Author: Katie Burden

If you’re planning a visit to England’s only natural World Heritage Site this half term, you’ll be looking forward to discovering stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and fantastic fossils.jurassiccoast_west bay east cliff_2008_copyright_jurassiccoastteam

With so much to do, whatever the weather, you and your family will be spoilt for choice. Be sure to visit the newly opened Seaton Jurassic, a spectacular visitor attraction which takes you on a journey through time to discover the world of the Jurassic Coast. There is also the new X55 Jurassic Coaster bus service being operated by First Bus. This connects Wool Train Station with Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, making it even easier to explore the coast by public transport this season.

Following the success of last summer’s popular events, Dorset Forest Schools and The Jurassic Coast Trust are delighted to offer “Beach School” holiday programmes this half term. The events at Beer and Burton Bradstock give children aged 6 to aged 12 an adventure by the seaside, highlight their role as guardians of our precious World Heritage coastline. You can book your place here.

Get out on the coast and enjoy views of the stunning Jurassic Coast cliffs, like these West Bay, from a safe distance. The Jurassic Coast looks like it does because of erosion. This is also why there is such a rich supply of fossils in places such as Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Erosion means that the coast is dynamic and is always on the move.

Make sure you enjoy the coast safely, whether you are out walking, fossil hunting, having a picnic or taking selfies. It is easy to enjoy the Jurassic Coast without putting yourself or others at risk. Don’t forget:

  1. Always stay away from the cliffs (both top and bottom) – landslides and rock falls are more likely to happen after heavy rainfall or storms but can, and do, happen anytime
  2. Mud flows may extend across the beaches – be alert; they can look deceptively like the beach itself
  3. Never ignore a warning sign – they are there for your safety
  4. Check tide times before you set off on a beach walk or fossil hunting adventure to avoid being cut off
  5. Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge

And finally, say hello to Stuart, our marvellous Fossil Warden, if you see him on the beaches of Charmouth and Lyme Regis – he’s there to help you get the most out of your trip (and he might even give you a fossil).



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