Last updated on July 8th, 2019 at 11:44 am

Waterloo Bridge in Christchurch

Next time you fancy getting away, try a weekend break in Christchurch. It’s a short 20-minute drive from Bournemouth town centre, or, you can even take the coast road to enjoy the fabulous 180-degree view of the rugged Dorset coastline from Hengistbury Head to Old Harry Rocks.

Family day out on Christchurch Quay

Steeped in history, Christchurch is a small community that sits on the rivers Avon and Stour, merging at Christchurch Harbour.  It’s a great location to bring the kids for a picnic on the green beside the quay or enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants. There’s a huge variety of birdlife in the area including the local Swan community who are present year-round, so why not purchase some bird feed from the local café and watch as the kids enjoy being surrounded by enquiring, pecking beaks!



Historical weekend break

Weekend break to visit Christchurch castle

Take a wander around the corner and you’ll find the magnificent Christchurch Priory, built in 1094.  Give yourself a moment to sit down in the chapel and enjoy the majesty of the place – it’s quite breathtaking!  Further down the road, you’ll encounter the remains of 12th century Christchurch Castle, laying in ruin since 1645.  Overlooking the river this too is a lovely spot for a picnic, a leisurely stroll, or short afternoon nap, and one can often find local fisherman on the river testing their skills and enjoying a laid-back afternoon of fun!  It’s a quaint little place which is home to some beautiful old cottages that are just dripping in character.

Check the local events calendar – it’s busy!

Throughout the year Christchurch is host to a variety of special events and entertainment for all the family including the annual ‘Stompin’ the Quomps’ Jazz Festival at Christchurch Quay in August. If you need an excuse to take a few days off then use this as the perfect reason for a weekend break and a little fun in the sun, fabulous food and historical surroundings.

Don’t forget to pack your camera and you may even need that sun cream too!!!

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