Christchurch is a pleasant town with an interesting heritage, situated at the point where the River Stour and the River Avon flow out into Christchurch harbour. Originally known as Twynham "the place betwixt the waters", Christchurch takes its name from its 11th century Priory Church, which was originally known as Christ's Church. The area called 'The Quomps' is a flat, open, grassed area containing a paddling pool and children's play area. Place Mill is a Grade II listed building dating from 1100AD which straddles the millstream at the Quay. It has recently been restored and is open to the public. You'll find pleasant cafes and tearooms occupying other quaint old buildings in Christchurch. In the summer months, music drifts out from the Victorian bandstand. Take a stroll along the riverside promenade and soak up the atmosphere of this charming spot. Christchurch is also a popular place for sailing and other water sports; there are boats available for hire as well as guided boat trips around the bay.