West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EN.
West Bay Discovery Centre

Situated on the edge of the beach in the charming fishing village of West Bay the award-winning West Bay Discovery Centre is located inside the former historic Methodist Church and tells the stories of West Bay both past and present. The spectacular scenery of West Bay was the location of the TV drama  “Broadchurch” and the Church was even featured in the first series.

We aim to offer something for all ages and interests. Our interactive displays cover many aspects of West Bay’s heritage. They include the former shipbuilding industry, commercial fishing, the development of tourism and the surrounding environment of the Jurassic Coast.                                                                                                


The Discovery Centre provides up to date information on what’s on in West Bay and Bridport. We also have a small gift area and are proud to offer products from local producers.

Admission is free but we depend on donations from our visitors to meet our running costs.

We are currently closed due to the Coronavirus. During this time we will increase the content on this site and our Facebook and Instagram pages.                                                          

What's on

We have welcomed the recent updates to the Government guidelines that will allow attractions to open on 4th July. Our visitors have already been asking when we are opening! We are working hard behind the scenes and have detailed plans in place to provide a safe and fun place to visit. We will reopen when we feel it is reasonably safe to do so - hopefully, this won't be more than a few weeks away.
Exhibition -Down the Track

Exhibition -Down the Track

POSTPONED

We are marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the passenger service to West Bay by looking back to a time when the railway ran between Bridport and West Bay. Admission free, donations welcomed.

“All Aboard” 3D Art Workshop

“All Aboard” 3D Art Workshop

POSTPONED

Join local artist Darrell Wakelam and help us build a steam locomotive sculpture for permanent display in the Centre. Suitable for all ages. Drop-in anytime between 11 am -1 pm or 2 pm -4 pm.

Talk - Wild Tales of West Bay

Talk - Wild Tales of West Bay

POSTPONED

Join professional storyteller Martin Maudsley for a flock of stories about the wildlife and natural habitats in and around West Bay. Find out more with a lively performance of fabulous folktales and magical myths that celebrate the wildness of West Bay.

 Music 'Bride Valley & Beyond’

Music 'Bride Valley & Beyond’

POSTPONED

Join us for an entertaining evening of music and readings celebrating the history, landscape and life of our wonderful West Dorset Coast. Local musicians will be performing in aid of West Bay Discovery Centre. Starts at 7 pm, advance booking is recommended as numbers are limited.

Latest Blog Posts

Our blog explores the stories of people and wildlife who have visited or made West Bay their home over centuries.

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