• 1 Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018
  • 2 Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!
  • 3 Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!
  • 4 Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • 5 Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning
  • 6 Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington
  • 7 Beaulieu launches Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition
  • 8 Careys Manor is the place to celebrate World Vegan Month!
  • 9 Colten Care chefs train at The Kitchen at Chewton Glen
  • 10 Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the New Forest
  • Colten Care Children in Need Extravaganza 2018

    Colten Care's 2018 Children in Need Extravaganza

    £8,500 was raised in 2017 by New Forest care homes in Lymington - a target to be beaten!

    Colten Care's "New Forest Cluster" of care homes have been busy sowing the seeds for a bumper Children in Need fundraising campaign this November.

    In 2017, three of the Colten Care homes in the New Forest grouped together for a variety of events to raise money for Children in Need. Belmore Lodge,  Court Lodge and Linden House Care Homes in Lymington organised a ball hosted by Alexis Green at the local sailing club Lymington Town Sailing Club,

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  • Lymington wins four blooming silver gilt awards!

    Lymington and Pennington had a blooming good summer!

    Four Silver Gilts in the 2018 South and South East in Bloom Awards

    Lymington & Pennington did 'blooming' well this summer by achieving the following coveted awards in the 'South and South East in Bloom' awards:

    South and South East in Bloom - Lymington Stanford Hill junction 2018 Pennington Common -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Woodside Gardens -  Silver Gilt  Award

    Lymington Town -  Silver Gilt Award

    St Thomas Churchyard -  Silver Gilt Award

    South and South East In Bloom 2018 outside Waitrose Lymington 'South & South East in Bloom' is part of the 'Britain in Bloom' campaign where boroughs, communities, residents and businesses can work together to improve their environment.

    The campaign aims to

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  • Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Vote for Lymington in the Great British Market Awards!

    Let's put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage - vote by 30th November!

    The Great British Market Awards 2019 have been launched! 

    Great British Market Awards - vote for Lymington Charter Market This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to put Lymington Charter Market on the national stage. We are all proud of our local market and the impact it makes to the town, tourism and local community life. Your entries will help spread the word about this market locally and nationally.  

    Vote now for Lymington Charter Market

    Lymington Charter Market needs your vote. The closing date is 30th November 2018 at 11.59pm

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  • Golden opportunity with Colten Care at Macmillan Coffee Morning

    Golden opportunity at New Forest care home's Macmillan coffee morning

    Colten Care residents supported Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning with cupcake competition

    The kettles went on and the freshly baked cakes were served as Colten Care residents in the New Forest supported the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28 September 2018.

    Colten Care residents and team members enjoy the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Pictured are staff Nina Upwood, Justin Corder, Lilly Chiu and Mark Newell with residents Ian Milroy and John Griffin. They were joined by relatives, friends, staff and community contacts, all doing their bit for the annual fundraiser in aid of people affected by cancer. 

    All six Colten Care homes in the Forest, plus 14 others in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, took part, adding a Willy

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  • Life Matters for Lymington from Lester Aldridge - Inheritance Tax planning

    Life Matters: taking care of your assets and planning for the future

    Cash as gifts, inheritance tax, and the power of planning 

    Even though it still feels summery, Christmas is not far off.  

    And if you're considering cash gifts for the children or grandchildren this Christmas, you might find this subject of interest.  But whatever the time of year, it's always a good time to be reviewing and planning ahead where your largest assets are concerned. lester aldridge Life Matters 1

    "Life Matters" for Lymington with Paula from Lester Aldridge

    The next in our new "Life Matters" monthly series on those niggling legal matters, a nudge

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  • Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    Dance and drama classes for 2-4 year olds in Lymington

    New Forest Academy of Dance 'tots' classes will enhance coordination and confidence!

    If you are looking for an exciting new activity for your pre-schooler then look no further! New Forest Academy of Dance offer classes in ballet and music and drama for 2-4 year olds in Lymington and Pennington.

    New Forest Academy of Dance The nursery ballet classes provide an exciting introduction to the world of ballet, working on key skills, co-ordination, balance and performance.

    baby ballerina pointe In this class students will explore dance through stories, music and use of props. Ballet can help your child to

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  • Beaulieu launches Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition

    Beaulieu launches Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition

    New exhibition at the National Motor Museum opens on 20 October 2018

    Film Chitty outside Palace House A new exhibition at Beaulieu's National Motor Museum will tell the story of Chitty as the star of the fantasmagorical family adventure and feature an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious in the much-loved musical film.

    Coggins’ Garage will be recreated in the museum to house the amazingly inventive machines of Rowland Emett seen in the film, including the Humbug Major Sweet Machine, Clockwork Lullabye, Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot

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  • Careys Manor is the place to celebrate World Vegan Month!

    Careys Manor is the place to celebrate World Vegan Month!

    New Forest Hotel puts veganism on the map with plant-based menus at each of their three restaurants.

    The nation’s appetite for a meat-free diet is growing, with celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Ellie Goulding and David Haye among those embracing veganism. A survey by comparethemarket.com earlier this year revealed seven per cent of British people now eat a plant-based diet, with more than 3.5 million identifying as vegan.

    Vegan Afternoon Tea at Careys Manor New Forest World Vegan Day is held on 1 November each year to mark the beginning of World Vegan Month, and vegans looking to

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  • Colten Care chefs train at The Kitchen at Chewton Glen

    Five-star hotel training gives care home chefs food for thought.

    Colten Care chefs receive bespoke training by award-winning chef at the New Forest's Chewton Glen.

    Professional chefs at a south coast care home provider have begun receiving added training at one of the UK’s top hotels so they can continue to delight their residents.

    Colten Care chefs enjoyed a day’s training in The Kitchen cookery school at the New Forest’s Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa under the guidance of award-winning Chef Tutor Steve Bulmer. Under a new partnership, 12 Colten Care chefs enjoyed a day of bespoke sessions in The Kitchen cookery school at the New Forest’s five-star Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa.

    The hands-on training was led by award-winning Chef Tutor Steve Bulmer who has 20 years of Michelin

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  • Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the New Forest

    Afternoon Tea in the New Forest

    Great places to enjoy afternoon tea in style in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas...

    Vegan afternoon tea at Careys Manor Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessential of English customs and no wonder – all those delicious sandwiches, fruit-laden slices, yummy scones and melt-in-the-mouth cakes. 

    In fact, afternoon tea a relatively new tradition. The tradition of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, but it was not until the mid 19th Century that

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February Half Term in and around Lymington.

A guide to what’s on in Lymington and the New Forest during half term.

Pony in the New Forest with frosty groundHere is a your guide of things to do with the children in and around Lymington and the New Forest. Take a look also at our Fun Days Out feature if you're looking to venture slightly further afield. For those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about Holiday Childcare and Activity Camps.

To see what's on day by day, take a look at our Events Calendar which details events in and around the New Forest and Lymington area. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event in the Lymington.com calendar for free! (see How to add your event).


Tiger Zip Up Hoodie at Jo Jo Maman Bebe in LymingtonThings to do in and around Lymington

Child in childs pose at the Natural Health Hub in LymingtonDiscover Nature!

  • New for 7-10 year olds at the Countryside Education Trust: Eagle Owls! Thursday 15th February. Get involved in a real conservation project, in conjunction with Natural England, painting decoy terns to help to attract Common Terns back to Gull Island.
  • Try Winter Paddling with New Forest Activities. Explore the stunning Beaulieu River nature reserve by boat.
  • Explore Lepe Country Park with a half term trail, available 10am-3pm all week, plus Bird Box Bonanza on Tuesday 13th and Bush Craft on Thursday 15th.
  • The New Forest National Park authority will be at Lymington Library with their Mission Explore on Thursday 15th February

StBarbe Museum and Art Gallery craft on valentine's dayGet creative!

  • Get building at Construction Club at Lymington Library on Saturday 10th and 17th February.
  • Make a card and gift for someone you love at All Loved Up at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 14th February.
  • Family craft sessions at the Red House Museum in Christchurch on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 15th February.
  • Learn about the New Forest and get hands on with crafts a Family Discovery Day at the New Forest Centre: Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th Febuary.
  • Create your own fairy tale story to perform, write and sing at the Forest Arts Creative Camp on Thursday 15th February. Then decorate a plant pot and grow a magic bean – you’re ready for your own adventure!
  • Aged 7-11? Interested in drama? Love to Perform? Get involved in a one day, high impact theatre devising challenge with Forest Forge Theatre Company on Thursday 15th February.

Get active!

  • Ballard School ballard sporting excellence clinics february 2018is hosting sporting excellence clinics in Rugby, Hockey, Netball and Football for 10-14 year olds with a passion for sport on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February. Book by 9th Feb for early bird rate!
  • Join Park Run at Woodside Gardens, every Saturday at 9am! Get fit as a family!
  • Make use of our local facilities, including tennis courts, table tennis tables and outdoor gym at Woodside, plus the chess/draughts table at Bath Road Park.
  • Lymington Tennis Club are once again running half term tennis camps, mornings and full days, Monday-Friday.


Do you know of any other interesting events or activities happening in and around Lymington this half term? Contact us so that we can add to our list!

If you'd like to find an event for a specific day take a look at our events calendar.

Hope you have a great half term!

Updated 7 Feb 2018








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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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