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.
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
Disclaimer: All information on this website is correct to the best of my knowledge. If anything is incorrect or needs updating please feel free to contact me.
Visitor's Guide to Milford
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.
Crab fishing from Sturt Pond Bridge (at the start of Hurst Spit) is a fantastic free family activity. Crab lines and equipment can be bought from the newsagents in the village. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach nearby or get a New Forest Ice Cream from the ice cream van (usually there in the summer months!).
Update from summer 2014: Crablines and buckets can be bought from the ice cream van that usually parks at Hurst spit on a nice day.
There are only six 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,
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 (open 10-4 Tues to Sun) 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 http://www.atbraxtongardens.com
The Milford on Sea Bowls club enjoys a fantastic location on the cliff-top with panoramic views over Christchurch Bay across to The Needles and the Isle of Wight.
Weather permitting, the club offer non-members the opportunity to pay & play, with one ring kept aside for you to try your hand at the game.
If you would like to play, simply pop in and say hello.
Visit their website for more information - http://www.milfordbowls.co.uk/
All Saints Church is a beautiful grade 1 listed building in the heart of Milford on Sea. Its origins date back to around the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 and it is the oldest building in the village.
Visit their website for more information http://www.allsaintsmilford.co.uk/all-saints.html
A full guide to the church can be downloaded here: Guide to All Saints
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Geocaching is great fun for anyone, from adventurous families to curious couples and everyone in between. It makes you feel a bit like an adventurer and at the same time you get to see some great sites and places around Milford that you might not normally have seen.
Beaulieu Motor Museum, Beaulieu | World famous motor museum and Palace House | http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, New Milton | One of the biggest collections of exotic racing bikes in the world | http://sammymiller.co.uk/
New Forest Visitor Centre, Lyndhurst | The New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park | http://www.newforestcentre.org.uk/
St Barbe Museum, Lymington| St. Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast | http://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/
The Clay Studio, Christchurch | Paint your own pottery and cafe | http://www.theclaystudio.co.uk/
Go Ape, Moors Valley, Nr Ringwood | Outdoor Forest Adventure! | Go Ape Website
Ray Pitt runs sea-fishing trips from Keyhaven (from April-January) for 5, 6 or 8 hours, plus 3 hour Mackerel fishing trips in the Solent (during June, July & August). Operating two fully equiped charter vessels; "SUNRISE" which is a 34ft Starfish skippered by Ray Pitt and "OSPREY II" which is a 33ft Lochin skippered by Greg Pitt.
Both vessels are fully licenced and insured to carry 10 passengers + 2 crew and are fitted with full life saving equipment as required by the MCA. The trips will take you to fish at the western end of the Isle of Wight, mainly around the Needles area,Christchurch Bay and the Solent.
To enquire or book please contact Ray or Greg Pitt on 01425 612896.
Visit their website http://www.raypittseafishing.co.uk
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