West Bay Discovery Centre is owned by the Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT), a local charity dedicated to the restoration and reuse of historic buildings. Our friendly team consists of a Discovery Manager and a group of dedicated volunteers who are always on-hand and willing to help with any questions.

The Grade II Listed building, known locally as the Chapel on the Beach, stopped being used as a Place of Worship in 2006. It reverted to the landowner, West Dorset District Council, which sought an alternative use, since no religious denomination could be found to take it on.  The freehold of the building was transferred to the BADT in July 2012 on the understanding that it would be used to provide information to visitors about the history and environment of West Bay and the surrounding area. We obtained funding from the Coastal Communities Fund in 2017 and this together with other grants and monies raised enabled the building to be restored and adapted to be fit for purpose as the home of West Bay Discovery Centre, which opened on 1st August 2018.


BADT also owns and is restoring Bridport’s former library, the Literary and Scientific Institute on East Street. To learn more about the Trust’s activities, visit its website here.

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