• 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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Afternoon Tea in the New Forest

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

Careys Manor Afternoon Tea in the gardenAfternoon 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 the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.

Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would have a “sinking feeling between luncheon and supper”. In 1840 she asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

Afternoon tea: ideal for business and pleasure!

These days there are several distinct excuses to our mind for taking afternoon tea:

The first is to make a change. Those groups of friends who have the luxury of time to meet for morning coffee and gossip, could try switching their gatherings to try afternoon tea in one of the many New Forest eateries where it’s served.

The second is for a business meeting with a colleague or your team, especially when you need to do a bit of brainstorming and thinking outside the box. We tried an afternoon tea and it works brilliantly!

And of course afternoon tea in the New Forest is a wonderful experience to share with loved ones on an anniversary, special birthday or other occasion; afternoon tea is a sophisticated and relaxed way to celebrate with your closest friends and family.

Pour your tea and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, usually including a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from dainty tea pots into delicate bone china cups.

Where to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the Lymington and New Forest area

Here are our recommendations for a splendid afternoon tea locally:

Careys Manor, Brockenhurst

Afternoon tea served Monday to Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and weekends 1:30pm to 5:30pm 

Indulge in Traditional Afternoon tea at the chic Cambium restaurant or in the comfort of a cosy lounge in front of a roaring log fire. A mouth-watering selection of finely cut sandwiches, speciality cakes including freshly baked scones smothered in New Forest Jam and thick clotted cream, all complimented by a large selection of the finest artisan teas from Camellia’s Tea House and Fair Trade coffee. 

Careys Manor cater for everyone, their gluten free afternoon tea and vegan afternoon tea are especially popular. Enjoy afternoon tea this Easter at Careys Manor - and book ahead for a special Father's Day afternoon tea which includes a hearty selection of savouries including pork pies, venison sausage rolls and Welsh rarebit followed by traditional scones and open sandwiches, plus a choice of loose leaf teas and fair trade coffees. 

Find out more about afternoon tea at Careys Manor here.

Montagu Arms afternoon teaMontagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu 

Afternoon tea served from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Afternoon tea at The Montagu Arms is reminiscent of the rituals of its 1840s origins, with a twist. A unique ‘course by course’ tasting journey starts with a savoury selection of delicate finger sandwiches and an array of sweet treats, before arriving at freshly baked scones served with homemade jam and clotted cream. Your afternoon tea will be perfectly accompanied by a selection of finest loose leaf teas and fairtrade coffee.

Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea experience in quintessential English surroundings in comfort of a cosy lounge with log fires or in the conservatory overlooking the manicured gardens.

Book today for Easter afternoon tea at Montagu Arms and also for a special Gentleman's afternoon tea for Father's Day, which includes homemade scotch eggs and beer cake alongside traditional scones and finger sandwiches.

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Montagu Arms here.

New Park Manor afternoon teaNew Park Manor, Brockenhurst

Afternoon tea is served from 3pm to 5pm.

The family-friendly New Park Manor makes the perfect setting for afternoon tea after a walk in the New Forest. Take a seat in one of the cosy lounges, in The Vinery, or on the terrace if the sun shines, and sample sweet treats and delightful savoury snacks with a wide range of fresh loose-leaf teas, from traditional English breakfast and herbal classics to flavourful fruit blends. 

Find out more about afternoon tea at New Park Manor here.

Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington

Afternoon tea is served from 3pm to 6pm.

Select your tea from a range of SUKI teas and then then work your way through three tiers of assorted freshly prepared sandwiches and homemade sweet treats. Finish off with homemade scones served with clotted cream and jam. Menus change regularly to offer the freshest, locally sourced produce in line with the season.

Find out more about afternoon tea at Stanwell House Hotel. Find out more about afternoon tea at Stanwell House Hotel. 

Vegan afternoon tea at Careys ManorThe Bell Inn, Bramshaw

Afternoon tea served 3pm to 5pm.

At the Bell Inn you can choose to have a more formal tea in the Garden Room, a relaxed afternoon tea on the sofa in the lounge or maybe take tea al fresco in the garden if the sun is shining. There are four different afternoon teas available and booking is usually required. 

Find out more about afternoon tea at the Bell Inn.

The Thatched Cottage, Brockenhurst

 Afternoon tea (booking essential)

Enjoy afternoon tea or a cream tea inside at The Thatched Cottage or out in the beautiful garden when the weather is kind. Located in Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the rail station, village centre, open heathland and forest.

Find out more about afternoon tea at The Thatched Cottage 

 

April 2018

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