Halloween at Hurst Castle

October half term in Milford on Sea

October in Milford on Sea is another special time of the year. The seas are warmer thanks to the months of summer sunshine, the skies can be still be cloudless and the darker evenings can make your holiday accommodation all that bit more inviting.

And if you are here with your children/grandchildren then check out our top picks of what to do:

Hurst Castle

Henry VIII’s grand Tudor fort – Hurst Castle – transforms into a spooky spectacular for Halloween with activities to keep the children entertained with a Wicked Witch trail, Trick or Treat maze, plus arts and crafts. All activities are included in castle admission.

These activities take place from Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October and the castle is open from 10am to 4pm daily. A ferry is also available from 10am from Keyhaven and departs every 30 minutes. Ferry fees apply.

New Forest Paddle Sport Company

Have a go at paddle boarding this October half term with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company whilst the water temperatures are still warm. You can have a 1-hour taster session perfect for families or first time boarders or enjoy a unique day out at Hurst Castle with a paddle, lunch, entry into Hurst Castle and ferry ride home.

New Forest Bikes

Explore the beauty of the New Forest at this time of the year with New Forest Bikes. They offer guided bike tours of the area or you can just pick up one of their bikes and now e-bikes are available from their shop in Lymington.

Rowing Adventures

Looking for a new adventure this October then why not have a go at coastal rowing. You could book a ‘Try Rowing’ session with Kirsty in the safe surroundings of the Keyhaven River – £40 a session – suitable for children from 8 years up.

Milford on Sea Community Centre

Check out the events happening at our local community centre whilst here. During the week of October half term, there is a screening of the Royal Opera House’s La Boheme on Sunday 23 October, the National Theatre Live production of Jack Absolute Flies Again on Thursday 27 October and an Elvis tribute act on Sunday 30 October.

 Paultons Park

Join Paultons Park for the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK this Halloween! Running from 13 to 31 October, Paultons Park’s ghostly family event, Happy Halloween, is bigger and better than ever with the amazing rides and attractions of Tornado Springs and Peppa Pig World included in the spooky fun for 2022.

The Park will have a spooky make-over, including thousands of colourful pumpkins and straw hay bales. Peppa Pig World will be transformed for the occasion with Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ growing in its greenhouse and of course, Mr Skinny Legs the spider! Guests can also meet and greet Peppa in her friendly witch’s outfit and George in his bright cheeky pumpkin costume.

With special late-night openings and spooktacular Halloween shows on selected dates in October, guests can also enjoy even more spooky fun and rides in the dark. Make sure you dress in your best costumes for the occasion!


There’s still time to see Beaulieu’s exhibition – Bond in Motion – No Time To Die – featuring nine iconic vehicles, gadgets and costumes from the latest 007 film. The exhibition is on until 15th November. Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum’s normal entry price.