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The History Of The Solent

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The Solent is the area of water separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England.  Originally a valley through which the Solent River flowed, it has increased in size over many years to be the recreational playground we now know it to be.

Nowadays the Solent is known for Yacht hire and sailing escapades, with many Sailing & Yachting events taking place throughout the year including Cowes Weeks.  It’s a hotspot for Corporate Entertainment and celebrations alike, and boasts some of the busiest harbours in the country.

The Solent has been linked to a number of historic events and ships too including:

The Mary Rose

Henry VIII’s flagship vessel the Mary Rose was lost in The Solent in 1545 during a naval battle between England & France.  The vessel has since been lifted from the seabed in 1982 and has been restored in Portsmouth.

The Titanic

The iconic ship set sail from Southampton in April 1912 to sadly never return. Having been deemed ‘unsinkable’ the vessel hit an iceberg and with not enough lifeboats to accommodate all 2,224 passengers, only 710 survived.

The Royal Navy

Almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet are housed around The Solent, along with many of their historical ships.  There are a number of museums where you can see the historic vessels including Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, the world’s oldest surviving commissioned ship, which sailed in the Battle of Trafalagar in 1805.

The Tudors & Cowes Week

West Cowes Castle was built in 1539 as part of Henry VIII’s defence against the French. Today it’s the headquarters of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the 22 guns lining its esplanade are used to start Cowes Week.  Believe it or not, these guns actually came from William IV’s vessel, The Adelaide.

Victoria & Albert

Osborne House in East Cowes was once the country home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  Queen Victoria passed away there in 1901 and since many of the rooms have been opened up to the public.
As you can see The Solent is steeped in rich history: from Southampton to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight: making it the perfect destination for your Corporate Entertainment and celebrations.  Call us today to discuss boat hire within the Solent.

Things To Do In Lymington

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Lymington is a charming Georgian market town in the New Forest district of Hampshire. Its picturesque nature and waterfront location make it a destination for thousands of tourists each year. It sits on the Lymington River on the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight, making it a great place visit especially or even just to stop by at whilst sailing.

The town has lots to offer, from traditional market days to its famous sailing links. So as the warmer months approach, we’ve rounded up our top things to do in Lymington.

Discover hidden treasures at Lymington Market

Established back in 1205, the Lymington Charter Market is a traditional gathering that takes place every Saturday from 8am til late. Over 90 stalls line the high street offering anything from ornate antique pieces to freshly arranged flowers. Plenty of food and drink outlets are available to fuel the happy shoppers, with traditional farm stalls also offering delightful delicacies to take home. For bargain hunters and fussy shoppers alike, Lymington Market is a wonderfully characterful way to see what the town has to offer.

Enjoy the fresh sea air at Bournemouth Central Beach

Lymington sits nestled on the Solent, which gives it great access to a host of spectacular beaches nearby. One of the most popular, around 40 minutes away, is Bournemouth Central Beach. Boasting a huge range of facilities and splendid white sands, it’s a haven for beach-lovers to enjoy some of that priceless fresh sea air.

Whilst there, you can venture in to see more of Bournemouth. Take a trip along its classic pier or sample a taste of its vibrant nightlife, you won’t be disappointed.

Indulge in a spot of lunch at the Elderflower

Back in Lymington, there’s little danger of you going hungry. The streets are lined with eateries from fine dining spots to hearty gastro pubs, there’s something to suit everyone.

Our top pick of the moment is the Elderflower on Quay Street. Serving locally sourced modern British food with a hint of French influence, it’s a fun dining experience with quality at the heart. A string of awards backs its reputation, including a Michelin recommendation and 2 AA guide rosettes.

Set sail with Le Creux

Last but not least, it goes without saying that the best way to enjoy the town is by boat.  Whether for business or pleasure, joining us aboard our charter boats here at Le Creux is something that should definitely be on your list. If you’re thinking of planning a trip for a celebration or would like to know more about our corporate boat charter, get in touch.