Next time you’re heading to Bournemouth and stuck for ideas of what to do, hop in the car and take a short drive or cycle over to Christchurch, only 20 minutes from The Langtry and you can even take the coast road to enjoy the fabulous 180 degree view of the rugged Dorset coastline from Hengistbury Head to Old Harry Rocks.
Steeped in history, Christchurch is a small community that sits on the rivers Avon and Stour, merging at Christchurch Harbour. It’s a great location to bring the kids for a picnic on the green beside the quay, or enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants. There’s a huge variety of birdlife in the area too including the local Swan community who are present year-round, so why not purchase some birdfeed from the local café and watch as the kids enjoy being surrounded by enquiring, pecking beaks!
Take a wander around the corner and you’ll find magnificent Christchurch Priory, built in 1094. Give yourself a moment to sit down in the chapel and enjoy the majesty of the place – it’s quite breath-taking! Further down the road you’ll encounter the remains of 12th century Christchurch Castle, laying in ruin since 1645. Overlooking the river this too is a lovely spot for a picnic, a leisurely stroll, or short afternoon nap, and one can often find local fisherman on the river testing their skills and enjoying a laid-back afternoon of fun! It’s a quaint little place which is home to some beautiful old cottages that are just dripping in character.
Throughout the year Christchurch is host to a variety of special events and entertainment for all the family. The next big extravaganza will be the annual ‘Stompin’ the Quomps’ Jazz Festival at Christchurch Quay on July 21, 2012. If you need an excuse to take a few days off then use this as the perfect reason to come stay with us at the Langtry Manor and enjoy a little fun in the sun, fabulous food and elegant surroundings.
Don’t forget to pack your camera and you may even need that sun cream too!!!