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Milford-on-Sea is ideally situated on the New Forest Coast and provides a whole host of activities, facilities and entertainment whatever your age and whatever the weather.

Milford also boasts a variety of nationally-recognised eateries and accommodation to suit every budget.  Find out more by clicking here

Download a map of the village here

The official Tourist Information Point is located in the Village Newsagent by the Village Green.  The Parish Office also carries a wide range of visitor information and sells dog bags.

Here is a sample of things to do and places to visit in and around Milford:

 

Pleasure Grounds –11 hectares of footpaths in woodlands ajoining the Danestream and leading to Studland Common.  Pick up a footpath map from Milford News in the Village Centre.

Hurst Castle – first built in the reign of Henry VIII and housed King Charles I on his way to the scaffold at the end of the Civil War, this castle is a fascinating day out for the whole family.  Reach it by ferry from Keyhaven or walk along the shingle spit (approx. 45 minutes, 1.5 miles). http://www.hurstcastle.co.uk/

Keyhaven Quay – slipway, catch the ferry to Hurst Castle, crabbing spot or sit and watch the world go by. http://www.visitmyharbour.com/harbours/solent/keyhaven/

Lymington & Keyhaven Nature Reserve – walk along the seawall footpath towards Lymington and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/finder/lymingtonkeyhaven

Crabbing at Hurst Bridge and Keyhaven Quay.  Crabbing lines and paraphernalia available at West Solent Boat Builders.

All Saints’ Church – 11th Century church with some interesting people in the churchyard http://allsaintsmilford.co.uk/all-saints-milford-on-sea/

New Forest Paddle Sport Co – SUP and Kayak hire, tuition and tours. http://www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk/

Vinegar Hill Pottery – Pottery to purchase and  courses in the heart of the Village. http://www.vinegarhillpottery.co.uk/

Braxton Gardens – beautiful rose gardens and tea rooms. http://www.muffinsgalore.co.uk/

Play areas – on the seafront (near the Needles eye Café), Carrington Lane.

Beaches – Hurst Road, Hurst Spit, Paddy’s Gap, Hordle Cliff

 

Beyond Milford

New Forest National Park – – explore the stunning scenery of the New Forest.  Variety of cycle hire companies in the area too. http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/

Swimming Pools & Leisure CentresNew_Milton Health and Leisure Centre and Lymington.  Plus Lymington Seawater Baths (July – September)

St Barbe Museum, Lymington – local history brought to life http://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/

Apple Court Gardens, Hordle Lane, Hordle.  Beautiful gardens and plant sales.  Open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm. http://applecourtgarden.co.uk/

New Forest Tour Bus (July – September) hop on and off and see the Forest from a new angle. http://www.thenewforesttour.info/

Lymington Town Tours – found out the hidden history of this ancient seafaring and smuggling town. http://www.lymington-town-tours.co.uk/

Sammy Miller’s Motorcycle Museum, New Milton.  Whole collection of rare and vintage motorcycles plus shopping complex and tea rooms. https://sammymiller.co.uk/

Beaulieu Motor Museum and House – national collection of cars, Palace House, Abbey, Monorail, World of Top Gear plus much more. https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/attractions/national-motor-museum/

Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu.  Courses, treehouse trail and fun. http://www.cet.org.uk/

Bucklers Hard – ship building and maritime museum in this unique village. https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway – stunning Rothschild Gardens and the children will love the not-so-miniature steam railway. https://www.exbury.co.uk/

Setley Ridge Vineyard & Farm Shop – tours and wine tasting. http://www.setleyridge.co.uk/

Cinema & TheatreLymington Community Centre, Forest Arts Centre New Milton and the Regent Centre, Christchurch

Woodside Park, Woodside Road, Lymington – play park and skate park

Spinners Garden, Pilley – beautiful gardens to explore. http://www.spinnersgarden.co.uk/

Buckland Rings, Lymington – iron age hill fort and stunning sculptures.   https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/finder/bucklandrings

Forest walks and cycle routes – explore the stunning scenery of the New Forest.  Variety of cycle hire companies in the area too.  Find out more at the National Park Authority’s website.

Lepe Beach and Country Park – https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/lepe

 

Further afield

Furzey Gardens, Minstead – find the fairy doors and delight in the stunning gardens – fun for all ages.  Tea Rooms and plant sales. https://www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/Pages/Category/Furzey-Gardens

Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst – meet the animals down on the farm. http://www.longdownfarm.co.uk/

New Forest Wildlife Park – wild animals including wolves, otters and owls near Ashurst. http://www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk/

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch – theme park and soft play area. http://www.adventurewonderland.co.uk/

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World – theme park fun. https://paultonspark.co.uk/

Monkey Madness, Christchurch – indoor soft play centre. http://www.monkeymadnessplay.com/christchurch/

New Forest Reptile Centre   https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandhampshirenoforestnewforestnewforestreptilecentre

Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood – meet a whole host of feathered and scaly friends. http://libertyscentre.com/

Ringwood Brewery – tours and tastings. http://www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk/

New Forest Water Park, aqua park (summer only) plus water sports. https://www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/

Hythe Ferry – catch the world’s oldest pier train to get the ferry to Southampton passing cruise ships and the busy docks. http://hytheferry.co.uk/

Highcliffe Castle – the former home of Mr Selfridge.  Tours and tea rooms. http://www.highcliffecastle.co.uk/

Steamer Point Nature Reserve – take a walk through on your way to Highcliffe Castle and walk back along the beach. https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/408591/Steamer-Point-Local-Nature-Reserve

Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch –  https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/408590/Stanpit-Marsh-Local-Nature-Reserve

Christchurch Priory – stunning 11th century church and find out about the legend of the miraculous beam! https://www.christchurchpriory.org/

Redhouse Museum, Christchurch  – local history brought to life for all ages.  Free entry (closed Sundays and Mondays). https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/red-house-museum-and-gardens

Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Christchurch – hands on aviation fun for all ages. http://www.aviation-museum.co.uk/

Quomps splashpark, Christchurch.  Wet fun for little ones in the summer months.  Playpark adjacent. Bring a cossie and a towel! https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/408642/Christchurch-town-centre-play-areas

Snowtrax, Matchams Lane, Christchurch – all-weather skiing complex http://www.snowtrax.eu/

Place Mill, Christhurch Quay – old watermill adjacent to the Priory.  Ducking Stool, Christchurch.

Mudeford Quay and Ferry (To Hengistbury Head) – crabbing, cafes and water sports.  https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/389367/Mudeford-Quay

Hengistbury Head – beach, walks, visitor centre, cafes, Noddy train and iron age hill fort and quarry.  https://www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk/Home.aspx

Moors Valley Country Park – adventure play, cycle trails, forest walks, steam railway.  https://www.moors-valley.co.uk/

 

Beaches

Barton-on-Sea

Highcliffe

Highcliffe Castle

Friars Cliff

Avon Beach

Hengistbury Head

Southbourne/ Boscombe/ Bournemouth and beyond

 

Other links:

New Forest Tourism

Milford-on-Sea News

Bournemouth Tourism

Southampton Tourism

Isle of Wight Tourism