What’s on offer in the village of Lyndhurst
PUBLISHED: 11:02 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 13 June 2017
Lyndhurst is proclaimed as the capital of the New Forest. It has welcomed many Royal visitors over the centuries and attracts thousands of tourists today, all eager to sample the shops, pubs and local attractions. Claire Pitcher paid a visit
Dates for your diary
The New Forest Centre often has Discovery Days, workshops and talks as well as exhibitions in the New Forest Gallery. On September 15 2017 the New Forest Centre is hosting a fundraising talk by naturalist and author, Simon King. Booking is required.
Mid-way between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst is New Park and in July it’s the Forest’s largest event of the annual calendar - the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. 2017’s show takes place between July 25-27. See newforestshow.co.uk.
A stone’s throw from the village is the glorious Lime Wood Hotel, which each year hosts Smoked and Uncut – a festival in five-star surrounds. This year’s event is on July 22-23. See smokedanduncut.com/lime-wood.
Grabbing a bite
There’s something for every palette and budget in Lyndhurst. Grab some pasta or pizza at La Pergola, Thai at Siam Thai Lounge or Indian at Indian Fusion. There are pubs such as The Oak Inn, which is rated highly on Trip Advisor. Or if you want to push the boat out, head to Lime Wood Hotel for lunch or dinner at the popular Hartnett Holder & Co.
To take home
If you’re looking for something quirky as a gift or as a memento then explore Pages of Lyndhurst. It’s an independent store bursting with fun and unique items – from flavoured gin to tasty teas. It’s easy to find on the High Street. Or how about something for your home? Shave Green Interiors is also on the High Street and is a treasure trove of stunning items to add a touch of class to your home.
Making the headlines
In 2012, an archaeological dig at St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst unearthed rare physical evidence of a 12th Century settlement in the town. Nearly a quarter of the finds at the church were described as medieval. Over 350 shards of pottery were found including jars and rims of jugs. The investigation also found geological evidence to debunk local folklore that the distinctive mound was man-made, possibly an Iron Age burial mound.
Did you know?
Queen’s House is probably Lynndhurst’s most important building. It has been called King’s House, as the name changes according to the gender of the Monarch. It is owned by the Crown and contains the Verderer’s Hall, home of the Verderer’s Court. The hall contains artefacts including the Stirrup of Rufus, a device used to determine if dogs were small enough to be allowed onto the Royal Forest. Larger dogs were maimed to stop them hunting the Sovereign’s game. It’s also the home of the Forestry Commission.
Lyndhurst is renowned for its traffic, particularly in summer. Often the best route in by car is from the M27 at junction 3 onto the M271 then onto the A35 through Ashurst. The satnav postcode is SO43 7NY. Lynndhurst’s closest train station is at Ashurst, which has services to Waterloo, Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke. It takes eight minutes on the BlueStar Bus 6 to reach Lyndhurst from the station. BlueStar also runs buses to Lymington, Southampton and Brockenhurst.
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