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 comfy Hypnos 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.
Nightlife in Christchurch
One of the most stylish bars and restaurants in Christchurch, The Boathouse is best enjoyed with a cold drink in hand while sitting on the large terrace overlooking the river at sunset. It covers plenty of other bases, however. Grab a putter and head out to their own crazy golf course, or if you’re feeling romantic, head to the intimate Chandelier Bar above the restaurant and choose from a wide range of cocktails, champagne, boutique beers and delicious Spanish tapas.
A cool café by day, Soho Christchurch comes alive at night when it turns into a popular bar and pizza joint. A modern and stylish bar on Church Street, the real highlight is its glass-covered terrace which overlooks the Priory Ruins, a gorgeous backdrop for your cocktail or craft beer. Back inside, the bar turns up the music on Fridays and Saturdays, with a DJ supplying the crowd-friendly dancefloor grooves until early the next morning.
The real night owls out there should head to Cameron’s Club and Lounge which is open until 4.30am every weekend, fuelled by a heady combination of cocktails and good-time music from the DJ. Ostensibly a high-end sports bar, Cameron’s also do a good range of food, including their popular Sunday roast.
The leading wine bar in town, Bodega stocks over 100 wines with a strong focus on natural and organic wines. Housed in a converted shed, Bodega’s interior is strong on character thanks to its rough brick walls and wooden surfaces. Make sure to tuck into their deli platters as well including a finger-lickin’ range of cold meats and cheeses.
Bodega Wine Bar
Head to our Christchurch pubs page for a full round-up of the town’s best public houses.