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There is nothing more rewarding than growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.  We have allotments situated in Marsh Lane, Lymington and at Deneside Copse, Pennington.  For more information, please contact us (tel: 02380 285893 / email:

Bath Road Recreation Ground
Situated between the Berthon Marina and Royal Lymington Yacht Club, this is an attractive site favoured by dog walkers, picnickers and children alike with an excellent view of the riverbanks and coastline.  The site includes a play area, pond and a Band Stand which hosts performances in the summer.

Bowling Green
Lymington Bowling Club has a friendly league and active programme, welcoming new members and visitors.  Reservations for games can be made at the Clubhouse, reached from the Avenue Road entrance to the Lymington Sports Ground (SO41 9GJ).  Contact 01590 678081 for details.

Coastal Nature Reserve
The four miles of coastal nature reserve to the west, which stretches from Lymington to Hurst Spit, has received European and national recognition as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  Hampshire County Council acquired the 80 acre Normandy Farm in 1973 along with the 38 acre Salterns Estate.

In 1979 a substantial grant from the Countryside Commission resulted in the County Council purchasing 180 acres at Pennington and Oxey marshes, followed by the acquisition of 117 acres of Keyhaven Marshes in 1984, along with 20 acres at Hurst Spit.

Encompassing some of the most unspoilt scenery in southern England, mostly wetland with salt and fresh water lagoons, the coastal nature reserve is managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust.  The wardened reserve is a recreation haven for walkers, birdwatchers and anglers.  This is also the only site in Britain to host the Small Bristle worm.

Cricket pitches are located at Pennington Recreation Ground, Lymington Sports Ground and Woodside Park.  They can be hired for occasional matches throughout the season.  The pitches at Woodside can be hired together with the use of the Pavilion.  Details of the Lymington Cricket Club can be found at

A croquet green is provided by the Council at Woodside.  The Secretary of the Croquet Club can be contacted at 01425 628213.

Facilities are provided by the Council for Lymington Town Football Club to play at Lymington Sports Ground, off Southampton Road.  The Council maintains pitches for hire at Pennington Recreation Ground and Woodside Park.  A special rate is offered to youth teams.  The Lymington Football Club can be contacted on 01590 671305.

To book cricket and football pitches, please contact the Council Offices, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG (tel: 02380 285893 / email:

Lymington Health & Leisure Centre
Lymington Health & Leisure Centre has a 25m indoor pool, learner pool, sunbed, sports hall, tennis courts, general activity room and cafeteria.  

A full activity programme for children is provided every holiday period with experienced and qualified staff.

Swimming lessons are provided for all, from 3 month old babies to adults.

A wide range of activities are available to choose from including pilates, yoga and chi ball for adults and gymnastics, trampolining and soccer for juniors.  There are numerous weekly keep-fit, circuit and aerobic classes.

Address: North Street, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8FZ
Tel: 0845 659 0845 / Website: Health & Leisure

Open Air Sea Water Baths - Please click here Sea Water Baths for up-to-date information.
The Sea Water Baths are one of the largest along the south coast and date back to the 1780s.  Mrs Beeston, who took over the baths in November 1872 following her husband's death, capitalised on the growing public health interest in sea water and mud by using an inlet from the Salterns and advertising her "strengthening sea baths".

In 1825 the charges were:

"For a warm bath: 3s. 6d; shower ditto, 2s. 0d; cold water bath with guide: 1s. od; without guide, 6d. Every care and attention to the comforts of the invalid and the convalescent will be found strictly observed."

The male guide kept bathers afloat with the use of a rope.  The baths gained in popularity with customers travelling from all over England to bath in the health strengthening waters and mud.  In 1833 a larger building was funded by shares and donations (£6000 in total) under the Lymington Bath and Improvement Co. to house hot, cold and vapour baths with separate wings for ladies and gentlemen and large swimming baths at the western extremity.

Further mud flat areas were taken over for pastimes such as archery, rifle shooting and even a 12 hole golf course in 1893, all below sea level.  With a membership of 200 in 1916 and a ladies club, the course unfortunately flooded and then again in 1937.  With the onset of the Second World War the course was closed.

After various owners the local Corporation acquired the Sea Water Baths in 1929.  The baths are now owned by Lymington &Pennington Town Council.

The Petanque Court situated in the Emsworth Road recreation area is free for anyone to use during daylight hours.

Taster sessions have been kindly offered by Mr Chris Chubb, President of the New Forest Petanque Club - every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm.  Come along and enjoy a game of Boules.  Mr Chubb (mob: 07968 486762) is able to lend you boules for the afternoon to get you started.

Play Areas
Children can enjoy the Council's numerous play areas located around the town.  Fitted with climbing frames and adventure equipment, these areas are situated in the riverside Bath Road Recreation Ground, at the rear of St. Thomas Church off Emsworth Road (with swings and slides), Pennington Common, Lymington Meadows, Grove Gardens, Woodside Gardens and Deneside Copse.  Read about the enchanting 'Fey of Woodside' adobe icon The Fey of Woodside [15Mb]

Reedbeds and River
Hampshire Wildlife Trust manages the deep waterlogged soil of the reedbeds along the wide stretches on either side of Lymington River, north of the old tollbridge road (Bridge Road).

The reeds accommodate a variety of wildlife, providing breeding grounds for many animals including the rare Cetti's Warbler.

During the autumn, swallows, martins and yellow wagtails build up winter fat reserves by snacking on the considerable insect life, preparing for the long flight south.

During winter months, snipe feed in the sheltered reeds. Despite its close proximity to the town, the river is a favourite haunt for otters.

Contact Lymington Reed Beds (tel: 02380 613636) for more information.

Facilities are provided by the Council for Rugby at Woodside.  The Secretary of the Rugby Club can be contacted on 07917 556863.

Courts are available for public hire at Lymington Sports Ground, booked through Lymington Tennis Club (tel: 01590 676236) which has a clubhouse on the ground.  Courts are available daily from 9.00am until dusk.  

For simple recreation rather than serious play, a free tennis court can be used at Woodside Park.


Take a Historic walk through Lymington  adobe icon Historic Town Trail [11Mb]