Christchurch is a quaint, relaxing and beautiful historical town, that adjoins Bournemouth in the west and the New Forest to the east.
The town’s stunning harbour, beaches, nature reserves and historically important buildings have made Christchurch a popular tourist destination attracting some 1.5 million visitors a year. Christchurch’s picturesque town centre features a mixture of traditional public houses, restaurants, wine bars, coffee shops, antiquated cottages and historic listed buildings including the beautiful Christchurch Priory.
The older part of the town dates from Saxon times and retains its Saxon street layout. There is a weekly market which is held every Monday in High Street. Regularly there are adhoc food fairs and sometimes a French market in the town. Every year since 2000 the town has held a food and wine festival during May.
It includes an international food market with over 100 stalls selling food and drink, and a large marquee with a kitchen area erected in Saxon Square.
Christchurch is a popular destination for retirees and has one of the oldest populations in the country with 30 per cent of residents aged over 65.