This water in this pool is supplied by the sea, making it pretty environmentally friendly! There is a changing room, sun loungers and a paddling pool. You can also hire a kayak or a little rowing boat in an enclosed part of the pool.
There was talk of turning into a car park, but this seems to have been stopped, so the pool is still there.
Equipment: There are lifeguards and a small kiosk selling snacks so all you need is a swimsuit and towel. You might want to take beach shoes as the floor of the pool is stony and there are often little crabs!
Lymington regattas are always fun, with a huge range of age groups competing. You can generally find a crewing space on dinghies, keelboats or yachts.
A lot of the regattas are only for members, but there are open events throughout the year, such as the Cadet and Oppie opens, and the summer regatta. The junior regatta in August is also a good summer activity for under-18s.
Equipment: A boat! Try the crewing register on the Royal Lymington website or the Yachts and Yachting website
The Rec is actually in Pennington, and has recently been totally refurbished.
They have a pool, large sports halls, a brand new gym and facilities for indoor and outdoor games.
Equipment: You can hire raquets, balls, shuttlecocks, etc.
They even sell a few swimming costumes and goggles if you have forgotten to bring them. (Otherwise try the shops on the quay, Elmer's Court or Shorefields in Milford).
Lymington is probably best known for its sailing and there are 2 main yacht clubs - The Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLYC) and the Lymington Town Yacht Club. There is some healthy rivalry between the members of the two but both are pretty good. RLYC is the main club of the town though and Princess Anne is a patron. There is also a small club for children called The Salterns, but it is a teaching club and you really do have to be a member to use the facilities.
Equipment: There are club boats at the RLYC but you have to be a member to use them, however, th club runs a scheme where members of various other clubs around the world are automatically members of the Royal. There is a good bar and restaurant.