Christchurch's unique location at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon and on the shores of its own spectacular natural harbour makes it the perfect destination to relax and unwind. Close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park, Christchurch is only a short drive from Bournemouth and Poole. Christchurch has great places to eat and drink, a wealth of things to see and do plus a wide variety of festivals and events - there's something to suit everyone whatever the time of year.
The town is also home to the Regent Centre, a 450 seat cinema, theatre, concert hall and art gallery showing the latest film releases, touring theatre, jazz, big band, ballet, opera and amateur stage productions.
Situated in the historic Priory Quarter, Christchurch Priory was given to the town for use as a parish church by Henry V111 after the dissolution in 1540 and is the longest parish church in England. The Priory holds regular services and events and is a popular venue for concerts. Close to the Priory Church are the Red House Museum and Gardens, the Convent Walk and the ruins of the Norman Hall and Christchurch Castle.
Christchurch enjoys a unique location at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon and on the shores of its own large natural harbour. The Green Flag award-winning Christchurch Quay is home to Place Mill, a restored watermill and art gallery. During the summer, the Victorian bandstand holds concerts of brass, orchestral and light music and there is a vintage ferry service to Mudeford Sandbank and Tuckton.
For those who enjoy sporting pursuits, Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre has facilities which include two swimming pools, a fitness suite and 9-hole golf course, Christchurch Bowling Club play on the green adjacent to the castle ruins and the harbour is home to three sailing clubs.
Christchurch is ideally placed for exploring the nearby coast and countryside including Highcliffe Castle, a Grade 1 listed cliff-top mansion with tea rooms; the attractive fishing village of Mudeford offering beautiful coastal walks, beaches and harbour; the New Forest National Park and the nearby town of Bournemouth with its beautiful sandy beaches, Victorian gardens and extensive shopping facilities.
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