Thursday, 10 April 2014

Christchurch - Not so sleepy

BBC3’s Invasion of the Job Snatchers portrays Christchurch as a sleepy town.

Christchurch is the home town for my family, and while the programme focused on one third of the residents, the town has a lot to offer families.

The town's harbour, beaches, nature reserves and historically important buildings have made Christchurch a popular tourist destination attracting some 1.5 million visitors a year.

Things we love about Christchurch.


Christchurch Quay and Splash Park

Walk along the Quay and feed the swans and ducks and you find yourself at the popular Splash Park. It is great fun for children and includes a paddling pool. The Splash Park is open from 9am to 7pm daily between May and October.

Next to the Splash Park is a large grassy area ideal for picnics and a playground. Car parking is available at Mayors Mead car park where charges apply.

Avon Beach

Avon Beach is great for families with young children. It is easily accessible and has great facilities:  Shop, Water Sports Rental, Beach Huts, Fish and Chip Cabin and Takeaway Coffee Hut.
There are toilets situated next to the shop.
Gundimore promenade links the beach to Mudeford Quay where you can take a ferry trip to Mudeford Sandbank.

To find the Avon Beach car park using a sat nav use this postcode: BH23 4AN

Red House Museum

A charming Georgian building, built as a workhouse in 1764, now filled with a rich variety of displays and a regular and varied exhibitions programme. Admission is free.
The museum holds regular events for a small charge.

The Bygones Gallery

Step into a bygone age and experience the charm and harsh reality of life in the workhouse when children worked from dawn to dusk making watch parts.


Public car parking 50 metres away.
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Admission Free
Closed Good Friday

For more ideas and local events don't forget to check our listings at Mumsnet Local Dorset



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