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.
Shopping in Christchurch
The leading shopping centre in the region, Saxon Square is located in the heart of the town centre and just a short walk from our Christchurch West hotel. Home to nearly 30 stores including big-name brands like Boots, New Look, Millets and Argos, the centre is also a great place for a caffeine pit stop at Costa. And if the sun is shining, The Chilly Wizard is one of the best places to get an ice cream in town, with a range of traditional and not-so-traditional flavours – mascarpone and fig ice cream, anyone?
If you’re looking for something a bit more alternative, Emporium is a delightful collection of stalls, traders and mini-shops selling everything from upcycled furniture and arts and crafts to baby clothes, vintage handbags, beauty products, organic goods and much, much more. Located just off Bridge Street, the indoor market is open Tuesday to Sunday and is a great place to pick up gifts or something a little different. The shops are all handily located in areas including Artist Alley, Pre-Loved Lane, Vintage Walkway and Designer Gallery.
Completing the retail scene is Christchurch Retail Park, a purpose-built shopping zone home to Halfords, Pets at Home, Maplins, Homebase and several other large retail stores. As you’d expect, there are hundreds of free parking spaces, with Pizza Hut on hand for any post-shopping munchies.
Saxon Square Shopping Centre
Held every Monday from 9am to 4pm near Saxon Square, Christchurch Market is a great place to pick up a wide range of local goods including fresh fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, fashion, toys and more. The largest weekly street market in the south of England, Christchurch market has been running for over 100 years and continues to be the town’s focal point every Monday as regulars and tourists get their haggle on.