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 December 2018

Wednesday-Friday 26th,27th, 28th December 11:00-14:30
Saturday & Sunday 29th,30th December 10:30 -15:30
CLOSED January 2019
OPEN  February 2019 for weekends and half term.


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

Model Boat Exhibition December 2018 – March 2019

Come along and see some wonderful model boats. Our brightly coloured mini-marina has a vessel for everyone.  Come and see the Titanic, two lifeboats, a fire-tender, a sailing yacht and canal barges. Continue reading “What’s on”

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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