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Food and Drink Event, from 12 Aug 2017

Lymington Seafood Festival

Lymington Seafood Festival


The historic market town of Lymington launches it’s first seafood festival this summer on August 12th and 13th, aiming to build on the New Forest’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading food destinations for tourists.

The two-day event, held at Bath Road Park, is free entry and will feature some of the region’s most exciting chefs, restaurants and artisan producers as well as raising money for charity.

For the first year, the ‘not for profit’ festival will be partnering with the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) to support its Solent Oyster Restoration Project. BLUE, the UK-based marine conservation charity is aiming to raise £250,000 to restore the native oyster to the Solent. The restoration of the native oyster will provide wide-ranging ecological and social benefits for the region over the long-term by helping to improve water quality, foster valuable habitats and re-establish an important strand of the economy on the South Coast.
Lymington boasts a proud marine heritage dating back to 1346 when it provided war ships to Edward III and again a couple of centuries later for Henry VIII. The town was also known as a major salt producer, before fishing and farming took over in the 1900’s.

However, it is the Solent’s oyster fishery which, dating back to Roman times, was once the largest fishery in Europe for the native oyster, until as recently as 1978. At its peak, the area would land up to 15 million oysters a year, but overfishing together with the effects of habitat loss, pollution, invasive species and disease led to a collapse in numbers and a limited fishery has operated since 2013.

The Festival will play host to an exciting array of over 60 producers and pop-up restaurants across the weekend, including Chewton Glen, The Montagu Arms and Carey’s Manor. It aims to cover as many seafood delicacies as possible, from lobster mac n’ cheese, local hand dived scallops, clams, crab, mackerel…. the list goes on and each producer will be offering something a little different. All of which, can be washed down with a glass of Hambledon’s award winning English sparkling, a pint of festival ale courtesy of Ringwood Brewery or local gin and rum from Lymington’s Dancing Cows Distillery.

With its stunning Solent and estuary views, Bath Road Park will welcome Michelin-starred chefs in the demonstration kitchen, provided by leading kitchen supplier Fisher & Paykel including Chewton Glen’s Luke Matthews and Alex Aitken of The Jetty who will be joining the line-up for this first-time event organised by local agency Lighthouse Marketing.

In addition to the pop-up food stalls, there will be an arts and crafts area as well as live music across the weekend with leading bands and artists playing a mix of soul, blues, ska and rag-time – plus a 12-strong sea shanty band.

To keep updated, please go to or you can follow all the news on the Facebook and Instagram pages @lymingtonseafoodfestival.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 12 Aug 2017 11:00 to 19:00
Sun 13 Aug 2017 11:00 to 18:00

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 12 Aug Lymington Seafood Festival
Sun 13 Aug Lymington Seafood Festival


Lighthouse Marketing

01590 670729


Bath Road,
SO41 3SE



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Map reference: NE 332508  Lat: 50.75443 Long: -1.53014