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

Closed for winter , but stay in touch!

From Monday 1st November 2021, the Discovery Centre will change to winter hours and will only open during the school holidays – including selected days over Christmas and the February half-term week.  Due to the need for increased ventilation in relation to Covid 19 and consequent increased heating costs we will not be open on weekends in November as is our usual practice. We thank all of our visitors and volunteers for their support and look forward to welcoming you again before too long. In the meantime, please keep up to date with our winter events and other updates through our regular posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

External view of West Bay Discovery Centre

 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.                                                                                   

Internal view of West Bay Discovery Centre

 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 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.

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