If you cannot decide between seaside or countryside, historic town or pretty harbour then Christchurch is the place to solve this. A perfect solution that offers award winning beaches, coastal nature reserves, heritage attractions and a perfect Quay.
The historic Priory Church and Castle ruins give the old world charm to Christchurch along with its attractive bustling town centre. Nearby villages such as Highcliffe and Mudeford provide a castle and the very popular crabbing trips.
With four miles of coastline, which include views of the Isle of Wight, and six safe beaches you are spoilt for choice.
Two for the price of one in Christchurch. With two rivers to sail or walk along, two historic Quays and two Castles to discover.
The icing on the cake, is the renowned annual food and drink festival, bringing the whole community together. Throughout the year there are hundreds of fairs, festivals, fetes, shows and exhibitions hosted in and around Christchurch, giving you something to look forward to whenever you stay.
Within Christchurch, the largest industries include the transport, distribution and engineering sectors. In terms of distribution, both Amazon and Kondor have warehouses within Christchurch, and hire large numbers of staff due to the ever growing demand for their services.
When it comes to engineering, this has been important to the area for decades. An Airspeed factory was built at Christchurch Airport in 1942, which later became part of de Havilland, manufacturing a range of aircraft. Although this factory closed down, the aircraft and engineering industries remain important to the local economy. Christchurch’s Aviation Business Park continues to be a thriving centre when it comes to crafting and distributing aviation, and includes companies such as Aim Altitude, GA Telesis, Honeywell Aerospace, Cobham Aviations Services and Curtiss Wright.
Another key industry in Christchurch is that of defence and security. Babcock International, which is a renowned provider of engineering services that support national defence, and BAE Systems, which is a multinational defence, security, and aerospace company, both have headquarters in the area.
Although Christchurch does not rely as heavily on tourism and does not generate as much income within this sector as nearby Bournemouth, this is still a large sector in regards to employment. Staying visitors and day visitors generate around £76 million a year for the local economy, and Christchrch has a large number of visitor accommodation to support this, including eight hotels, around 75 guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments, along with 11 caravan and camping parks. The town’s high street also attracts tourists - it’s the fifth largest shopping centre in Dorset, and is home to a variety of chain and boutique shops.