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Lymington & The New Forest Attractions, activities and things to do...

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The Olde Barn bed and breakfast is surrounded by attractions, activities and places to see – there is something for everyone!

We are located just a few minutes from Barton-On-Sea and Milford-On-Sea, where you can stroll along the cliff tops or relax on the beaches below to soak up spectacular views of the Solent. Our great position also means that you are only a short drive from the many acres of woodlands, forest and heaths that make the New Forest National Park such a special place to visit!

Fancy a round or two of golf? A horse ride through the New Forest? A coastal walk? You’ve come to the right place! And we have plenty of local knowledge to make your stay in Lymington extra special!

Lymington Coastal Georgian market town

The Olde Barn is very close to Lymington, a pretty Georgian market town with cobbled streets on the southern edge of the New Forest. Lymington offers a vibrant mix of old and new, and is known as a yachting haven. With a pretty Quay to wander along, and two large marinas boasting sailing clubs- spot the gold postbox in Lymington High Street as recognition of Olympic winning Ben Ainslie’s accomplishments, who trained and lived here!

Notorious in days gone by for its underground network of smuggling, Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, famously visited this town for writing inspiration!

Lymington is also great for landlubbers too….with a brilliant selection of boutique shops and restaurants to enjoy + a Saturday market offering a diverse mix of goodies.

It’s no wonder that Lymington secured the top spot in a recent study of the country’s finest seaside resorts- ahead of nearby Sandbanks in Poole.

Staying in our Lymington bed and breakfast will give you a great opportunity to explore this waterside market town. It has a fascinating history, and it’s close proximity to the New Forest makes Lymington a must see place to stay and visit!

The Coast Fabulous walks with views of the Solent, Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight

Whether you want to blow away the cobwebs with some fresh sea air, spot the array of wildlife who call the New Forest home, or soak up the panoramic views of the Solent– we can direct you to some fantastic walks.

The 4 mile track from Milford-on-sea to Lymington, via the Keyhaven nature Reserve, is a really beautiful track +there are also
Marvelous walks from Milford-On-Sea to Hurst Castle along the shingle bank with beautiful views out to the Isle Of Wight and the Needles.

The South Coast has many safe beaches, which are perfect for relaxing and watersports for those looking to get their pulses racing with paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and sailing on offer to name a few!

If you fancy a day trip further afield, take an easy drive down the coast to Dorset, where you will find the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which includes the famous Durdle Door and beautiful Lulworth Cove.

The New Forest Nova Foresta - where horses, donkeys, pigs and cattle roam freely

With charming towns to explore, ancient forests to wander, and lots of tracks to cycle or ride through, adventures in the New Forest are just around the corner!

Named by William the Conqueror in 1079, the New Forest has been the haunt of English Kings for centuries, and it remains a living working place where ponies, cattle & pigs freely graze the land.

The best way to really appreciate this beautiful area, and the sounds and smells of the forest, is to go and explore… pull yourself away from the car and head out on foot, bicycle or horse back to get a more intimate feel of the forest, coast and villages!

From the Olde Barn, take a 15 minute drive to the nearest point of The New Forest for a lovely, relaxing walk where you will see ponies, cattle, donkeys and even pigs wander freely amongst the magical and ever- changing forest backdrop.

The picturesque villages of Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Burley are also great places to visit; each with their own collection of shops and pubs whereby ponies and donkeys wander at will.


New Forest Activities

Horse Riding in the New Forest

Feel and see the magic of the New Forest by horseback! Julie used to breed and show horses, so if you want to know where to go horse riding, you will have a great list of recommendations. Nearby horse riding stables include:


Golf in the New Forest

The New Forest is renowned for its many well-kept and scenic courses. Julie is a keen golfer so can easily point you in the direction of a great course. Local clubs include:

There are many other courses in the area. Telephone Julie for help and details: 01590 644939 or 07813 679757


Cycling in the New Forest

The New Forest is a great location for cycling mountain and road bikes. The Forest roads are smooth and well maintained, and there are numerous gravel tracks through the forest enclosures to explore.
Bring your own bikes and rest easy with our private and secure location, or hire bikes from:

Walking in the New Forest

The New Forest is a great location for walking and rambling. There is just so much to discover and enjoy on foot and forest scenery changes with the seasons, so you are always sure to see something new.
For recommended walking routes please visit;


What's On?

Lymington Charter Market
Every Saturday!


Lymington Open Gardens
Across Lymington

Beaulieu Auto Jumble
Beaulieu Motor Museum

Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Across the Isle of Wight


Old Gaffers Festival
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Hurst Dubfest
Hurst View Campsite, Lymington

New Forest Arts Festival
Across the New Forest

Bournemouth Food Festival
Events across Bournemouth


Round the Island Race
View from Lymington & Milford-on-sea

New Forest Folk Festival

Fordingbridge Summer Festival
Beside the famous River Avon

Pier to Pier Swim
Bournemouth to Boscombe

Curious Arts Festival
Pylewell House, Lymington

New Forest Show
New Park, Brockenhurst


Summer Spectacular
Woodside Gardens, Lymington

Lymington Sea Food Festival
Bath Road Park, Lymington

Ellingham & Ringwood Agricultural Show

Cowes Week
Cowes, Isle of Wight

Bournemouth Air Festival
Bournemouth beaches

Hampshire Open Studios
Across the New Forest


Beaulieu International Autojumble
Beaulieu Motor Museum

Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show
Broadlands Park, Romsey

Hampshire Farmers Market

Beaulieu Road Pony Sales
Beaulieu Road


Pick your own Pumpkin
Goodall's Strawberry Farm, Lymington


Beaulieu Fireworks
Beaulieu Motor Museum

'Guy Fawkes in the Square'
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight


Santa Dash
Lymington High Street

Christmas Market
Lymington High Street

Winter Wonderland
Stewarts Garden Centre


Pubs with Restaurants

The Royal Oak, Downton (300 yards)
The Crown Inn, Everton (1 mile)
The Kings Head, Lymington (3 miles)
The Fishermans, Lymington (3 miles)
The Smugglers, Milford-on-Sea (2 miles)
The Hare & Hounds, Sway (3 miles)
The Monkey House, Lymington (3 miles)  


Raft Rocks, Milford on Sea (2.7 Miles)
Pebble Beach, Burton on Sea (3 miles)
The Mill, Lymington (3 miles)
The Lord Bute, Highcliffe (4 miles)

The Cliff House, Barton-On-Sea (2 miles)
Lanes of Lymington (3 miles)
The Haven, Lymington (4 miles)
Splinters of Christchurch (9 miles)
The Ferryman, Lymington (3 miles)  

Private Dining

The Granary Kitchen, Newlands Manor (2 miles)
bed and breakfast in Lymington

New Forest Attractions

National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum


Bucklars Hard

Bucklars Hard


Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens


Sammy Miller motorcycle museum

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park


New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park


Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle


Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle


New Forest Cider

New Forest Cider


New Forest Cider

The New Forest Tour