Christchurch is an affordable and stunning destination for all the family. We’ll be exploring free ways to enjoy our varied town. You'd be suprised to find out what free things you can do in Christchurch...

1. St. Catherine’s Hill

From the top of the hill, expect some lovely views out over the town and across to the cliffs of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Priory. With St Catherine's Hill's 35 hectare area of heathland and coniferous forest, there is plenty of space to explore and run around.

2. Stanpit Marsh

Visit Stanpit Marsh for a lovely circular walk. If you come at the right time of year, you can see the newly born foals. The walk also has a lovely view out over towards Mudeford Spit beach huts. A perfect place to get a photo!

3. Avon Beach

Avon beach offers beautiful beaches situated just east of Mudeford Quay and marks the start of the Christchurch Bay which stretches out towards Highcliffe. The picture of Avon Beach speaks for itself!

4. Highcliffe Castle 

The surrounding nature reserve by Highcliffe Castle is a must for your free time this year. Explore grassy dunes, bushes, trees and low-rise cliffs. The dunes and shrublands behind the beach are criss-crossed with a number of paths and at the western end there is the Steamer Point Nature Reserve. Enjoy a number of family friendly cafés at Steamer Point or pack a picnic to munch on.

5. Highcliffe Beach

From Highcliffe Castle make your way to Highcliffe beach. A Blue Flag awarded stretch of shingle and sand beaches at the most easterly point of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. A series of breakwaters help to create a sand and shingle beach that is popular with swimmers and surfers, particularly body boarders. 

6. Christchurch Quay/High Street

Christchurch is a truly beautiful and tranquil place to spend some time wandering and window shopping. Numerous coffee shops dotted along the high street present a lovely opportunity to catch-up with friends and family over a coffee.

7. Christchurch Castle

Follow the path along the quayside and this will take you over a little bridge by Place Mill, then follow the stream to Christchurch town centre. On your way, take a little detour up to Christchurch Priory and visit the Christchurch Castle ruins.

8. Crabbing at Mudeford Quay

Crabbing at Mudeford Quay makes for the perfect budget family day out. Wrap up warm, pack a picnic and prepare for a fun-filled afternoon.

9. Red House Museum and Garden

The museum is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Visit the bygone galleries and learn about the social and industrial life of Christchurch. Discover the local history resource area and browse through more than 50,000 photographs. Explore the gardens and admire the view of Christchurch Priory. Spot the objects around the museum with our fun activity sheets. Don’t forget to browse the Red House Museum shop and visit welcoming café. 

10. Christchurch Priory

There has been a church on the site of Christchurch Priory for over 1300 years, from the first Saxon building to the glorious Priory Church we see today. A must visit whilst wandering around Christchurch for history buffs!




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