Spring in Christchurch is a magical time when the town comes to life with vibrant colours, blooming flowers, and a gentle springtime breeze in the air. As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy without spending a penny. Whether you're a local or a visitor, here are the top eight free activities to do in Christchurch:

  1. Visit Highcliffe Castle Beach:

Venture to Highcliffe Castle Beach and bask in the natural beauty of the Dorset coastline. Take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores, search for seashells and fossils, or simply relax and enjoy panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay.

  1. Picnic at Redhill Park:

Bring a picnic basket and make your way to Redhill Park for an outdoor picnic surrounded by nature. Find a nice, cool spot beneath the trees, lay out a blanket, and enjoy a nice lunch with family and friends.

  1. Explore Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve:

Only a short distance from Christchurch, Hengistbury Head awaits you for an adventure among nature. Take a walk on charming paths, take in expansive vistas of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Harbour, and look out for native wildlife emerging for spring. 

  1. Discover local history at the Red House Museum:

Explore Christchurch's history at the Red House Museum, and immerse yourself in captivating exhibits showcasing the town's rich heritage. Wander through beautifully preserved rooms, uncovering stories of bygone eras and gaining insights into local life throughout the ages. With no cost to explore, the Red House Museum offers an enriching and budget-friendly outing for history enthusiasts.

  1. Cycle the Castleman Trailway:

Grab your bike and pedal along the Castleman Trailway, a scenic cycling route that follows the path of a historic railway line. Enjoy the fresh air, soak in the picturesque countryside views, and explore charming villages along the way—perfect for a spring evening.

  1. Enjoy the views from Christchurch Castle:

Climb to the top of Christchurch Castle for panoramic views of the town and its surroundings. Marvel at the scenic vistas stretching from the River Avon to the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside—a perfect way to cap off a day of exploration and catch the springtime sunset.

Christchurch castle surrounded by grass and daffodils

  1. Crabbing at Mudeford Quay:

Crabbing at Mudeford Quay is a classic springtime activity in Christchurch. Against the backdrop of blooming wildflowers and budding trees, you can gather along the quayside with your family and friends, armed with a bucket and lines, to enjoy some healthy competition with one another.

  1. Attend an event:

Keep an eye out for free events taking place in Christchurch during the spring months. From farmers' markets and craft fairs to outdoor concerts and festivals, there's always something exciting happening in town. Check out our What’s On page closer to your visit to plan your perfect spring day for free.




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