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About The Area

Milford-On-Sea is a delightful seaside village and offers a superb base from which to enjoy your holiday. At its heart lies the green providing the focal point of the village activities and events, the highlight of which is the carnival during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Bordering the green is the high street with its selection of interesting independent shops, local pubs and variety of restaurants. Within close reach are its beautiful, clean and safe beaches from which to swim. The miles of shoreline provides ample walking, picnicking and cycling for all the family. There is plenty of parking.

The Neighbouring small hamlet of Keyhaven is a perfect place for safe fun sailing; whether its within the confines of the secluded waters, exploring the inlets and creeks once used by smugglers only 200 years ago or in the open water of the Solent – home of the famous Cowes regatta.

During the summer there are numerous boat excursions that can take you to explore the coastline of the Isle of Wight, view the Needles, or all day fishing for cod, bass and mackerel. Catch a ferry to discover King Henry VIII’s Hurst castle, where Oliver Cromwell imprisoned Charles 1st prior to his trial.

Also from Keyhaven you can join the Solent-Way – a 60-mile coastal walk past bustling harbours and secluded marshland – or, for the less energetic, lunch at The Gun Inn to discuss the walk you should have done.

Staying at Milford- on- Sea you are only a short drive from the New Forest, created in 1079 by William the Conqueror as a hunting area. There is an abundance of places to visit – New Forest Visitors Centre, Beaulieu Motor Museum or Buckler’s Hard (Nelson’s boat yard) - and activities to suit every age group, whatever the weather. For the more spirited there is a network of footpaths, trails and bridle paths with plenty of bikes to hire or horse/pony riding schools – save bringing your own!!

The Georgian town and seaport of Lymington lies 4 miles east. Browse its varied shops, from antiques and galleries to chandleries and ice-cream, or visit the Saturday market, which sells everything from olives and oysters to teapots and table clothes.

From Lymington you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight (½ hour trip). Investigate the picturesque cobbled town of Yarmouth on foot  - or take the car and explore the island more widely.

Further a field is Calshot Castle and beside it, the Calshot Activilties Centre – one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain. The 200 acres of Exbury Gardens, famous for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, also lies within easy reach. The steam train, which follows a 1¼-mile loop, is a great way to see the gardens. 

14 miles to the west is the major resort of Bournemouth with Hardy’s Dorest just beyond; 40 minutes by car to the north lies the cathedral city of Salisbury (including Wilton House and Stonehenge) while the great seaports of Southampton and Portsmouth – excellent shopping and sightseeing - sit within easy reach to the east.

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