West Bay Discovery Centre is now temporarily closed.
West Bay Discovery Centre will continue to be closed to the public for the time being, but we are hoping to reopen on Tuesday 18 May in line with the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community is of utmost importance to us and we will continue to closely review the advice from the Government and Public Health England around the COVID-19 situation.
We will kick off with our next pop up exhibition on plastics called ‘Turning the Tide’.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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.
If you are interested in collaborating with us in putting on an event please contact us.
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.
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.
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 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.