Local Attractions

The Cooper's



Here are some of our favourite places to visit. We would suggest also looking on Hampshire Attractions for further ideas and discounts

Beaulieu Motor Museum


Beaulieu is only 12 miles away and attractions include the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Grounds and Gardens, Secret Army Exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear, the Monorail and Veteran Bus. You can purchase tickets online for a discount, so long as you do so before midnight of the day before you intend to visit. These tickets will not need to be printed, you can present them on your phone. The admission ticket is then valid for 12 months. You can always buy tickets on the day, but we suggest you still go online https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices/ where you should be able to get a code giving you 10% discount when purchasing tickets on the day.


Lepe Country Park


Where the New Forest meets the Sea. Lepe Loop circular walk – please be aware of the alternative high tide route following the lane. Some sections of the walk are very muddy and easily flood/become boggy, wellingtons recommended.

Monkey World


Only 35 miles away, why not let your monkeys see monkeys!

New Forest Wildlife Park


Only 18 miles away, go wild in the Heart of the New Forest National Park where you can follow the woodland trails to see amazing animals in beautiful natural settings. Fun can be had in their fabulous adventure playground, or why not meet the keepers to learn more about the animals. Include otters, deer, byson, lynx, owls, wolves and a tropical butterfly house.

Gunwharf Quay


In nearby Portsmouth, 47 miles away, why not stop for a bit of shopping at Gun Wharf Quays. A designer outlet shopping centre which includes: Adidas, Animal, Bench, Calvin Klein, Crew, Diesel, Fred Perry, French Connection, Gap, Jack Wills, Karen Millen, Lacoste, Levis, M&S, Michael Kors, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Radley, Superdry, The North Face, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans and Weird Fish. Over 30 restaurants are sited here, including All Bar One, Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Chiquito, Coast to Coast, Frankie and Benny, Giraffe, Jamies Italian, Nando’s, Wagamama and many more

Lymington Sea Water Baths


Fully staffed 110m sea water pool with:

•120 metres of inflatable obstacle courses

•Water zorbs

•Stand up paddle boards


•Aqua jousting

•Children’s splash pool & sandpit

•Confectionery kiosk/cafe

•Toilets, changing rooms & showers

•Disabled access & facilities

•First Aid room

•Bike racks


Lymington is also a town is well worth looking around.



Moors Valley Country Park and Forest


Go Ape!! Only 18 miles away, you can fly down zip wires, leap off a Tarzan Swing and tackle crossings. There is also a Go Ape Tree Top Junior for under 10’s and a Go Ape Forest Segway. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you can search for Gruffalo’s, play or just got for a walk, try to take in the Tree Top Trail for a real birds eye view. Parking charges apply.

Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park


Only 20 miles away, again do order your tickets online the day before for a discount. Rides and Attractions Galore, along with Peppa Pig’s very own theme park. Gardens and Lake, Animals. What is not to like?

Hurst Castle


You are able to get to Hurst Castle either by walking from the Needles Eye café (Please note that although this isn’t far (2 miles) it is quite a taxing walk along the shingles.

You are also able to visit Hurst Castle by first catching a ferry from Keyhaven. Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular. Hurst Castle was the perfect location to defend the western approach to the Solent. The castle was built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses and was completed in 1544. Charles I was imprisoned here in 1648 before being taken to London to his trial and execution. The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870’s when the enormous armoured wings were constructed. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870’s can be viewed in their casemates. During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights. Since the castle has been opened to the public many more exhibits and exhibitions have been installed, including the Trinity House lighthouse museum.


Why not take a walk down to Needles Eye Cafe and then have a big breakfast to celebrate, looking out over Needles Eye and the Isle of Wight with a playground.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


48 miles away, why not spend the day exploring Nelsons Victory, HMS Warrior or seeing the Mary Rose museum. Check their website before your visit to ensure all attractions are open and to get your discounted pre-ordered tickets. Tickets are valid for one year’s unlimited entry and you can print the tickets, or just show them on your mobile phone.

There are lots of things to see and do in the area.



BY THE SEA: Bournemouth Beach is an award winning beach only 15 miles away. However, another beautiful beach which is the best place for crabbing is Mudeford, only 6.9 miles away.

Alternatively the sea front at Milford on Sea is a 10 minute walk away. To get there, turn left at the top of the road and stay on this road until the gate at the end. Follow this path round to the right and continue until you come to a road with houses on. Turn right, walk to the end, cross over the main road at the end and over the field. You are then at the top of the cliff. You can see the Needles to your left. There are several locations where you can go down steps onto the beach. Please note this is a stony beach.


If you wanted to walk towards Milford on Sea, turn left and follow the cliff path. There is a small kiosk on your left which sells ice creams, tea, coffee, chips, sausage rolls and other items. The Facebook page for further information is The Kiosk


Milford on Sea is a small village with a lovely community. There are places to eat here, even a Gluten Free Café for cakes. They often hold events on the green, which they advertise on their Facebook page Milford on Sea

Although it is possible to walk to Milford on Sea, it will take approximately an hour. There is however plenty of parking along the sea front. If you come out of the caravan site and turn left onto Downton Lane, get to T Junction and turn left. Stay on this road with the sea on your right. You will drive past many car parks, but if you wish to visit the village, continue on this road and turn right just by the village green. Turn left at the bottom, then the first right. Go to the bottom of the road and turn left. Needles Eye café car park can be found here.


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