Platinum Jubliee Weekend in the New Forest: Picnic in the Park

Lymingtons's Platinum Jubilee Picnic in the park

Let's bask a little longer in happy reflections of last weekend's wonderful celebrating and camaraderie in Lymington and the New Forest


With much unwelcome news already crowding back in to our lives let's bask just a little longer in happy reflections of last weekend's wonderful celebrating and camaraderie!

Street parties on Thursday enjoyed probably the best of the weekend's weather, and how fabulous under warm June sunshine to spend time with our neighbours.

Many of the local celebrations were due to coincide with the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, when people across the country were encouraged to get together “to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours” as part of the jubilee celebrations.

And so Lymington's Picnic in the Park along with lots of other local picnics took place under ever darkening clouds - but fortunately the heavens waited at least until the middle of the afternoon to open and drench those of us still revelling!  Scroll down to check the list of winning raffle tickets - some of the prizes haven't yet been claimed! The raffle raised  under £6,000 which will now be shared equally between Rotary Club of Lymington, Lymington Community Centre and Compass Counselling which is the Mayor’s chosen charity for this year.

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Picnic in the Park
Picnic in the park at Woodside

Images above courtesy of Helen Renouf,


The live music - photos of the bands below!

Empty Frets performing at the Picnic in the Park

Empty Frets

Band Coda Ukeule at Picnic in the Park

Coda Ukeule

Band Magikat at Picnic in the Park


Band Free Wheelers at Picnic in the Park

Free Wheelers

With thanks for the images of the bands to Ian, the Musical Director of the day!


The Dog Show and Hunt the Corgi were both very popular


The Dog Show was incredibly popular with a total of 180 gorgeous pooches taking part in 6 different fun categories. Meanwhile more than 100 children took part in the races and the Hunt the Corgi contest organised by St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery. Everything was for fun with free entry and everyone who participated received a medal.

Winners of Queens Jubilee Platinum Raffle

The Winners of Queens Jubilee Platinum Raffle were drawn at the Picnic in the Park at Woodside on 5th June. Some of the prizes were collected on the day but in case you bought tickets and weren’t there for the draw here’s the list of winning numbers for the remaining prizes.

  • 1st Prize – One Week Stay at Dar Louisa, Morocco for a party of 8, fully staffed & catered for – Collected at the event by the winner
  • Leisure Membership at Elmers Court Hotel – Collected at the event by the winner
  • Round of Golf for 4 people – 01942
  • Dinner Voucher- East End Arms – 13737
  • Dinner Voucher – Lanes Restaurant – 13666
  • Dire Straits, John Ilsley Memorabilia Package – 06213
  • A luxury Forest Foodie Hamper – 02051
  • One person Ride in a Ferrari (from Milford on Sea) – 12301
  • Jeroboam of Rose Wine – 00191
  • Original framed watercolour of “Hurst Castle & The Needles” by local artist Shaun Stevens – Collected at the event by the winner
  • French Food Hamper from Vitre (Twinned Town) – 00463
  • Handmade cushion from “Beach hut ‘n’ boats –12701
  • Large Ceramic Cassrole Dish – Collected at the event by the winner
  • Six Hand made wine glasses – 06352


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