• 1 Buzz of activity as care home residents turn children's champions
  • 2 2018 Lymington Italia Festival supporting local MS Society branch
  • 3 Lymington Seafood Festival puts New Forest on the UK Food Map
  • 4 Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer
  • 5 Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!
  • 6 Charity winner chooses Break of a Lifetime at Balmer Lawn
  • 7 Life's a picnic at The Montagu Arms
  • 8 Enjoy Monty's fish and chips on the banks of the Beaulieu River
  • 9 Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic
  • 10 Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit £100,000 goal!
  • 11 First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition
  • 12 A career in care with Colten Care
  • 13 Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years
  • 14 Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly
  • 15 New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir
  • 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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  • Respite for carers with Colten Care's short stay offer

    A break for both carer and cared for with Colten Care's short stay offer

    Sometimes a holiday is just what's needed, providing precious time to be "you" again.

    Whether recovering from a spell in hospital, or simply wanting to give your carer - or yourself - a break, a short stay in one of Colten Care's homes could be just the ticket.

    Colten Care resident Caring for a loved one can be demanding and stressful, both emotionally and physically. We all deserve an occasional break from our responsibilities – and that’s where a respite stay in a beautiful, welcoming care home comes in. You may well

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  • Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!

    Help Lymington and Pennington win South & South East in Bloom awards!

    Suggest areas to the Town Council by 30 June in time for judging 6 July 2018

    The South & South East in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit. 

    Flowerbeds at Woodside South and South East in Bloom 2017 The campaign provides a sense of community spirit and pride and encourages encourages communities to tackle everything from litter, graffiti and anti-social behaviour through to conservation, sustainability and improving horticultural standards.

    In

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  • Charity winner chooses Break of a Lifetime at Balmer Lawn

    National Hospitality Charity winner chooses 'Break of a Lifetime' at Balmer Lawn

    The New Forest’s Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa is the destination of choice for charity 'hidden hero'.

    The hotel industry has come together to give thanks to a veteran of volunteering; with a stay at her dream hotel, Brockenhurst’s iconic 4 star Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa. 

    Adam Terpening (Charity Director – Room to Reward) Hidden Hero Denise and Michael Clitheroe (GM of Balmer Lawn Hotel) at The Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa. National charity, Room to Reward works on a simple premise - partner hotels donate their anticipated unsold rooms to the initiative. Registered charities are invited to nominate their ‘Hidden Heroes’ for a break away. If selected, volunteers choose from over 150 hotels

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  • Life's a picnic at The Montagu Arms

    Life’s a picnic at The Montagu Arms!

    Enjoy National Picnic Week in the New Forest with a fabulous Montagu Arms hamper!

    As the sun beats down on our glorious English countryside, what could be nicer than packing up a picnic hamper and finding a secluded spot away from the madding crowds for lunch with a view?

    Picnic Hampers from the Montagu Arms And, thanks to a luxury New Forest hotel, you won’t even have to spend hours hunting for that battered old picnic basket or making your own sandwiches.

    To celebrate National Picnic Week from June 15-24, The Montagu Arms has created a fabulous wicker hamper

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  • Enjoy Monty's fish and chips on the banks of the Beaulieu River

    Enjoy a fish and chip supper on the banks of the Beaulieu River.

    Takeaway fish and chips from Monty's Inn every Friday over the summer months!

    We’re a nation who love our fish and chips – and what could be better on a balmy summer’s evening than sitting on the banks of a river in a picturesque English village, tucking into white, flaky fish in crispy batter and a pile of rustling, golden chips?

    Enjoy a fish and chip takeaway from Monty's Inn every Friday summer 2018 It’s National Fish and Chip Day on 1st June, and as a salute to this iconic British dish, a luxury country house hotel and pub in the

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  • Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic

    Colten Care to end use of throwaway plastic

    'Caring, without plastic' will see cuts in avoidable plastic waste across all departments

    The owner and operator of five New Forest nursing homes has become the first major provider in the UK’s private care sector to begin a group-wide reduction of single-use plastic.

    WASTE NOT. Following a new approach piloted at a Dorset home, Colten Care expects to avoid using some 365,000 plastic bin liners. Pictured, from left, are Colten Care team members: Jo Ellis, Carol Martin and Gill Holland. Family-owned Colten Care, which runs homes in Lymington, Brockenhurst and New Milton, is aiming to cut avoidable plastic waste across all its departments.

    Residents, families and team members have all fed in ideas on how to eliminate non-recyclables and replace them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

    Caring, without plastic

    The

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  • Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit £100,000 goal!

    Lymington's Ocean Brothers hit their £100,000 goal!

    Jude and Greg's successful transatlantic row has raised important funds for the British Skin Foundation.

    Earlier this year Jude Massey and Greg Bailey, the 'Ocean Brothers', successfully completed a dramatic, unsupported 53 day row across the Atlantic - with Jude breaking a Guinness World Record in the process, becoming the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a team of two.

    The Ocean Brothers reached Barbados on 11 April 2018 after 53 days rowing the Atlantic - photo Adam Rowley Creative The Ocean Brothers rowed in memory of their late father and stepfather, Pete Massey, who passed away two years ago following a 16 year battle with skin cancer. Their objective was also to raise

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  • First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition

    First falconer in centuries appointed for new Beaulieu exhibition

    Official Falconer will give falconry demonstrations this half term as part of Beaulieu's Spies and Solders activities.

    Lord Montagu has rekindled Beaulieu's ancient association with the art of falconry by appointing the first official falconer in three centuries.

    Beaulieu's first official falconer for 3 centuries, Paul Manning The history of falconry at Beaulieu can be traced as far back as the 11th century and Paul Manning is believed to be the first falconer endorsed by the Montagu family for over 300 years.

    Paul will be based in Abbot’s Mews in the grounds of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. The former ticket

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  • A career in care with Colten Care

    "I've found my perfect job!"

    A Career in Care in the New Forest with Colten Care

    You only have to glance at the recruitment pages in the local papers and online, to see that the New Forest is bursting with jobs in care!  It makes you wonder why there are always more jobs advertised than people applying for them, which is an issue for employers as well as for those who need care.

    Going home each day with a sense of achievement and job satisfaction

    colten care caring may18

    We spoke to local people who have actively chosen a career in care of the

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  • Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years

    Lymington's Aqua Plumbing celebrates 25 years!

    Expert, reliable and friendly plumbing and heating service throughout the New Forest.

    When Sean Ward set up his own plumbing and heating business in May 1993, he’s the first to admit “there was no plan.” The plan didn’t go beyond earning enough to cover rent, the odd (!) pint in the Chequers on Friday night and sailing at the weekend.

    Aqua Plumbing and Heating team based in Lymington and the New FOrest At 25, with a City & Guilds plumbing and heating apprenticeship, 4 years’ industrial and domestic experience, 5 years’ experience on the tools, a turquoise Austin Maestro, nicknamed the “tractor” and a “can-do” attitude, Sean

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  • Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly

    Foals on the Forest - visitors and locals watch out on the roads!

    The merry month of May is prime time for newborn foals in the new Forest

    May is a magical month as once again tiny foals are being born all over the New Forest, soon to be seen gambolling about and winning our hearts.  

    Please take extra care on the unfenced roads.

    Foals move very fast and are unpredictable.

    Some of them even lie on the road!

    So give yourself plenty of time on your daily commute, or when crossing the Forest at any time.

    A very simple message

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  • New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir

    New Forest Barman shakes and causes a stir!

    Talented bartender from Careys Manor reached finals of an international cocktail competition.

    The President of the UK Bartender’s Guild, Luca Cordiglieri, Kris Insatorn and Salvatore Damiano, Chairman of the southern UK Bartender’s Guild. A talented young bartender at the luxury Careys Manor Hotel in the New Forest has reached the finals of an international cocktail competition.

    Kris Insatorn, 18, who is also a student at Brockenhurst College, won the student bartender category in the national heat of the Calvados Nouvelle Vogue International Trophies, and went on to compete against 60 other bartenders and students from 14 countries at the finals in Caen.

    The brief was to devise an imaginative, vegetable-themed cocktail with a

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What’s on in Lymington and the New Forest over the summer holidays.

Ideas of things to do for children and families, whether local or visiting Lymington and the New Forest.

updated 17 July 2017

Family things to do over the summer holidaysLast week we published our Summer Events in Lymington and the New Forest, with details of all the main events happening in July and August. There are lots of other exciting things happening in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas over the school summer holidays, for visitors and locals.

Here is a roundup of 'things to do' for families and 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. And for those having to juggle work with school holidays, we have information about holiday childcare.

To see what's on day by day, take a look at our What's On section which details events in and around Lymington. Remember, if you're organising a local event then add your event to the Lymington.com calendar for free! We will be updating this page throughout the summer, so do keep checking back for ideas!

 

Things to do on the water...

  • The Lymington Sea Water Baths are open throughout the school holidays from 10am to 6pm each day, whatever the weather. Inflatables, zorbs and SUPs are waiting... great fun, whatever the weather - and let's face it, once you're wetsuited up and in the water the rain doesn't matter! Snacks available
  • lymington sea water baths is now open for the summer season!Elmers Court also has an outside pool, open daily for non members as well as members and guests at the hotel from 10am to 8pm. Cold drinks and snacks are available to purchase either from the snack shack near the poolside or the Scottish Steak Club which is a short walk away.
  • Kayak or paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company at Keyhaven near Milford on Sea. A great family activity - SUP taster sessions and kayak taster sessions, as well as tours to Hurst Castle along the beautiful Keyhaven coastline. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • New Forest Activities offers kayaking and canoeing on the Beaulieu River and throughout the summer combine kayaking with cycling in the New Forest for Family Adventure Days.
  • Learn to sail! Find out more about learning to sail in Lymington.
  • Stay on a boat! Beds on Board have boats available in Lymington as well as all over the world! Find out more.

For all sports holiday camps and clubs, see our Holiday Childcare article... 

 

lymington pennington town council charter market shrubsThings to do in Lymington...

  • Pick your own strawberries at Goodall's Farm! And whilst you're there, try out the New Adventure Golf next door!
  • At Lymington Library, Rhyme Time continues throughout the holidays every Tuesday 2-2.30pm and every Wednesday 11-11.30am for children aged 0-4 with their parents/carers. The Construction Club also continues through the holidays 2.30-4pm every Saturday. All these events are free of charge.

 

new forest pony eating grassFamily fun in the New Forest...

  • The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be taking place on 25th, 26th and 27th July at New Park in Brockenhurst. There is 15% off tickets purchased online before 18th July and 5% off tickets purchased online thereafter. Frequent direct shuttle buses will be running between Brockenhurst Station direct to the heart of the Show (free for advanced ticket holders, otherwise £3 for adult return/£2 for child return).
  • The New Forest Tour buses are back in operation until 11th September, with three routes again this year. Two of the routes stop in Lymington: the green route (Lymington, Beaulieu, Exbury, Hythe, Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst) and the blue route (Lymington, Brockenhurst, Burley, New Milton, Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea).
  • It's Wild Wednesday at the New Forest Reptile Centre every Wednesday in August, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and ‘making’ activities for children. Come and see the ‘live’ bird on the nest and the reptiles and amphibians. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking is not required.
  • New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is holding Family Discovery Days on various dates throughout the school holiday (check link for dates). New Forest themed trails, quizzes and craft activities for all the family. Suitable for all ages, small charge for materials. Standard Museum entry (accompanied under 16s go free), no booking required.
  • At Bolderwood from 29th July to 3th September, be a Gruffalo Spotter! £3 per pack, dogs welcome on leads. There is also a downloadable app. Whilst you're there, cross over the road and see if any deer can be spotted in the Deer Sanctury. A lovely walk on forest paths.
  • Also at Bolderwood on 1st, 15th and 29th August, Rock up and explore the New Forest with a volunteer ranger. Rock up and explore at Blackwater on 8th and 22nd August.
  • If you're wild about ponies, find out more at Bolderwood on 3rd and 24th August at Bolderwood and on 17th August at Hatchet Pond.
  • Big Owls, for 4-6 year olds will be taking place on 28th July at Home Farm: a morning of plant themed fun and games at the Farm. 
  • At Lepe Country Park there is a summer holiday trail available every day throughout the holidays. Plus Marine Wonders on 8th and 9th August, Seashore discovery trail on 3rd August, Nature Detectives on 1st and 17th August, Bat Walks on 23rd and 24th August. There is also a beach clean up day at Lepe on 3rd September.

 

summer fun living history palace house BeaulieuLiving history

  • Head to Beaulieu for a fun-filled family day out this summer, as a fascinating programme of living history brings Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past this Summer from 22nd July to 3rd September. Transport yourself back to the middle ages and meet Brother Peter in the Beaulieu Abbey! Falconry demonstrations, discover what life was like in the 1800s and enjoy Victorian music in Palace House. See veteran and vintage cars driving around with occupants in period costumes. All included in the general admission ticket which includes the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and World of Top Gear.

Lymington.com top tip! Save money by buying your tickets for Beaulieu online in advance. You can visit again for free within 6 days (there's so much to do, you'll have great fun twice!)

  • Just down the road from Beaulieu is Bucklers Hard. Discover the Maritime Museum and Bucklers Hard story, brought to life by living history characters.

Take a look at our Fun Days Out article for more ideas on places to visit locally...

 

If you hear of any other exciting things to do locally over the summer, do get in touch with us and let us know!

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