Top 10 Half-Term Ideas Along the Jurassic Coast

  1. Book a Fossil Hunt

Fossil hunting is an absolutely must-do when you’re visiting the Jurassic Coast, and the best places to do it are in Charmouth (pictured above) with the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, and in neighbouring Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Museum. Pre-booking is essential during this busy week, so book through each organisation’s website – Charmouth ; Lyme Regis.

Both venues offer affordable family fossil hunting trips with their expert guides. February is a perfect time to look – the winter storms have dislodged fossil-rich rocks onto the beach, where the buried treasure of ammonites, belemnites and more awaits.

What are you waiting for? Book your fossil hunt now while there’s still spaces!


  1. Complete the Winter Survival Trail at Seaton Jurassic

East Devon’s Seaton Jurassic are offering a special “Winter Survival Trail” through their centre and gardens, aimed at encouraging children to learn more about the incredible nature around them, like this adorable dormouse. The centre is open all week and makes a brilliant wet-weather destination for families, with a fab café, great facilities and loads of entertaining activities on offer.


  1. Visit Seaton Tramway’s amazing new station
Seaton Tramway

Next door to Seaton Jurassic, Seaton Tramway have a glorious new terminus, which is well worth a visit. This Tuesday they are running a bird-watching trip, led by expert local ornithologist and Jurassic Coast Ambassador Donald Campbell. Book your tickets through their website.


  1. Join the casting call for “Ammonite”

If you’ve got a few spare minutes this week, and you’re planning on being around Lyme Regis in March, why not try your luck by applying to be an extra in the upcoming film “Ammonite”? Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, it tells the story of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.

The ad states that, “Fabulous facial hair is welcome”, it so might be a good opportunity for the bearded gentleman in your life!


  1. Discover a new favourite Jurassic Coast Walk
Portland Bill
Portland Bill, the famous lighthouse on the Isle of Portland, in the heart of the Jurassic Coast.


Whilst February is good for tucking up warm inside with your loved ones, it’s also an ideal time of year for walking the Jurassic Coast. The crowds are certainly smaller, parking is easier, and if you catch a window of sunshine, you can enjoy a spectacular coastal view all to yourself.

Visit our Highlights page to begin your Jurassic Walking Journey! We can highly recommend Beer, Portland and Swanage as superb walking destinations.


  1. Visit Otterton Mill

East Devon’s Otterton Mill (pictured above) is a fascinating historical site, one of the world’s longest-running businesses, with bread production stretching back 1,000 years! It’s a fabulous place to stop in for lunch or afternoon tea, and also offers a convenient starting point for a walk to nearby Budleigh Salterton beach and Otterton Point.

Grab an OS Map from our shop, and speak to the Mill’s friendly staff, to plan your perfect Devon day out.


  1. Visit the Donkey Sanctuary
donkey sanctuary outdoor

Sidmouth’s The Donkey Sanctuary makes an ideal day out, with free entry, free parking, and excellent facilities on-site. There’s friendly donkeys aplenty to pat and learn about, and even a woodland walk to nearby Weston Mouth, the Sanctuary’s own sliver of Jurassic Coast.


  1. Book onto our Run Jurassic event

Feeling sluggish in February, and want to rev yourself up for some active fun later in the year? Then why not sign up to our Run Jurassic event with White Star Running? Places are going fast for what promises to be an exceptional weekend, taking place at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park in September.


  1. Visit Dorset County Museum’s pop-up in Brewery Square
dcm pop-up

Whilst Dorchester’s Dorset County Museum is closed for renovations, they’ve created a free-to-enter pop-up museum in the town’s Brewery Square area. It’s well worth a visit, with selections from the museum’s enviable collections, including some fossils! Pair it with a visit to one of Brewery Square’s many quality eateries and you’ve got a perfect half-term day out sorted.


  1. Book your next visit!

If you fall in love with the Jurassic Coast this week (and how could you not?!), why not book your next trip here with one of our brilliant Business Partners?

You can find them all on our Where to Stay page – with glamping, B&Bs, hotels and more, it’s a great place to start to plan your next visit to our amazing World Heritage Site.

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