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

What’s on

Our pop up exhibition called ‘Turning the Tide’, is all about plastics and is running until 31st October. 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.

Guided Walks

We are re-starting our West Bay guided walks! Every Thursday at 10.30am starting from the Discovery Centre. We will have a selection of different walks available starting with:

  • Thursday 10th June Hidden West Bay – Discover West Bays hidden history with us.
  • Thursday 17th June River and Railway – Discover the history of the old West Bay railway and the beautiful flora and fauna along the River Brit.
  • Thursday 24th June Hidden West Bay – Discover West Bays hidden history with us.

If you would like to come on one of the guided walks please pre-book by clicking the button below and completing the booking form. Walks are £5 per person payable on the day.

WALK For: Adults, Recommended age: 18+ Duration: Around 1hr 30m

NB Due to current circumstances, all events may be subject to last minute changes and cancellations. If you wish to cancel please email us.


You can also come along to the Discovery Centre any time we are open and pick up our walk trail sheets – we have one for both the West Cliff and Railway walk. Or alternatively you can the walks from our website see below.

Events

West Bay Discovery Centre organises and presents a range of events throughout the year, generally linked into our pop up exhibitions. Our aim is to provide a series of enjoyable experiences for our community. These events can cover quite a range of activities, but they all relate in some way to the life, culture, nature and landscape of West Bay.

Our next event is an evening of music and readings celebrating the history, landscape, people and life of our wonderful West Dorset Coast. Featuring musicians from Rough Trade with guest appearance by David Powell.

Douglas Northover from Burton Bradstock published many poems in celebration of the Bride Valley. David Powell who was Headteacher at Burton Bradstock School has set some of the poems to music and has written many songs which capture the magic of this part of West Dorset. David has recently created a blog which draws together these songs.

Pre booked tickets are £8.00 and are available from West Bay Discovery Centre, (when open) or from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 or via their online booking  https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk/tickets/. Profits will be shared between the West Bay Discovery Centre and St John’s Church. (Prevailing Covid restrictions will apply)

If you are interested in collaborating with us in putting on an event please contact us.

Self guided walks around West Bay

Self Guided Trails and Walks

We also have various self -guided walks available for sale in West Bay Discovery Centre or alternatively pick up our free wildlife leaflet highlighting the wildlife that can be discovered in West Bay.

West Bay Discovery Centre’s leaflet ‘Discover the Wildlife around West Bay.’

Walks around West Bay

West Bay is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we are grateful to Dorset AONB for supporting the costs of producing two new free trails around West Bay. Highlighting wild flowers and wildlife to look out for on the walk, the walk sheets are freely available from the Discovery Centre or can be downloaded below.

West Bay Discovery Walks – Route 1 Exploring the West Cliff and Eype

This 2.5 mile walk (4 kms) takes you along the coast path to Eype before turning back inland along ancient lanes.

Views looking down the coast path to Eype

West Bay Discovery Walks Route 2 Exploring the River Brit and the Old Railway Walk

This 2mile (3km) walk starts from the West Bay Discovery Centre and explores the lower reaches of the River Brit and returns via the old railway path and East Beach.

Broadchurch trail

Broadchurch first hit our screens back in March 2013 with the second series following in early 2015 and the final series in 2017.  It won several BAFTA’s and starred David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Coleman as DS Ellie Miller. It explored how a tragic incident affects a small, close-knit community, and how the characters react to the media attention and the mutual suspicion that arises.  Broadchurch is unique in how it shows how something terrible can happen in such a beautiful place.

The Dorset landscape was always intended to be a main character of the drama; Chris Chibnall wrote Broadchurch “as a love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast which used key landmarks as part of its story.

The landscape informs the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach are all key elements of the story.” In fiction it is set in Dorset: but to reduce the cost of production many of the locations were shot in Clevedon -13 miles from Bristol where the film company is based.

Enjoy discovering the key filming locations of Broadchurch in West Bay, many thanks go to Visit Dorset for giving us permission to share this with you.