Things to Do in Milford on Sea

If you’re looking for a holiday then Milford on Sea with its relaxed vibe, traditional charm, activities and attractions has something to offer everyone. Milford’s stand out attraction is the 16th century military fort, Hurst Castle built by Henry VIII in 1544, offering one of the best views in England.

It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries. With fantastic views of the Isle of Wight from the top of the Tudor keep and plenty of open spaces for children to explore, Hurst Castle is a great day out for the whole family.

Other fun things to do in and near Milford on Sea include rowing and learn to row courses, swimming, kayaking and cycling. Places to visit or to explore further afield are achievable via kayak or bike hire through our friends at New Forest Paddle Board and New Forest Bikes.
Milford on Sea paddle boarding is a renowned activity locally so please visit New Forest Paddle Board for lessons or Keyhaven paddle board hire.

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum is owned by motorcycling legend, Sammy Miller, 11 times British Champion, winner of over 1400 events. The Museum houses one of the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in the world, including factory racers and exotic prototypes.

Barton-on-Sea Golf Club is situated on the coastal cliff between Highcliffe and Milford on Sea. It is a 27 hole course and can be played with a choice of three alternative 18 hole combinations. Visitors are welcome.

Leave the car behind and enjoy grandstand views of the New Forest National Park from the top deck of the open-top New Forest Tour bus. You can pick up the Blue route from stops at Hurst Road and Sea Road in Milford on Sea.

Vinegar Hill Pottery offers accommodation and pottery classes in the seaside village of Milford on Sea. There is also a gallery where you can view and purchase beautiful stoneware.

Milford on Sea Community Centre, located in the heart of the village on Sea Road, provides a wide variety of events and entertainment for all ages to enhance your visit.

Come and discover this artillery fortress, built by Henry VIII, at the seaward end of a coastal spit, offering one of the best views in England.

New Forest Bikes provides bike hire to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Milford on Sea and other surrounding areas in the New Forest. Easy to book online and you can pick up your bike from its shop in Lymington or it can be dropped off at your accommodation.

Visit Milford on Sea crabbing at Hurst Spit

Have a go at crabbing

Crabbing is a great free activity for the children to while away the hours. All you need is a crabbing line, bait (raw bacon works well), bucket and net. Please use net bags for placing food in rather than hooks, which are harmful to the swans, ducks and gulls.

Great crabbing locations within the village include the two bridges by Hurst Spit. Crabbing gear available from The Village News or Milford Cards and Occasions.

Visit Milford on Sea playpark at Hurst Road


Milford on Sea’s new playpark on Hurst Road will keep the little ones entertained, while you can enjoy refreshments from the nearby Needles Eye cafe and The Lighthouse, while enjoying the view of The Needles. There is the popular bird’s nest swing here and a rope climbing frame with probably one of the best views in England!

You’ll be glad to know there are public toilets here too and plenty of parking at Hurst Road car parks (SO41 0PY).

Visit Milford on Sea boat trip from Lymington to Yarmouth

Day Trip to Yarmouth

You can enjoy a day trip to Yarmouth from Lymington with Wightlink Ferries. This is a 40 minute crossing across The Solent and you can take your car or go as a foot passenger.

There is also a small ferry service for day passengers with The Coral Star, departing from Lymington Quay.

Go Ape: Moors Valley Country Park

Nestled between the New Forest and the south coast beaches, Moors Valley Country Park is a picture-perfect location for an active day out near Milford on Sea.

With a whopping five outdoor activities, there’s an adrenaline-filled outdoor experience for all thrill-seekers of all ages from Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventures for the little ones and Treetop Net Adventure, a giant ball-filled suspended net trampoline.

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