Here’s what we enjoy best about living between Lymington and Poole. If you’d like to share your favourite place or pastime then get in touch. The best ideas will win a hamper of tasty goodies to enjoy on the beach.

Where to get the best Fish and Chips?

We’ve indulged ourselves ( in the name of research ) on beaches all over the world, and our favourite place for this great gastronomic treat has to be Chinaman’s Beach, Sydney Australia. However, Branksome Chine Beach comes a close second. Pick up the day’s fresh catch and crispy chips at Chez Fred in Westbourne just a mile up from the beach. Their children’s boxes containing mini fish and chips are a great treat and the homemade tartar sauce is legendary. 01202 761023

Breathing fresh air

Regardless of the weather a walk or run along the beach is always an uplifting experience. The best spot is known as Lane One, where the beach meets the sea. Turn on some music or just listen to the waves and you will go home reinvigorated and have a spring in your step.

Fresh fish

Sprats caught off Bournemouth pier, delivered hours later to Poole Quay. £2 per bag, yum yum. One bag for dinner, one for the freezer. Look for the signs to see when the next boat comes in. They’re only around when the water’s cold, so if you see the sign, STOP!


Isle of Wight round trip in a day

Catch the early morning car ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth. Enjoy the fresh morning air as the sun breaks through the mist. We would recommend going clockwise round the Island visiting, Yarmouth, Cowes, Seaview, Bembridge, Ventnor (buy crab at Crab shack) then hopefully late afternoon, take Military Road west to Freshwater. This is spectacular coastline and well worth timing with a sunset. Not quite the Pacific Highway in California, but not far off. Then return to Yarmouth. Take, borrow, beg or steal a convertible for the journey. When the sun is out, the island (especially southern side) is hard to beat. 0871 376 4342


Visit the palace, read a book in the grounds, stroll round near the water. Then give in to temptation and raid the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio their bark chocolate is amazing. 01590 612888

Wareham by boat

Firstly, get a boat! In this instance one with a motor. Once this trivial issue is out the way, collect the weekend papers that you didn’t get a chance to read, grab a bottle of cold wine (and corkscrew). Potter along, dead slow, up through Poole Harbour heading west and follow the Frome River to the Quay at Wareham. Ask one of your nimble shipmates to hop off and grab Fish and Chips from the high street, while you do the 10-point turn to get the boat pointing in the other direction. Shout at them loudly to get lots of salt and vinegar. On their return, potter back down the river eating your fish and chips. On arrival back to the harbour, lay anchor and read papers, well away from the crowds. For a finer dining experience pre-book a table at ‘The Priory’ 01929 551666

Brownsea Island

Take the ferry from Sandbanks for a shorter crossing. Arrive at the National Trust visitor centre and then explore the woodland and heaths. There are fantastic views towards the Purbeck Hills from the south side of the island. A picnic is a good idea, but watch out for those cheeky Red Squirrels. 01202 707744

Fireworks on Poole Quay

Why lay in bed wishing you could get back to sleep when the fireworks start on Poole Quay. Hop out of bed and go to watch them, no one will mind if you’ve still got your pyjamas on. Its on every Thursday during the summer and goes on tour for a couple of weeks in the summer, down to Sandbanks. You’re loving the coast too.