Attractions & Activities | A Visitor's & Local's Guide
Fantastic things to do for everyone in and around Milford on Sea
As well as having beautiful natural surroundings and being excellent for outdoor activities, there are also a few really great places to visit in the areas surrounding Milford on Sea. If you'd like to let us know about your favourites please get in touch.
Built by Henry VIII to defend the entrance to the western Solent, Hurst Castle is a spectacular sight right at the end of Hurst spit, about 1.5 miles from Milford on Sea. In 1648, Charles I was imprisoned here before his trial and execution in London. Since then the castle has been moderised and developed, first during the Napoleonic wars, then again in 1870. During the 2nd World War the castle was an important strategic defence post and walking around within the walls you get a great sense of what life might have been like.
The castle is well worth a visit. Tickets can be bought at the entrance. As well as being accessbile on foot along Hurst spit, there is also a regular ferry from Keyhaven out to the castle. This is a great trip and should definately be experienced. You can buy single or return tickets from the skipper on the boat. Visit http://www.hurstcastle.co.uk for more information.
New Forest Paddle Sport Co.
Visit their friendly shop located in the village centre for the chance to explore the scenic coast line of the New Forest by Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board. The shop offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boarding hire and tuition, wetsuit hire and sale, roof rack or trolley hire to transport your paddle board or kayak and the sale of other clothing and accessories. Sean will give you plenty of advice on tides and the best places to paddle. They also run a SUP club so if you have your own kit but fancy a bit of company check out their facebook page for upcoming dates and locations, or if you want to hire some kit and go along with other like minded people you are welcome too!
In conjuntion with Hurst Castle, they also offer castle tours, paddle to the castle, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea and a look around the castle and have the option of returning by ferry. Please check their website for up to date information and costs. 46 High Street, SO41 0QD | 01590 645270 | www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk | Facebook
Apple Court Garden
Just over a mile from Milford on Hordle Lane; Apple Court is a lovely 1 acre garden, including a nursery for plant sales and refreshments for sale. The beautiful, ornamental garden was created more than 30 years ago, in the abandoned, walled kitchen garden of Yeatton House, by renowned horticulturists, Diana Grenfell and Roger Grounds. The formal garden extends to just over one acre and has been described by many as a “plant lovers paradise”, packed with unusual and mature flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world.
Open to the public from May - Sept, 10am-4pm, 5 days a week (Weds - Sun). Admission £5 per person (under 12 free). Apple Court Garden, Hordle Lane, Lymington SO41 0HU
The beaches at Milford on Sea are mainly pebble and shingle with patches of sand at low tide.
Hurst Road Beach
Hurst Road Beach is easily accessed from the village centre. Key Features: Parking (charges apply), Toilets (free), Children's Play Area, Cafe (indoor & outdoor seating, hot and cold food, ice creams), Easy Access to the water, Pebble Beach (no sand)
Hordle Cliff Beach
Hordle Cliff Beach is located to the west of Milford on Sea village. Key Features: Parking (charges apply), Toilets (free), Kiosk (no seating, hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams), Pebble Beach (some sand at low tide), Access to the beach is down approx 30 steps.
Please note the beaches at Milford on Sea do not have a life guard and can have very strong currents; from a gently shelving shingle bank the sea can very quicky become deep, please make sure you stay safe!
A beautiful place to escape to for a tranquil walk around the gardens and a relaxing lunch, snack or just a cup of tea from the lovely Tea Room. Buy plants, flowers and a selection of locally produced foods in the small shop. Braxton Gardens also have the largest David Austin Rose Gardens in the area, with over 450 roses. The gardens are free to enter and can be found in Lymore Lane which can be accessed via the road from Milford to Keyhaven or Milford to Lymington. Visit their fantastic website: www.braxtongardens.co.uk Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0TX
Milford on Sea has several play areas. One located in land off Carrington Lane and two on the sea front next to the Needles Eye Cafe. Of these one is suitable for children up to age 4 and the other for older children. The toddler play area has equiptment including swings, a slide, sunken trampoline and a climbing frame. The play area for older children has swings, a trampoline, climbing frames, slide, zip wire and more! A toilet block is nearby and the Needles Eye cafe is adjacent making it the perfect place to stop off with children! Hurst Rd, Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0PY
David Rogers runs one-day and long weekend pottery courses, using their fabulous Vinegar Hill B&B accommodation for those who want to make a trip out of it.
There are only seven places per course meaning that each course is tailored to your level of skill and creativity! It doesn't matter how much potting experience you have - total beginner or happy hobby potter Dave has plenty of time to tutor each individual,