Lymington New Forest Seafood Festival 2020

Lymington Seafood Festival 2020 - what's different and why

Popular annual New Forest festival with a new format for the New Normal 

lymington seafood festival posterThe organisers of the Lymington Seafood Festival are delighted to announce the long awaited confirmation, that this wonderful and eagerly anticipated annual festival will go ahead!  We think it promises to be better than ever "thanks" to Covid - read on as to why!

First, the 2020 Lymington Seafood Festival organised by Lighthouse Marketing will take place in the same fabulous Lymington venue as previously - in the Bath Road Recreation Ground, a glorious and very special spot close to the main Lymington Harbour slipway and yacht clubs, with views across and down Lymington River and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.  

Next, the new slightly later dates of the 3 full days of the August Bank Holiday Weekend (29th, 30th & 31st August) may well in fact suit many people better, and after what has been a tough few months for everyone a real live "Festival" should be just the "ticket!  Speaking of which...

lymington seafood festival mapSome of the finest food, drink and bands around

...for 2020 the event will take a new format to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, and will be ticketed to provide space and safety for attendees. ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY will help to manage numbers as well as to adhere to track and trace with a managed capacity number.

All of which should mean more space for everyone to be able properly to relax and chill out with somewhere to sit and enjoy the food, drink and entertainment, because “The Lymington Seafood Feast” (aka Festival) will of course also showcase some of the finest food, drink and bands from the South Coast!

Fundraising this year for Lymington SailAbility

Each year's Seafood Festival raises money for a different charity and the organisers are delighted this year to be supporting Lymington SailAbility. This is a small local charity that aims to make sailing and powerboating accessible to all.

shellfish at Lymington Seafood Festival

If you ever hear people who have benefitted from SailAbility talking about what it does for them you will appreciate how special a charity this is.

Thanks to the unstinting work of committed volunteers, people who might otherwise be physically entirely dependent on others are taken into another place where, thanks also to the controls in the specially adapted boats, they can pit their wits against the winds and the tides and feel not just the breeze on their faces but much more than that: completely alive and independent.

A marvellous seafood festival to entertain the local community, delight visitors and benefit a deserving local charity

And, the bottom line is that Lighthouse Marketing are looking forward to serving you up a weekend of fabulous seafood fun at this year's Lymington Seafood Festival!

lobster at the Lymington Seafood Festival

Dates and Times

Sat 29th and Sun 30th August two separate sessions: 11.30-3.30pm or 4-8pm

Mon 31st August one session: 11.30-5pm

Buy your tickets now!

Tickets are available to buy now - buy yours here! (Link:

Some questions which are being asked - with their answers

Tickets on sale for Lymington Seafood Festival

Why is the event ticketed?

The event is ticketed for 2020 to allow the organisers to manage numbers and adhere to track and trace details

Why are you charging £5?

This year it is not possible to put this event on as free. The Lymington Seafood Festival is usually funded by sponsors and a larger number of stands. Some sponsors are not able to support the 2020 event, plus stand numbers have to be reduced to give more space for social distancing. Added to that investment is required for a raft of health and safety measures including sanitiser stations, staff, signage and additional cleaning, seating and more.

Can I buy tickets on the gate?

No there will be no tickets available on the gate, advance purchase only.

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What additional safety measures are in place?

The organisers take the safety of visitors and staff very seriously and a series of additional safety measures will be in place throughout the event.

  • Strictly advance tickets only to manage capacity
  • There will be slightly fewer stands to allow for more space
  • There will be an interval between the two Saturday and Sunday sessions to allow for cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and around the site
  • Additional seating will be made available to allow for small groups to sit down and enjoy the delicious food and drink
  • Additional staff including a dedicated cleaning team will be cleaning the toilets and wiping down tables throughout the day
  • There will be a 30 minute break to allow for additional cleaning between each slot
  • Food and drink stands will be serving under strict hygiene rules in terms of food preparation and hand sanitation (as they do every year!)

Can I bring the kids?

Yes, and children under 16 are free. (When you buy your tickets you will be able to add tickets for under 16's at the price £0.)

Can I bring my own food and drinks onto the site?

Please don't bring your own food and drinks onto the site; instead do support the fabulous event traders - it's been a hard few months for them! 

Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved four legged guests are very welcome, please keep them on a lead at all times

Why is there no demo kitchen this year?

It is unfortunately not possible to have a demo kitchen for 2020 as it would not be feasible to follow the required distancing guidelines

What if I feel unwell?

If you feel unwell for everyone's safety please do not attend the event, your tickets can even be transferred to another name if that is required.

Dates, times, and location map

See also event details in the Events Calendar - click link here.

Buy your tickets now!

Tickets are available to buy now - buy yours here! (Link:


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