With just over a month until this year’s festival kicks into full swing, there are some incredible things to see and do in our local area. The summer season perfectly showcases what our village has to offer, and we encourage you to make the most of this – local or not! Here are five things you should do whilst you’re attending this year’s festival.
VISIT THE BEACH
Our idyllic location means that we’re surrounded by plenty of the South Coast’s greatest beaches. A short walk from the Village Green can take you up to Paddy’s Gap, or down to Hurst Castle and the shingle bank. Make the most of the summer sun and head down to the beach for a swim before joining us again for an evening of entertainment.
A staple of any festival, the drinks tent will open it’s doors again this year to showcase a bar of local ales, lagers and wines. Get yourself a couple of drinks with your friends and head out to enjoy everything that the festival has to offer – responsibly of course. Not only do we have our on-site bar, but there are also our local businesses around the village offering a wider selection of drinks and refreshments; The Cave and the Wash House just to name a few. And to make it better, you’re supporting your local businesses!
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
We’re proud to support our local businesses at the festival, and the surrounding areas are full of independent shops and bars. It’s no secret that independents are a dying breed, but we hope that you’ll take the time to visit and explore some of the hidden gems our village has to offer! From Gates Butchers for your barbeque sausages to Polly’s Pantry for a tea break, there’s no shortage of local businesses you can visit throughout the week.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Whilst we want everyone to have a brilliant time, we also want for everyone to remain safe throughout the week. With the sun we’re hoping for, it’s important to take care of your skin and remember to take the appropriate precautions. We will have on-site medical assistance should it be needed, but we hope it won’t be necessary.
Local boys, Greg Bailey and Jude Massey recently rowed across the Atlantic to raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation – a challenge they’ve achieved, surpassing their target amount shortly after arriving back on land. We encourage you to layer on the suncream and continue to apply frequent top-ups if you’re outside for the day. If you wish to donate to the boys or learn more about their challenge, you can visit their website here.
ABSORB OUR LOCAL HERITAGE
Learn more about the history of our local area. Our theme this year is The Year of The Poppy, commemorating one-hundred years since the end of World War One. Milford boasts a piece of history with Hurst Castle just a short walk or even boat trip away on one of the castle’s ferries. We’re hosting a collection of events throughout the week. “Remembered” is a show being hosted at the Community Centre on the 19th and 20th of July, containing the music, drama and comedy of the period. Throughout the week there are also historical walks and talks about what the village was like during wartime Britain, as well as other entertainment too.