Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6LLTel:01297 560772Email:
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Charmouth is a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast.
Charmouth is a quiet seaside hamlet where time has stood still - the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. It is the best place along the Jurassic Coast to look for fossils.
The village has a small selection of local shops, pubs that serve good food, as well as various hotels and restaurants.
Charmouth is right in the heart of fossil hunting country. The large shingle beach and the Heritage Coast Centre on the seafront are wonderful for those interested in fossils and the local natural history. Guided walks along the coastline can be booked from here.
The South West Coast Path runs through Charmouth (it is however currently diverted due to erosion problems, see the news section for updates) and there are many other attractive routes for walkers both along the coast and inland to the pretty Dorset and East Devon countryside. An invigorating walk will take you to the attractive village of Burton Bradstock in the east or follow the South West Coast Path west to Lyme Regis.
By Foot: Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast..
By Bus: The CoastlinX53 service stops at Charmouth. Find out more about the Jurassic Coast Bus Service or contact Traveline on tel: 0870 6082608 or visit Traveline for further information.
By Coach: National Express operates direct coach services to Lyme Regis throughout the summer season. Contact Tel: 08705 808080 or visit National Express.
By Road: From Lyme Regis take the B3052 for about 2 miles and onto Axminster Road at the roundabout, which will take you down to Charmouth.
Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.
The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.
Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.
Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.
Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.
Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.
With the Jurassic Coast filling with visitors for the busy summer season, new deckchairs, windbreaks and beach shelters are appearing on the beach near the Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock in West Dorset.
Pop-Up Art Events with Lusea Warner: Kids Art Wednesdays
Hurray! It's KidsArt Wednesday. Morning and afternoon printing workshops for 7 years plus. Please bring old clothes as we will be getting messy!
Morning workshops - Jurassic Textures. Use materials found on the Jurassic coastline to learn traditional methods and create a variety of prints suitable for framing.Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm. Price: £15 or two siblings for £25.
Afternoon Workshops - Fossil Printing. View, touch and learn about different fossils. Sketch, design and create some jurassic coast inspired artwork that you can take home, all in an afternoon.Time: 1.30 - 4.00pm. Price: £15 or two siblings for £25
Come along to Jubilee Gardens, by the Clock Tower, overlooking the Seafront.
We have activities for all including :
Fossil Box Dig - be a geologist looking for fossils!
Colouring and crafts of dinosaurs
Go for a walk on the Timeline Path in Cliff Field Gardens (starting from Jubilee Gardens) and discover 21 fossils of the Jurassic Coast.
Explore Seaton Labyrinth offering a maze that you can follow all the way to the centre and back again. The path follows the evolutionary story of coastal geology with pebbles and ammonites from the Jurassic Coast.
Join us between 11am and 2pm for 'Fun in the Sun!'
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the rocks and fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils.
Visit the Fossil Forest on a Ranger led walk. Learn about the amazing formations left in the rocky layers from over 140m years ago and the bizarre 'broken beds' of rock. Return via the beach or, for those wanting an extra challenge, follow the Ranger over Bindon Mill where you will cross the site of an Iron Age Fort dating back to 400BC.