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Lymington Seafood Festival

English fizz & lobster mac n'cheese? Oh go on then, you've twisted our arm. Muddy checks out the fantastic Lymington Seafood Festival.

So you thought the New Forest was all about the, err, forest? Wrong!

Yes, though we love the wild ponies, ancient oaks and semi-legal food foraging — we’ve also got a thing for the oft’ overlooked coastline skirting Hampshire’s world-famous woodland.

That’s why Team Muddy Hants has block booked the weekend of 16 – 18 July 2021, and you should too. Why hello there, Lymington Seafood Festival.

Families eating in the sunshine.

We’ll be donning our floatiest tea dresses to waft around this celebration of all things fruit de mer.

Expect Hampshire & Dorset seafood producers galore: lobster mac n’cheese, scallops, cockle popcorn, soft shell crab, shrimp burgers, oysters… all washed down with a good selection of *ahem* beverages, including Pimms (naturally), Hampshire fizz from Hattingley Valley Vineyard and local gin.

Then there’s comic capers from bonkers street performers like Dan the Hat and Bruce Airhead who got a ‘yes from Simon’ in Britain’s Got Talent. Not to mention live music from local soul and blues acts and the Solent stretching to the horizon behind you. Dreamy.

Festival live music performance.

Queueing for seafood.

Fish not your thing? Fear not. There will be plenty of non-seafood stalls amongst the 80+ local food producers taking part.

It’s all for a brilliant cause as well. This year’s festival charity is Lymington Sailability which provides sailing and powerboating experiences for people with disabilities.

The sensible stuff:

Tickets cost £5 and pre-booking is essential. Book tickets here. If the event has to be cancelled, they will automatically be rolled over to 2022.

Coming from the Island? The Coral Star will be running ferries from Yarmouth to Lymington.

For more information and to keep updated, visit or follow its Facebook and Instagram pages @lymingtonseafoodfestival.

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