Friends of Hurst


The Friends of Hurst Castle was formed in 1986 to act as a support group to a local site belonging to English Heritage. At that time the Castle was managed by English Heritage, but since May 1996 there has been joint management; with English Heritage still in charge of the fabric of the building and general policies and the Local Management, Hurst Castle Services, running the everyday management and services.

The Friends’ aim is still to support in any way they can: - financially with any project, enhancement of the building, to assist educationally and in any research that they can. We arrange social events and from time to time Newsletters for our Members.

Membership cards are valid for 12 months from the end of the month of joining.

Hurst Castle Ferries offer a 10% discount to Members when buying season tickets and free passage to any Friends who are going to work at the Castle. The Friends’ Committee keeps the Ferry crew informed and there is always close liaison here.

The Friends have a workshop at the far end of the West Wing for leaving belongings, tools, artefacts, etc. and for holding meetings. There is also a Bar-be-cue facility on arrangement with the Committee.

Hurst Tidings Newsletter:

Is sent to all members four times a year

Monday Volunteer Working Party:

There is a regular group of Friends and Association of Lighthouse Keepers members who volunteer at the Castle every Monday, working on restoration projects. If you would like to come and join us for a very enjoyable and social day at the Castle (free ferry and tea to all volunteers!) please contact us for more details (contact details below).

Current work and on-going projects:

Castle Gardens - Exhibitions - Garrison Theatre....
Painting - Work shop - Castle Guiding.

Contact details:


Barry Fudge (Treasurer)

01590 641154  

Email: bpfudge @

Annual Membership:

Single member £12

Couples £19

Application forms are available by clicking here, or from the Castle.


Fish & Chip Cruise  Cost £11 Wednesday  27th May.  Solent Rose will leave Keyhaven at 6:15pm.  First stop Yarmouth to collect our meal.  Then gently cruise  towards the Needles and perhaps beyond.   Bar will be available on board.  This is a popular event, please book early as we have sold out for the last two years.

Summer BBQ  £13:50 Sunday 26th July  Ferry leaves Keyhaven at 6pm.   Chance to see the latest developments at the  Castle then feast on our own special offering.  We have never cooked a Beefburger and never will.

Garrison Theatre £tba

Please keep 23th September free for an evening at the Garrison Theatre.  All we can say at this point is that we have booked  The FB Pocket Orchestra who will take us back to the jazz, blues, ragtime and popular music of the 1920/1930s.  You will not be disappointed.

All above are available from:
Ian Penny tel:  01590 643458.         38 Camden Hurst, Milford-on-Sea Hants SO41 0WL.   Please enclose a stamped address envelope 

Or, Castle Shop in Milford.