Lymington and the New Forest will be bursting at the seams with attraction and events this spring / summer time. Here are just a few reasons to visit in April and May 2016...
Observatory Residencies Exhibition, St Barbe Museum: 5th Mar - 16th April
Initially installed at Winchester Science Centre before moving to the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve, this exhibition showcases work produced by the resident artists at both sites.
Simply Aston Martin Rally, National Motor Museum: 10th April
All Aston Martin owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu and park up within the museum complex for what promises to be a superb day out for both Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts.
Boat Jumble, National Motor Museum: 24th April
Offering much more than the average boat jumble, Beaulieu provides interactive displays, demonstrations and expert advice to enjoy in between the browsing and haggling. Plenty of bargains to be had!
New Forest Vegan Fair: Saturday 30 April 2016 (11am-4pm)
Browse 40 stalls crammed full with vegan friendly goodies, enjoy the pop-up cafe and pick up lots of inspiration and information on living a cruelty-free lifestyle. Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Lymington Lido Triathlon: 1 May 2016
An ideal early-season warm up for triathletes! The swim offers an ideal opportunity for less experienced athletes - the cycle section is roads through beautiful New Forest heathland and country lane - the run will take in a section of the sea wall with panoramic views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.
Hampshire Country Fair: 1st-2nd May 2016
Hampshire Country Fair returns for another year at Netley Marsh Showground. Three large arenas featuring all day entertainment, attractions, dare devil stunts and country sports create a wonderful show piece.
Lymington Lifeboat 10K: 8th May 2016
Woodside Park, Ridgeway Lane, Lymington SO41 8FP
The course follows country lanes and the flat coastal path along the sea wall with fantastic views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
Southampton German Beer Festival 2016: 14th May 2016
This festival is organised wholly by volunteers of the Southern Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and features more than 90 real ales, plus real ciders, real perries and UK & foreign bottled beers. Guildhall, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Isle of Wight Walking Festival: 30th April – 15th May 2016
celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival! With over 200 walks to choose from, there is no excuse not to hit those footpaths and take in the stunning views of the beautiful Island.
Christchurch Food Festival: 7th-8th May 2016
The Christchurch Food & Wine Festival has developed into a huge and popular attraction drawing thousands of people to the colourful and vibrant town centre and picturesque riverside setting.
Beaulieu Spring Auto Jumble: 21st May 2016
Sister to the iconic and world-famous International Autojumble, Spring Autojumble is the perfect way to start the motoring event season.
Lymington Open Gardens: Sunday 31st May (2pm-6pm)
Entry to the gardens will be by programme (£6) on sale in advance at St Barbe Museum in New Street. Many of the gardens are within walking distance of each other - or if you want to see them all a short bicycle ride.