than in nearby Bournemouth as the town is sheltered by the Isle of Wight.

Leisurely Day Out in Lymington

Lymington is a perfect destination for a leisurely, even a lazy, day out! You can enjoy boutique shops on cobbled streets, coffee and cake and tasty lunches in hidden cafes or historic pubs, an ice cream mooching along the Quay...plus if you’ve time you could take a trip out on the river or indeed out to sea... or, see what you like best and make a date to return!


Browsing and Shopping 

Lymington is a veritable treasure trove of great little shops for every day of the week. Many of them are open on Sundays especially the smaller independent shops, of which we’re lucky to have lots in our lovely Georgian High Street and in the little courtyards off to the sides - which you must explore during your visit!


Lymington is especially good for ladies fashion and ladies clothes generally.

A very special Lymington shop is our own fashion department store Elliotts of Lymington which offers very wearable fashion women and men too - including a number of favourite brands. Elliotts also has its own cafe on the first floor where you can take a break for coffee or a light lunch, and browse the day’s newspaper of your choice.


For Jaeger ladies we have a very well stocked, locally owned Jaeger concession just off the High Street in Rashley Mews (nearly opposite ). Anne always has the latest Jaeger range on display, in a very nice layout with plenty of space for browsing and good trying on facilities too. Jaeger also stocks a good range of the latest Jaeger menswear.

Anne also owns Esprit Fashion  Although not so well known in the UK Esprit is an international brand which offers a good range of extremely well priced clothes for work, leisure and fun too. Jennifer and Marion look forward to welcoming you.

A personal favourite of ours is Frock Shop on the opposite side of the road to Esprit, a little further down and almost at the bottom of the High Street. Their favoured brand Great Plains offers a great range of fashion basics and specials too, and once again prices are very reasonable.

There are also ladies boutiques Stanwells (lots of designers usually only found in London), Thirty Three Boutique and Loose Ends on Gosport Street. For outdoorsy types there are quality names such as Quba & Co on the High Street and Musto down on Town Quay. And that’s still naming but a few – mooching and exploring is the order of the day!

Lymington Market - Saturdaylymington high street market day

If you’re visiting on a Saturday, Lymington is also well known for its Saturday market, which takes over the High Street from early on a Saturday morning through to 4 pm or so when the stall holders start to pack up. Stalls include a great mix of food: greengrocer, butcher, fish stall, plus more exotic delicatessens and any tasty things to eat right now, plus lots of locally produced crafts and art.

More information about Lymington Market

Tea and Coffee – Cafe your way around Lymington!

Looking for coffee, tea or a light snack? Take your pick from traditional tea rooms and relaxed cafes. There are lots of really good cafes in Lymington and actually it would be quite feasible, to spend your entire day in Lymington just moving on from one cafe to another!

Some of our favourites include Ciao Belli at the bottom of the High Street (on Gosport Street), a lovely Italian cafe which serves probably the best coffee in town.  Also Cafe Grande, in Angel Courtyard in the little parade between Tesco and the car park, where Keith will cook to order the most delicious panini(s) with delectable fillings - and also offers free, reliable wifi for those needing to log in and check emails. Find more cafes here.

And whatever the weather, treat yourself to an ice cream, particularly as New Forest Ice Cream is made in Lymington and there’s a parlour at the top of Quay Hill. Flavours include ‘oriental ginger’, ‘mince pie’ and ‘Old Thumper’ real ale!


A light lunch or something more substantial to eat at lunchtime...


Within the town centre you can certainly get a good light lunch at many of the cafes as above. For something more substantial we’d suggest Lanes (centre of town), or if you like curry, we highly recommend Rivaaz.


Find more restaurants or pubs for a leisurely lunch.


Wandering about: Cobbles and Quay

lymington quay street


Wandering about in Lymington is a most enjoyable pastime. If you’ve strolled down one side of the High Street to the bottom of the hill, carry on across the road and follow the cobbles to the Quay.

The Quay is the perfect place to sit and do nothing except perhaps eat the ice cream you’ve bought on the way and watch yachts drifting down river and families crabbing at the water’s edge.

Lymington Arts and Culture

CG CWiltsher LightcatcherSt Barbe Museum and Gallery is one of Lymington’s best kept secrets – not even all the locals seem to know about it, but it’s actually a great little museum and a brilliant place to discover the heritage of Lymington. It’s in New Street, a short stroll from the High Street (turning almost opposite Elliotts). The museum retells local stories of smugglers, salt makers and boat builders working along the Solent shore. The gallery enjoys the support of organisations such as the Tate, V&A, and British Museum, shows work from national collections, holds major exhibitions and hosts work by renowned artists. For more about St Barbe: Link to St Barbe article on lymington.com
(then link to St Barbe website from there!)

There’s actually lots of art in and around Lymington, including Stephen Lees whom you can literally watch at work in his studio on the cobbles on the way down to the Quay.

To view see some more modern and dramatic local art including beautiful local abstract artworks for sale, make sure you pop in to Coastal Gallery, right up at the top of the town nearly opposite Waitrose.

And it’s worth popping your head inside our lovely St Thomas Church - although it’s currently surrounded by scaffolding, it is also probably THE iconic image of Lymington Town. It also needs our help right now to foot the bill to repair its historic Cupola. All contributions welcome!


The Lymington Waterside

Quayside, river, marinas, sailing clubs, ferry and to the sea...

The Town Quay is easily accessed on foot from the bottom of the High Street as above.bath rd recreation ground lymington

It’s a little further to walk to the marinas and the town’s yacht clubs although if you’ve travelled by car there’s the big Bath Road car park which serves the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the Lymington Town Sailing Club. If you’re walking from the Quay, you’ll pass the internationally renowned Berthon Marina (which unfortunately blocks your view of the river!) then you can get off the road again into the gardens beside the river and past the Lymington Bandstand (live music most weekends) and on to where Lymington’s water based life really begins!


And as spring turns to summer you could think about taking a dip in the historic Lymington Sea Water Baths - which also has its own brand new website.

You could even consider fitting in a half day on the ocean wave with Escape Yachting  who offer fabulous half day cruises on the Solent with lunch or dinner at anchor in a lovely spot – you might even see a seal!

That might be a bit much for one day - but gives you even more reason to come back again.


Enjoy Lymington!


March 2016




    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 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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