What to See & Do West of Milford

Milford on Sea is next to Barton on Sea & also close to the sandy beaches of Hichcliffe, Christchurch, Bournemouth & Boscombe. Mudeford Quay is also super fun for kids. There is so much to do, you will never be lost for a great place to go!

Fossil Hunting in Barton on Sea. The local geology dates from Palaeogene period around 33-40 million years ago. The best place to look for local fossils is west of the town, where the cliffs are subject to rapid erosion. The beach forshore is accessible via the coastal path. No hammers are required as the material is soft and manageable. Warning: Do not attempt to climb the landslips, they are dangerous. Fossils to only be collected on the foreshore.

Barton on Sea Golf Club: 
Founded in 1897, the club is situated on the coastal cliff between Highcliffe and Milford-on-Sea. The current 27 holes are a combination of the original Harry Colt design from 1932 and the newer holes designed by the well-known J. Hamilton Stutt in 1992. The clubhouse has superb views across the Solent to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, along to Old Harry Rocks at Swanage & is situated overlooking the lake and an Island green.

Paragliding at Barton on Sea: On a fine day with good thermals you can often see paragliders above the green & sea on the cliff top at Barton. Most piolits are from Wessex Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club: The club covers Paragliding on Barton on Sea cliff top & the South Coast. They can advise on training for anyone wishing to take up the sport. The clubs also covers Paramotoring and powered hang gliding which enables long cross-countries and relaxed aerial exploration without the need for the elusive thermal on non-flyable days. See weblink for more club information.

Forest Arts Cinema & Theatre: Old Milton Road, New Milton, BH25 6DS | Tel: 01425 612393
See the latest films, top theatre, live music concerts, comedy, dance and literature. Plus exhibitions, art workshops and regular classes for children and adults in drama, art and dance. Visit link for current programme.

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum: Bashley Cross Road, New Milton, BH25 5SZ | Tel: 01425 616644
Arguably the finest collection of fully-restored motorcycles in Europe; many of them extremely rare. Many of these machines are run in classic bike events & the racing machines are still fully competitive.

New Milton Health and Leisure Centre: Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RR | Tel: 01590 646100
25 metre Public Swimming pool - which is also home to Lymington Swim Academy, Fitness suite offering over 55 stations, a separate free-weights Foundry, a Group Exercise Programme with over 35 classes per week, a 4 badminton court main sports hall, Junior and Adult sports courses, Children's Parties, Holiday Activities.

Highcliffe Castle: Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, BH23 4LE | Tel: 01425 278807
Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown. Nice Tea rooms with excellent range of cakes! Cliff path down to large sandy & dog friendly beach.

Steamer Point Nature Reserve: Steamer Point is a 24 acre cliff top designated local nature reserve that is situated between Highcliffe Castle and Friar's Cliff on the Christchurch coastline. It is comprised of woodland and aquatic habitats and supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Information Centre at Steamer Point provides extensive information and also incorporates an interactive display for children to play and learn. This lovely little clifftop nature reserve has the Christchurch Coastal Path running through it, and has stunning views around Christchurch Bay. Visit the Visitor Centre at the western entrance. Access from Highcliffe Castle Car Park or Steamer Point.

Highcliffe Beach: Large attractive sandy beach with distant views of the Isle of Wight & Purback Hills. Dog friendly all year round. Access from Highcliffe Castle car park via steps on zig-zag path. Highcliffe Castle also has nice tea rooms & access into Steamer Point Nature Reserve.

Christchurch Harbour: Nestling in the shadow of the magnificent 900 year old Priory Church, the older part of the town is steeped in history and full of old world charm with beautiful river walks, traditional and exclusive shops and a good range of restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Christchurch Priory Church: Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU
There has been a church on this site since around 800 AD. Visitors never fail to be amazed to find such a beautiful church tucked away in this corner of Dorset, where it dominates the skyline of the historic town of Christchurch. Spectacular architecture which is certainly worth visiting.

Place Mill: Christchurch Quay | Open from 11am to 5.30pm - 1 April to 4 October 2009, Tuesday to Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Admittance is Free. Place Mill is a restored Anglo-Saxon watermill mentioned in the Domesday Book which survived the dissolution of the monasteries of 1538 and continued to grind corn until 1908 when it fell into disrepair. After 70 years as a boat shed, the Mill was purchased & restored by the council. It features a first floor Art Gallery with regular exhibitions by local artists.

Tuckton Tea Gardens: Stour Road, Christchurch, BH6 3BA
Tuckton Tea Gardens is café set in beautiful gardens beside the River Stour. Stunning views of the river, boats and gardens with a putting green and crazy golf course to amuse the children. River trips & boat rides on lake also available.
Open every day for eleven months of the year: 9am-5.30pm. (Except January)

The Red House Museum and Gardens: Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU | Tel: 0845 603 5635
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 2pm to 5pm - Free.
A charming Georgian building, built as a workhouse in 1764, now filled with a rich variety of displays and objects which reflect the social and natural history of the area, its geology and archaeology.

The Museum of Electricity: The Old Power Station, Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QE | Tel: 01202 480467
Open 12.00pm-4.30pm from Easter to the end of September, Monday to Thursday, and also on Friday during school holidays. The Museum is housed in the Old Power Station at Christchurch. Dating from 1903 the building still retains its original Edwardian charm. Guides are on hand to help and inform you as you tour this unique collection of electrical artefacts. In the Generating Hall stands a fully restored Bournemouth tramcar.

Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve: Stanpit Recreation Ground, BH23 3ND
Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub. It was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1964 and in 1986 as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Marsh is home to over 300 species of plants, 14 of which are nationally rare and endangered.

Snowtrax Dry Ski Slope: Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6AW | Tel: 01202 499155
Try you hand at Skiing or Snowboarding. Plenty of lessons available with experienced instructors. Children can also have fun using the Ringos or Ski Bobs on the widest dry ski slope in the UK. Overlooks its own miniature lake and island, the view beyond expands to a vista of pine trees. Alpine Bar and Restaurant on site.

Bailey Bridge Memorial: Barrack Road, Christchurch.
The memorial is next to the former site of the Experimental Bridging Establishment. Here Sir Donald Bailey invented the ‘Bailey Bridge’, a sectional prefabricated military bridge much used during World War II. He also has another memorial in Christchurch Priory. If you ever visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum in Normandy France, you can see a Christmas card from Adolf Hitler to Bailey, allegedly dropped on the EBE by the Luftwaffe in 1941. The card wishes him seasons greetings with a note saying ‘we know what you are doing’– yes, strange!