Lymington is a bustling coastal town, with plenty to see and do, both on the waterfront and in the characterful town centre. Below are 7 things you can do in the area – in no particular order!

1. Stroll the old cobbled streets and enjoy the independent shops

The town is packed with a wide-range of shops, from popular stores to independent and local retailers, boutiques and antique stores.

On Saturdays, the Lymington Market on the high street is lined with stalls, selling fresh local produce abd arts and crafts, alongside a variety of items.

These shots on a relaxing weekend stroll and we always love the colourful shop fronts of independent shops, ice cream spots, and baked goods.

2. Crabbing on the quayside

Lymington is one of Hampshire’s top crabbing spots’. So, if you’re planning on coming to the area, bring your own supplies, or get yourself some from one of the local Lymington shops, and spend some fun (and free!) with your little ones.

Pro tip: crabbing is best during the warm summer months, as the water temperature is higher.

3. Pick your own soft fruits at Goodall’s Strawberry Farm

Goodall’s farm is just outside of Lymington and is great destination for summer time PYO.

There are less than ten spots in the UK where you can do cherry picking and we are lucky to have one here in our lovely county. Head there when the picking season opens; the season doesn’t last long so be quick!

The kids love this place. At the time of our visit, there was a large hangar to explore housing the cherries, which felt like a jungle adventure. The redder the cherries, the riper they are and we were lucky to see loads of red ones! The farm also had strawberries for picking which we had to get stuck into! 🍓🍒

Open every day 9am to 5pm and 10 to 5 Sundays.

📍 Goodalls PYO, South Baddesley, Road, Lymington SO41 5SD

4. Beat your personal best at the mini golf

We were invited to New Forest Adventure Golf, a great spot for some family fun. There is a beautifully laid out, 18-hole mini golf course, for some putting in the sunshine.

The course is landscaped with a high level of detail and although built with children in mind, it also challenges any short-game competitor. For younger kids, they should have plenty of patience as the holes are a bit longer than your normal crazy golf, for example.

Expertly crafted to mirror the New Forest, the 18 holes lead us from The Isle of Wight across the Solent to Lymington by moving ferry. The two rivers flowing through the site are Lymington River and Beaulieu River with towns and villages authentically represented, including Bolton’s Bench in Lyndhurst, the ancient mariner port of Bucklers Hard and Exbury Gardens to name just a few.

The course is built on Goodall’s farmland and we combined out golf and fruit picking, a great combination!

⏱️ Open 10am to 6pm

🅿️They have lots of free parking

📍 SO41 5SD

5. Walk the Lymington Marshes

There is a brilliant circular walk with plenty on route for the kids to keep them entertained and fit! Walk along the Quayside for river views followed by the coastal marshes of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve. We took a leisurely pace, with plenty of stops, and it took us around 3 hours.

☕️🥐 After the walk we grabbed coffee and pastries from the Saturday market and one of the many pasty shops on the high street to sat in the sunshine on the quayside. We also enjoyed a‘baby cone’ from our fave ice cream takeaway spot at the bottom of the cobbled st towards the quayside, Out of the Blue.

✅ Start/finish: Lymington Town Railway Station, SO41 9AU, or one of the many car parks around the centre
✅ Distance: Around 4 miles or 6-7km
✅ Local facilities: Public toilets in Lymington, near St Barbe Museum. Train and bus transport to start of walk
✅ Accessibility: Easy walk along level ground
✅ More info available here – https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/…/lymington-marshes/

6. Pause and get back your vava vroom at the 777 Motorcycle Café

The 777 Motorcyle Café a a hidden gem tucked away off the high street for biking fans. It has been a garage for around 35 years until 2023 when the owner, John, opened it up as a coffee and food spot too.

It’s got plenty to look at and read while you eat and drink, with motorcycle-themed decor everywhere you look and vintage couches and more. Indie rock music is playing and they are serve coffee with beans supplied by the local Coffee Mongers Roasting Company based around the corner. They still do motorbike MOT and servicing as part of the café space!

They serve up brekkies and lunches and we had an avo and egg plate as well as a sausage and egg sandwich, which set us up for the day pretty well. 🍳

It’s open 9-4 Tuesdays to Sundays and also available for private hire.

Great alternative spot to visit when in Lymington.

📍3 Gosport St, Lymington SO41 9BG

7. Enjoy vegan delights at Tinker’s Grandaughter

Vegan eatery in Lymington, Hampshire… The Tinkers Granddaughter✨☕️🥙

With a funky name and located right on the high street of the New Forest location, we visited this lovely plant-based eatery and café spot for lunch. Welcomed in by the friendly staff, it’s beautifully decorated and a nice space to sit and enjoy food and drink. It’s got an upstairs area, as well as an outdoor space which catches the sun around lunchtime, good timing! ☀️

🥗 We enjoyed their famous deli salad bar with a warm quiche and could not resist some sweet treats including a cinnamon bun, a dirty chai latte croissant custard pudding – with a chai latte of course! The surroundings of the deli bar include a bookshelf with vegan cookbooks and corners with lots of goodies from wine to handmade chocolate and locally made hardware. 🍴

They also host monthly supper clubs, workshops, and events. Did we mention it’s dog-friendly too? 🐶

📍 20 High St, Lymington SO41 9AD

If you’re looking for accommodation options, here are a few:

The Bothy, Lymington ; Harford en-suite rooms, Lymington ; Sail Away, Lymington.

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