A little bit of history.
Sway was originally an Anglo Saxon settlement, but Stone Age and Bronze Age implements have been found here too. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday book four times. In more recent history, much of the chrilden's book The Children of the New Forest was set here.
Need To Know:
Ponies, donkeys and cattle roam on roads between the cattle grids located on the B3055 between Brockenhurst, Pitmore Lane and Shirley Homes. Accidents can happen, so it's a good idea to drive especially carefully here.
Sway offers an array of popular village shops, including grocery shop Central Store, award-winning butcher David West who also sells organic produce, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Sway Newsagent and Post Office and florist Janet Kirk. There's also our local mobile fish monger, The Fish Stall. When it comes to kitting out your new home, you might want to check out the New Forest Wood Burning Centre, art gallery Art Sway, kitchen designers and fitters Kitchen Makers and For a spot of pampering, pop to Hairsway where they offer hairdressing, beauty treatments and a barbers. Of course the shopping destinations of Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth are also close by. Plus you will find weekly markets at nearby Lymington and New Milton.
Things To Do
Whether it's enjoying nature or taking part in village life, there's plenty to do in Sway. In the New Forest you'll find beautiful walking and cycle routes, as well as horse riding. There are award winning beaches to explore at Highcliffe and Mudeford, as well as shingle beaches as Barton on Sea and Milford on Sea. We think these beaches are just a lovely for wintery walks as they are for enjoying in summer. Within the village you'll find Jubilee Playing fields, tennis courts, cricket pitches and a children's play area, as well as the village park, a favourite with little ones. The village offers plenty of clubs and societies to join, including a hand bell ringers group, a residents association, badminton, tennis, cricket and football clubs, a drama group, a camera club and even a Scottish dancing group. There are Scout and Guides groups for the kids. Green fingered residents can also apply for local allotments. Annual events include a carnival, an open gardens programme and the village fete, as well as Christmas fairs and carol services. We also recommend a visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum and the Sammy Mills Motor Cycle Museum, great for petrolheads and children alike.
Eating & Drinking
You'll find many friendly places to eat and drink in and around Sway, including traditional country pubs, smart restaurants and relaxed cafés. Our favourites include, the Hare and Hounds Pub, The Village inn and Restaurant, The Manor and Sway Deli and Coffee shop. For a celebration meal, we recommend The Mill at Gordleton. On Tuesday evenings you can also enjoy fish and chips, thanks to our local mobile fish and chip shop
Situated 4 miles from Lymington and 3 miles from Brockenhurst, Sway is off the B3055 (Durnstown)
There are over 20 taxi companies within a 5 mile radius, offering hackney cabs, minibuses and airport services.
Sway railway station is served by South West trains whose main service runs between Weymouth and London.Train to Southampton take 20 minutes, London Waterloo takes 3 hours. Trains to Weymouth take 1.5 hours
There are public bus services to Brockenhurst, New Milton and Lymington. Bournemouth and Southampton, via Brockenhurst