You'll find plenty of things to do in Christchurch, from enjoying local activities near popular beaches in Dorset to enjoying a range of entertainment for all ages at Christchurch attractions. Get a taste of the local culture and history, and don’t miss out on shopping in Christchurch during your stay. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat near Christchurch, and getting around couldn’t be easier thanks to the range of Dorset train stations nearby. While families can snuggle up in their super comfy bed for the night, Christchurch's nightlife and popular evening spots open their doors to couples and groups looking for fun nights out in Dorset. Whatever you're looking to do by the coast on your UK short break, book your Christchurch hotel and stay close to all the best things to do.
Entertainment in Christchurch
A restored 1930s cinema, the Regent Centre is the main culture and entertainment spot in Christchurch, putting on a wide range of events including musicals, theatre, opera and live music. A 480-capacity Art Deco theatre, they hold plenty of live music events ranging from traditional Irish dancers to big-band music, 60s-themed nights and many professional tribute acts. Located on Castle Street just down from Saxon Square, the theatre is just a short walk from our Christchurch West hotel.
With a thriving pub scene, it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of live music on offer across the town’s pubs. The Thomas Tripp has live music most nights of the week, spanning everything from acoustic sessions to blues, jazz and rock and roll. Plus, they have one of the best-stocked bars in town and, in the Seafood Shack, one of the best casual restaurants in Christchurch.
Located out of the town centre, The Amberwood Inn is known for its regular live music sessions each Friday as well as their jazz nights on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Plus, with an excellent food menu and a great range of ales, ciders, wines and spirits, it has all the ingredients for a great night out.
The Regent Centre
Christchurch Sailing Club
Originally opened as a cinema in 1931, The Regent Centre became a bingo hall in the 70s. It’s arguably in its finest period now though as a refurbished 480-seater theatre that puts on a wide range of programmes including musicals, opera, theatre, film screenings, live music and more. With a stunning Art Deco interior, the theatre has signed up with some illustrious partners including live broadcasts from the Bolshoi and Opera de Paris. They’ve also had several high profile raconteurs gracing the stage including cricket commentator Henry Blofeld and music mogul Pete Waterman. The centre also has a foyer café serving up snacks and drinks, with plenty of great cafés, bars and restaurants nearby including The Ship Inn and Soho Christchurch.
Home to Christchurch Cricket Club and Christchurch F.C., the MA Hart Stadium at Hurn Bridge Sports Ground is located halfway between Bournemouth and Christchurch. A popular sports stadium, it’s a great place to catch some of the area’s aspiring sportspeople in action.
With mile after mile of open coastline, there are few better ways to explore the region than via the great blue sea, and the Christchurch Sailing Club is a great place to start. The club is equipped with a fleet of dinghies and cruisers and runs a series of races through the year, as well as a range of lessons for anyone over 12 years old. There’s also an on-site bar open from Tuesday to Sunday serving lunch and evening meals.