West Bay Discovery Centre

Situated on the edge of the beach in the charming fishing village of West Bay the  new 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.

We also feature a range of amazing photographs, including a section on what makes West Bay special for people who live, work or visit West Bay.

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 are dependent on donations from our visitors to meet our running costs

 Winter Opening Hours 2019

January  Closed                                                                                                                                                                

February  half term 15th,16th,  18th – 23rd February   11:00-16:00

February Saturday 29th 11:00-16:00

March Saturday and Sundays (1st,7th,8th,14th,15th,21st.22nd)  11:00-16:00

Summer Opening Hours wef  24th March 2020

Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 pm ( we are closed on Mondays apart from Bank Holidays)


Family Friendly

Discover, Explore, Learn and Play

Our hands-on interactive activities are designed to provide a shared learning experience for families and are popular with all ages. Continue reading “Family Friendly”

What’s on

2019 marked the anniversary of the opening of the Methodist Chapel (170 years ago) and St John’s Church (80 years ago). Come and discover our new exhibition, which celebrates and explores the history of these two churches and the stories of those associated with them.


Discovery Volunteers

Volunteer with us 

Our friendly team consists of a Discovery Centre Manager and a group of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are at the heart of the Centre. They engage with visitors and guide them in their exploration of the Discovery Centre and through it West Bay.

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