12th & 13th August 2017
Bath Road Park, Lymington
A celebration of our rich cultural heritage, local produce and links to the sea. We are a ‘not for profit’ event and in our first year, raising money and awareness for the Blue Marine Foundation’s Solent Oyster Project.
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 fishing industry has operated since 2013.
Today, Lymington is a thriving market town with a wide array of restaurants showcasing local seafood on their menu’s. Renowned for its sailing, along with many brilliant local food and drink producers Lymington has many great places to stay or enjoy.
KEEP UP TO DATE
Live musicBring a picnic rug, or find a haybale or deck chair. Sit back and relax with great food and drink whilst foot tapping along to some of finest local bands and artists. Led by the FB Pocket Orchestra, we’ll entertain you with jazz, blues, folk, soul, ska and even a few sea shanties! See who’s performing.
Demo KitchenWatch, learn and taste as some of our region’s top chefs demonstrate their cooking skills and techniques using regional produce. We’ll be entertaining you with not one, but two demonstration kitchens with the Fisher and Paykel Social kitchen or join one of the Broil King seafood BBQ Masterclass sessions throughout the weekend!
Producers & RestaurantsFrom delicious seafood with tastes from across the region, meaty feasts or something yummy for vegetarians there's something for everyone. We’re delighted to be joined by some of the best restaurants and producers from across the region ensuring you and the family won’t be going home hungry.
WHO ARE WE
The “not for profit” charity event is organised by Lighthouse Marketing, run by Domine and Richard Nowell, who combined have over 40 years marketing, event, sponsorship and sales experiences having worked for a number of leading brands and businesses. The idea was first sparked Andrew Du Bourg acclaimed chef of The Elderflower Lymington, when discussing what we could do to put The New Forest further on the foodie map.
Lighthouse is a full service marketing consultancy that specialises in delivering creative, effective and measurable campaigns to businesses looking to grow their brand and increase sales.
We’re a member of New Forest Tourist Association and proud to be promoting this amazing area we live in.