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.


The Garrison Theatre will be hosting "Lest We Forget". Songs, music, drama and poetry reflecting on both World Wars. 6th September 6.30pm  Ferry from Keyhaven.  £12 per head.   Bring a picnic for the 35 minute interval.  Bar service will be available.

Tickets available from Bette Keeping. Ilex Cottage. Ridgeway Lane, Lymington SO41 8AA with stamped addressed envelope please. Or, from the Hurst Castle Shop in Milford Village. 

The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers

 The Lord Mayor of London’s Bodyguard will be giving a 45 minute display at the Castle on Saturday, 13th September at 2.30.  No charge for this but it would be nice to drop something in the Friends donation bucket at the entrance to the Garrison Theatre.

Our AGM is on the 15th November at  St Marys Church Hall, Everton.  7.30pm. Always a laugh this one.