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:

  • Sunday 26th Sept Hidden History (1.5 miles 1.5 hours Grade : Easy) Discover West Bays hidden history with us. (Due to popularity of this walk we have added this Sunday date.)
  • Thursday 30th Sept West Cliff and Eype (2.5 miles, 2 hours, Grade: Medium – good terrain but some steep gradients) – Discover the fascinating landscape between West Bay and Eype.

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.

NB Due to current circumstances, all events may be subject to last minute changes and cancellations. Should 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.

Great Big Green Week – Lyme Bay Road to Recovery HAS BEEN POSTPONED we will let you know new date as soon as possible.

We are delighted to be joining forces with Dr Adam Rees and the charity Plover Rovers whose primary aim is to bring together Marine Science and the Coastal community closer together. Dr Adam Rees will give a talk about the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area which demonstrates some success stories where local communities are being empowered to manage and protect their coastal environment. This achievement is even greater when Coastal Eco Systems are under increasing threat from overfishing, pollution and Climate change. The talk will be 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 .Tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.

This year the UK is set to hold the 26th “Conference of Parties” (or COP) which brings all nations to Glasgow to work out how we hold the temperature down to sub-catastrophic levels.  In preparation for this, the Great Big Green Week (September 18th-26th) is being held in many communities across the UK, including Bridport.  West Dorset Friends of the Earth is organising local groups such as ourselves, to hold events throughout the week find out more about the other events taking place locally here.

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.

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is one of the UK’s greatest and most famous walks; 630 miles in total, running from Somerset around Devon, Cornwall and finally into Dorset and through West Bay ending at Poole Harbour.

West Bay Discovery Centre is proud to be one of the South West Coast Pathr Way Makers, which allows walkers not only to follow the trail, but highlights great places to stop along the way, adding to those great memories of walking along this famous path.

Below are some circular walks along the South West Coast Path in our area, and with spectacular coast scenery in both directions from West Bay you are spoilt for choice!

View from South West Coast Path looking down towards West Bay from East Cliff
South West Coast Path leading up East Cliff at West Bay

Please search on the South West Coast Path for longer circular walks in the area or pop into the Centre and ask our volunteers for their advice.

Downloadable walks from bus stops

Visit Dorset also have a number of short downloadable walks that can be taken from bus stops.

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.