The High Street
Christchurch High Street and environs is well served by large retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Waitrose in terms of food, as well as offering coffee shops and eateries such as traditional fish and chips through to artisan cheese providers.
Those retailers who offer food and beverages are able to apply to BCP Council for “tables and chairs” licences so that visitors and tourists can enjoy the ambience of the town. The High Street also hosts traditional High Street stores for retail and shopping purposes, including clothing, shoes, gift-shops and card shops, sports shops etc..
The High Street also hosts a square known as “Saxon Square” where pop-up events are provided from time to time. Such events include local farmer’s markets, general book sales, as well as providing entertainment such as Christmas events, or in previous incarnations aspects of the Christchurch Food Festival. The Town Council also licences the under-croft of the Old Town Hall – commonly known as the arches. This areas is traditionally used for charitable installations and collections, as well as providing a dry space for local bands who perform for charity during inclement weather. Any enquiries about this space should contact the Town Clerk.
Located on the High Street are also typical facilities such as the library and the Regent Centre which hosts a cinema and the local tourist information office. The Regent Centre has its own website.
Christchurch also has a vibrant night-time economy with many pubs and restaurants offering places to eat and socialise and is well served by taxis and local bus operators and provides ample car-parking. Car Parks include Saxon Square (two-level), Bypas Car Park, Wick Lane Car Park, Mayors Mead Car Park, as well as others. Christchurch High Street is also a short 5 minute walk from Christchurch Train Station.
Monday Street Market
Christchurch every Monday also hosts a weekly street market between 9:00am until 4:00pm. The High Street is closed to vehicular traffic and up to 50 stalls occupy the High Street. Such stalls include fashion, craft wares, fresh produce stalls, through to household goods and so on. Next to Saxon Square and within walking distance from the High Streets are public conveniences.