Our Guide to Retirement in Christchurch Posted on May 17, 2017 (March 31, 2020) by Caitlin Marsh Retiring in Christchurch could just prove to be the best move you’ll ever make. There’s something for everyone in this thriving Dorset market town, which is situated on the South Coast on the banks of the Rivers Avon and Stour. Getting around Christchurch is easy, with plenty of adventures accessible by road and rail. So, why choose a retirement property in Christchurch? Here are three key reasons: 1. History and culture on your doorstep Did you know the town was historically known as Twynham, Old English which translates as the land between two rivers? Retire to Christchurch and explore its wonderful mix of culture and history. Christchurch is steeped in history, waiting to be unearthed. Step back to a bygone era and be thoroughly charmed by the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Red House Museum and Gardens, an 18th century workhouse gallery, exhibitions and three gardens to relax in. Take a stroll along the banks of the River Stour and the beautiful Quay area. It’s here in the heart of town in Quay Road you’ll find Priory Church, where you can learn about the history of the area and of the ‘beam’. You can also discover its magnificent churchyard, ruins and gardens. Yet more history can be unearthed at Christchurch Castle and the nearby Norman House at High Street, which shows off incredible architecture from the period. 2. Share your Passions You can meet like-minded people and join communities who share your passions. No matter what your interests, choosing a retirement property in Christchurch would allow you to take advantage of a variety of classes, groups and meetups, as well as exhibitions, performances and shows. Get active and join a sports club including bowls, cricket and sailing which can all be found in Christchurch. And when it’s time to relax, there are plenty of restaurants, bistros and cafes. If you like to shop local, you may find a bargain in the market held in the High Street every week. 3. Get closer to nature Christchurch is just five miles from the edge of the breathtaking New Forest National Park. Go on outdoor adventures with your loved ones and make the most of the many picturesque walking routes around the forest. There’s also a number of areas to set up camp and enjoy a picnic. As well as taking in leafy landscapes, a retirement property in Christchurch places you right next to five local beaches. The popular seaside towns of both Bournemouth and Poole are within easy reach. You can soak up the sun and breathe in the sea air on the sandy beach at Mudeford, or keep fit by doing one of the beautiful walks along Mudeford Sandspit. There’s something for everyone… Above are just three reasons to choose retirement in Christchurch. There is a wealth of information on the fantastic attractions and locations in and around Christchurch. For starters, find out more on the New Forest National Park website and Visit Dorset‘s website for general tourist information. If you are looking to retire to the Christchurch area, why not come and view our recently launched Monterey property? For more information about Monterey and purchasing options you could take advantage of, enquire online or phone today on 01202 471 461.