28 Jan

Christchurch may appeal to downsizers

Christchurch may appeal to downsizers

The town of Christchurch could be the ideal place for those looking to downsize.

Recent years has seen a growth in people looking to relocate to a smaller property once they have retired or children have left the nest.

Research by financial provider Prudential concluded 26 per cent of older people are keen to downsize and there is plenty of property for sale in Christchurch that could fit the bill.

The Dorset town is well regarded and retains a strong sense of local community. One of the key events is the weekly market. Taking place every Monday, it offers a good chance to stock up on local produce, as well as chatting to local residents.

As well as the traditional market, there are a number of other markets held throughout the year, including a French food fair and the very popular food and wine festival. The latter sees around 100 different stalls selling a whole host of produce and there are various workshops conducted by leading chefs.

The Christchurch annual regatta is also a big event on the town's calendar. Held every year since 1909, it attracts people from around the UK. Keen sportspeople will be pleased to hear there is a very active rowing and boating club in the region, which could be a great way to combine exercise with the development of a social life.

Families will also be interested in the annual carnival. Taking place in August, the weekend-long celebration includes fireworks, a funfair and a procession through the town's streets. All of the proceeds raised go to fund locally-based charities.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801772618-ADNFCR

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