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7 Great Things to do in Milford on Sea, Hampshire

By Sarah Frost – 14th May 2021
things to do in milford on sea
View of the Isle of Wight from Milford on Sea

UK Holiday Ideas –  7 Great Things to do in Milford on Sea


I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first visit to Milford on Sea, but what I found was a friendly, welcoming, coastal community. Given that it is technically a village, I was surprised to find there are so many things to do in Milford on Sea


When you drive down to the car park on Hurst Road, the first thing you’ll notice is the view. You’re only a few miles from the Isle of Wight and you’ll have a clear sight of The Needles.

You could park for 20 hours for £7 and do a lot of this in one day, although Milford also makes for a great location for your UK holiday.


Browse the independent shops


It’s always great to see independent shops when visiting somewhere new, and I can’t resist a look around them. The first one I noticed here was No64 Biscuit House as it’s just off the green. They sell beautiful pieces for the home, think luxury candles, sumptuous cushions and decorative items. 


If you love shows like Bargain Hunt, then you’ll enjoy a rummage around Noah Valentine Antiques. It’s tucked away up an alleyway, but worth seeking out, you don’t know what gem you’ll find there. 


The locals are fortunate to have the Coastal Bakery on their doorstep. It’s a stunning building, with lots of treats on display on their haberdashery counters. Definitely take some freshly-baked bread home, or grab a pasty to eat on your walk.



Try a pottery class


If you’ve watched Ghost and fancied a try on a potter’s wheel, or just want to learn a new skill and make some pottery to keep then go to Vinegar Hill Pottery. Dave runs one and three day courses there where up to 8 people will learn to throw pots on the wheel. The three day course also involves learning how to do RAKU firing, a traditional Japanese technique.


If making it yourself isn’t your thing, then you can buy beautiful handmade pottery in the shop. Perhaps the biggest surprise we had when visiting, was the incredibly ornate gypsy caravan in the garden, which is available on a B&B basis. 


Experience paddleboarding


Stand up paddleboarding or SUP is fast becoming a huge trend in the UK. The New Forest Paddle Sport Company is just on the high street and they are looking forward to helping you explore the Keyhaven river and salt marshes either on a stand up paddleboard or kayak.


You can start with a one hour taster session, or if you’re more experienced then how about a guided paddle to Hurst Castle, with lunch included! This has to be one of the best things to do in Milford on Sea. 



Relax on the beach


Milford on Sea is a great choice for a UK beach holiday. There’s Hordle Cliff, where low tide reveals a large sandy bay and the two rows of beach huts provide that classic British beach backdrop. You are allowed beach BBQs here, and it’s popular with sea-loving kite surfers and swimmers.


From Hurst Road seafront there are stunning views across The Solent, a new play area and Needles Café. Dogs are welcomed on both beaches all year round.



Eat and drink at one of many places


I’ve never been to a village with so many independent eateries, but they all help create the friendly, community spirit of Milford on Sea.

We were hosted at Ray’s Italian Kitchen for brunch, in a sunny courtyard which felt like the Meditterarean. Stacey has created a fantastic menu and the eggs benedict with their Italian twist of crisp pancetta and parmesan Hollandaise were perfection. The dinner menu also looked great so definitely recommended. 


For drinks and nibbles it has to be The Cave. Jon will provide you with a warm welcome, whilst also chatting to every local who passes the front of his wine bar on the green. Great selection of wines and spirits and it doubles as a shop so be sure to buy a bottle of something local to take home with you. 


For dinner with a view of The Needles, try The Lighthouse. Fish and chips always taste best by the sea. 


On the Keyhaven side, there’s The Gun Inn which has a great covered, heated dining area in the garden. There’s an excellent chef there using the best British produce to create a delicious menu. 



Try one of the coastal walks


Milford on Sea is a great location for those walking and cycling fans. Personally, there’s nothing better than a coastal walk, with that fresh salty breeze. 


If you walk East then you can walk 9 miles of the Solent Way along to Lymington, a pretty market town with a great Saturday market. And if you walk West, you could walk along to Barton on Sea in around an hour, taking in the Solent views as you go. 


For a shorter option, walk around Sturt Pond Nature Reserve and see if you can spot spoonbills and redshanks from the bird hide there.



Visit Hurst Castle


At the top of the list of things to do in Milford on Sea, is a visit to Hurst Castle. A popular way to access it is by walking the two miles along the shingle spit; just be sure to wear sturdy shoes. An alternative is to take the boat from Keyhaven, which will drop you just outside and offers a different perspective of the fort. 


It was originally built by Henry VIII as an artillery fort, and you’ll be even closer to views of the Isle of Wight from here. It’s free to enter for English Heritage members and you’ll get to see where Charles I was imprisoned, as well as see what life would have been like for soldiers there in World Wars 1 and 2.


There’s a café selling food and drink, and it’s also another part of Milford on Sea which is dog-friendly.



As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Milford on Sea, and I would definitely recommend spending at least a weekend there.


For more ideas, and for a list of places to stay then do go to the Visit Milford on Sea website here: https://visitmilfordonsea.co.uk/ 


A big thank you to Rachel of Visit Milford on Sea, and the business owners who hosted us whilst there. We will definitely return soon.


Sarah xx


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the local tourist board to enjoy a day’s itinerary in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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