Our guide to holidays in Christchurch
There’s something about Dorset that draws its visitors back time after time, and Christchurch is one of our favourite corners of the county. With a shimmering natural harbour, family attractions and the kind of seafood restaurants that’ll make you want to relocate, Christchurch holidays are perfect for a family break or some time out just for two.
For those days when you feel like exploring the elegant side of Dorset, you’ll find attractions like Highcliffe Castle waiting to welcome you into the county’s past. The New Forest’s just a short drive away, so if you fancy gathering the kids and rediscovering the Great Outdoors for a few hours, you’ll find walks, trails and cycle routes perfect for all ages within easy reach of your Christchurch holiday. And with the bustling resort of Bournemouth less than a twenty minute drive away, you’ll have mile after mile of golden sandy beach within easy reach.
It may be close to the many attractions of Bournemouth, but Christchurch has more than its share of attractions for those family days out too. In fact, Adventure Wonderland is one of the most popular days out in the region. With rides and attractions to suit all ages, this one’s a great all-weather attraction. Seasonal events bring the park to life for the kids, and the Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre makes the perfect place for the kids to let off steam while mum and dad enjoy a cup of something hot in the restaurant…perfect.
With all that countryside and those gorgeous period properties, we think your Christchurch holiday should include at least one day that’s all about rolling grounds and grandeur, and Highcliffe Castle’s one of the finest historic buildings in the county. Open every day from February to December, the castle has a Grade I listed status and dates all the way back to 1831.
Things to do in Christchurch
We mentioned the New Forest, and if you’ve yet to visit this ancient landscape turned national park then we say make sure you do. Once a royal hunting ground, the New Forest has changed little over the centuries, and it’s the kind of place that reminds you of all those things you loved about being outside when you were younger. You’ll find dozens of walking and cycle routes to help you make the most of your visit, and a visit’s the perfect excuse to hire bikes and get the kids cycling during your family break.
If you’re keen to peek into the history of the area during your visit, make sure you spend a little time in the beautiful Christchurch Priory. Perched right on the edge of the town, this rather resplendent priory has a history that stretches back 900 years, and it’s a peaceful place to worship, explore or just enjoy the building.
Many of the things to do in Christchurch revolve around the town’s quay. You’ll find events and activities throughout the year that welcome visitors to join the fun, and they tend to centre around the riverside…the perfect setting to enjoy Christchurch.