We’re thrilled to throw open our doors again 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 and information 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. Our priority is and (always has been) to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable during their time with us.
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.
West Bay Discovery Centre has decided like many local businesses and visitor attractions to retain the restrictions we have in place until otherwise announced, in accordance with Government guidance and industry best practice. We will continue to ask visitors and staff to wear masks (unless exempt.) 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.
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.
Check out our forthcoming events below...
Exhibition -Turning the Tide
18th May - 31st October 2021
Discover the history of plastic and the problem with single-use plastics. Learn how you can help in the fight to reduce microplastics in our oceans. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
Great Big Green Week - Lyme Bay's Road to Recovery
UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED -new date will be issued shortly
Coastal Eco Systems are under increasing threat from overfishing, pollution and Climate Change. The Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area demonstrates some success stories where local communities are being empowered to manage and protect their coastal environment. Dr Adam Rees will give a talk coupled with a video presentation at West Bay Discovery Centre followed by a short walk along the quayside. Free tickets booked in advance www.plover-rovers.com/events-1
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