Hythe & Dibden – Brand New Forest Village of the Year 2017
We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Brand New Forest Village of the Year is Hythe & Dibden.
Hythe is the hidden gem of the New Forest towns. Nestling between the New Forest and Southampton Water, its varied coastline offers fascinating views of one of the world’s busiest ports.
People visit Hythe for many reasons – to shop in one of the many independently owned shops or to enjoy a drink or a meal in one of its excellent cafés, pubs or restaurants. But what visitors enjoy most of all are the unrivalled views of the water and the beautiful cruise liners arriving in the port of Southampton. You can stroll along the beautiful and diverse waterfront, or you can just sit and enjoy the ever changing vista.
Hythe is steeped in maritime history; witnessing some legendary maiden voyages such as the Titanic in 1912, the QE2 and, more recently, the superliners. In the 1930s Hythe was home to the British Powerboat Company and TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) once lived in the village. Hythe is also the birthplace of the hovercraft, invented by Sir Christopher Cockerill.
Throughout the year visitors are attracted by the markets. The Tuesday Street Market is every week in the High St and has stalls selling flowers, olives, locally sourced meat, local preserves and chutneys, photographs, fabrics, baked good, fruit and veg, plants, fresh fish, and jewelry among other things. Occasional specialty markets such as the ‘France at Home’, ‘Italia in Piazza’ and the Bank Holiday Monday Arts, Craft, Vintage and Collectibles Market. On the last Saturday of November is the hugely popular Mistletoe Fayre.
There has been a ferry crossing between Hythe and Southampton since at least 1575. The 640 metre long pier was completed in 1881 and the electric railway and train were introduced in 1922. It is now the world’s oldest pier train. There is a half hourly ferry service to Southampton from the end of the pier and the 15 minute trip allows you to get ‘up close and personal’ with all the latest cruise liners.
To find out more information about Hythe & Dibden please visit their Parish Council website.
Photo kindly supplied by SUE KNIGHT