The area is a playground for a host of activities. These include horse riding, walking, cycling, golf, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, surfing, bird watching, sight-seeing & photography.
The Old Piggery is only 5 miles from Beaulieu, the village nestles on the banks of the Beaulieu River with its picturesque and historic buildings lining the streets, where the ponies and donkeys meander around. Here you will find some unusual craft and gift shops to browse, quaint tea rooms, a garden centre and more.
Beaulieu has much to offer the visitor, with the famous National Motor Museum whose vehicle displays range from Vintage, World Record Breakers, Formula 1 to Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and the children’s much-loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Beaulieu grounds on the high level mile long Monorail and a ride around the grounds on board a replica 1912 open topped London bus. Beaulieu offers special and seasonal displays and events throughout the year. It’s easy to spend a whole day in Beaulieu as you can also visit Palace House which has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 and Beaulieu Abbey, which was founded by the Cistercian order of monks in 1204, to look around the exhibition and see a film of Monastic life.
The historic market town of Lymington can be traced back to the 6th Century. The town’s Saturday market, believed to have been running since the 13th Century, continues alongside the High Street shops, selling a wide range of goods. Situated on the west bank of the Lymington River, the town was famous for its production of salt, which was transported all around the country.
Today, Lymington is very famous for its sailing and is one of the first yacht marinas to be built in the UK. The Old Town Quay is very picturesque and offers private sailing instruction, motor boating, fishing and pleasure boat trips. There is a large open-air sea water swimming pool on the marina or a large indoor pool at Lymington’s Health and Leisure Centre. Alternatively, you can take the ferry from Lymington Port to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight for the day with Wightlink Ferries, either as a passenger or with the car.
To find out more information go to the New Forest Tourism website.