I don't know about you but I'm desperate for some beach hut time!!! Aren't you?  

Those Lockdowns have been TOUGH!! 

However easy it would be to rush into opening up our books for 2021 and let future plans comments, we've taken the winter to think long and hard and ensure we learn from 2020.

Yep, it would be super simple to just say we'd refund if government restrictions are in place by the time your booking comes around... but both you and I know that we'll both be more than disappointed if we have to make that call to cancel.  And for us, that is part of the whole beach hut experience.  Booking and pre-arrival are just as important as the day itself. 

Last year we saw milestone birthdays impacted by tier changes where families were no longer allowed to get together. Children's birthdays were spoiled as lockdowns stopped all non-essential travel. And each and every cancellation felt personal and heart-breaking for us.

We often couldn't then rebook cancellations due to our diary being full .. double heartbreak!

So for now, we are keeping our books firmly closed until we have absolute certainty over dates that we will be able to open.

Have a nosy around our site, get to know us and our beach huts, read our FAQs (below) nd make sure you join our email list to get access to those dates as soon as they go on sale.

BUT don't forget, while we may be trying to be as patient as possible - we really CANNOT wait to see you back on the beach and our huts full of new memories! 

 Beach Hut Hire - What Is It and How Much Does It Cost?

If you have just discovered beach huts or that you actually hire them - then you might be wondering what on earth it is!

Our Prices

Whenever I’m looking at ideas for a day out, the total cost of the day is always one of the first questions I have. I shouldn't be surprised that the cost of a beach hut hire is, therefore, one of the first questions you ask too!

We are just confirming our pricing structure with all beach hut owners for the year ahead.

We have held our prices for over 4 years, and several huts have had major renovations. We have also had substantial cost increases during this time and thus will definitely be implementing a price rise for the year ahead, though individual hut prices may now vary rather than one flat rate for all.

Beach Hut Hire - Where To Find Us

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

A peaceful and quintessentially traditional British seaside resort, Walton is great for a family day out with a beautiful Blue Flag Award beach. Walton is one of my own favourite fine sandy beaches, perfect consistency for building sandcastles, and wonderfully soft thanks to the sea which reaches the sea walls during high tide.

With great stretches of sand in both directions from the second longest pier in Great Britain, Walton is a great family beach. The gently shelving sand provides safe bathing and there is a seasonal lifeguard service.

Walton-on-the-Naze’s beach is also nice and easy to get to. There is plenty of parking nearby and the town’s train station is practically on the beach, just 90 minutes from London Liverpool Street. You can always extend your trip and book a nearby B&B.

There are two distinctly separate beach hut developments in Walton-on-the-Naze, both of which we have beach huts for hire:


The most well known of the two beaches, many tourists and holidaymakers tend to spend their time around Southcliff Beach due to it's the vicinity to the train station, cark parks and pier. Four rows (and in some places five) of beach huts ranging in number from 1 up to the 200 and then an additional private development of around 120 beach huts. Yep Southcliff wins the size war with circa 500-600 beach huts (at least!) with a busy, buzzing promenade on those hot summer days.
Click to Find Out More About Our Southcliff Beach Huts


This section of beach in Walton-on-the-Naze mainly consists of just one row of beach huts and a small section where there is a row of two huts. This part of the beach and up towards the Naze Tower generates lots of excitement with some of the largest sharks’ teeth in the UK (including the rare Carcharocles megalodon) being found here! A calmer, quieter beach to get away from the noise and buzz of the Pier and Walton Promenade.
Click to Find Out More About Our Eastcliff Beach Huts

Beach Hut Hire - FAQs

If 2020 taught us anything, it was to try not to plan too far ahead or become rigid about dates.
At the moment, we cannot give you a date that we'll release bookings. Though we'd love to!
Please do make sure you are signed up to our email list HERE to be the first to find out.
I'd love to be able to respond individually and provide a super tailored booking experience but we have several huts and therefore normally take over 1000 bookings per year.
As you can imagine, by the time we'd gone through them all individually, a date or hut availability would have changed which is why we ONLY accept bookings via our secure website (SSL certified).
The best way to also be informed about release dates is to join our email list - we always email out first, particularly given the change in social media algorithms! You can sign up HERE.
Following the roadmap update provided by the governments, we are certain no bookings will take place prior to the 1st April and following that lines are a little blurred in terms of guidance, in addition to no dates currently being set in stone which would allow us to re-open.

However, in light of the current roadmap, we had errr'd on the side of caution and had already reached out to anyone with a booking in the diary to offer a full refund or change in dates.

While we hope that the next few weeks will bring even more hope, as hut owners we are yet to check over our huts and carry out any maintenance work that will be needed before opening them up for hire.

If you still have an April date in the diary and not yet responded - please do pop us an email (vicky@milliesbeachhuts.co.uk) to confirm your preferences and we'll confirm our opening dates asap.

I'm afraid we no longer hire out any beach huts in Felixstowe.

We are just confirming our pricing structure with all beach hut owners for the year ahead.
We have held our prices for over 4 years, and several huts have had major renovations. We have also had substantial cost increases during this time and thus will definitely be implementing a price rise for the year ahead, though individual hut prices may now vary rather than one flat rate for all.
If you have a gift voucher that expired while our booking systems have been closed then don’t worry. Any with an expired date post 1st October 2020 will be extended to 30th June 2021.
All bookings must be made online once we reopen but for now, feel free to pop me a message (vicky@milliesbeachhuts.co.uk) with your gift voucher code, name of purchased and expiry date and we will make sure it’s all updated!
We are still not selling any new gift vouchers - apols already for Mother’s Day!
Why? Well
1. Our pricing is changing but also;
2. Given demand we don’t want anyone buying vouchers then struggling to actually book a date with us this year.
Every part of the experience with Millie’s is important to us and this is something we feel we can avoid disappointing anyone with. Until we are confident we will be able to accommodate voucher bookings with enough choice on dates then we will keep the sale of these on hold for now.
Any gift voucher Q’s then holler - best way is to email me (vicky@milliesbeachhuts.co.uk) with name of purchaser and code/expiry date on voucher

In prior years, we have allowed 8 people to hire each front row beach hut with 6 allowed in our second-row beach huts (Mic, both in and out of the hut which includes babies and children.

However, until the government guidance is updated we will not be confirming our approach to this year. We know there may be some limits on groups socialising indoors again and thus will ensure our own hire terms and conditions take this into account.

This will also impact whether we allow any double hut bookings for our side by side beach huts Mickey and Minnie.

We have just one set of side by side huts but we love them!

You'll find Mickey and Minnie side by side in Eastcliff, Walton on the Naze.  They are second-row beach huts but raised above the front row with joined private balconies - the views are amazing but with the perfect spot for privacy too.

The reason we purchased our very first beach hut was due to the fact that the Southcliff beach between the Pier and Frinton-on-Sea is dog friendly all year round -WHOOP!!

This means that all of our huts in Southcliff are perfect for our furry furiends.

There is a small stretch of beach on the other side of the pier that is restricted from 1st May to 30th September and similarly, there are stretches of beach in Eastcliff that have similar restrictions.  If you are booking Loopy Lou, Mickey or Minnie please bare this in mind!


Life's A Beach Hut

Be the first to be notified when our 2021 dates go on sale along with beach hut news, free stuff and special offers.

Whether you hire or own a beach hut - join me on a road trip to the beach

Oh, and while you are dreaming of seaside trips and fish and chips on the beach, you'll get our exclusively designed colouring-in sheet.

I have a funny feeling you'll know someone who will enjoy colouring in their own beach huts, and Millie herself, before your next booking.