We are now open!
We’re thrilled to throw open our doors and welcome visitors back in. We’re now back to normal opening hours, so that’s Tuesday- Sunday 11.00 to 16.00 and Bank Holiday Mondays. We hope this video will show you the measures we have taken to make your visit safe and enjoyable. The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community is of utmost importance to us and we will continue to closely review the advice from the Government and Public Health England around the COVID-19 situation.
Despite Covid restrictions easing on Monday 19th July we have decided like many local businesses and visitor attractions to retain the restrictions we have in place. While Covid cases and hospitalisation continues to rise there will be no change in how we operate. We will continue to ask visitors and staff to wear masks. We have two goals. The first is to ensure that ALL of our visitors feel safe. The second is to keep ALL of our West Bay Discovery Centre team safe.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
An award winning visitor 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.
The Discovery Centre provides an insight to West Bay and the Jurassic Coast, revealing its hidden history, local stories and offering fascinating facts about the natural environment.
We use interactive experiences to make learning about West Bay fun for all ages. Our challenge to visitors is to make your own discoveries, then come back and share them with us. We offer changing themed exhibitions and aim to provide the latest local information. A programme of talks, guided walks, and events are also on offer.
We also have a small gift area and are proud to offer products from local producers. We are a charity and admission is free, but to do this we depend on donations from our visitors to meet our running costs.
We’ were delighted to be awarded the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark. This confirms that we have followed the published government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing at all times.
Please view our Know before you go Covid -19 precautions Video and information.